Take Out





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Warehouse District
Katz's Deli & Bar


 

Whether you need a late-night fix or an early morning breakfast, this 24-hour New York-style deli can ably satisfy your hunger. Opt for Belgian waffles, deli omelets, corned beef hash, blintzes, cinnamon rolls, challah French toast, and much more. One of the few places in Austin to get lox and bagels.


9
Driftwood


 

It may be a little out of your way (about 30 minutes outside of Austin), but you won't want to miss one of Texas' most famous barbecue restaurants. A worldwide reputation and delightful down-home ambiance make the appeal that much greater, and a fireplace makes chilly days more tolerable while picnic tables accommodate diners both inside and out. House specialties include brisket, chicken, sausage, ribs and homemade cobblers. No credit cards. Bring your own beer.


8
Warehouse District
Sullivan's


 

Set in the heart of downtown, Sullivan's has an air of posh sophistication that's evident from the moment you enter. Hearty hand-cut steaks are the stars and include a bone-in Kansas City strip at 20 ounces and a mushroom duxelles filet mignon at 8 ounces. Broiled lobster, jumbo scallops, and Alaskan king crab legs also tempt, as does an impressive wine list. A favorite with politicians and celebrities, the restaurant has a welcoming, clubby atmosphere that's ideal for special dinners. The on-premises cigar and jazz lounge is a great place to relax as well.


7
Sweetish Hill Bakery


 

This bakery has been around for 30 years and is known for pastries and breads crafted from premium ingredients. Locals fill the place from morning to late afternoon, taking advantage of a large variety of breakfast and lunch fare. Hot breakfast dishes are available, along with soups, salads, and sandwiches. If your sweet tooth calls, consider tarts, fruit empanadas, cookies, pies, cupcakes, and specialty and classic cakes.


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To escape the raucousness of Sixth Street, duck into this cozy café, which has been in business for more than 30 years. Old World-style stone walls and wood floors await within an historic building, and entrees range from stuffed chicken breast to grilled steak – crepes and pastas satisfy lighter appetites. For a sweet cap to your meal, try kaffe mit schlag (coffee, cream, and kahlua), or treat yourself to a slice of Fat Chocolate Cake, which is just one option from their well-regarded dessert list. Banquet space (Heritage Room) is located at 310 E. 6th Street in Austin.


5
Downtown
Brick Oven


 

One of Austin's favorite pizza places, Brick Oven offers a handful of locations in the Austin area. Thanks to rustic ovens, the place turns out a wealth of delicious, wood-fired pizzas, not to mention pastas, calzones, and sandwiches. If you're in the market for a pie, consider portabello and prosciutto or garlic chicken and sundried tomato varieties. Or, fashion one yourself from their range of tasty toppings. Shrimp fettuccine, baked spinach ravioli, and bulging strombolis are also terrific options.


4
Thai Kitchen


 

A long-time favorite for affordable, satisfying Thai food, this casual spot is tops for a quick lunch or a relaxed meal. The vast menu includes more than 20 specially-labeled, super-spicy dishes like Spontaneous Combustion, which marries seafood and chicken in a fiery stew with chilis, basil, and bird pepper, and Nuclear Fishin, a hot green curry-doused steamed fish filet accented with basil, coconut milk, and bird pepper. Of course, you may prefer something a bit tamer, and plenty of mild-to-medium options suit any palate, along with lots of vegetarian choices.


3
Uptown / Arts District
Texas Chili Parlor


 

One critic described this place as "funky bar meets roadhouse." However you describe it, it enjoys a faithful clientele who can order their chili at varying degrees of heat. If you're not in the mood for something in a bowl, try a chili cheeseburger, or chili-topped enchiladas, or even a tame but tasty grilled chicken sandwich.


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It's not just a barbecue restaurant. Din Ho's menu features over 200 dishes and provides extensive offerings for vegetarians. A favorite is black mushrooms with bok choy in a light soy sauce, but Chinese broccoli sautéed with ginger is a winner as well. Cantonese roast duck and barbecued pork are meaty standouts with rich, authentic flavors hard to find elsewhere. The ambience is decidedly causal, making Din Ho ideal for a quick lunch with co-workers or a festive family-style dinner with friends.


1
Sam's Bar-B-Cue


 

A mainstay on the local barbecue scene, Sam's is an institution, thanks to its late hours and its perfectly smoked meats. For years, musicians have frequented the place after gigs, and Stevie Ray Vaughan was a longtime patron. Choose from beef brisket, chicken, sausage, and ribs, or go for the gold with a mixed plate. Old-school barbecue fans also appreciate the fact that Sam's still serves mutton, whose distinct flavor is something of an acquired taste. Rated best barbecue in Austin proper by locals in the Austin Chronicle.


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