98 "Casual Weeknight Dinner" restaurants in Austin.
A good casual weeknight dinner spot is hard to find. It’s a step above a make-your-own bowl place, but not somewhere you’ll need a reservation. It shouldn’t be too expensive, you should be able to talk instead of shout, and your dinner shouldn’t take more than an hour. These spots do it all.
The North Austin restaurant Tomodachi on Parmer Lane has a small dining room and sushi bar, and they also run a very robust takeout operation.
Baguette house is a longstanding cafe in Austin’s Chinatown, best known for their banh mi.
Mikado Ryotei on Research Blvd in North Burnet is a sushi restaurant that hits in the center of the Venn diagram of affordable, fast, and quality.
Carnitas El Guero, inside the Stassney Foodmart/Texaco on Stassney in South Austin, serves excellent carnitas tacos.
R&B’s offers up excellent cheesesteaks and cheesesteak fries out of a food trailer on East Cesar Chavez.
Sap’s Ver Fine Thai Cuisine on Burnet Road in Allandale serves spicy noodle and curry dishes.
Breakfast and lunch tacos, menudo, and birria out of a food trailer on South Congress.
The Chinese restaurant Julie’s Noodles in North Austin is best known for their handmade noodles and beef noodle soup and dumplings.
Machetes Doña Leova on North Lamar does all sorts of things, including breakfast tacos, gorditas, huaraches, quesadillas, burritos, and machetes.
The Mexican food truck Paprika ATX in the Highland neighborhood serves great tacos and tortas.
Talad is a food truck located at East 6th and Comal with a menu full of small Thai and Laotin "street foods" as well as heartier options.
Evangeline Cafe has a great menu of Cajun classics - from gator bites and gumbo, to jambalaya - and live music on most nights.
Abo Youssef is a food truck making excellent Mediterranean food out of a gas station parking lot off Manor Road.
JewBoy Burgers sells burgers, El Paso-style burritos, and latkes out of a newly-renovated space off 51st and Airport.
Sichuan River serves up excellent Sichuan-style Chinese food out of a strip mall restaurant in South Austin.