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At Verbena, they’ve opted to focus on simplicity. That means you’re not going to find any fancy lettuce that requires a botanist to identify, or tomatoes that only grow at the base of a volcano in Italy. Instead, you’ll find shredded romaine lettuce, white onions, and pickles, accompanied by two smashed patties and American cheese. It’s simple, it’s focused, and it’s a surprisingly solid burger coming out of a restaurant inside of a hotel on West 6th. They have a beautiful open-air patio inside of the restaurant as well, making it a welcome retreat from the bustle of downtown, if you decide to opt for a dine-in experience.
Verbena is a new restaurant inside the recently-opened Canopy by Hilton hotel on West 6th, from the chef behind East Austin’s Juniper. The menu is mostly French and Mediterranean-inspired, with an emphasis on local, seasonal vegetables. There’s a large indoor dining area as well as a bar and lounge area that overflows into an open-air courtyard. They also have a grab-and-go coffee counter with all the typical coffee and espresso-based drinks, plus house-made pastries and breakfast sandwiches.