Andiamo, an Austin Gem Known for Exceptional Italian Food, Launches Its New Spring Menu

Gosh, I think this is the 3rd year I’ve consistently dined at Andiamo and obvi it is dang good or I wouldn’t keep going back!

If you haven’t been, this gem has been serving up authentic Italian food in North Austin for 15 years! It’s Woman-Owned and Operated and definitely worthy of all the accolades it receives and continues to receive.

Spring has blessed us with its presence, and with that comes all of the gorgeous, vibrant-colored ingredients! Something about veggies and pasta makes the #carb life seem a bit more manageable right?

I was invited in to try some of the new additions to the lunch and dinner menus and honestly, I can’t tell you which one was my favorite because I’d gladly order each and every one of these dishes again!

One of the best dang garlic breads I’ve ever eaten!

This salad with grapefruit, strawberries, feta and arugula was so refreshing!

If you go for dinner, order the Insalata Tricolore – with shaved fennel, orange segments, and goat cheese, this will be the perfect appe-teaser!

I’m a huge ravioli lover, especially when mushrooms are involved. These were stuffed with mushrooms, ricotta and swiss chard and extremely addictive!

New for Spring, the Gnocchi Primaverra is loaded with green peas, radishes, bell peppers, onions and lemon zest! And who doesn’t love potato pillows!?! These are light and packed with flavor!

Oh so green but oh so good, the Spaghetti Verdi was probably one of my fave dishes of the day!

If you love brussel sprouts and pancetta as much as I do, the Penne con Cavoletti is for you!

If the Linguine with calamari and black mussels is on the menu, I usually order it even with my tomato allergy – it’s everything!

Perfectly cooked trout with capers – hello heaven!

Save room for dessert! The Millefoglie is a MUST – and it’s a great palate cleanser (if you needed an excuse to eat dessert)

As you can tell, I’m a huge fan of Andiamo! The dishes are so creative and this is what I imagine real Italian food tasting like in Italy. Now, it’s time to plan a trip to Italy stat!

Bon Appetite,

Shveta

May, 2019

Where to Grab An Incredible Sandwich in ATX

I LOVEEEE a good sandwich that has me craving the same one over and over again. Growing up, I would make the same sandwich to take for lunch at school EVERY DAY for a year – and then, I’d get sick of it (after eating it every day for a year) and switch to another. I’m so weird right? One year it was turkey and pepperjack cheese. Another year it was smoked ham and cheddar. Another year it was cracked pepper turkey and pepperjack. Point is, me and sandwiches go wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy back!

So here are the spots that I love to enjoy a good ole sammie at the moment – the list can AND WILL change given my mood ๐Ÿ™‚ My favorite embedded Vessel map below has pictures by location, so check it out for the full scoop and mouthwatering pics/videos!

Little Deli & Pizzeria

Hello hidden gem of a pizza and sandwich shop in the Crestview neighborhood! Why the heck didn’t I go here sooner? We showed up at a random time on a Saturday – random meaning not lunch or dinner time but right smack in between aka 3PM-ish. They were packed! Kids, dogs, adults sitting outside and ordering inside…I mean, the weather that day was epic so I can’t blame people for hanging, but woah, I was shocked!

Loved the Italian Sub and the Chicken Salad so much and we’re heading back soon for some ‘za!

Address: 7101-A Woodrow Ave.

Hours: Monday-Sat 11AM-9PM

Website: https://littledeliandpizza.com/index.html

The Italian Sub – isn’t that just gorgeous?

Otherside Deli

When this hot spot opened up off W. 34th Street, it became the talk of the town! Quite literally, my Instagram feed blew up with pictures of their reuben and pastrami sandwiches.

Being married to one of the biggest pastrami lovers I know, I made it my mission to take the Hubs there. In fact, I love him so much that I took him there for his birthday weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

I ordered the Otherside Italian for myself and hubs got the Otherside (with Pastrami), and I quote him “This is the best pastrami I’ve ever eaten.” So there folks…I’m not sure why you aren’t headed there as you’re reading this!

My Italian sandwich was one of the best I’ve had as well. Love their house vinegar that they add to it. And pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee don’t leave without ordering a chocolate chip cookie with sea salt sprinkled on top – best cookies in Austin post coming soon, FYI!

Address: 1104 W. 34th Street

Hours: Monday-Sunday 10AM-5PM

Website: https://www.othersidedeliatx.com/

The Otherside – Pastrami

Carpenter’s Hall

I’m quite literally obsessed with the new Carpenter Hotel. Have you been? From delish golden lattes, to super amazing pastries, to incredible BRUNCH, LUNCH, DINNER AND LATE NIGHT, you will not go wrong here. They’re open to the public so you don’t have to actually stay there to enjoy their food.

I’ve tried a heck of a lot of food there and I can’t tell you if there is one thing that is my favorite. I’d eat everything I’ve eaten again and again!

Their sourdough bread is quite beautiful and perfectly prepared. A friend of mine had the Roast Beef Sandwich and really enjoyed it. Hubs got the Reuben – TALK ABOUT STACKED! Too big to hold both halves in one hand for a pic, y’all. Also, too dang delicious to not finish on the spot ๐Ÿ™‚

Address: 400 Josephine Street

Hours: Daily 7AM-Midnight

Website: http://carpenterhotel.com/


Reuben and Fries – massive sandwich!

