Cinco de Mayo, the best holiday… on the worst day (Monday, you suck, always and forever). That’s why we’ve cooked up Dos de Mayo, everything awesome about Cinco de Mayo, but on a far more party-superior day: Friday. We’re not suggesting you call in sick, but if you were to call in sick, we’ve got an itinerary taking you from breakfast to late-night, ensuring diez times de fun.
Lick Ice Creams 2032 S Lamar Blvd Sun up, time for breakfast… get the fainting couch ready…ICE CREAM! Lick’s puts the mouthH2Oing deliciousness of swine into their Breakfast Bacon Ice Cream with Blackstrap Molasses. It’s pure, unadulterated cereal-shaming.
Curra’s Grill 614 E Oltorf St Time to dig into the self-proclaimed “Mother of All Mex", Curra’s Grill, where you’ll protein pump taco-style. For a buck fifty you’re getting two tacos you can fill with any two of the following: egg, bacon, potato, country sausage, chorizo, machacado, mushrooms, beans, ham, or cheese. Be practical here: try all ten for six bucks.
El Chato 1617 East 7th St Perhaps the only Greyhound where a rusty spork shanking is unlikely, this “bustaurant” serves up authentic Mexican cuisine like the flag-inspired Chiles en Nogada: poblano chiles (green) filled with picadillo, topped with a walnut-based cream sauce (white) and pomegranate seeds (red).
Moontower Saloon 10212 Manchaca Rd Next up, steer off the beaten path toward the three-acre outdoor food truck depository/bar/park that is Moontower. Packed with trailers full of succulence, it’s got everything: alcohol-infused cupcakes; volleyball; firepits; a photobooth. It’s basically the trailer-park version of Wet Hot American Summer.
Takoba 1411 E 7th St Prepare to be an adult-sized grown-up as you make your way back toward civilization and Takoba’s sandbox patio, where you can catch mid-afternoon rays while ordering José's Micheladas: Dos Equis Lager, fresh lime juice, and housemade michelada mix with a kosher salt rim.
Bikinis Sports Bar And Grill 214 E 6th St You can’t celebrate Dos De Mayo without celebrating America too, so turn the party up and head to a bar that shares a name with SpongeBob SquarePants: Bikinis Sports Bar and Grill, where, besides the view, you’ll enjoy 50-cent wells and wings. Bonus: fried cheesecake and fried Oreos.
Little Woodrow's 6th St 520 W 6th St Waddle just up the street, because it’s turtle time! Starting on Dos de Mayo -- and one Friday every month all summer long -- sit back and watch as six Olympic-caliber turtles (that’s not a thing) race their way to the finish line. Can you bet on this awesomeness? Yes. Yes you can. Know what else you can bet on? That the Dos de Mayo party we're throwing there is going to be awesome. RSVP right here.
La Fruta Feliz 3124 Manor Rd As the sun begins to set, get bold(er) at La Fruta with the Lengua de Res Taco stuffed with beef tongue. Not bold enough? Commit what is probably a stage in a pagan fertility ritual with the Barbacoa de Cabra, a taco stuffed with tender and sweet stewed goat head meat, onion and cilantro.
Dogwood 715 W 6th St Still hungry, right? Good because it’s time for Dogwood’s pork roll, which is stuffed with chorizo, japaleños, and Muenster, and then wrapped in bacon. Piggy comes plated with Parmesan potato skins, black bean-corn relish, and country gravy. After all, your gravy levels will probably be perilously low at this point.
Las Cazuelas 1701 E Cesar Chavez St Open all 24 blessed hours of Dos de Mayo (but best enjoyed late-night, obviously), end your 21st century odyssey by mentioning an online ad offering free chili con queso with a full meal purchase, and receive… the chili con queso! As for that meal, you’re not going to go wrong with the Huevos Con Machacado (three eggs scrambled with dried beef jerky, refried beans, and potato in a fresh tortilla). Now pat yourself on the back -- you did Dos like a damn champion.
2017 was a tumultuous year for Austin’s dining scene, and 2018 is turning out pretty similarly; restaurants that opened to so much anticipation and acclaim were shuttered (RIP Bonhomie), while others rose up to take their place. We’re here to spread the gospel and celebrate those spots who have us excited about food, those who remain dear, and those who won our hearts immediately. Below, you’ll find Austin’s best new restaurants that have opened since Spring of 2018, followed by the city’s absolute best restaurants overall.
When you move to a new neighborhood (or even if you’re just passing through), it can feel like your whole routine is turned on its head. That’s even more true in a city like New York, where the sheer number of options is bound to give even the most decisive person choice paralysis. But fear not, because we’ve broken down nearly everything you could need when you come to the Lower East Side -- from where to get your pants hemmed to where to find a $3 dinner (and trust us, that’s going to come in handy).
Food & Drink
10 Reasons You Should Be Eating & Drinking at The Domain
When The Domain began construction a decade ago, Austinites were dubious; with its chain restaurants and apartment complexes, high-dollar shopping, and major hotels, it epitomized “New Austin.” As it’s evolved, though, we’ve seen the active integration of businesses (locally owned and otherwise) in thoughtful ways, and frankly, the existence of The Domain is kind of a relief to people in North Austin looking for good food closer to home, or South Austin folks who want something a little different... with better parking.
If you’re planning a date night, finding a place to eat with the family, or just looking to grab a bite during your retail therapy session, here are some Domain restaurants worth dropping into.