For everyone who complains that Rainey Street just isn’t what it used to be, Lustre Pearl East is the solution. It’s the original bungalow that was uprooted from Rainey when they needed to make way for condos, but now with more outdoor space and way fewer UT students. Even though it’s further east than most places on this list, it’s worth the extra five minute bike or Uber ride. It’s never too crowded, but there are always enough people to make it feel like a house party you’d actually want to be at.
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R&B’s Steak And Fries
R&B’s offers up excellent cheesesteaks and cheesesteak fries out of a food trailer on East Cesar Chavez.
A casual, quick sushi spot on the East Side with great handrolls and a 45-minute omakase Friday and Saturday nights.
Thai Thani is a food trailer tucked away behind a gas station on Manor Rd with a menu of classic Thai dishes.
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Native Bar And Kitchen
Austin is home to a lot of dive bars - Native is not one of them. Head here if you’re looking for something trendy.
Skylark in MLK is an excellent place for a live music night, and it has a nice patio too.
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Loro is an Asian smokehouse from the teams behind Franklin Barbecue and Uchi. And yes, it’s exactly as great as you’d expect.
Le Politique in Downtown Austin is a place to see, be seen, and eat some great French food.
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