Second Helpings: Compendium and Restaurant Guide Index

It's 7pm, or 8, or 9. You're hungry. You have a select list of favorite restaurants, but one reason they're your favorites is because you dole out your visits sparingly. The thought of selecting one restaurant out of Austin's sheer multitude has you reeling. Besides, your friend or spouse or child just ate Tex-Mex or Thai or Indian or barbecue or whatever cuisine you initially suggested. They don't want to drive south; you don't want to drive north. They don't want to spend a lot of money; you were hoping for a bit of fun. That, of course, is when you turn to the The Austin Chronicle Restaurant Guide, which debuts online this week at If one of the cuisine types below doesn't suit your fancy, we don't know what will. You can search by area of town or browse through our list of over 650 restaurants that have been reviewed or otherwise noted in the Chronicle. Supplementing that, our food writers have also been compiling groups of restaurants in our "Second Helpings" columns that cross categories in the Restaurant Guide and provide ideas for trying something different, like Sushi or Catfish Restaurants, Free Happy-Hour Buffets, or even a Fast Food Tour. Beginning this week, you can also access this list online at Check back here next week when we return to "Second Helpings," but in the meantime get online and find some new favorites.

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