Katz's Deli and Bar618 W. Sixth, 472-2037
At this popular eatery, "Katz's Never Kloses" means you can get New York kosher-style deli food (like matzo-ball soup, blintzes, kasha, and latkes) for breakfast or whenever, not to mention omelets and other egg dishes, half-pound burgers, hot and cold deli sandwiches, soups, salad platters, and desserts.
2700 S. Lamar, 445-4451
12602 Research, 258-7757
2606 Guadalupe, 477-5717
If there is such a thing as Austin-style dining, Kerbey Lane has been instrumental in defining it. Their trademark gingerbread pancakes and migas pack in the Sunday brunch minions, while the after-club crowd chows down on enchiladas, burgers, sandwiches, and salads with locally grown produce. Kerbey Lane's black-bean-and-roasted-chicken tacos are a particularly hearty find for the budget-minded.
1920 S. Congress, 445-0000
This venerable Austin variation on the coffee shop serves great breakfast tacos, French toast, and omelets, along with fresh-squeezed orange juice and strong joe. The economical among us will appreciate Magnolia's wide selection of inexpensive grilled potato dishes and breakfast tacos. The menu also features a number of vegetarian items, including Magnolia Mud, a must for every visit.
Hwy. 183 at Burnet Road, 837-1119
Spicewood Springs at Hwy. 183, 250-9881
Hwy. 290 at Hwy. 71, Oak Hill, 288-2408
The funny-looking cowboy mascot on the welcome mat is the first sign that you've wandered into a regional coffee-shop chain whose aesthetic is permanently mired somewhere in Reagan's first term. Jim's breakfast fare (served anytime) includes most of the standards, along with decent breakfast tacos. For lunch or dinner, try the chiliburger with fries or the chicken-fried steak plate. That and several cups of coffee will have you feeling whole again.
Al Pastor Restaurant and Taco Stand1911 E. Riverside, 442-8402
Taco stand hours: Friday-Saturday, 6pm-3:30am
Till late on weekend nights, hungry club patrons, restaurant workers, families, and neighbors line up at this rustic open-air stand all evening long, clamoring for tacos and other spicy dishes served on paper trays. The food is tasty and substantial, priced to please.
This Eastside institution has long been an obligatory stop for hungry music fans after the clubs close. Sam's serves up wonderful slow-smoked brisket, chicken, mutton, and succulent hot sausage (made on the premises) topped with a spicy, tomato-based barbecue sauce.
This little spot is a popular place on East Riverside, buzzing with insomniacs, night shifters, and partiers after club-closing time. The menu features such homemade mix-n-match fillings as beef or chicken fajitas, beef brains, barbacoa, tongue, al pastor, and avocado stuffed inside a sope, taco, torta, or on top of a tostada.
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