Dining

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As the name suggests, this dinner promises delicious plates 24/7. Head over any time of the day or night to satisfy cravings. Menu highlights include roasted chicken, burgers, breakfast served around the clock, and one of a kind milkshakes like roasted banana and brown sugar. An extensive gluten free menu is also available.

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Consistently satisfying American fare that toes the casual/fancy line — great for weeknight dinners and weekend indulgences alike. Order the chicken piccata.

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Banger’s brings the German biergarten tradition stateside with an array of artisan sausages and more than 100 beers on tap.

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It’s nothing fancy, but this tiny shotgun-style diner has some of the city’s best breakfast offerings (and the lines outside to match). Both the pancakes and hamburger are legendary.

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An excellent place for a date; drink a bottle of wine at one of the cozy sidewalk tables.

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JANUARY 2015 | DINING PICK

by Karen Spezia

Trailblazing chefs Jesse Griffiths and Tamara Mayfield’s new restaurant is everything loyal fans hoped it would be and more.

Few restaurants have gestation periods as long as Dai Due. For almost a decade, the culinary force behind this new restaurant has been making noises about opening a brick-and-mortar. In 2006, Jesse Griffiths started hosting pop-up dinners in borrowed spaces around Austin. He also taught cooking classes in rented kitchens. After that, he ran a food trailer at a farmers market (where folks lined-up around the block). He even published a cookbook. All the while—even without a restaurant—he garnered national attention. And his fan base kept building and building, and waiting and waiting, hoping he’d one day have a permanent home.

Mazel tov! Dai Due, the restaurant, has finally arrived. Opened in August, this longtime dream of Griffiths and wife Tamara Mayfield is being fussed over like a newborn baby. On my first visit, it was packed. Legions...

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A neighborhood bar and grill with multiple locations.

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Authentic, handcrafted gelato served every day. Choose from 18 delicious flavors (like salted caramel or lemon) or try an artisanal frozen novelty, such as a granita or an affogato, which is a freshly prepared espresso poured over your favorite gelato.

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Chef Paul Qui's food truck offers Asian fusion food until 1:45am on weekends. Try favorites like the Thai Chicken Karaag or the Poor Quis Buns.

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Delicious and healthy fare from the organic garden out back since 1988.

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At this bake shop and beer garden, selections range from homemade sausages and pretzels to carefully crafted baguettes and croissants. Open until 2am every night, EasyTiger will satisfy every midnight beer and salt craving at its indoor bar or charming outside patio.

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Weekends at the farm have never been more delicious: Chef Sonya Cote of Hillside Farmacy teamed up with Springdale Farms to create a (literal) farm-to-table concept restaurant on the East side, serving a seasonal prix-fixe menu under the canopy of a majestic Texas elm tree.

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Enjoy chef-driven, authentic Mexican cuisine on their outdoor, upstairs patio.

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Specializing in New American cuisine, tapas and small plates, this casual wine bar offers over 100 fine wines from around the world as well as 11 different locally crafted beer options. Dishes range from the most elegant (think duck confit) to casual perfections (the classic hamburger).

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Husband and wife team Iliana de la Vega and Ernesto Torrealba serve up authentic cuisine from Mexico's interior. Dine al fresco on the charming Rainey Street patio.

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A charming French-Vietnamese eatery with a colorful menu of pho, banh mi, and more. Vibrant and comfortable surrounding patio.

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A café and grocery with both Louisiana and French sensibilities by Thomas Keller-trained Sarah McIntosh.

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A husband and wife team cook up delicious European-style dishes like pork schnitzel and paella.

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APRIL 2015 | DINING PICK

by Karen Spezia

Southern charm meets delicious flavors in this new downtown eatery.

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Prohibition-themed restaurant that serves a variety of southern comfort food.

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An authentic Brazilian Steakhouse that shares the guacho way of preparing meats. Enjoy a fine dining experience unlike any other.

