Our favorite dishes here are the dahl makhani, perfect lentils in a creamy sauce; and Malabar, with lamb, coconut, and caramelized onions. The level of spiciness here depends on who is in the kitchen on a given night, so it's a good idea to ask.
At this permanent trailer location, get your lobster Maine-style, Connecticut-style, or ... burger-style? Yes, they offer burgers with the option to add lobster.
Ribeye, branzino, the humble eggplant – all get flamed at this upscale grill house located in the Fairmont Austin.
Geraldine’s, the restaurant tucked inside Hotel Van Zandt, doesn’t really reach its peak until the low stage near the kitchen lights up. It’s as intimate as Rainey Street’s Blackheart, but instead of cramming up against 30 people, you’re sitting at a table having the best ceviche of your life. Though only open since November 2015, its 260 seats are destined for local ubiquity from singer-songwriters, pop acts, and who knows what during SXSW.
The standouts here are Gloria's Super Special and the Mar y Tierra. The drinks are cheap and pack a wallop, and the service is excellent.
As the first Texas outlet of a famous Memphis fried-chicken chain, this newcomer comes in strong. The simple menu includes chicken by the plate or individual piece. Plates come with a choice of two or three pieces: white, dark, or the "half chicken" option – one piece of each. Plates come with baked beans and slaw, but substitutions are allowed for 50 cents extra. Start with a couple of cans of Austin Beer Works brew and a plate of the best fried green tomatoes ever.
This food truck serves up shawarma, kebabs, and kofta over rice or in a wrap to the late-night Downtown crowd.
You'll find all kinds of espresso and coffee drinks, wines, scotches, and even a chocolate espresso martini. Snack on the sandwiches and desserts in comfy lounge chairs.
Downtown Austin's oldest indie coffee house also boasts two theatres, one upstairs, one downstairs, that play hosts to films, stand-up, performance art, and bands. With tasty treats and a great view of the Congress goings-on, this storefront gathering spot is a major find.
Provides walk-up and Downtown delivery service, and pizza options (sold by the slice or the whole pie) include vegan cheese.
A vestige of old Austin circa 1932 and an icon for generations, the Hoffbrau serves up steak, potatoes, and beer in a former feed store.
Coffee shop with full espresso bar and gift store located inside St. David's Episcopal Church.
Callie Speer's punk-rock swagger extends to the naming of the diner's dishes, from the grilled cheesus to the green chili trash fries.
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