Yes, Whole Foods is a spot we endorse for actual meals, particularly lunch. Why? The fish bar. That’s right, head back to the seafood counter and get fresh fish tacos (they grill them to order). Plus, the sushi selection is always there for you and their barbeque is surprisingly good. All you have to do is avoid the constant madness that is the salad bar. Whole Foods is easy and predictable, and we sometimes like that in our lunch spots.
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Lamberts Downtown BBQ
Fancy barbecue is a polarizing concept, but Lamberts pulls it off very well.
Lonesome Dove Western Bistro
If every stereotypical oil magnate had a restaurant, they would all look like this. Come here to get deals done and eat lots of MEEEEEATS.
Dai Due Taqueria
Dai Due Taqueria - an offshoot of the East Austin butcher shop/restaurant - makes al pastor and breakfast tacos in the downtown food hall Fareground.
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A hybrid market and restaurant selling and serving some of Austin’s freshest fish.
Mattie’s At Green Pastures
Mattie’s at Green Pastures is a historical restaurant serving Southern food and a great brunch in Bouldin Creek.
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Fricano’s Deli & Catering
For sandwiches the size of your face, go to Fricano’s. Its location on campus isn’t the best, but the schlep is always worth it.
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