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1. Patika2159 S Lamar Blvd, Austin
2. Kerbey Lane Café3704 Kerbey Ln, Austin
3. Red's Porch3508 S Lamar Blvd, Austin
4. Black Sheep Lodge2108 S Lamar Blvd, Austin
5. Maria's Taco Xpress2529 S Lamar Blvd, Austin
6. East Side King2310 S Lamar Blvd, Austin
7. Broken Spoke3201 South Lamar Blvd, Austin
8. Gourdough's Public House2700 S Lamar Blvd, Austin
9. Casino South Side Lounge1502 W Ben White Blvd, Austin
What started out as a Downtown coffee cart (that still runs) is now a coffee shop in South Austin. On the menu are pleasant coffees and espressos made with Austin coffee roaster Cuvee’s beans, along with beer and wine for the more alcohol-inclined. Rotating pastries are made in-house. Try to catch the orange-rosemary scones if you can.
This quaint South Austin cafe is famous for their pancakes, which come in a variety of flavors, including gingerbread and apple whole wheat (there is also a gluten free option). Expect a wait, as this place is extremely popular, but it's definitely worth it.
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).
South Lamar's mistiest patio is a venerable HQ for sports fans, with all the games shown on their armada of flatscreens and accompanied by Sunday specials like a $3 sangria or Bloody.
Fun and wacky decor (and tequila) is just what you need post-work, and Maria’s Taco Xpress doesn’t fail to deliver, if the giant bust of the taco queen out front is any indication. Go straight for the giant cheap margaritas for only $2.25.
Paul Qui's popular spot of the same name crops up on South Lamar, bringing the same fresh takes on tacos, ramen, and bao. Beet home fries and Thai chicken kara-age? Count us in.
Hit the legendary honky tonk to take in the dulcet tones of "real country musicians" (who've entertained everyone from Queen Elizabeth's entourage to a solo Troy Aikman), enjoy the "best chicken fried steak in Texas", and revel in pure honky tonk-style excitement.
Gourdough's Public House, operating out of S Lamar Kerbey Lane in South Austin, has redefined the function of the donut, again. There is a "Donut Burgers" section in their menu, in real life. To bring you back down to earth, you can pair that with a specialty cocktail with bourbon-infused bacon, because that is also real.