Cenote is one of our go-tos for any great, casual meal on the East Side. Get yourself a (really big) coffee cup, grab a seat outside, and prepare to stay a while. Free wifi means you can treat yourself to an excellent brunch even if you’re doing work on a weekend.
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Franklin Barbecue has earned a reputation as the best place for smoked meats in the entire country, and rightfully so.
The Gossip Shack
The menu at Gossip Shack in East Austin consists of just a few items - chicken, waffles, and waffle fries.
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Odd Duck is an excellent Southern restaurant serving sophisticated food without any stuffiness.
Carpenters Hall is the restaurant in the new Carpenter Hotel near Zilker Park, and it’s open all day with a patio and small plates.
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Better Half Coffee & Cocktails
This all-day cafe from the team behind Brew & Brew serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with a great Happy Hour and big backyard.
South Congress Cafe
South Congress Cafe is a reliable spot for brunch or a weekday breakfast. But it’s not a secret - get there early or expect a wait.
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