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Nov 6, 2010 11:26 AM

One Lunch in Austin

OK, this is pretty broad, but I need recommendations on where to eat lunch. Only have one shot at it. There are no restrictions of any kind, just would like to have something typical of Austin. As I say, pretty broad. TIA.

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  1. kerbey lane and magnolia cafe are both good austin-only chains that are open 24/7 and delicious. torchy's tacos is pretty delicious as well. all 3 should have a variety of locations so you won't have to go all over the place looking for them

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    1. re: csmochilera

      Well, I think it depends on the type of meal you want. I am always disappointed by Magnolia. It's that place the husband and I always say 'eh' when we consider going there. Kerbey can be hit or miss.
      I'm fond of Habanero Mexican Cafe, Foodheads, Tacodeli, Franklin's BBQ, Enoteca Vespaio, Arkies, Galaxy Cafe, and 24 Diner for lunches
      Franklin's is probably the hottest BBQ place in the city right now. It's a trailer and sells out quick but definitely Austin.

      Habanero is a typical Mexican lunch joint, but I think they make some really tasty tacos... the barbacao is quite good. Tacodeli is good too for lunch.

      The Enoteca Vespaio is on South Congress and a great casual Italian bistro. I'm a big fan of their antipasto (especially the sherried carrots). If I had just one afternoon in Austin, I'd go to the South Congress strip and walk the stores and soak in the atmosphere. Then, decide if you want to go to the Enoteco for lunch or some of the other options like Home Slice Pizza, South Congress Cafe (great place) or hit up the trailers directly across the street. The Mighty Cone and Cutie Pies are good and the others are fun too. Personally, I'm not a fan of Hey Cupcake (too dense and dry with overly sweet icing) but you can hop over to South First to Sugar Mamas and get an amazing cupcake for dessert. That also brings to mind another option... you could head over by Sugar Mamas on South First and go across the street to La Mexicana for lunch and get some amazing cheap Mexican tacos there too.

      If you want to go to a "i didn't know they made greasy spoon diners like this any more... " that place is Arkies for lunch. The food is okay, but the atmosphere is pure diner which are becoming increasingly rare.

      Foodheads makes great sandwiches if you are in the mood for just that, and Galaxy Cafe makes solid American fare which is consistently good.

      24 is close the Whole Foods on Lamar. They are next to Waterloo Records which is about as 'Austin' as a store can get. The food at 24 is pretty consistently excellent American classic with a bit of spin on it. They do chicken and waffles which get good reviews, but my personal favorite there is the veggie burger and I loooove meat. They make it with beets and it is tasty the fries. The only thing I think is really better there is the veggie sausage. Same base, but they put fennel in it and it is just out of this world.

      Home Slice Pizza
      1415 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

      1610 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

      12001 N Mo Pac Expy, Austin, TX 78758

      Habanero Mexican Cafe
      501 W Oltorf St, Austin, TX 78704

      1610 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

      1. re: shan

        certainly appreciate your taking the time for this rsponse. Thanks to you too csmochilera.