For everyone who complains that Rainey Street just isn’t what it used to be, Lustre Pearl East is the solution. It’s the original bungalow that was uprooted from Rainey when they needed to make way for condos, but now with more outdoor space and way fewer UT students. Even though it’s further east than most places on this list, it’s worth the extra five minute bike or Uber ride. It’s never too crowded, but there are always enough people to make it feel like a house party you’d actually want to be at.
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Micklethwait is a BBQ trailer in East Austin. It’s not a classic yet, but these guys know what they’re doing.
Kemuri Tatsu-ya is serving Japanese/barbecue/Tex-Mex fusion in East Austin, and it’s one of the greatest meals you can have in the city right now.
Franklin Barbecue’s Tacos & Coffee
Franklin Barbecue’s Tacos & Coffee trailer in East Austin serves breakfast tacos using their famous smoked brisket.
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Gourdough’s Public House
Towers of beer, sweet and savory funnel cakes, and a big bar. What more do you want?
Crown & Anchor Pub
Head to Crown & Anchor for their big beer selection, good patio, and great burger. Just know that a few UT students will be there too.
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Loro is an Asian smokehouse from the teams behind Franklin Barbecue and Uchi. And yes, it’s exactly as great as you’d expect.
Le Politique in Downtown Austin is a place to see, be seen, and eat some great French food.
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