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Solo Dining near the Mansion at Judges' Hill

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I will be staying at the Manison over Labor Day weekend and would love some recommendations for good eats- breakfast, lunch, dinner, and desserts. I will be dining solo, so places that don't mind solo diners or that have take out are ideal. Places within walking distance or a short drive from the Mansion would be great.

I am also interested in the food truck/trailer scene.Anything that I must try?

Any cuisine, and price- just good eats. Thanks!


Judges' Hill Restaurant
1900 Rio Grande, Austin, TX 78705

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  1. Wink is just south of you around 12th and Lamar and their foie gras BLT app and sweetbread entree are amazing. plates are smallish and that would be a fine meal. A few little two top tables for a solo in. probably not a strong takeout option. Certainly if you can jaunt down to Odd Duck (only open tues - saturday) trailer http://oddduckfarmtotrailer.com/. It's on South Lamar. You could easily take that with you, but it's fun to just eat right there at a picnic table. I enjoy brunching at Enoteca vespaio on South Congress (you can sit at the bar and have really good coffee too). And you didn't ask, but I quite enjoy the coffee at Halcyon on 4th street and Lavaca. Do not eat at the Clay Pit just down Guadelupe from the Mansion. Do go up on north lamar to Uchiko and sit at that bar and have solo dinner. Not for take out, really pricey, but really a standout. I love their hamachi / chili. Not far, maybe a 5 min. drive. Lamar is a main North / South interior artery just a few blocks west of the Mansion, right down MLK. Whatever you decide, do report back. good eats!

    1610 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

    Clay Pit
    1601 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78701

    Odd Duck
    1219 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

    4200 North Lamar, Austin, TX 78756

    1. The Mansion is a pretty good place to eat, although it has been a couple of years since I have been there. Around the corner from you on Guadelupe is "the drag" the street that runs along UT and there are multiple places to eat, many fast food and other small eateries. Within walking distance is the Carrillon, one of our highly rated restuarants. These are both full meal places although the the Carrillon probably has appetizers. There you can sit at small tables in the bar area if you do not want to sit in the dining room. OTW, take a cab ( or city bus) to S. Congress where there are restuarants galore in addition to a food trailer lot or two. One of my favorites on S. Congress it the Enoteca, right next to Vespaio, also one of my favorites. Or, get off the bus at Congress and 2nd and walk about two or three blocks west and there is another pocket of resturants, ranging from pizza to high end Congress. La Condessa is in that area,which again, IMO, is a fine restuarant. These areas are very popular so there will be a lot of people around. Just be sure and find out where you catch the bus back.

      1610 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

      1610 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

      1. Next door to the Mansion is a Mexican restaurant that has great breakfast tacos. That is all that I have had there so I don't know about their other food. Also, going east on MLK and before Guadalupe are some food trucks. They change, but I had an interesting Korean taco at Tacokorea.
        If you keep going down MLK on the other side of Guadalupe, about a quarter of mile down, you will reach the Blanton Museum of Art. There are two buildings. The eastern building is the museum and the one to the west is a restaurant and gift shop. The restaurant is quite good. Lunch and dinner are on take out containers but the food is good. Also, there are several restaurants at the ATT Center, also close to the Mansion on the campus. I have not been, but you might look into them. If you like frozen yogurt, there is self serve place just north on Guadalupe, where you will find all kinds of places that are geared to students. The Kirby Lane Cafe is an Austin place. (Guadalupe and 26th) Great migas for breakfast and generally good food. If you have a car and want to try other trailer food, try La Boîte on 17th and s. Lamar. Great pastries and sandwiches. On s. First St. there are several food trailer parks where you can sample many things. S. Congress St. also has a trailer park and there are many restaurants there. As you can see, Austin has plenty to offer and I could go on and on. If you really want a terrific eating experience and have some money to spend, you must try Uchi on S. Lamar or its sister restaurant, Uchiko about 42 and N. Lamar. Absolutely wonderful, creative Asian fusion. Be sure to save room for one of their fabulous desserts, which are so beautiful you don't want to eat them. If you go early, Uchiko has a social menu with smaller less expensive plates of items on the regular menu. You can sit at the bar or a table. There are many wonderful Mexican restaurants. Some names of ones we like, most on the south side are Polvos, Curras. Fonda San Miguel has wonderful interior Mexican. Austin is a foodies delight. You MUST go to Whole Foods on 6th and Lamar. This is their flagship store and the food there is very good. Their competition in Central Market and it has a great cafe. Their tortilla soup is one of my favorite things. Enough!

        Uchi Restaurant
        801 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

        Central Market
        4477 S Lamar Blvd Ste 100, Austin, TX 78745

        Fonda San Miguel Restaurant
        2330 W North Loop Blvd, Austin, TX 78756

        4200 North Lamar, Austin, TX 78756

        1. "Maybe" too far to walk, but certainly a short trip by car is East Side Cafe, a real Austin gem. Walk around their beautiful organic garden, then head inside the restored 1925 house and taste the harvest for yourself. If you go for their very popular weekend brunch, you can also try the fresh eggs from the on site chicken coops.

          1. La Tasca is a great new addition to the trailer scene, and it isn't too far from you. It is on 415 Jessie St, just off Barton Springs. They have wonderful Spanish tapas and a great sangria set up. You can pick up some wine at Thom's Market (just in front of it) and enjoy with the sangria. I agree that dining at the bar of Uchi or Uchiko would be great, too.