Pitchfork Pretty has a few things going for it - good American food, a patio, and a pleasant space - but the best part about it is the shareability. Come with a date or your parents to try a little of everything like cornbread with honey butter, fried chicken, and potato gnocchi. And if you're not into having to take a vote on what to order, there's also a great banchan option for $34 a person on Sundays and Mondays that comes with a variety of sides and barbecue meats to keep all to yourself.
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Takoba is home to casual-but-vibey Mexican food in East Austin. Head here for date night and happy hour.
Suerte is an upscale Mexican spot on East Sixth that makes their own masa and is one of the most exciting spots in Austin.
Trancas is easily churning out some of the best tacos in town from its Cesar Chavez truck. Get there before it's no longer under the radar.
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Head to this quiet house-turned-restaurant on the east side with a date to share small, vegetable-focused plates.
Royal Blue Grocery
Royal Blue is a grocery/bodega/deli with a few locations. We like the downtown location best for lunch.
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Josephine House is a cute, all-day spot in Clarksville where you can be as healthy as you want.
Tamale House East
Tamale House East on East 6th Street makes some of the breakfast tacos and migas in town.
Cenote is one of our go-tos for any great, casual meal on the East Side. Come for brunch, or if you have some work to get done on a weekend.
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