Quickie Pickie is where you go fully intending to just pick up a box of Good Pops and a bottle of wine, until you find yourself having lunch or dinner on the patio without realizing how or why. This high-end convenience store and all-day cafe has two locations now, but the original on East 11th is the more low-key of the two and is a great place to grab a sandwich, salad, or burger on the patio. Just make sure you don’t forget about the popsicles slowly melting in the bag by your feet.
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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.
Ramen Tatsu-ya East Austin
The newest Ramen Tatsu-ya location is on the East Side on a street with a bunch of bars, so it’s good that they’re open late.
Buenos Aires Cafe, Este
Buenos Aires is a low-key Argentinian spot in East Austin with excellent empanadas. Use it for a casual weeknight dinner.
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South Congress Cafe
South Congress Cafe is a reliable spot for brunch or a weekday breakfast. But it’s not a secret - get there early or expect a wait.
Henbit is an all-day spot from the team behind Emmer & Rye at Fareground food hall where you can get things like breakfast burritos and grain bowls.
Salty Sow is a creative American spot in Cherrywood with lots of meat-focused food, a great happy hour, and an excellent patio.
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Cherrywood Coffehouse is a utility coffee shop with a good patio, live music, and excellent breakfast tacos.
Nickel City is a Detroit-themed dive bar on East 11th with frozen cocktails, pinball, and coney island hot dogs.
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