Austin Daily Press

This favorite Eastside spot of mine has shown up in a couple of my blog posts for many reasons. 1) epic sandwiches 2) 2 locations within 2 miles of my house 3) JALAPENO HUSHPUPPIES 4) lots of veggie options for those days you need to eat veggies but you don’t feel like eating a dinky salad.

Their bread for the Tortas is incredible. Made by Bellows Bakery, the rolls are freaking delish – like you could eat them on their own – but whyyyyy do that when you can eat a delish roll stuffed with all the goodness?

A couple of my faves happen to be their veggie options – Caul Me and Mad Beets. I equally love the Lucille (think banh mi sandwich) and the Charlie (flank steak).

ALWAYS pair your sandwich with an order of jalapeno hushpuppies. If you don’t, I will disown you – NOT JOKING!

Address: 1900 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. and 4620 E. Cesar Chavez St.

Hours: MLK – Breakfast Monday-Friday 9AM-11AM; Lunch/Dinner Monday-Sunday 11AM-10PM. Cesar Chavez Breakfast Monday-Friday 8AM-11AM; Lunch Monday-Sunday 11AM-4PM; Dinner Thursday-Saturday 4PM-9PM

Website: https://www.austindailypress.com/

Mad Beets – it’s LOADED!

Walton’s Fancy & Staple

I’m kind of jealous of people who live in walking distance of Walton’s. I’d be there all the time if I lived close or worked nearby. Parking isn’t the easiest given all the construction on W. 6th these days. However, if you’re in the area, please drop in and eat EVERYTHING!

They’ve got a Fancy Lunch option that is my go-to – half of a Ham on Pretzel and a Cesar Salad. Their pretzel roll with Ham is the perfect combo! Treat yourself afterwards (or before, I won’t judge) to a macaron or cake or a latte!

Address: 609 W. 6th Street

Hours: Monday-Wednesday 7AM-7PM and Thursday-Saturday 7AM-9:30PM and Sunday 8AM-4PM

Website: https://www.waltonsfancyandstaple.com/

Fancy Lunches for 2!

Loro

When two well-known Chefs/Restaurant Owners collaborate and open a restaurant together, YOU GO! Chef Tyson Cole and Aaron Franklin combined their genius skills to create Loro. Think Asian Smokehouse when you go and plan to be pleased as heck.

Ok, so I think my favorite sandwich is one that has Turkey in it. And remember, hubs loves a good Reuben.

Enter Loro’s TURKEY REUBEN. It’s heavenly…you’ve got to try it and prove otherwise. The turkey is perfectly smoked. The sandwich is perfectly toasted. It can’t get any tastier…

Address: 2115 S. Lamar Blvd.

Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11AM-10PM and Friday-Saturday 11AM-11PM

Website: https://loroaustin.com/

Turkey Reuben – that muenster cheese is THIC!

Biderman’s Deli

This Jewish-inspired deli is serving up bagels, lox, matzo ball soup, and incredible deli sandwiches!

With two locations in Austin, you’re not too far from enjoying one of the best sandwiches in ATX. I stopped by the downtown location recently and ordered the Turkey & Swiss (surprise surprise)! I had to eat the sandwich in 2 sittings because that’s how huge it was! So so good…their bread, the turkey…the swiss. Gah!

And they now use Rosen’s Bagels for their bagels so EPIC AND INCREDIBLE BAGELS AVAILABLE FOR YOUR DEVOURING at breakfast too!

Address: 800 Brazos St. Suite 215 and 3742 Far West Blvd.

Hours: Downtown Monday-Friday 7AM-3PM and Saturday-Sunday 8AM-3PM; Far West Monday-Friday 7AM-7PM and Saturday-Sunday 7AM-4PM

Website: https://www.bidermansdeli.com/

Turkey & Swiss – barely holding on!

Uncle Nicky’s

The ultimate collab of Via313, Nickle City and Juniper, Uncle Nicky’s is the best of Italian sandwiches, pastries, Negronis all packed into the cutest Hyde Park neighborhood spot.

We went for a late dinner on a cold wintery day in the ATX, so it was quite crowded inside. They’ve got a cute patio but come on, it was too cold to sit out there the night we dropped in.

A counter-service spot, we ordered the Italian Tuna and Hots Sandwich, Classico Pane Tostato and the PB&J Pane Tostato.

Wowzasssssssssssssssssssssss….speechless, friends! Everything was so so good. The pane tostatos are small so get a few if you’re hungry. But they’re absolutely divine. The sandwich was substantial and LEGIT!

I’ll be going back in for lunch ASAP so I can get my hands on some of their Cruellers, donuts, ham & eggs!

Address: 4222 Duval St.

Hours: Daily 7AM-Midnight

Website: https://www.unclenickys.com/

Italian Tuna & Hots – perfection on a plate!

Easy Tiger

No sandwich list is complete with including Easy Tiger. Afterall, they make most of the bread that restaurants use for their own sandwiches!

With 3 locations in Austin – Linc, E. 6th and Cedar Park – they’ve pretty much got the city covered.

Any guesses what sandwich I love and get every time? Come on now…you know me! If you guessed Smoked Turkey, you’re the WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER! I just can’t get enough of that avocado chimichurri and those pretty watermelon radishes inside.

