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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Lula Mae’s Catering & BBQ
Lula Mae’s Catering & BBQ serves really great barbecue on the East Side of Austin.
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T22 Chicken Joint
T22 is where to go in North Austin for Nashville-style hot chicken, or any other time you feel like sweating a lot while you eat a sandwich.
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The Tavern downtown is one of the best places to post up at the bar - order a drink and the messy but fantastic burger, and watch whatever’s on TV.
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Take a big group to La Condesa for a colorful space, light-ish Mexican food, and great margaritas.
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Takoba is home to casual-but-vibey Mexican food in East Austin. Head here for date night and happy hour.
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