BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse: A Menu To Please Everyone

BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse has a menu large enough to please just everyone; from burgers to salad, and pasta to steaks, its full of standard American fare. Their signature offering is pizza, with plenty of options including flatbread appetizers like the roasted veggie and goat cheese, as well as deep dish and hand tossed pies. BJ’s is famous for their innovative “pizookie” dessert – a deep-dish cookie pie topped with ice cream. The bar features their craft brews and customers recommend ordering a beer flight to sample the a few of their offerings, don’t worry the pours are generous. If you like something fruity, the berry cider and peachy keen sangria are great options, and for non-drinkers, try the handcrafted root beer and cream soda. BJ’s is popular spot and waits are typical during the dinner hour. Located in Round Rock, BJ's doesn't accept reservations, but regulars recommend calling ahead to get your name on the list.

BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse
4201 N. Interstate 35
Round Rock, TX 78665
(512) 868-5705
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Sip, Swish and Savor at The Grove Wine Bar & Kitchen

Wine lovers in the West Austin area know that when you’re looking for a spot to sip Chardonnay with friends, The Grove Wine Bar & Kitchen is the place to go. This sleek and modern wine bar is filled with light and ample seating, making it a wonderful eatery for large groups and small dates alike. There is a long, lime green bar area where visitors can relax with a glass of wine and some appetizers, or if you’re looking for a larger meal, the spacious dining room features numerous wooden tables and cozy booths.

For lunch and dinner, The Grove Wine Bar & Kitchen serves a full menu of bruschetta samplers, entrée salads, and seasonal pastas, as well as light, healthy seafood, grilled meats, and local veggies. Pair any meal with a glass (or a whole bottle) from the impressive wine list for an evening out that you won’t soon forget.

The Grove Wine Bar and Kitchen
6317 Bee Caves Road
Austin, TX 78746
(512) 327-8822
www.grovewinebar.com
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Sonora Hot Dogs: Get the Frank Con Todo

Sonora Hot Dogs may look like a mere food truck at first glance—and that assessment isn't entirely wrong. But the Sonoran-style hot dogs, fully loaded burritos, and gooey quesadillas that come from its kitchen on wheels are a few notches above your typical fast food. The gourmet versions of American comfort food have won the acclaim of local publications like Eater Austin and even the food critics from nationwide restaurant encyclopedia Zagat.

Regulars highly recommend getting the Sonoran-style hot dog "con todo," topped with everything from mustard and mayo to crispy strips of bacon. Sonora also offers a meat-free veggie dog version zig-zagged with Vegenaise. You can also opt for an overstuffed carne asada burrito, which features not only the grilled steak, but also mashed avocado and freshly made pico de gallo. Get the carne asada as a quesadilla if you're craving cheese.

Sonora Hot Dogs
5715 Burnet Road
Austin, TX 78756
(512) 994-8982
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Expect Farm-to-Table Fare at Wink in Austin

Wink Restaurant is a fun, fresh and creative eatery in Austin that is consistently voted one of the top restaurants in the city. The kitchen operates on a farm-to-table system, sourcing almost all of its seasonal ingredients from local farms and suppliers in order to create dishes that are distinctly Austin.

The menu at Wink changes just about every day, and it often includes unique combinations such as grilled quail with coconut and lamb sausage and chilled poached flounder with white bean salad. There are also always a few options for vegetarian guests. At the bar, Wink focuses on wines from across Texas and around the world, and you’ll even find additional seating in this more casual area of the restaurant.

The next time you want to celebrate an occasion, have a hearty meal, a decadent dessert, and a perfect wine pairing at this beloved eatery.

Wink
1014 N. Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 482-8868
www.winkrestaurant.com
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Odd Duck: Rustic-Contemporary Farm-to-Table Dining in Austin

Borne out of humble beginnings as a food truck hunting down the best farm-sourced ingredients, Odd Duck brings farm-to-table cuisine to Austin. In a modern-rustic setting, this 110-seat eatery serves dishes that rely on seasonal ingredients.

Menus vary by the season, but past highlights have included the steaming hot onion bread with housemade butter; the ham and cheese pretzel; Cajun grilled shrimp over okra stew; and a soft cooked duck egg with fried rice and gourmet mushrooms. Next, order the succulent lamb ribs in a soy glaze, or go for the foie gras mousse with a cured duck breast and figs. Save room for the fig trifle, lime panna cotta, or a coconut latte popsicle for dessert. Draft beer, signature cocktails, and wine are also served.

The restaurant serves dinner daily, while lunch is served weekdays. Swing by for happy hour 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, and don't miss brunch 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sundays.