Address: 709 E. 6th St. and 6406 N. IH 35 #1100 and 5001 183 Toll Rd. (inside 365 Whole Foods)

Hours: Downtown Monday-Wednesday 11AM-Midnight and Thursday-Friday 11AM-2AM and Saturday 10AM-2AM and Sunday 10AM-Midnight; Linc Sunday-Thursday 7AM-11PM and Friday-Saturday 7AM-Midnight; 365 Whole Foods Monday-Friday 7AM-9PM and Weekends 8AM-9PM

Website: https://www.easytigerusa.com/

Smoked Turkey – that bread tho!

Well folks, that’s all I got for you right now. If you can’t find a sandwich you like in Austin, I think it’s safe to say you’re hard to please ๐Ÿ™‚

Stay tuned for some more sandwich recs as I eat them – you better believe there will be more turkey sandwiches coming to the list soon!

Bon Appetite,

Shveta

March, 2019

Cava is finally in the ATX!

Mediterranean food is by far my favorite cuisine and while some of my favorite spots to indulge in all things Shwarma, Kubideh, Tabouleh and Hummus are in Houston, when I heard fast-casual Cava was headed to Austin from the DC area, I stalked their page everyday for the news!

Enter the healthiest, most welcoming, beautiful Greek & Mediterranean casual modern restaurant!

Their location off Guadalupe aka The Drag has a beautiful patio with Will Bryantz artwork all over the walls making for tons of InstaWorthy shots!

Customized a Grains and Greens bowl with falafel and grilled meatballs

The entire spread with their housemade watermelon mint juice and strawberry citrus

A Grains and Greens bowl with falafel and chicken and a raspberry lime Spindrift

Pita with spicy lamb meatballs!

They have quite the selection of juices and teas – I really enjoyed the Watermelon Mint!

They’re now open in Westlake and coming soon to downtown #ATX off of 6th and Congress very soon!

Try everything, feel good about what you eat, and enjoy the vibes!

Bon Appetite!

-Shveta

July 2018

Best of East Austin Restaurants – 2019 City Guide

This guide to the Best of East Austin Restaurants is part of the Austin Food Blogger Allianceโ€™s 2019 City Guide. #atxbesteats

Updated May 2019 

If you like looking at maps to find the locations and plan a walk, bike ride, rideshare, etc. then you’re going to love the map I’ve embedded into this post! If you expand it to full screen, you can click on a restaurant in the listing and it’ll show you the pin on the map as well as some vertical videos and food or drink pics of mine (or others’ photos with credit given in the blog post) to get you drooling! Call or check out a restaurant’s website simply by clicking in the map. Go ahead, take a look, play a bit, and let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

*All pictures in the map are the same as those you see in this post. See captions of pictures for appropriate credit if they aren’t mine.

The Guide:

I’ve been living and dining in East Austin for 4 years now, and boy has the food scene expanded over time! We’ve seen some really great places come and go ;( And tons of spots have stuck around through all the East Austin revitalization going on.

Nonetheless, I’m sure you’ve dined on the EastSide at least once even if you don’t live in this part of town! It’s become quite the mecca for unique culinary experiences and here are some of the spots I recommend. Again, this is not meant to be an all-inclusive list since there are probably more restaurants than meals ๐Ÿ™‚ I also haven’t made my way out to every East Austin restaurant quite yet.

Hill Country Cuisine

Pitchfork Pretty

If you’ve asked me any time since August, “what’s your favorite restaurant right now?” my response has been, “Pitchfork Pretty.” I love the A-frame design, bright chalet feel and everything I’ve ever eaten or sipped on there.

My recommendations: To name a few for dinner — Yuca Dumplings, Fried Chicken, Buckwheat Cornbread, Oysters

Brunch — All of the bagel sandwiches! They make their own bagels, y’all.

Parking: Private lot

Takes reservations: Yes

Website: http://pitchforkpretty.com/

Address: 2708 E. Cesar Chavez St.

Yuca Dumplings – come here my pretty! These tasty yuca pillows with queso oaxaca, escabeche and wild oregano had me singing!
The Lox – housemade bagels! And Caldo De Pollo Frito!

Coastal Mexican

Grizzelda’s

So I dine here a lot. Brunch on Sundays, dinner on a weeknight, oh and a super dope Happy Hour (all night on Thursdays)! Alot of the staff have been there since they opened and I like to feel like it’s my home away from home.

If you want high quality seafood and Jacoby’s Ranch beef mixed in with a Mexican/ATX-Mex feel, this is your place!

My recommendations: Just a few of my faves — Tostaditas, Tuna Tostadas, Ceviche Mixto, Queso, Street Sprouts, Picadillo Tacos. For drank — FroMo, 50/50, Grizz Mizz, Bad Girl Ri Ri.

Can’t pass up their Sunday Brunch Buffet!

Parking: Parking on the street on Tillery or 2nd. Also, valet.

Takes reservations: Yes

Website: https://grizzeldas.com/

Address: 105 Tillery St.

My all time favorite – Ceviche Mixto
FroMo – strong and delish!
Grizzelda’s prettiest drink!

Interior Mexican

Licha’s Cantina

TexMex is fine and all and usually is what you’ll find more of around town, but the Eastside is blessed with Licha’s and if you love sopecitos, tinga de pollo and cochinita pibil as much as we do, this is your spot for authentic Interior Mexican fare! They’ve got an incredible happy hour – probably one of the best in town, IMO!

