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Restaurants Near Zilker

September 23, 2005, Music

1) CHINESE: Wanfu Too
The 1950s diner setting is as comforting as the usual Chinese menu choices like eggdrop soup, eggrolls, and lots of choices for main dishes. 1806 Barton Springs Rd., 478-3535

2) TEX-MEX: Chuy's
Hubcaps, colored lights, and a Velvet Elvis; this is Austin-style Tex-Mex at its tacky, funky best. Almost always busy. 1728 Barton Springs Rd., 474-4452

3) TEX-MEX: Baby Acapulco's
Try this place for great enchiladas and multiple flavored margaritas that should come with warning stickers: "Muy bueno!" 1628 Barton Springs Rd., 474-8774

Featuring fresh-squeezed juices, smoothies, quenchers, and wheat grass shots, you'll feel better on the way out than you did going in. 1625 Barton Springs Rd., 480-9501

5) AMERICAN CAFE: Shady Grove
A beautiful outdoor seating area and hot dogs all year round. We're partial to the green chile cheeseburgers with mountains of onion rings. 1624 Barton Springs Rd., 474-9991

6) BAKERY/COFFEEHOUSE: Flipnotics Coffeespace
Upstairs find baked goods, sandwiches, and friendly service. In the shop below find great vintage and not-so-vintage finds. It's worth a stop. 1601 Barton Springs Rd., 322-9750

Not just for that morning cup o' brown brew, the Austin Java Co. offers an array of sustenance, plus luscious desserts. 1608 Barton Springs Rd., 482-9450

8) JAPANESE: Mimosa Cafe
This is not really a sushi restaurant; it's something more akin to a Japanese home-style restaurant. The menu offers everything from salads to sobas to sushi. 1530 Barton Springs Rd., 494-0203

9) ITALIAN: Romeo's
Familiar Americanized Italian food in a fun, romantically retro dining room. Choose from rich pastas, a low-carb menu, and pizzas. Full bar and weekend brunches. 1500 Barton Springs Rd., 476-1090

10) BARBECUE: Green Mesquite
One of Austin's favorite barbecue dives – it may look seedy but the food is exceptional. Bluegrass on the patio, too. 1400 Barton Springs Rd., 479-0485

11) DELI/SANDWICH SHOP: Castleberry's Gourmet Sammiches
Laid-back with a hip Austin feel and sandwiches made to order for dine-in or takeout. Wine by the glass and bottled beer are available. 1025 Barton Springs Rd., 472-6900

12) ITALIAN: Vinny's Italian Cafe
All the pasta dishes you'd expect, as well as a number of specialty pizzas. Lunch on Saturdays, a choice of wine dinners, and an updated wine list. 1003 Barton Springs Rd., 482-8484

13) BURGER JOINT: Sandy's Frozen Custard & Root Beer
The cool relief of a chocolate-vanilla swirl cone, the old neon sign, not to mention the sinful smell of decades of sublimely greasy burgers transport us back in time. 603 Barton Springs Rd., 478-6322

14) SOUTHERN/DOWN-HOME: Threadgill's World HQ
Just a shout away from the former Armadillo World Headquarters; there are several music and food combos on the menu here including a gospel brunch on Sundays. 301 W. Riverside, 472-9304

15) AMERICAN CAFE: Zax Pints & Plates
Find American bistro cuisine here: fluffy crab cakes, classic Caesar salad, and meaty burgers with blue cheese. Also known for a large selection of great beers on tap. 312 Barton Springs Rd., 481-0100

16) AMERICAN CAFE: Bennigan's
The Irish-themed grill and tavern has a lengthy menu with something for just about everyone. 301 Barton Springs Rd., 472-7902

17) PUB GRUB: Aussie's Volleybar & Grill
In addition to great appetizers and pub fare, they offer big-screen TVs and beach volleyball courts out back. 306 Barton Springs Rd., 480-0952

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