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At Fonda San Miguel, authentic Interior Mexican food is lovingly served inside of a colorful hacienda-like building. The art-adorned walls and indoor, plant-filled courtyard provide a pleasant escape in North Austin. Visit the Sunday brunch buffet for the best in "interior Mexican" cuisine.

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Fresh, inspired sandwiches, soups, and salads in a charming, refashioned cottage and porch.

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Small, neighborhood restaurant in Hyde Park serving thoughtful, locally-sourced food at reasonable prices. Come early for Dollar Oyster Tuesdays.

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June 2015 Dining Pick

by Karen Spezia

The Southern-inspired global cuisine revolutionizing Anderson Lane.

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Serving "hot dogs, cold beer," and a variety of other diner-style items, Frank is a downtown Austin institution. With house-made sausages, gourmet dog toppings, and chocolate-covered bacon for desert, there is nothing ordinary about this joint. As an added bonus, Frank also offers plenty of gluten-free, vegan and vegetarians options.

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Franklin Barbecue is arguably the best in Texas, so be prepared to come early in order to taste the renowned brisket before it sells out. Open for lunch only, friendly patrons line up hours in advance to try the various smoked meats.

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Tasty chicken al carbon, refreshing agua frescas and the best guacamole around.

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After gaining traction as a food truck, G'Raj Mahal is now in a modern and eclectic space. If the cool atmosphere isn't reason enough to visit this authentic Indian spot, then the food is definitely worth a trip - be sure to sample the coconut naan.

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Updated diner staples play on comfort favorites like burgers, griddled sandwiches, and Caeser salads. Major bonus points for serving breakfast until 4pm on weekends.

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Located inside the new Hotel Ella on Rio Grande, Goodall's is a sophisticated restaurant concept featuring inventive global cuisine with a locally-driven, seasonal menu showcasing the best from top Texan purveyors. From seafood to pasta, there's something for everyone here.

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Gourdough's is nothing short of pure decadence. Fudge-filled, strawberry-glazed, and fried chicken-topped, the doughnuts from this food trailer serve up every flavor combination imaginable. Come hungry or be prepared to share because these scrumptious sweets manage to be a meal and a desert, all in one.

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Feast on continental brunch under the patio's majestic oaks. Try the milk punch; it's legendary!

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Lively Westlake wine bar, retailer and restaurant. The wine list boasts more than 250 by the bottle.

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This no fuss, no frills joint has been serving the ultimate in fried chicken for over sixty years. With a very crispy and slightly spicy exterior, yet an incredibly moist and juicy interior, it's no wonder this chicken is now "world famous." The fried green tomatoes are also worth a visit to this Southern institution.

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This casual, neighborhood eatery serves modern Italian food, with a focus on seasonal and local ingredients. The pastas are fresh, the pizzas are crisp, the polenta fries are a must-try, and everything else is undeniably delicious.

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Tucked in the quiet Bee Caves neighborhood, this chic establishment features the finest cuts of meat, but you can’t leave without trying their famous Crab Macaroni & Cheese.

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Cooking up all-natural ingredients, founder Drew Gressett resolves to never cut corners when serving up classic hamburgers at any of Hat Creek Burger's three locations. Pair your meal with a craft beer or a Blue Bell shake. Awesome enclosed playscape = chill time for parents.

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It's comfort food meets sports bar meets beer pub in Cherrywood, an easygoing place to get a craft beer and elevated beer food. Get the namesake: The Haymaker is an open-faced roast beef sandwich, topped with flavorful slaw, tomatoes, a fried egg, decadent gruyere sauce, and-wait for it-french fries.

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Equal parts charcuterie, cheese, and wine shop, Henri's offers a cozy space to explore new wines or take a bottle home.

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Hillside Farmacy is located in a beautifully restored 50s-style pharmacy with a perfect porch for people watching on the East Side. Oysters, cheese plates, and nightly dinner specials.

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Ideally located just steps from popular music venues like Mohawk, Red Eyed Fly, and Stubb's, Hoboken Pie is the place for that late-night slice. Open every night until 2:30am.