My Recommendations: Ceviche, Arroz con Huitlachoche, Tinga de Pollo, Cochinita Pibil Tlacoyos

Parking: Paid street parking

Takes reservations: Yes for parties of 10 or more

Website: http://lichascantina.com/

Address: 1306 E. 6th Street

Such a unique dish with great flavors – really enjoyed the Arroz con Huitlachoche

Discada

When this spot popped up on Rosewood and Angelina, Instagram was flooded with pictures of their tacos. We stopped in to see what all the hype was about and totally get why they’re some of the most loved tacos in Austin. They only serve one kind of taco, the Discada, with the best mix of beef and pork cooked in a wok and topped with onions, pineapples, cilantro, etc.! It’s a technique found in Northern Mexico and the owner, Jose, shared with me that his family cooked this way and he wanted to serve it in Austin. The tacos aren’t huge, so order alot – mostly because you aren’t going to want to share and you’re going to keep craving them!

My Recommendations: I get 3 Discada tacos for myself and 8 if sharing with the hubs. And definitely try the elotes.

Parking: Street parking

Takes reservations: No, it’s a food truck

Website: http://www.discadatx.com/

Address: 1319 Rosewood Ave.

These are freakin addictive!

Italian

Unit D Pizzeria

Another spot where the owners and staff know me due to my frequent visits ๐Ÿ™‚ Something about the space is just so cozy and welcoming.

My Recommendations: Charcuteria Board, Kale Salad, Mushroom Pizza, Peppers Pizza, Cesar Salad, and save room for dessert!

They have lunch on the weekends from 11:30-2:30 and their sandwiches are to die for!

Parking: They have shared parking with Dai Due. Don’t park in the Haymaker lot or you’ll be towed.

Takes reservations: Yes, for parties of 5 or more

Website: http://www.unitdpizzeria.com/

Address: 2406 Manor Rd.

The Italian and Turkey Sandwiches
The Pepperoni Pizza – drooling yet? Photo Credit: Monique Sandhu aka @atxeatsandtreats

Stella Public House

Fairly new to the Mueller development, Stella Public House focuses on “farm to pizza.” If you dine there, be sure to get one of their Texas-sourced artisan wood-fired pizzas! They have way more than that, from fresh salads, to a wonderful brunch menu (with things other than pizza)!

Stop on by for happy hour daily from 4-6:30PM and try out tons of incredible dishes at happy hour pricing. Their Margherita pizza is only $5 during happy hour!

My recommendations: Dinner — Wild mushroom mac & cheese, Bee Sting pizza, Proscuitto Arugula pizza

Brunch –Root Hash, Egg Panino

Parking: Street parking and validated parking in the garage next to the Alamo Drafthouse

Takes reservations: No

Website: http://stellapublichouse.com/location/austin

Address: 1905 Aldrich St., #110

Egg Panino and Root Hash – both excellent and on the brunch menu

Intero

It took me ages to get to Intero but I’m so glad I did. They focus on the whole animal in their Italian creations and save room for some of the tastiest chocolates I’ve gotten my hands on. Chef Ian and Chocolatier Krystal are a power couple in the restaurant and out and about. They’re married and the sweetest. With Brunch service as a new addition to their offering, you really need to dine there asap and enjoy their culinary creations. The restaurant is absolutely gorgeous as well!

My recommendations: Gnocchi, Spaghettini, Burrata, Risotto

Parking: They have a parking lot and there is also street parking in the area

Takes reservations: Yes

Website: https://www.interorestaurant.com/

Address: 2612 E. Cesar Chavez

Absolutely perfect Burrata

La Matta

When Native Italian bring Italian Sandwiches to the Eastside, you run! This low-key, casual, cafe vibes spot at The Arnold, should be on your line up for amazing paninis (the real kind, not the panini maker kind), mozzarella boards, boards, and vibrant fresh salads. Oh and if you’re a Soccer fan, they’ve got several TV’s broadcasting games!

My Recommendations: Hot Soppressata, Fontina, Roasted Peppers, Basil on Ciabatta – legit Italian sandwich, y’all!  Enjoy with a Kale, Burrata, Mango, Endive, Turnip, Radish, Hazelnut, Mint and Lime.

They’re known for their mozzarella boards and boards with meat and cheese in general. I’ll be going back for these!

If you’re needing a libation, they have Italian wines, beer, and coffee of course.

Since they’re open daily from 11-9PM, you have plenty of opportunities to try out the entire menu.

Parking: Street parking and validated parking in the garage (bring your ticket in)

Takes reservations: No

Website: https://lamattaaustin.com/

Address: 501 Comal St.

Proscuitto, Mozzarella and Arugula Panini Photo Credit: Shayda Torabi aka @withshayda

L’Oca d’Oro

Another wonderful spot in the Mueller Development, they focus on an Italian inspired celebration of family, community, and sustainability.

They pay One Fair Wage for their employees and hospitality is included in the form of a 20% pre-tax service charge.

My Recommendations: Brunch — Chickory Salad, Full Italian, Creamy Polenta

Parking: Street parking and validated parking in the AMLI Mueller garage

Takes reservations: Yes

Website: https://www.locadoroaustin.com/

Address: 1900 Simond Ave.

Chickory Salad and Mushroom Toast

Patrizi’s

Truly an East Austin gem, Patrizi’shttps://www.patrizis.com/ has been around, originally in Beaumont, since the 1950’s!

