Good eats in the Arboretum area
Staying in the Arboretum area for a few days, anything to recommend near by that's not a big chain. Particulary interested in Texas BBQ.
Welcome to Austin!
In the Arboretum area, I like the following:
Eddie V's, Steak and Seafood
Musashino, Sushi in the evening
Mikado, Sushi and Bento Boxes for lunch
Asian Fusion type affordable lunch, Firebowl
Can't recommend any BBQ except Rudy's (chain) if desperate. Order the moist brisket.
Jersey Mikes, Sandwich.
Breakfast, La Madeleine ( another chain. A couple of miles north on Jollyville Rd is Kirby Lane. It's rather "Austin", but the service stinks and I think the food is okay at best).
Many of these have very good happy hour options, as well.
I hope you enjoy!
Define big chain.
Personally, for my weeknight BBQ needs, I like Rudy's (usually the one closest to you on 183). Their extra moist brisket is... well... extra moist. Tasty, smokey, usually has a good smoke ring on it.
Their potato salad is... akin to what you buy pre-made in a grocery store, but I dig their beans and their creamed corn moves me.
If you're willing to drive a few miles for Texas BBQ, there is County Line on 2222 just off 360, and there's the Davenport Ranch location for the Salt Lick, off 360 south of the bridge.
If you can avoid rush hour, these are about a 7 or 8 minute drive from the Arboretum.