Food & Drink

The Best Lunch Spot in 25 Austin Neighborhoods

Published On 08/20/2015 Published On 08/20/2015
Republic of Sandwich
Z'Tejas Grill
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Bouldin Creek Cafe
Grandmas Humus
Haymaker Austin
Cipollina Bistro
Black Star Co-op
The Park at the Domain
Royal Blue Grocery
Shhmaltz
The Silo on 7th
The Parlor
Titaya's Thai Cuisine
The Vegan Nom
Fork and Vine
Curra's Grill
Courtesy of Banger's Sausage House
Round Rock Donuts
Hopdoddy Burger Bar
Red's Porch
Whip In
Ramen Fukuya
Blue Dahlia Bistro
Uncle Billy's Smokehouse & Brewery
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1. Republic of Sandwich 2320 Hancock Dr, Austin, TX 78756

Eat great sandwiches, live a great life. Okay, that's not a real expression but after tasting these Philly-style subs, you'll think you've found the secret to success and happiness, too.

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2. Z'Tejas Grill 9400 A. Arboretum Blvd
, Asutin, TX 78759

A Tex Mex food force to be reckoned with, this Austin-born chain is guaranteed to satiate your Southwestern cravings.

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3. Tacodeli 1500B Spyglass Dr, Austin, TX 78746 (West Austin)

Many Mexican joints have tackled the breakfast burrito, but few have committed themselves wholeheartedly to the endeavor, so much so that they close at 3p. Tacodeli makes that commitment. And the results are glorious.

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4. Bouldin Creek Cafe 1900 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704 (Austin)

The iconic hippie haven is an homage to he owner's love of Austin's creative nature. They offer reasonably priced vegetarian food and are committed to helping the community grow.

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5. The Mediterranean Chef 5908 Aurora Dr, Austin, TX 78757

Classic seaside dishes and laid back vibe, this blue front cafe is the source of that hummus you keep buying from Whole Foods.

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6. Haymaker 2310 E Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722 (Cherrywood)

This sports bar serves up gourmet bar bites -- pimento cheese sandos, poutine w/ Wisconsin cheese curds -- and their cocktail menu includes a SLIM JIM-TOPPED BLOODY.

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7. Cipollina 1213 W Lynn St, Austin, TX 78703

The neighborhood pizza and paninis you know and love, paired with the care and quality ingredients you deserve.

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8. Black Star Co-Op 7020 Easy Wind Dr, Austin, TX 78752 (North Central)

Black Star Co-Op is a not-for-profit neighborhood brew-pub and eatery entirely owned and run by its members. Beyond house-brewed beers, bar food, and a pet-friendly patio, Black Star employs power-to-the-people policies and promotes a democratic workplace through end-of-year profit redistribution and living wages for all members. You don't have to be a member to enjoy Black Star's bounty, but you're encouraged to go to show support for the small, local businesses of Austin by drinking a beer or several.

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9. The Park at the Domain 11601 Domain Dr, Ste 200, Austin, TX 78758 (Austin)

Union Park has shuttered its West 6th watering hole and moved into a massive, still-sporting Aloft space outfitted with two patios, tasteful Longhorn memorabilia, and a gloriously gratuitous flatscreen armada (15+) including a custom 360-degree projection ring-screen to, you know, rule them all.

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10. Royal Blue Grocery 609 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

Gourmet grocer that runs the gamut from breakfast burritos to banh mis. Perfect pit stop for picnic supplies.

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11. Shhmaltz 913 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702

Deli is as deli does, except when it's on wheels. Get your Reuben and pickle fix while truly on the go.

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12. The Silo on 7th 1300 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702 (East Austin)

The Silo has super affordable burgers and brews (like Deep Ellum) that you can enjoy on their rooftop.

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13. The Parlor 4301 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78751

Here's where you end up when you die and go to dive bar heaven. Know why? Build-your-own-pizza, that's why.