Situated outside of the Butterfly Bar and The Vortex, Patrizi’s has a legit operation going serving up super fancy and uber satisfying Italian classics all from a food trailer! If you stop by any evening around 6:45 or so, you’ll almost guaranteed have to wait in line. Don’t worry though, staff pass around the tastiest zucchini salads to hold you over, and they’ll even talk you through the menu and what works best for your dining occasion that night!

My Recommendations: The Great Leopold or Karah’s Diavolo + the best and most affordable chicken in town! Patrizi’s salad for sure and NEVER PASS UP an order of garlic bread!

Parking: They’ve got a parking lot shared with Butterfly Bar and The Vortex and there is neighborhood parking nearby.

Takes reservations: It’s a truck – stand in line, yo!

Website: https://www.patrizis.com/

Address: 2307 Manor Rd.

Patrizi’s Salad, Karah’s Diavolo with chicken and an agave lemonade from The Butterfly Bar – perfect date night!

American

Bird Bird Biscuit

Uh, if you love biscuits and fried chicken, a visit to Bird Bird Biscuit is an absolute must! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been. They’ve got sausage, bacon, and just little biscuit dough bites too – if you don’t like fried chicken. Their biscuits remind me of the ones I ate growing up in Southern Louisiana. Quite often, you’ll find a line at the joint – don’t let it scare you…it moves fast!

My Recommendations: Queen Beak, Dough Dough Bites

Parking: A few spots up front and then street parking

Takes reservations: Not that kind of place. Order at the counter and grab a seat or take to-go

Website: https://www.birdbirdbiscuit.com/

Address: 2701 Manor Rd.

Another good one, the Lovely Day!

Brewer’s Table

The fact that we have restaurants that are zero waste is yet another reason Austin has one of the best culinary scenes in the country. Brewer’s Table brews their own beer and uses the malts, hops, grains from the brewing process in their culinary creations. How amazing is that?!

Check out their Lager Garden for an exclusive menu including sandwiches, sides and brews. Stop on by for brunch on the weekends and enjoy pancakes, breakfast hash, deviled eggs and other brunch staples! They’ve got mimosas, friends!

My Recommendations: Get The Feast! It easily serves 3 if you start with an app or two

Parking: Parking lot

Takes reservations: Yep!

Website: https://www.thebrewerstable.com/

Address: 4715 E. 5th St.

These ribs were fantastic!

Salty Sow

Known as a “head to tail” restaurant, Salty Sow is an American Gastropub serving up some really delicious well-known yummies in a modern farmhouse atmosphere.

My Recommendations: Dinner — Triple Fried Duck Fat Fries, Truffled Deviled Eggs, Fresh & Smoked Salmon Rillette, Crispy Brussels Sprout Leaves, Slow-Cooked Beef Shoulder, Crisp Chicken Thighs, Candied Pork Belly

Dessert — Butterscotch Budino

Sips — Rosemary’s Piglet, Maple Glazed Old Fashion, Moscow Sow

Parking: Parking lot nearby

Takes reservations: Yes

Website: http://saltysow.com/austin/

Address: 1917 Manor Rd.

Truffled Deviled Eggs Photo Credit: Patty Suarez aka @ieatyoufollow

Yellow Jacket Social Club

Ok, so this is a bar with an impressive menu, so it deserves a spot on this list. My husband and I frequent it for a casual spot to grab a drink and enjoy a quick bite usually on our way to see a band at the Historic Scoot Inn.

My Recommendations: Cheese or Charcuterie boards, Meze (99% of the time, I order this), Frito Pie (life-changing), Roasted Beet Sandwich, Tuna Melt (my husband’s obsession). If you love a spiced saltine, order the Social Crackers – eat them alone or with the meze or cheese board.

Parking: They have a lot and there is street parking off of 5th

Takes reservations: It’s not that kind of place!

Website: http://www.yellowjacketsocialclub.com/

Address: 1704 E. 5th St.

Revelry Bar + Kitchen

I was lucky enough to be invited for Sunday Funday Brunch fairly soon after the opening of RKB, and I was blown away by the attention to detail on their food! They’ve been open on East 6th for over a year now, and Chef Dom always keeps the menu seasonal and fresh, Alana knocks it out of the park with amazing cocktail creations, and LisaMarie is the most amazing Operations Director I’ve ever encountered. Overall, quite the team!

My Recommendations: Dinner — Chicken Lollipops (asian garlic, dry rub, thai green curry), Chili Fries (add avocado), RKB Burger, Fries, Sweet Potato Tots,

Brunch — Wings & Waffles, Biscuit + Sausage Skillet

Parking: Street parking

Takes reservations: They’re counter-service, so no

Website: http://revelryatx.com/

Address: 1410 E. 6th St.

Chili fries with guac – always get it!
Wings + Waffles – heyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy, those chicken lollipops aren’t your average wings! The honey-maple bourbon syrum and pandan sauce will have you singing for more!

Also: See Best 5 East ATX Happy Hours


Austin Daily Press

I can’t remember my first time grabbing a brioche or torta from ADP, but it’s been a frequented spot for us the last 3 years. Grab a spot out front on a nice day, or order and get your food brought to you while sipping on a drink at The Wheel.

