Leaf is where you go for actually-good salads downtown. The line is consistently long, the price adds up quickly, and the staff will probably rush you, but stay focused - the salads are worth the stress. If you want something less leafy, they also have sandwiches and soups.
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Salt & Time Cafe
Salt & Time Cafe is an all-day cafe in downtown Austin from the people behind the popular East Side butcher shop and restaurant Salt & Time.
The downtown location of Caffe Medici in the Austonian is very modern-looking, and the coffee is excellent.
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Lucy's Fried Chicken
One of our favorite places to spend an afternoon eating in the sun is Lucy’s Fried Chicken, with a bucket of bird, grilled oysters, and beers.
Upper Crust Bakery
One of Austin's best bakeries, Upper Crust is home to life-altering cinnamon rolls and solid lunch foods.
Bouldin Creek Café
Bouldin Creek Cafe is a casual indoor/outdoor spot in South Austin serving some damn good not-meat.
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