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14. Titaya's 5501 N Lamar Blvd C101, Austin, TX 78751

This Thai spot is always in high demand, so prepare for a wait whether you plan on dining in or eating out. It errs on the fusion side so get ambitious with your ordering for a good time.

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15. The Vegan Nom 120 N Loop Blvd E, Austin, TX 78751 (North Loop)

This tiny blue taco truck serves some of the best vegan tacos in Austin with animal-free ingredients like tofu, tempeh, and vegan chorizo. Don’t be fooled though: The Vegan Nom’s tacos taste almost exactly like the real thing. Breakfast tacos, filled with tempeh bacon, tofu scramble, and refried black beans, are served all day. Lines can get pretty long during lunch and dinner, but you can call ahead to avoid the wait.

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16. Fork and Vine 3010 W Anderson Ln, Austin, TX 78757

Located in North Austin, Fork & Vine offers New American cuisine with a playful Austin twist. Be sure to try the fried free-range chicken, which comes with Gouda mac 'n' cheese, watermelon salad, and a jalapeño cheddar biscuit. They also have lots of craft beer.

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17. Curra's Grill 614 E Oltorf St, Austin, TX 78704 (South Austin)

Curra's Grill slings Mexican fare like burritos and ceviche across Travis Heights alonside the most sought-after tamales around. Avocado lovers can put down the tortilla chips shoveled into their guac and shift their attention to the mother of all margs, the avocado margarita, the art of which this place not only created, but perfected, as well. Although they take the cake as the most popular menu item, the impressive offering of specialty margs leave no tequila or mezcal to be desired.

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18. Banger's Sausage House and Beer Garden 79 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701 (Downtown)

Banger's Sausage House and Beer Garden not only provides over a 100 beers on tap, but it's also home to one of the district's largest biergartens. Enjoy live music and all the sausage that you can eat.

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19. Round Rock Donuts 106 W Liberty St, Round Rock, TX 78664

Using a "world famous" recipe from the 1940s, Round Rock donuts continues to keep fans of the yellow donuts coming back for more. The distinct yellow color comes from fresh eggs -- and unlike donuts made in the typical manner, these cannot be machine-made. Each one is hand-rolled, cut, fried, and iced. On busy days, you’ll see a long line of people who can’t wait to get the freshly made, still warm, glazed original donuts.

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20. Hopdoddy Burger Bar 1400 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704 (Austin)

This Austin-based burger chain serves up hormone- and antibiotic-free beef ground in-house daily, hand-cut fries, and scratch-made buns. The varied burger options range from a classic lettuce, onion, tomato version to amped up ones, like the habanero-topped El Diablo. As for beverages, there are plenty of craft beers, unique cocktails, and solid milkshakes.

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21. Red's Porch 3508 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

With a mix of Southern, Tex-Mex, and Cajun influences, Red's Porch brings flavors like the South Austin Po-Boy and Coffee Rubbed Brisket Tacos together under one roof (or onto one porch).

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22. Whip In 1950 S Interstate 35, Austin, TX 78704 (South Austin)

Whip In has a lot going for it: 72 beers on tap, growlers for you to take your brews home, live music every night of the week, and Indian cuisine with a Texas flare.

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23. Ramen Fukuya 1914 Guadalupe Street #A, Austin, TX 78705

You wanted ramen, you went to Ramen Fukuya, you ate ramen, you were very, very happy. That's called using your noodle.

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24. Blue Dahlia Bistro 3663 Bee Caves Rd, West Lake Hills, TX 78746 (Bee Cave)

This lesser known location of Blue Dahlia has the same French tartines — goat cheese and olive tapenade or ham with gruyère cheese — and wine list with the added benefit of a scenic, 10 minute drive straight through the dreamy hill country, making it a perfect date spot.

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25. Uncle Billy's Brew & Que 1530 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704 (North West)

What's better than a microbrewery or a BBQ joint? A microbrewery AND a BBQ joint! This place offers everything from pints to kegs, depending on your needs, and the beer available's award-winning. What more do you need?