My Recommendations: Jalapeno Hushpuppies ALWAYS, The Lucy Tacos, Baby Buffalo, Mini Tuxedo, Pineapple Express Tacos, Thai Salad, Medi Salad, Lavender Lemonade

Parking: Parking lot

Takes reservations: None needed. Order at window.

Website: https://www.austindailypress.com/

Address: 1900 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. and 4620 E. Cesar Chavez St. Bldg. 1

The best jalapeno hushpuppies in all of the land!

Jacoby’s Restaurant & Mercantile

One of the first ranch-to-table restaurant in Austin, Jacoby’s always impresses with the tastiest beef and the most beautiful views of the Colorado River. Scoot on over to the Mercantile and buy yourself a little something while you’re there too. I always do ๐Ÿ™‚

My Recommendations: Dinner — Deviled Eggs, Cheeseburger, Chicken Fried Steak, Mac & Cheese, Brussels Sprouts, Wood Roasted Chicken

Brunch — Smoked Salmon Board, Braised Beef Benedict, Chicken Fried Steak & Waffles, Buttermilk Biscuit & Gravy, Mac & Cheese

Parking: Complimentary Valet

Takes reservations: Yes

Website: http://www.jacobysaustin.com/

Address: 3235 E. Cesar Chavez

The perfect way to brunch with Jacoby’s beef, the benedict will have you swooning! Photo Credit: Monique Sandhu aka @atxeatsandtreats

Sour Duck Market

Where my Odd Duck lovers at? Sour Duck is their fast-casual sister restaurant on the Eastside and it needs to be on your list asap.

Their dishes are so creative and rarely the same day-to-day. Focusing on smoked meats, they’ve got one of our favorite burgers in town! And if you enjoy craft beer and cocktails, they’ve got reasonably priced draft beers and cocktails on tap.

Their patio and outdoor area is one of my favorites in town and it’s kid-friendly too!

My Recommendations: Burger, Dirty Fried Rice. The menu changes regularly but the burger is always on and you’ve gotta order one (or else)

Parking: Parking lot and street parking

Takes reservations: No, not needed. You order at the counter/bar and grab a seat

Website: https://www.sourduckmarket.com/

Address: 1814 E. MLK Jr. Blvd

Beer cheese in this burger y’all!

BBQ

Micklethwait Craft Meats

Included on the Top 50 BBQ Joints in Texas and well-deserving of the list, Micklethwait has become one of our go-to spots when we want BBQ without a super long wait. I personally love their Brisket Frito Pie the most and will keep going back for it!

My Recommendations: Brisket Frito Pie, Smoked Chicken, Brisket, Sausage, Beef rib, Jalapeno-cheese grits, buttermilk pie (leave room for it)

Parking: Parking lot

Takes reservations: Order at the trailer

Website: https://craftmeatsaustin.com/

Address: 1309 Rosewood Ave.

Jalapeno Cheese Grits are a must! Photo Credit: Jimmy Ho aka @thesmokingho
A brisket sandwich and Brisket Frito Pie!

Franklin BBQ

No “Best Of BBQ” or Top 50 BBQ Joints in Texas list could ever be complete without including Franklin! I think it’s worth standing in line at least once in your life. Don’t both even dreaming of cutting the line or joining a group of friends who have been waiting a while, as you’ll get a stare-down like no other and probably a talking-to! Pro Tip – if you know you’re going to eat at least $75 worth, you can pre-order and pick it up.

My Recommendations: Brisket, Ribs, Pulled Pork, Potato Salad, Bourbon Banana Pie

Parking: Parking nearby

Takes reservations: Pre-order at least $75 worth of BBQ and you can just pick it up; otherwise, you’re waiting in line as they don’t take reservations.

Website: https://franklinbbq.com/

Address: 900 E. 11th St.

Only the best! Photo Credit: Jimmy Ho aka @thesmokingho

La Barbecue

Now you can get La Barbecue inside the Quickie Pickie off E. Cesar Chavez. Be sure to prepare to wait in line but at least part of the line is inside! And yes, it’s on the Top 50 BBQ Joints in Texas list!

My Recommendations: Brisket, Pork Ribs, Chipotle Sausage, El Sancho, La Frito Loco

Parking: Parking lot and street parking

Takes reservations: Nope, you gotta wait in line or call ahead 3 days in advance and pre-order

Website: https://www.labarbecue.com/

Address: 2027 E. Cesar Chavez

Mmmmm ribs, brisket and sausage! Photo Credit: Jimmy Ho aka @thesmokingho

EastSide Tavern

While this might not be your typical BBQ spot, they pride themselves in their menu which features their own BBQ onsite. The space is absolutely beautiful with earth tones and there is a huge rooftop area with a bar and epic views of the sunset. Plan to happy hour, brunch and dine here!

My Recommendations: Dinner — Brisket + Cheddar Tater Tots, Frito Pie, Pickled Deviled Eggs, Smoked Chicken, Brisket Patty Melt, BBQ Burger, Smoked Turkey Wrap

Brunch — Turkey Avocado Toast, Brisket Hash

Drink — Frose

Parking: Parking lot and street parking

Takes reservations: Call ahead for large groups

Website: https://www.eastsidetavernaustin.com/

Address: 1510 E. Cesar Chavez

Turkey Avocado Toast – even better than you can imagine!
Frito Pie – yassssss
Pickled Deviled Eggs – love these so much and their PINK!
Brisket + Cheddar Tater Tots

J. Leonardi’s Barbecue

Perhaps I love this place because it’s walking distance from my house or maybe because one of the owners is a fellow Texas Ex! Either way, you’ve gotta drop by either of their locations and try out some Texas BBQ!