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For pizza cravings south of the river, head to Home Slice Pizza. Open until 3am for your post-bar-hopping convenience, and stocked with classics like the Margherita as well as innovative pies like the White Clam and special toppings like fried eggplant and meatballs.

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The perfect union of burgers and beer: enjoy fresh ingredients like Black Angus beef and hand-cut fries.

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A gastropub with French inclinations, a beautiful patio, and unique cocktails. Open until midnight daily.

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A choice pizza place for a spontaneous night out. Fresh and simple. Try the roasted olives and the kale salad too!

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American comfort classics with a Texan kick. A great appetizer menu featuring avocado fries, beer battered green beans, and steamed dumplings and extensive dinner with grilled salmon, chick friend steak fried caper fettuccine and more. Open until midnight Friday and Saturday.

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Savor country favorites from Chef Jack Gilmore on the covered patio.

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Rooted in a ranch-to-table dining experience, Jacoby's Restaurant and Mercantile transports you from East Austin to a rustic Southern home nestled in the countryside. The menu features the best dishes southern cooking has to offer, including beef from Adam Jacoby's own family brand based in Melvin, TX.

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This historic Clarksville favorite received a swanky makeover last year. The result is a luxe stage set for elegant bistro fare, perfect martinis, excellent service (including valets dressed in Wes Anderson-inspired uniforms), and the welcoming atmosphere that makes Jeffrey's an old Austin staple.

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Rustic Continental fare with an emphasis on fresh, local and organic ingredients. Serving lunch, afternoon snacks, and evening cocktails, the shady porch is the perfect spot for a late-afternoon paloma.

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Justine's is a quaint French brasserie deep in East Austin. Don't let the short drive deter you - the experience of eating traditional French plates and daily specials under decorative string lights makes for one idyllic evening with a significant other.

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Since opening its first set of doors in 1980, this Austin cafe has expanded to six locations across Austin. Wherever your night takes you, you're sure to find a Kerbey nearby with a stack of their famous pancakes hot and ready. Their South, Lamar, Guadalupe, and Hwy 183 locations are open 24/7!

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More than just sushi, this eatery serves up Japanese comfort food, including delicious, homemade ramen.

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The Asian-inspired cuisine, ranging from sushi to steak, draws a swinging singles scene.

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Grab a four-top and cook your own bulgogi in the middle of the table.

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Healthy, tasty Korean options like bulgogi and curry dishes all served up by the friendly staff.

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In the heart of East Sixth, La Barbecue whips up classic barbecue with free beer and live music.

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Serving food that can only be described as Mexican street chic, La Condesa puts a modern spin on authentic Mexican favorites. The trendy atmosphere and unparalleled selection of top quality tequilas make this the ideal spot for a fun night on the town.

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Open 24/7 to deliver your most authentic Mexican Food needs. From tortas to breakfast tacos to enchiladas, stop here for something savory to pick up something sweet from their bakery - a marvel of pan dulce, empanadas, marranitos and so much more.

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One of the hidden jewels in Westlake, this unique restaurant and bar offers authentic Interior Mexican cuisine in a sophisticated, yet relaxed setting. Enjoy family recipes made with fresh ingredients. Don't miss the margaritas!

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Authentic Italian in a cozy downtown setting; known for their wickedly rich and delicious Spaghetti alla Carbonara.

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Situated in a restored 19th century brick building and offering nightly live music, Lamberts is contemporary, cool, and one of the best in the Austin 'cue scene. The "fancy" barbecue is anything but stuffy, with family-style sides and a variety of mouth-watering meats, either smoked or grilled over an oak fire.

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May 2015 Dining Pick

by Karen Spezia

This stylish east Austin eatery keeps diners coming back for more.

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A roster of popular Japanese dishes like yaki udon and donburi with fun sake versions of classic cocktails, like the MoSakeJito and the Sake Colada.

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Countless variations on wonderfully fresh, made-to-order salads with homemade dressing.

