While the ABGB remains a favorite South Austin pizza and pint hangout, with a large outdoor patio and rotation of on-premise signature brews, its inside stage has become a regular stop for local bands since opening in 2013. Its 270-person inside and laid-back, shared-table vibe provides excellent sound, generous floor space in front of the stage, and a casual, family-friendly atmosphere that can accommodate both fans of the bands or just the beer. The parking lot fills quickly.
A nice cross between a convenience store and a grocery store - the place you want to have around the corner when you run out of syrup midway through the pancakes.
These days Austin's oldest surviving grocery offers a bountiful menu of hot and cold sandwiches, an array of fresh salads, and hearty soups in the fall and winter.
In addition to a full espresso bar and French bakery, this place has an extensive menu including sweet and savory crepes, quiches, and croque-monsieurs. Sandwiches are available as paninis or on a fresh half-baguette, and all breads and pastries are baked in-house.
The helves are stocked with cereals, snacks, and packaged foods – an array of items that ranges from umbrellas and toilet paper to JuiceLand beverages, eggs, milk, and ice cream. Honey and skin care products from BeeWeaver Apiaries of Dripping Springs are expected soon. A small wine selection and an impressive walk-in beer cooler, as well as a full complement of freshly made coffee beverages, make this friendly, upscale neighborhood convenience store a keeper.
This trailer serves excellent Louisiana-style fare.
H-E-B’s Central Market brand remains primarily known as one of Austin’s favorite grocery outlets. Yet both locations have featured our town’s favorite consumable – live music – since their inceptions. Founded in 1994 and adjacent to the Heart Hospital of Austin, the original North Lamar location puts an emphasis on family fare thanks in part to its large outdoor playscape, which sits just behind its cafe and patio stage hosting Latin music, Americana, children’s music, and Austin mainstays like Ginger Leigh, all for free.
Established in 1999, Central Market’s second homegrown location absorbed a bit of the South Austin funkiness its location would call for. An even more eclectic calendar than its elder sibling ’s encompasses everything from Western swing and bluegrass to jazz, Latin rock, and whatever it is White Ghost Shivers make so much fun. With that much music, it’s no wonder CM South features live music four days a week, all at no charge.
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