Southwest Austin Dining

It's very possible to enjoy a good meal in this neighborhood

As Austin's southwestern suburbs grew so quickly the past few years, the main complaint from new residents was a definite lack of good dining options. Within the past two years, large shopping centers sporting a variety of casual eateries have been developed along Slaughter Lane and near the southern end of the MoPac freeway, offering tasty solutions to the problem. While there is still no fine dining to speak of, Chronicle contributor Claudia Alarcón and I discovered culinary ethnic diversity (American, Asian, Tex-Mex, Interior Mexican, Italian) in the area, with more restaurant offerings on the drawing board. Look for the newest Kerbey Lane Cafe to emerge on William Cannon sometime this summer, with another Mandola's Italian Market not far behind. Meanwhile, it's very possible to enjoy a good meal in the neighborhood.

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