Gourmand’s is the kind of place where you probably won’t find tourists from NYC/LA who just discovered that Austin is amazing. No flowers on the table, no daily juice, and definitely no one talking about the LVP of their book club. Gourmand’s is in an old nightclub space and is now just a glorified pub - but one that makes very solid pub food. The service isn’t fast, but you’re not here for perfect service. You’re here to eat a quality sandwich at the bar where no one is taking photos of their food.
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Pitchfork Pretty in East Austin is serving some of the best bagels in town at brunch, and also has a reliable Southern menu for dinner.
Lustre Pearl East
Lustre Pearl East is just like the original Lustre Pearl on Rainey, but with more outdoor space and way fewer UT students.
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The Liberty on East Sixth is half-dive bar, half-beer garden with an East Side King food truck parked out back.
Hold Out Brewing
Hold Out is a brewery/restaurant from the folks that brought you Little Brother, Brew & Brew, and Better Half.
Punch Bowl Social
Punch Bowl Social in The Domain is everything you dreamed about as a kid - there’s bowling, skeeball, pinball - along with a bar for the adults.
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Curra’s exists in a class with other local mainstays Maudie's and Gueros, operating on a platform of old Austin nostalgia, margaritas, and queso.
Little Deli & Pizzeria
Little Deli feels like a trip back to a simpler time, when the perfect Italian sandwich or slice of pizza was all you really needed.
Cosmic Coffee + Beer Garden
Cosmic Coffee is a coffee shop and bar with a huge porch and backyard where you can bring your dog and eat great barbecue from Leroy and Lewis.
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