Odd Duck
201 S. Lamar Boulevard
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 433-6521
www.oddduckaustin.com
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Savor Sweet Corn Sorbet at Uchiko

The gourmet Japanese creations that Uchiko's chefs craft for dessert almost outshine the inventive fare they serve for the main course, at least according to online reviews. Fans rave about the sweet corn sorbet, an entirely unique sweet that comes with polenta custard, caramel salt, and just a dash of lemon. The fried milk garners wide acclaim, too, a mix of chocolate milk, toasted milk, and iced milk sherbet. Olive gelato, tobacco cream, and seasonal sorbets round out the selection of treats.

Before you get to the sweets, though, you should indulge in an entree or a few small plates. They're inspired by Japanese cuisine, but feature farm-fresh fare. Try the cook-it-yourself Wagyu beef or Atlantic salmon served with dinosaur kale, Asian pear, and yuzu. Uchiko also dishes out inventive sushi and maki rolls, like the Ham and Eggs makimono with katsu pork belly, yolk custard, and espelette.

Uchiko
4200 N. Lamar Boulevard
Austin, TX 78756
(512) 916-4808
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Marye’s Gourmet Pizza Pub: Making Pizza a Bit More Nutritious

By using only fresh, local ingredients and nutritious cooking techniques, Marye’s Gourmet Pizza Pub offers a healthier take on the usual pizza. This thoughtful approach to pizza doesn’t sacrifice its delicious flavor, however: the restaurant’s tasty pies are still flavorful, delicious, and indulgent.

Stop by this local favorite pizzeria and discover pizzas with names like the Mother Lode and The ‘Que, as well as classics like the veggie-loaded Nature’s Treat and the decadent Four Cheese. There are gluten-free pizza crusts for those with restricted diets, and if you’re not in the mood for pizza, Marye’s even offers large sandwiches, lasagna, and salads that are just as delicious. Have a glass of wine or beer with your pizza in the minimal, modern restaurant, or take it to go to enjoy at home while relaxing in front of a movie.

Marye’s is open Mondays through Thursdays 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Marye’s Gourmet Pizza Pub
3663 Bee Caves Road
Austin, TX 78746
(512) 327-5222
www.maryesgourmetpizza.com
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Customize Your Own Asian Stir-Fry Bowl at Fire Bowl Cafe

While Chinese takeout isn’t usually considered the healthy mealtime option, at Fire Bowl Cafe in South Austin, you’ll find a fresh, healthy take on casual Asian fare. This unique and convenient eatery offers a wide variety of custom options on many different types of stir fry bowls, and everything is prepared using high-quality ingredients completely free of MSG and trans fats.

Begin by choosing your main ingredient from a long list of meats, seafood and tofu, and then add in fresh veggies and savory sauces, like Thai pepper and Kung Pao. There are both noodle and rice bowls to choose from depending on your current cravings, as well as soups and appetizers to pair with your meal.

With hearty portions at affordable prices and even online ordering, Fire Bowl Cafe makes a great choice for a quick lunch or casual dinner.

Fire Bowl Cafe
5601 Brodie Lane
Austin, TX 78745
(512) 899-8998
www.firebowlcafe.com
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Santa Catarina Restaurant: A Fresh Approach to Mexican Fare

Santa Catarina Restaurant takes an entirely different approach to Mexican cuisine and coastal classics. The restaurant uses only the freshest produce and highest quality meats, and each dish is prepared with olive or canola oil to keep it light and healthy.

Appetizers like ceviche and Mexican totopo nachos make a great pre-meal snack, while entrees include fresh soups, Yucatan-style fajitas, and grilled cactus salads. Tres leches cake and traditional flan are served for dessert, and Santa Catarina’s margaritas are made from scratch and handcrafted with care. With its eclectic Mexican decor, dim lighting, and patio lined with heavy curtains, this is a unique option for lunch, dinner, and even Sunday brunch.

Santa Catarina Restaurant is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, remaining open until 10 p.m. on weekends. Sunday hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Santa Catarina Restaurant
1310 Ranch Road 620 South
Lakeway, TX 78734
(512) 300-0946
www.santacatarinarestaurant.com
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Numero28: Southern Italian Specialties in Downtown Austin

Southern Italian food is the specialty at Numero28, but even this gourmet food plays second fiddle to the warm, welcoming owners. Many Yelp reviewers mention Marco and Bernardo by name, citing them as part of the reason they return to Numer28 on a regular basis. The owners take special care to make every guest feel at home—and they watch over what's going on in the kitchen so that each and every dish is crafted carefully.

The menu boasts a slew of traditional favorites, including thin-crust pizzas. From the classic margherita with tomato, mozzarella, and basil to the Austin pie with jalapeno, sausage, and red peppers, the pizza menu offers a wide array of options for all tastes. And if you aren't into pizza, you have plenty of other entrees to choose from. Dig into the classic lasagna Bolognese (or a vegetarian version), the ziti with eggplant and mozzarella, or the porchetta with wild herbs and spices. Add a glass of wine to your meal for the full Numero28 experience.

Numero28
452 W. 2nd Street
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 494-5510
www.numero28austin.com
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