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1. Greenhouse Craft Food1400 E Old Settlers Blvd, Round Rock
2. The Scarlet Rabbit410 W Main St, Round Rock
3. Fire & Ice Pizza Bar2601 S IH 35, Suite B300, Round Rock
4. Tortuga Flats3107 S Interstate 35, Round Rock
5. Hoody's Subs1205 Round Rock Ave #121, Round Rock
6. Fire In The Hole103 E Main St, Round Rock
7. Round Rock Donuts106 W Liberty St, Round Rock
Greenhouse Craft Food is a casual, counter-service eatery with food sourced from Texas farmers and ranchers, meaning the sandwiches, burgers, pasta, salads and specials are made with the best ingredients. We have to mention that it carries Texas craft beers and wines and has rotating weekly chef specials. Try "The Greenhouse Special": a BLT made with sourdough bread, uncured bacon, baby greens, local tomatoes, fried farmhouse egg, mayo, and jalapeño-maple jelly. Pro tip: during brunch hours, be sure to get your beignet fix!
Imagine a restaurant that mixes Texas-centric comfort cuisine with craft cocktails and a playful Alice in Wonderland theme throughout the restaurant. The Scarlet Rabbit is helmed by executive chefs Rob Snow (of the aforementioned Greenhouse Craft Food) and Rich Taylor (Quality Seafood). You’ll want to Instagram everything, from the lighting to the names of dishes. You can't miss the chicken & waffles (butternut waffle, crispy boneless breast, veggies, and chipotle maple syrup). Cocktail-wise, try The End (gin, serrano-infused Chartreuse, maraschino, lime juice).
New modern, family friendly Fire & Ice Pizza Bar specializes in thin-crust, artisan pizzas; salads; toasted hoagies, and more. In addition to making everything in-house, they’ve got a full bar serving Texas craft beer and unique cocktails. We can’t decide between the Urban Cowboy (Italian meatballs, pepperoni, marinated tomatoes, red onion, and garlic) or the Kickin' Chicken (olive oil, chicken, bacon, red onion, and house-made "Almost Famous" hot sauce). Guess it’s gonna have to be both.
A local hot spot in Round Rock, Tortuga Flats revamps traditional Southern Mexican favorites, like tacos with Coca Cola braised brisket and mountain nacho bowls topped with pork belly.
For over 25 years, Hoody’s has been a Round Rock favorite. The sandwiches, made with Boar’s Head meat and cheese, are kind of a big deal. The number one picks from loyal customers are the Philly cheesesteak (grilled rib eye steak, mushrooms, onions, peppers) and the meatball sandwich (meatballs, provolone cheese, onions, peppers).
Fire in the Hole is a perfect choice for someone who wants authentic Italian pizza but also wants a selection of small plates and sophisticated desserts. It prides itself on using "modern techniques and old-world sensibility." The pizza is baked for a short time in a wood-fired oven, which creates a crust that is crispy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside. What pizza would we recommend? The Salumeria (craft salamis, spicy sausage, smoked mozzarella, and chili flakes).
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.