5701 W. Slaughter, Austin, 78749, 512/861-7069
Hours: Mon.-Thu., 4pm-11pm; Fri., 2pm-1am; Sat., 11am-1am; Sun., 11am-12mid
This may be a bar providing Alamo Drafthouse moviegoers with a new foraging alternative, but Chef John Bullington's snacky menu includes interpretations of classic Mexican street food, such as N.Y. Strip alambras and a giant Sonoran hot dog. Brunch is exciting as well, what with tangy avocado tomatilla sauces, and poblanos in the chichimigas.
This attractive, comfortable place has exceptional small-dish food, great drinks, and a stunning wine list.
612 W. Sixth, 512/474-2194
It's not just about beer, although they are brewing up some of the best pils and IPAs in Central Texas. It's also about the sophisticated pizza. You can't beat the one with Gulf oysters.
1305 W. Oltorf, 512/298-2242
Offering a daily chef's selection of skillfully prepared seasonal and local small plates that use everything from sauerkraut to sunchokes.
6555 Burnet Rd. #400, 512/394-8150