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Top Choice Barbecue in East Austin

Franklin Barbecue

This famous BBQ joint only serves lunch, and only till it runs out – usually well before 2pm. In fact, to avoid missing out, you should join the line – and there will be a line – by 10am (9am on weekends). Just trea…
Top Choice American in East Austin

Dai Due

Even your basic eggs-and-sausage breakfast is a meal to remember at this lauded restaurant, where all the ingredients are from farms, rivers and hunting grounds in Texas, as well as the Gulf of Mexico. Supper Club d…
Mexican in East Austin

Veracruz All Natural

Two sisters from Mexico run this East Austin taco truck (an old bus), which may serve the best tacos in town. Step up to the window, order a migas breakfast taco (you must!) then add a quesadilla or torta for variet…
French in East Austin

Justine's

With a lovely garden setting festooned with fairy lights, Justine's is a top spot for wowing a date. French onion soup, seared scallops and grilled pork chop are standouts on the small, classic brasserie menu. There…
American in East Austin

Salty Sow

Behold the porcine wonder! This snout-to-tail restaurant advertising 'swine + wine' offers a thoroughly modern take on down-home cooking, including plenty of choices in the nonpork category.
Cocktail Bar in East Austin

Whisler's

If vampires walk the streets of East Austin, then this dark and moody cocktail bar is surely where they congregate before a night of feeding. And we don't quite trust that taxidermied boar overlooking the bar from h…
Cafe in East Austin

Cenote

One of our favorite cafes in Austin, Cenote uses seasonal, largely organic ingredients in its simple but delicious anytime fare. Come for housemade granola and yogurt with fruit, banh mi sandwiches and couscous curr…
Modern American in East Austin

Laundrette

A brilliant repurposing of a former washeteria, Laundrette boasts a stylish, streamlined design that provides a fine backdrop to the delicious Mediterranean-inspired cooking. Among the many hits: crab toast, wood-gr…
Mexican in East Austin

Mi Madre's

Barbacoa, chorizo and adobado are just a few of the authentic Mexican specialties here. In fact, it was recommended by a friend who said the barbacoa was just like his grandma used to make. Praise doesn't come much …
Thai in East Austin

Thai-Kun at Whisler's

The beef panang curry is, simply put, amazing. Served from a colorful food truck behind Whisler's cocktail bar, this spicy curry is one of a half-dozen noodle and curry dishes on the menu, all under the oversight of…