2. Mumtaz Market
Bouldin Creek

The gist: A manifestation of Austin’s beloved G’Raj Mahal, Mumtaz Market is its wildly popular successor—and one of Austin’s top Indian restaurants—blending scratch cooking, South Asian flavors, and a touch of adventure.
The food: Aside from a wide selection of traditional curries from Tikka Masala to Korma, the team puts a creative spin on Indian entrees. The Pork Rechaad is a comforting stewed, spiced, and gingered pork with braised cabbage and candied pineapple, while the Gnocchi Saag, a creamed curry spinach with potato dumplings, is a vegetarian’s dream. Lunch specials include the Tikka Masala plate and Lamb Burger and Fries, best enjoyed with Mango Lassi.
The cost: Lunch specials $14 - $16, starters $8 - $10, entrees $19 - $42, curries $14 - $18.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating or order take-out via Toast.

3. 40 North

The gist: Austin’s beloved pizza joint has finally reopened after a year and a half out of the picture, and fans have been savoring their pies like a long-awaited Adele record.
The food: Pizza toppings may seem a little on the quirky side, but trust us, they work. There’s the sweet and spicy Hot Honey, laden with tomato sauce, ricotta, Grana Padano, Salumeria Biellese Coppa, fresno peppers, and Mike’s Hot Honey, and the Kale, with mozzarella and house sausage, plus a funky LA BBQ collaboration called the Spicy Pickle, piled with mozzarella, Fontina Fontal, Grana Padano, LA BBQ pickles, pickled garlic, fresno peppers, and fresh dill. 40 North recently launched a natural wine list so add a bottle of Pinot to the mix while you’re at it.
The cost: Pizzas $10.40 - $18.40, salads $11.40, sweets $7.40 - $8.40, wine by the glass $10 - $12.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating or order take-out via ChowNow.

5. The Water Trough

The gist: This casual eatery within Lone Star Court is a chance to escape the city—without actually escaping the city. Expect a breezy outdoor setting, Hill Country vibes, and a menu fit for a real-life cowboy.
The food: It don’t get more Texan than this. Appetizers include tasty Chicken Birria Tacos and Chili Con Queso, while mains err on the barbecue side (ribs, brisket, and burgers). Cowboy Bread Pudding and Praline Pecan Pie round up dessert. All courses require clean fingers and a lot of napkins—unless your focus lies squarely on the Lone Star beers on draft.
The cost: Mains $18, sides $5 - $8, dessert $8, beers $4 - $7.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating.

6. Birdie's
East Austin

The gist: This adorable family-run neighborhood gem on the corner of 12th and Harvey serves a rotating menu of clean American comforts inspired by the cooking and eating styles of France and Italy. Bring your pooch and tuck in on the patio.
The food: It all depends on the weather when it comes to the highly seasonal menu, however sample dishes include Casarecce Pasta with pork sausage, mustard greens, and fennel pollen, and Snapper, served heavy with field peas, sungold tomatoes, hakurei turnips, and basil pistou. As for the bar tab, Birdie’s shops a mix of classic and new winemakers with a focus on mindful farming and minimal intervention in the cellar.
The cost: Snacks $6 - $10, small plates $12 - $19, large plates $28 - $32, desserts $6 - $7.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating.

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