Emmer & Rye is big on concept, and manages to pull it off extremely well: not only do they serve daily-changing, super-seasonal/local small plates, but they also offer a second menu that comes in the form of a dim sum cart. This cart will stop by your table several times throughout the evening with more dishes to supplement your meal (so it’s near impossible to walk out of this place unsatisfied). The space is big and airy, there’s a large outdoor area, and the service is great. Have a birthday coming up, or a meal with your somewhat adventurous parents? Do it here.
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G’Raj Mahal is easily some of Austin’s best Indian food, and our favorite place to eat on Rainey Street.
L’Estelle House is a low-key and delicious French restaurant attached to an excellent wine bar.
Lustre Pearl has one of the bigger footprints on Rainey Street, with multiple levels and bars inside.
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Jacoby’s Restaurant & Mercantile
Jacoby’s is the kind of place people outside of Texas dream about. The food isn’t life-changing, but the huge backyard and charm make up for it.
Odd Duck is an excellent Southern restaurant serving sophisticated food without any stuffiness.
Gourdough’s Public House
Towers of beer, sweet and savory funnel cakes, and a big bar. What more do you want?
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