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Top restaurant recommendations from locals

BBQ Joint
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“BBQ fanatics that have to go to Franklin's for BBQ, you can beat the traffic when you stay in East Austin as you are a minutes away from Casa Willow. Yes, there are lines, but there are lines now a lots of great BBQ places. (You can pay students to get in line for you too).”
  • 448 locals recommend
French Restaurant
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“Very cool French Bistro. They don't take reservations and there will probably be a wait. Also, very loud, but we still love it.”
  • 274 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Favorite coffeeshop in an historic home in East Austin with a delicious chai and even better food. Plenty of outdoor seating and extra parking shared with the church next door.”
  • 198 locals recommend
Café
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“Outdoor dining in front to watch all the passer by’s or enjoy the garden patio in the back. Healthy meals.”
  • 209 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Tasty, kinda fancy, and delicious cocktails. Can dress up or down, check out the happy hour for duck fat fries and drink specials!”
  • 204 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Nice little cafe within walking distance. From espresso drinks to happy hour on the patio. GF bread.”
  • 204 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Contigo is a little further out in the Mueller neighborhood but great food and patio. Also good for brunch.”
  • 187 locals recommend
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
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“One of our personal favorites and Eater's 38 essential Austin restaurants. Get the birthday cake for dessert!”
  • 164 locals recommend
Bar
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“Cool outdoor venue with yummy baked goods and sandwiches. Located on the river that runs through downtown. Friendly environment and staff! Pick up a loaf of homemade bread.”
  • 164 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“The Juan and only Juan in a Million with the "monster burrito" as seen on the Food Channel. From Martha Stewart, to Los Lonely Boys, to Texas Capitol politicos you new know who might come in for a Tex Mex meal. Saturdays and Sunday mornings are long lines. ”
  • 143 locals recommend
BBQ Joint
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“Good Texas BBQ and a great open-air music venue. Check their website for whose playing this week - you might be surprised who you see!”
  • 121 locals recommend
Asian Restaurant
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“This place is named for a famous former London opium den that was visited by the likes of Aldous Huxley. Decor is on point (pseudo-East/Southeast Asian style, with peacocks, bold accents, jewel/gold colors, and lots of velvet). Pros: friendly bar staff, high quality cocktails, creative menu, lively crowd, best regular house music offering in the entire city every Thursday night -- called "Secret Garden" -- for real, if you like house music and you need something to do on Thursday night, check this out. Cons: expensive.”
  • 178 locals recommend
Dive Bar
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“Hear me out: the Brussels sprouts and beet fries in the East Side King food truck out back make this divey beer garden hard to beat. ”
  • 163 locals recommend
BBQ Joint
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“If you don’t want to stand in line at Franklin’s BBQ, here’s the next best thing. Go around 11:30am and you should be able to walk right up and order some amazing BBQ. ”
  • 123 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“Not East Sixth, but the best bar to go to on Manor Road, which is a place popular with the mid-twenties crowd, esp (grad) students. Lots of places here, including the restaurants, are worth checking out, but this is the quintessential Manor bar.”
  • 136 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Because violet lattes and amazing tacos. If they don't have the tacos you want, turn right around with your coffee and cross the street to Mi Madre's. Their menu is off the chain.”
  • 140 locals recommend