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Enjoy a $40 three-course "Hot Weather" meal at this enchanting, globally-inspired spot in South Austin. Almost every ingredient served at this resaurant comes locally-sourced from Central Texas, making the unique, seasonal specialties even more enjoyable. Sit in the wine garden for happy hour and enjoy bottles from the top wine-producing regions in the world.

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Lick prides itself in making "honest ice creams," using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients and creating flavors inspired by the seasons. Austinites can get their ice cream fix by sampling the ever-popular "caramel salt lick," a seasonal "fresh oranges & fennel" flavor, or even the vegan "coconut chai chai."

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A Texas Tavern serving up a twist on pub favorites and comfort foods with 12 rotating local beers, three cocktails on tap, and plenty of Texas spirits. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Be sure to catch SXSW's Second Play Stage nightly at 6, 7, and 8pm. Conveniently located in the Hilton Austin across from the Austin Convention Center, in the heart of Austin.

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New from the owners of Botticelli's, this little resto serves New American/comfort food. With an impressive 24 seats, this restaurant boasts the biggest bar on South Congress.

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A futuristic dining experience on South Congress, inspired by the vibrant culture and cuisine of Tokyo.

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This South Congress favorite opened a new outpost off Burnet Road serving the same straight-up Southern goodness, from moon pies to fried green tomatoes to corn muffins to the creme de creme: fried chicken. Open until midnight Friday and Saturday.

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This sushi lounge fuses cuisine from East and West. Happy hour specials allow you to try a little bit of everything from the extensive menu.

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Casual Italian fare and a well-stocked gourmet grocery, alongside a deli, bakery, and espresso bar. Grab a gelato and unwind on the patio overlooking the Triangle.

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Manuel's is a locally renowned restaurant with a reputation for high-quality interior and coastal Mexican food. You don't want to miss their delicious hand-crafted cocktails and margaritas. We recommend the Chile Relleno del Mar- a blend of Texas Gulf Shrimp, fresh scallops, and Jumbo Blue Lump crab.

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Upscale dining meets comfort food. Their motto? "Champagne and Fried Chicken. Why the hell not?"

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Enjoy robato (Japanese tapas) grilled before you and lovely entrees of sea bass and duckling all day long.

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While the menu does provide healthy and light options, this is the place to indulge in fried-food glory. Start with fried goat cheese appetizers, followed by fried pork loin or Gulf shrimp, and finish with the fried pie of the day.

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Happy hour specials and fun appetizers, like corn dog shrimp, served on a stick with blueberry honey mustard.

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Mulberry is a wine bar and New American style restaurant that has received praise for its cozy atmosphere, unique design, carefully prepared cuisine, and an expertly curated wine list.

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The locally famed Musashino is where die-hard sushi lovers flock when they crave near perfection.

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Guests enjoy modern Italian cuisine in a sleek interior with sliding doors that make for a seamless indoor/outdoor space at this Domain standout. The fig and prosciutto pizza is the perfect mid-shopping snack!

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Subtle design elements make the space cohesive and modern, and its creative twists on classic, comforting dishes from a pork belly/sirloin burger to seasonally topped flatbread pizza are downright delicious.

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Creative small plates and Southern hospitality abound at this chic South Austin eatery. Relying on local produce, the menu changes monthly, and always manages to surprise even the most experienced eaters. Sunday brunch is a stand-out with seasonal offerings of a bone marrow omelette and mushroom pot pie.

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OCTOBER 2014 | DINING PICK

Refined Southern fare and a taste of history.

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Celebrated Austin Chef Shawn Cirkiel created this southern Italian-style restaurant with a menu that highlights local, seasonal ingredients and includes Southern and some Northern Italian favorites. The beautiful tree-covered patio is the perfect spot for a summer meal.

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A South Austin favorite emphasizing fresh and local produce and a diverse menu that ranges from foie gras to French toast. Don't miss the addictive fries with house-made ketchup.

