8127 Mesa, Ste. A-100, 512/369-3488
Hours: Daily, 7am-10pm
This cafe has a reputation for simple and homey yet flavorful offerings dominated by fresh salads, fat burgers, well-crafted sandwiches, and irresistible sweet-potato fries. Breakfasts are also popular here.
Cake balls: Not just for breakfast anymore. The menu here features appetizers, salads, entrées, soups, and desserts complemented by a well-chosen wine list, a selection of local craft beers in bottles, and a roster of custom cocktails.
3401 Esperanza Crossing #104, 512/215-3633
Order a Bar Burgers & Wings Platter and check out a game on one of more than 30 hi-def TVs. The midway keeps the kids entertained while you cheer your team on.
9333 Research, 512/346-8015
They have modernized the menu here over the years, but the comfort food stalwarts still hold center stage. The Reuben sandwich is one of the best in town. Bright bacon collard greens, loaded mashed potatoes, and Wom Kim's legendary peach pudding are still boss.
4206 Duval, 512/458-3168