But if you feel strongly about a unifying idea for your night, make it mezcal and start at Las Perlas. They have a huge selection, as well as tequila and plenty of beers for your friend who says that “mezcal tastes like bandaids.” And if you need something else to convince people to come here, there’s a food truck in the back with grilled tacos that will have you asking for extra tortillas to shove into your pockets for later.
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In the middle of the lobby of the Line Hotel downtown is a walk-up counter location of Alfred, a mini-chain of trendy coffee shops out of LA.
Austin Land & Cattle
Austin Land & Cattle, in downtown Austin, is a local steakhouse serving Texas-sourced cuts of beef.
Patika Luncheonette is tucked away on the ground floor of the 100 Congress building downtown, serving very good coffee and lunch.
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Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ
Valentina’s churns out a beautiful fusion of our city’s greatest cuisines: Tex-Mex and barbecue. It’s absolutely worth the trip to Manchaca.
Nixta Taqueria serves some of the best tacos in the city out of a low-key space in East Austin.
Quickie Pickie on East 11th is part fancy convenience store and part all-day cafe, meaning they’ve got you covered with just about anything you need.
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