At this counter-service eatery located in the Austin Public Library, Chef Drew Curren of ELM Restaurant Group uses recipes from inspirational cookbooks with a focus on the South and Mexico, and the menus change seasonally and often incorporate local farm-to-table ingredients.
The vinaigrette-dressed beet and barley salad, tossed with mint and pumpkin seeds is inspired simplicity. Move on to luscious house-cured charcuterie.
Combining 2/3 Easy Tiger, 1/3 24 Diner, and maybe just a splash of the W. Fifth bars it neighbors, this unpretentious concept focuses on heady drinks, classic sandwiches, and daily blue plate specials. Don't forget to take a selfie by the pink neon sign out front.
Brick-and-mortar version of popular South Austin food truck offers allergy and paleo-friendly cuisine, butter coffee, bone broth, and more.
There are still some eclectic grocery items here, but the real story is 24 local and craft beer taps and a collection of small plates for happy hour and late-night foragers alike. Breakfast tacos emerge at 7am on weekdays here with a sassy sweet potato option, before the sandwiches steal the spotlight. Wine alternatives include three whites, three reds, a sparkling, as well as a rose by the glass. We wonder if we can still get a Slushie...
Creativity is fueled by serious coffee here, including a robust 16-hour cold brew. It's perfect for pairing with their selection of Red Rabbit Bakery's superlative vegan donuts. Japanese-style toast anchors most of the food offerings, whether as the main event or a side. The toast forms the foundation to everything from grilled vegetables (yasai) to egg spread (nori tama).
From their sublime teas and sandwiches that cover the spectrum from prim to hearty, to the stellar scones, cupcakes, and tortes, this second location of the popular original in The Domain has our blessings.
This combination restaurant/deli/grocery/bakery/cooking school draws patrons from beyond South Austin for some of the best Thai in Texas. Many don't even realize the bakery is gluten-free because the products are so satisfying.
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