My Recommendations: Brisket, Brisket Frito Pie, Pulled Pork, Banana Pudding

Parking: Nearby and street parking near the 11th St. location

Takes reservations: Nope, just show up and order

Website: http://www.texasbbqaustin.com/

Address: 1124 E. 11th St.

All the meat! Don’t miss out on the banana pudding! Photo Credit: Jimmy Ho aka @thesmokingho

Vietnamese

Saigon Le Vendeur

I could eat a banh mi or vermicelli bowl any day of the year. And on a cold day, my body craves ramen.

Enter, Saigon Le Vendeur, who impresses on all levels and definitely fulfills all of my Vietnamese food needs.

My Recommendations: Spicy Chicken Banh Mi, Spicy Chicken Vermicelli Bowl, Curry Ramen, Jasmine Iced Tea

Parking: Street parking and a few spots right in front of the trailer

Takes reservations: Order at the trailer, call ahead and pick up

Website: http://saigon7th.com/

Address: 2404 E. 7th St.

The prettiest banh mi

European

Blue Dahlia

I always feel so comfortable and as if I’m on vacation when I dine at Blue Dahlia. If you love all things tartine, meat and cheese boards, salads, and entrees like meatloaf, Coq au Vin Blanc, then Blue Dahlia is your spot!

My Recommendations: Meat Board (50% off during happy hour), Egg Salad Tartine, Mesclun Greens Salad, Hummus Tartine, Smoked Salmon Tartine, Egg White Frittato, Macarons (get some to-go!)

Parking: Street parking

Takes reservations: For parties of 6 or more

Website: http://www.bluedahliabistro.com/

Address: 1115 E. 11th St.

Meat and Cheese Board

Modern Chinese

Old Thousand

Old Thousand serves up some impressive Chinese classics with a modern twist – take for instance the Brisket Fried Rice! So satisfying with the addition of Micklethwait’s brisket, this is a craveable dish that stands alone or as a supplement to some Orange Chicken or Kung Pao Cauliflower!

My Recommendations:  Just a few — Brisket Fried Rice, Chongqing Chicken, Kung Pao Cauliflower, OT Dan Dan, and Cumin Beef. Stop in for Lucky Time Monday-Friday from 5-6:30PM for a $5 menu of select food and drinks.

Parking: Street parking and a free parking lot behind the building

Takes reservations: Yes, call for reservations

Website: https://www.oldthousandatx.com/

Address: 1000 E. 11th St., #150

Brisket Fried Rice – with Micklethwait brisket!

Taiwanese

Sweet Chive

Why did it take us so long to to get a restaurant that serves dumplings and authentic Chinese dishes on the Eastside? When I put two and two together (a new building coming up with awesome art and an Eater Austin article announcing Sweet Chive’s upcoming soft opening), I scheduled a dinner date with a girlfriend and got there as soon as I could.

The family behind Sweet Chive aren’t new to the restaurant business. Chef Pai has China Cafe, Dragon Gate and Peony Asian Cuisine under her belt.

My Recommendations: Beef Noodle Soup, BonBon Chicken, Pan Fried Dumplings, Scallion Pancakes

Parking: Parking lot and street parking

Takes reservations: No, this is a counter-service restaurant

Website:https://www.facebook.com/Sweet-Chive-197800861020016/

Address: 2515 E. Cesar Chavez St.

Beef Noodle Soup – so so perfect for a chilly day!

Japanese

Sa-Ten Coffee & Eats

Now you can nom on all things Sa-Ten at 2 locations! The original and the location I first devoured their yummy toasts, yakitori and katsu was at the Canopy off of Springdale Rd. If you enjoy their attention to the coffee ritual or traditional eats, Sa-Ten should be on your list.

My Recommendations: Yakitori Bowl, Chicken Katsu plate with kale salad and macaroni fuji salad, Potato Wedges with Cilantro Sauce, Cold Chicken Katsu, Chicken Katsu Curry, Yasai Toast, Nori Tama Toast, Egg Bacon and Sausage Toast

Parking: Shared lot with The Canopy

Takes reservations: Order at counter and grab a seat

Website: https://www.sa-ten.com/

Address: 916 Springdale Rd., Bldg 3 Suite 101 and 4917 Airport Blvd.

One of my favorites when I need something filling is the Yakitori Bowl
On those days you want something satisfying but you’re not too hungry – Potato Wedges & Cold Chicken Katsu
Chicken Katsu Plate

Kolaches

Batch Craft Beer & Kolaches

These aren’t your average kolaches! Imagine Micklethwait’s brisket and sausage inside a housemade kolache. Well, you don’t have to just dream about it because you can walk on in to Batch morning or night and get you some!

My Recommendations: Sausage Jalapeno & Cheese, Brisket Pickle & Swiss, Pepperoni Pizza, Jalapeno & Cheese, PB&J. They have an awesome selection of beer on draft and several cans to grab and go or enjoy on site (with a corkage fee).

Parking: Parking lot

Takes reservations: Just walk on in and order at the counter and grab a spot inside, out on the beautiful backyard or take it to-go

Website: http://batchatx.com/

Address: 3220 Manor Rd.

