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Ask vegans where to get the best burger in town and you’ll most likely be sent to Arlo’s. Hell, even non-vegetarians dig these greasy late-night trailers. And with three locations around town, there’s never one far away. Get the double bac’n cheezeburger and tots. You won’t regret it.

2908 Fruth
512/840-8585
www.arlostruck.com/

This newly minted brick-and-mortar is a shining light of umami in a storm of frat-star hangouts and chains. Rice bowls topped with all types of proteins and endless add-ons like veggie croquettes make the trip to the Drag worth more than its weight in panko.

2716½ Guadalupe
281/725-3686
www.fb.com/donjapanese

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Their menu may list saisons and duck confit, but Hopfields ain’t no ostentatious gastropub. A communal bar in the front plus a formal dining room in the back make for the malty, French-inspired Choose Your Own Adventure of your drinking years’ dream.

3110 Guadalupe
512/537-0467
www.hopfieldsaustin.com

Everyone talks about the biscuits at chef Michael Fojtasek’s restaurant, and sure ’nuff they’re golden portions of tender and buttery heaven-on-a-plate, but Olamaie’s entrées – based on Southern comfort foods – is what fancy dining is supposed to be, especially when accompanied by a honeyed Peraperfecta cocktail.

1610 San Antonio St.
512/474-2796
www.olamaieaustin.com

John Anderson

John Anderson

When two brothers from Michigan decided to invade the ATX with their Detroit-style pizza, who’da thunk that the whole city would roll over and say, “Yes, please!” quite so quickly, scarfing up the divinely encrusted creations topped with both classic and surprising ingredients? We did.

3016 Guadalupe #100
512/358-6193
www.via313.com

Vegetarians and spice lovers rejoice when they walk into the sumptuous, aromatic interior of the Clay Pit. Although sticklers for authenticity may disagree, this restaurant has elevated Indian cuisine for Austin. If you’re around for lunch, make sure to check out their buffet, where you can indulge for a very economical price. Inducted in 2018.

1601 Guadalupe
512/322-5131
www.claypit.com

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