Jody Horton
The Wheel
Bribery Bakery
Mongers Market + Kitchen
Stay Gold
Andrea Calo
Counter 3.FIVE.VII
Knox Photographics
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1. Launderette 2115 Holly St, Austin, TX 78702

Executive Chef Rene Ortiz and pastry chef Laura Sawicki are fearless in the kitchen. The flavor combinations on the menu at Launderette are both complex and approachable, featuring favorites like the charred octopus, plancha burger (quite possibly the best burger in Austin), roasted parsnips, birthday cake ice cream sandwich... scratch that. Everything. Try everything on this menu. Stop by for dinner, weekday lunch, weekend brunch, or for their weekly happy hour specials.

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2. The Wheel 1902 E MLK, Austin, TX 78702

Located right behind Juiceland (former Wet Whistle), The Wheel is serving craft beer and cocktails with house-made seasonal infusions. Every day, they offer a $4 rotating whiskey selection.

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3. Hard Luck Lounge 3526 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702

Hard Luck Lounge takes the idea of “dive bar” to a whole new level in the greatest way possible. This Irish pub is complete with an old-school jukebox, outdoor patio, a pool table and full bar, plus just the right amount of grunge. At any time you walk in there may be live music. HLL is a can’t-go-wrong option for when you’re looking for a feel-good, low-key night out. Just try to resist its (lucky) charm.

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4. Bribery Bakery 2013 Wells Branch Pkwy Ste 109, Austin, TX 78728 (Wells Branch)

From former Foreign & Domestic pastry chef Jodi Elliott, Bribery Bakery has sweet and vintage decor, plus pies, cakes, cookies, and savory baked breakfast items.

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5. Mongers Market + Kitchen 2401 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX

From fishmonger Roberto San Miguel and former Kenichi chef Shane Stark, Monger’s offers classic seafood fare and freshly-caught fish and shrimp for purchase.

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6. Italic 123 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78701

From the team behind 24 Diner, Easy Tiger, and Arro, plus Executive Chef Andrew Curren, is Italic. Housed in the former Bar Louie space, the seasonal menu includes roasted half chicken, Florence-style T-bone steak, and wood-fired pizzas. Italic’s weekday happy hour is from 4:30-6:30.

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7. Apis 23526 TX-71, Spicewood, TX 78669 (Spicewood Springs)

Named for and inspired by the honeybee and its bounty, Apis Restaurant and Apiary in Hill Country sits on six acres overlooking the Pedernales River, and serves contemporary American cuisine "complemented by honey yielded from twenty on premise [docile] bee hives." The honeybee served as inspiration not only for the cuisine, but also for the the way they work harmoniously with nature.

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8. Stay Gold 1910 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702

Owners Nathan Hill and Will Tanner (of The White Horse and Hole in the Wall, respectively) created the perfect blend of East Side dive bar charm with a legit and accessible cocktail program at the former El Leon space.

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9. Isla 208 W 4th St, Austin, TX 78701 (Warehouse District)

From the team behind the city's beloved Péché, Isla -- conveniently located right next door -- brings a taste of the islands to the Warehouse District from its colorful, breezy post on West 4th Street. Dishes are inflected by Peruvian and Caribbean tradition, with menu items like anticuchos and jerk pork chops. Cocktails are tiki-inspired (the mai tai is a must-have), and the rum selection is extensive; enjoy it in cocktail form or by the flight from your post in the tropics of Austin's Isla.

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10. COUNTER 3. FIVE. VII 315 Congress Ave Ste 100, Austin, TX 78701 (Downtown)

Nestled below Swift’s Attic on Congress Ave, this tiny restaurant has no servers, no tables, and tipping is not allowed. Instead, diners choose from three-, five-, or seven-course tasting menus served at a chef’s counter. The cuisine is seasonally-based New American and the team is led by Lawrence Kocrek (formerly of Trace).

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11. Craftsman 2000 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702

This East Cesar Chavez bar, housed in the former Cap’s Gameroom, set up shop amongst fellow bars Stay Gold and Drinks Lounge. The concept is simple: maintain a casual "house-party vibe" with live DJs, draft cocktails, and cheap tallboys & wells. Come to expect events like yoga brunch and tetherball games.

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12. Fixe 500 W 5th St, Austin, TX 78701 (Downtown)

Fixe, with its very experienced chef/management team, is doing upscale-Southern with a dedicated grits menu and a barrel-aged craft cocktail program.