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Restaurants Near Zilker

September 14, 2007, Music

1) CHINESE: Wanfu Too The Fifties diner setting is as comforting as the usual Chinese menu choices like egg drop soup, egg rolls, 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 No. 2 Try this place for great enchiladas and multiple-flavored margaritas that should come with warning stickers: "Muy bueno!" 1628 Barton Springs Rd., 474-8774 $$

4) JUICE BAR, VEGETARIAN/VEGAN: Daily Juice Friendly and popular juice bar near Barton Springs, offering fresh juices, smoothies, froths, and nondairy ice cream. 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., 480-8646 $

7) AMERICAN CAFE, BAKERY/COFFEEHOUSE: Austin Java Cafe & Bar 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) BARBECUE: Uncle Billy's The barbecue sauce is outstanding on tender sausage and ribs. After a day at Zilker Park, enjoy great service and cold beer on tap by the folks at Live Oak Brewery. 1530 Barton Springs Rd., 476-0100 $

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) FRENCH: Flip Happy Crepes Lodged in an Airstream trailer parked just off South Lamar, it serves up homemade, rich, and satisfying crepes, both savory and sweet. The funky ambience and delicious food make it worth a visit.400 Jessie, 552-9034 $

11) BARBECUE: Green Mesquite BBQ & More One of Austin's favorite barbecue dives – it may look seedy, but the menu is extensive, and the food is terrific. 1400 Barton Springs Rd., 479-0485 $$

12) BURGER JOINT: P. Terry's Burger Stand Find burgers fashioned from hormone- and antibiotic-free Black Angus beef, grilled chicken (Buddy's), fresh-cut fries, and milkshakes. Sit at a picnic table on the patio. Dogs get a free biscuit. 407 S. Lamar, 473-2217 $

13) JAPANESE: Uchi The sushi ranges from fresh scallops, tuna, and seafood to negitoro rolls, seaweed, and chicken salad, and all are highly rated. 801 S. Lamar, 916-4808 $$$$

14) ITALIAN: Vinny's Italian Cafe All the pasta dishes you'd expect, as well as a number of specialty pizzas. They offer lunch on Saturdays, as well as an updated wine list.1003 Barton Springs Rd., 482-8484 $$

15) BURGER JOINT: Sandy's Frozen Custard & Root Beer The cool relief of a chocolate-vanilla swirl cone, the 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 $

16) 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 $$

17) 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 $$

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

19) 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 $

20) INTERIOR MEXICAN: Sazón With a grade of "A" for the chile relleno, you should feel adventurous for the rest of the menu. For fans of dishes made with the corn fungus huitlacoche, this place is a must. 1816 S. Lamar, 326-4395 $$

21) PIZZA: Austin's Pizza This upstart takes aim at the big delivery chains by offering large two-topping pizzas – with gourmet ingredients and good crust – for $10.99.1817 S. Lamar, 795-8888 $$

22) AMERICAN CAFE: Kerbey Lane Cafe Famously fabulous breakfast, lunch, and dinner and a favorite of the late-night set. 2700 S. Lamar, 445-4451 $$

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