This South Austin brewery makes some of the best beer in the city, has a big back yard, and is home to Soursop, a great food truck serving a mix of Thai and Vietnamese food. There’s no wrong day to go to St. Elmo, but if you need a good pre-weekend Happy Hour spot, head here for $3 off sandwiches and $2 Kölsch on Fridays from 12-4pm.
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Carpenters Hall is the restaurant in the new Carpenter Hotel near Zilker Park, and it’s open all day with a patio and small plates.
Carnitas El Guero
Carnitas El Guero, inside the Stassney Foodmart/Texaco on Stassney in South Austin, serves excellent carnitas tacos.
Whip In Convenience Store & Pub
When you want to switch up your going-out routine, head to Whip In. The Indian restaurant/music venue/brew pub is always a good time.
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Elizabeth St. Café
Elizabeth St. Cafe isn’t just one of the cutest spots in Austin - it’s also one of the best places for a healthy-ish (or not) meal.
Heo Eatery focuses on mostly-Vietnamese, Asian street food, with things like banh mi, baos, and boba tea.
101 by Tea Haus
101 by Tea Haus is a fast-casual Asian-American restaurant in the Crescent Shopping Center.
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Draught House Pub & Brewery
With its excellent tap selection and huge outdoor space, Draught House is where you want to have your next day drinking outing.
Little Deli & Pizzeria
Little Deli feels like a trip back to a simpler time, when the perfect Italian sandwich or slice of pizza was all you really needed.
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