Kolaches – always pair well with beer or wine!

Healthy

Curcuma

I am pretty familiar with Ayurveda as I grew up practicing some of it in my household when one of us experienced an illness. I also learned more about it a couple of years ago during my coursework as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. And then, low and behold, Curcuma, an Ayurvedic focused food trailer joined the Austin scene! It’s a 100% plant-based menu. Go on in and meet the owner, Rachel. Try all of her yummy creations. You’ll feel good knowing your eating healthy and nourishing your body in the way that feels right for you. Take home a few jars of Golden Paste while you’re there for all your at-home golden latte, smoothie, oats needs!

My Recommendations: Noms — Sweet potato toasts, Spirulina Pesto Bowl, Raw Pecan Tacos, Kitchari Bowl

Drink — Reishi Mocha, Golden Mylk, Sexy Joe

Parking: It’s part of a Food Trailer Park so there is plenty of parking in the lot

Takes reservations: Order at the window or call ahead

Website: http://www.eatcurcuma.com/

Address: 2207 E. Cesar Chavez

Spirulina Pesto Bowls and Kitchari Bowl

Healthy Japanese

Bento Picnic

I quite literally could eat at Bento Picnic everyday. Bento = Japanese for lunchbox. If you’ve never tried a bento box, imagine a dish with compartments and different textures, colors and flavors all coming together for a delish meal. Bento Picnic focuses on 5 tastes, colors and elements to engage the senses!

They’ve got something for everyone with veggie, vegan, and gf options. They also travel nicely if you like your meals prepped for you ahead of time, like me!

My Recommendations: Mushroom garden bento, Japanese cauliflower curry bowl, salmon noodle bowl

Parking: There are a few spots in the back and plenty of street parking

Takes reservations: None needed. You can order ahead of time online as well.

Website: http://www.bentopicnic.com/

Address: 2600 E. Cesar Chavez St.

Salmon bento box – yum yum!

Thai

DeeDee

If you love Northern Thai street food, then DeeDee is your jam! Their new location off Pedernales and E. 6th is a great spot to order at the truck, grab a spot in the “yard” and chill (cool down from the spicy yummy thai dishes).

My Recommendations: Larb Moo (this is SPICY), Om Gai, Som Tum, Mango & Sticky Rice

Parking: Street nearby

Takes reservations: Order at the trailer or call ahead

Website:  http://deedeeatx.com/

Address: 2500 E. 6th St.

Mango Sticky Rice Photo Credit: Amy Drohen aka @sushigirl_atx
Larb Moo Photo Credit: Jessica Fradono aka @thedishstance

Hawaiian – Poke

Poke Me Long Time

Not only do I chuckle everytime I say the name of this place, but I LOL when I order an Ahi Tuna Missionary Style bowl! And the couple that owns it are the sweetest!

My Recommendations: Ahi Tuna Missionary Style – I usually get greens instead of rice, but I love that they serve their rice warm

Parking: Street parking

Takes reservations: Order at the window or call ahead

Website: http://poke-me-long-time.business.site/

Address: 1606 E. 6th St.

Missionary Style and Man’s Best Friend Style bowls

Pokeatery

This new addition to the Mueller area is a nice spot for some authentic poke boxes and the first ever pokecado toasts! They have a miso soup dispenser as well. Oh, and be sure to save room for some Dole Whip or a float.

My Recommendations: They’ve got generous portions and the poke box and pokecado toasts are fully customizable. You get 4 scoops of protein (make them all the same or try a scoop of each). Be sure to get a scoop of spicy crab salad!

Parking: Parking lot

Takes reservations: Order there or call ahead

Website: http://www.pokeatery.com/

Address: 1201 Barbara Jordan Blvd. #1410

Poke Box and a side of miso soup!

Peruvian

Killa Wasi

Chef Kati Luedecke has the fusion of Peruvian flavors with Central Texas ingredients mastered!

My Recommendations: Texas Brasa, BBQ Plantain Chips

Parking: Right out front in the lot with the bus

Takes reservations: Just walk on in and order

Website: http://www.killawasiatx.com/

Address: 828 Airport Blvd.

Texas Brasa with BBQ Plantain Chips

Yuyo

When you have the best Peruvian Cebiche on a recent trip and then you hear a Peruvian restaurant with a Cebiche Bar shows up on the Eastside, you go! It’s such a beautiful space with a huge covered patio to enjoy some cocktails and apps!

My Recommendations: Happy Hour — Jalea De Calamari, Yuquitas

Drink — Rose Sangria, Pisco Punch, Lima Gin & Tonic

Dinner — Tiradito Divorciado, Vegetales a la Brasa

Parking: Private lot

Takes reservations: Don’t think so

Website: http://yuyoaustin.com/

Address: 1900 Manor Rd.

This Lima Gin & Tonic has pink peppercorns in it and I’m in love
Loved this cebiche dish – Tiradito Divorciado
Happy Hour from 4:30-6:30 daily!
Yuqitas – yuca croquettes – so good!

So, what do you think? So much food to start trying, haha! What are you waiting for?! But seriously, I hope you enjoy dining at some of my favorite restaurants on the Eastside. Feel free to comment below if you need more recommendations.

Thanks for reading!

Bon Appetite,

-Shveta

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