The Carpenter Hotel took over an abandoned union hall from the 1940s off Barton Springs and turned it into a boutique hotel that feels kind of like a modern, chic YMCA. Once you walk through the lobby, you’ll find Carpenter’s Hall, an all-day restaurant that makes us reconsider our skeptical stance on hotel food. It’s open from 7am-midnight and offers every meal option: breakfast, lunch, brunch, dinner, late night, and Happy Hour (which includes food and some $5 cocktails). We like to head there for dinner, sit on the patio, and order things like stracciatella toast with snap peas, chicory Caesar salad, chicken schnitzel for two, or steak frites.
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