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This beloved local burger shrine's newest location boasts expansive roof structures, floor-to-ceiling glass, and other contemporary design features, along with the signature tasty beef, chicken, and veggie burgers, flawless fries, and thick shakes.

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Patrons flock to this downtown hideaway for its wide selection of oysters and other modern-American specialties. The 6th Street locale is filled with industrial details and plenty of natural light, so it's no wonder that reservations are often necessary to get a table in the inviting space.

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MARCH 2015 | DINING PICK

by Karen Spezia

From on wheels in to a brick and mortar, this new eatery is full of flavor and fun.

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The bar shines at this French-influenced spot, which harkens back to a "pre-Prohibition" age as one of Austin's few servers of absinthe. The food is also a standout - the nightly changing menu offers up a seasonal variety of updated French comfort classics.

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A South Congress staple. Expect the freshest fish and oysters, flown in daily from both coasts, carefully prepared with simple yet elegant flavors. The fantastic front porch is the perfect spot for a bottle of wine and excellent people watching.

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Located downtown in the historic Norwood Tower, within easy walking distance of the capital Complex and other downtown landmarks. This location features unique decor, patio seating and Perry's award-winning menu.

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An oasis of calm and cool in the Warehouse District. Modern sushi with fresh dishes and fun drinks.

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Between the salsa bar, patio seating, and delicious margaritas, this is one of Austin's beloved Tex-Mex icons.

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Downtown Italian restaurant dishing up delicious antipasti and huge portions of Italian fare; great date night spot.

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Japanese comfort food at its finest in Austin's first brick and mortar, ramen-centric eatery.

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The western bistro and "saloon" brings in the crowds for one of the best happy hour deals in town.

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The vodka shots are plentiful at the Russian House, a nostalgic downtown spot that harkens back to the days of the USSR. Serving traditional Eastern European cuisine, the restaurant offers the expected bowls of borsch, along with authentic plates of shashlik (kebabs) and pirozhki.

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Salty Sow serves up creative signature drinks, including a yummy Blueberry-Lemon Thyme Smash. The food menu, heavy with sophisticated gastropub fare, is perfect for late-night noshing: think triple-fried duck fat fries and crispy Brussels sprouts.

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A cozy spot that serves up delectable flavor combinations of New Haven style pizza pies in an inviting bungalow.

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Bringing more Cajun and soul food options to the East Side. The mid-century modern design adds quirk to some seriously good food.

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This swanky spot offers something for everytone on its comtemporary American menu. Small plates are easily sharable as started and the "Black and Bleu" pizza is a must-try on any visit. The extensive wine and cocktail list puts Second over the top, making it an ideal choice for a fun Friday night.

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Savor American classic comfort food with a modern twist featuring selections from the "Ocean,""Ranch," and "Farm." Don't pass up the duck-fat fries or the creative cocktail infusions at this social dining spot.

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Set in a Tuscan-style villa, Siena captures the essence of its namesake region.

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Our Dining Pick for June 2014, Silo on 7th is a burger destination that stands out amid the other options in town. This new restaurant presents bold, tasty burgers in a casual, friendly atmosphere.

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A south Austin hotspot, we recommend South Congress Cafe's legendary brunch: carrot cake French toast and migas are to die for. If you're there for dinner, order the quail.

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Known for its eclectic crowd, colorful patio, and fun drink menu, this popular Austin spot also offers late night bites until 2am. Enjoy sandwiches, tacos, and pita pizzas before a show at their music menu, Spider House Ballroom.

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This cosmic favorite serves tasty breakfast items to Austin's night owls.

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Flavorful dishes like eggplant with garlic sauce or shrimp with lemongrass.

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Upscale Japanese food and a great ambiance make Tadashi the perfect spot for a date night for those in the Bee Caves and Lakeway neighborhoods.

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Restaurant, cooking school and market all in one place. Try the Thai Sunday brunch!

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Zip in for a buffet-style lunch or settle in for a long dinner to savor delicious, contemporary, Indian cuisine not far from downtown.

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