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.
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.
The vinaigrette-dressed beet and barley salad, tossed with mint and pumpkin seeds is inspired simplicity. Move on to luscious house-cured charcuterie.
The sandwich selection ranges from traditional deli to wraps and pita pockets, including special menu sections dedicated to heart-healthy and kids' choices. No corn syrup here!
This mom-and-pop shop is nestled in one end of the Crestview shopping center. Orders are placed at the counter, and the service is relaxed and friendly.
Nervous Charlie's offers patrons breakfast and lunch options that are built upon the blank canvas of a bagel. For those who are seeking a more casual bagel experience, they offer plain bagels for single purchase or by the dozen.
This concept cafe stresses customer comfort. Try their Reuben sandwich.
Now offering dinner, the second Noble Sandwich lives up to its name, elevating the entire genre. The Knuckle Sandwich, with roast beef, horseradish, and au jus, is a must-try.
The menu is solidly Persian, with an assortment of Mediterranean standards thrown in for the less adventurous. Don't miss the lamb shanks.
Family-run for 14 years, Phoenicia serves up the most scrumptious Mediterranean specialties and deli sandwiches around. This is one of Austin's treasures.
In-house roasted turkey makes for one of the brawniest club sandwiches, while in-house brined and smoked pastrami produces a truly spectacular Reuben sandwich. Do yourself a favor and order a side of the roasted "kimchi" brussels sprouts.
This grocery and deli offers a selection of blintzes, fresh-smoked or marinated fish, caviar, top-quality meats, and Russian breads. The daily lunch specials ensure a surprise treat for every visit. Mmm, kartoshkas.
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