Salty Sow is the perfect place for a group dinner, but not one with people who order the grilled chicken no matter where they’re eating. There can be no fear of duck fat fries, pork butt, obscure charcuterie, or the kinds of vegetables that haunted their childhoods (turnips). Come with some like-minded friends, get a big table outside, and don’t miss the slow cooked beef shoulder. Salty Sow also has one of the best happy hour food situations in town - the menu is two pages long and has food, wine, beer, and five different types of margaritas.
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Vic & Al’s
Vic & Al’s is a Cajun restaurant from the people that brought you the ever-popular Italian food trailer, Patrizi’s.
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When you need to escape the craziness of Rainey Street, head to Geraldine’s inside Hotel Van Zandt for upscale Southern food and nightly live music.
Royal Blue Grocery
Royal Blue is a grocery/bodega/deli with a few locations. We like the downtown location best for lunch.
Mattie’s At Green Pastures
Mattie’s at Green Pastures is a historical restaurant serving Southern food and a great brunch in Bouldin Creek.
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Take a big group to La Condesa for a colorful space, light-ish Mexican food, and great margaritas.
Ranch 616 is a Tex-Mex spot downtown where you go for a group dinner that might get a little rowdy.
Takoba is home to casual-but-vibey Mexican food in East Austin. Head here for date night and happy hour.
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