Juarez Mexican Bakery: Round Rock Mexican Fare

Juarez Mexican Bakery is one of Round Rock's go-to places for tasty Mexican food on the fly. This family-owned and -operated restaurant has been serving the area for twenty years and is a staple for locals. Try not to fill up on the delicious chips and salsa, because there is much more to experience at Juarez.

Choose from chalupas, enchiladas smothered with creamy sauce and cheese, flautas, and tender carne asada. Each lunch and dinner plate comes with traditional refried beans and rice. If you stop by for breakfast, you won't be disappointed with the migas or the crispy potatoes they're served with.

Juarez takes to-go orders for those who want to enjoy a homemade Mexican meal at home. Note that the place can get pretty packed, especially during the weekend when everyone is clamoring for the satisfying meals at Juarez.

Juarez Mexican Bakery
1701 South Mays Street
Round Rock, TX 78664
(512) 255-6262

www.juarezrestaurantbakery.com
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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
www.bjsrestaurants.com/locations/tx/round-rock
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Taste Why Sichuan Garden Is One of the Country’s Best Chinese Restaurants

If you're a fan of traditional Chinese cuisine, you'll be happy to know that Sichuan Garden serves up authentic Szechuan dishes right here in Round Rock. Don't be fooled by Sichuan Garden's low key, casual atmosphere. Here, dishes are artfully created and incredibly flavorful. Regulars recommend the cashew chicken, the egg drop soup with corn, or the sauteed clams with black bean sauce. There are plenty of spicier dishes, like the frog legs and jalapeno chicken. The menu is almost overwhelmingly large, so there is sure to be something that appeals to anyone in your group.

Sichuan Garden is ranked among the Top 100 Chinese Restaurants in America, but you shouldn't expect any Americanized dishes to come your way. Sichuan Garden is open for lunch and dinner and is happy to deliver your meal right to your doorstep.

Sichuan Garden
110 Interstate Highway 35 North
Round Rock, TX 78681
(512) 255-6952
http://www.austinsichuangarden.com/
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Mighty Fine Burgers: Texas’ Answer To Fast Food Burgers

Mighty Fine Burgers is Texas’ answer to fast food burgers.  This central Texas chain has a location in Round Rock and is ready to win you away from your favorite national burger joint.  The simple and straight forward menu that offers burgers, fries and shakes.  Choose from quarter or half pound patties ground on site and made by hand from fresh natural, grass-fed beef.  Fries are fresh, crinkle-cut and shakes are hand-dipped.  Customers like to watch their meal being made to order through the open kitchen, and appreciate the fresh quality product that has less grease and more flavor than other fast food joints.  Ask about their secret “locals” menu that offers additional options like bacon and chili cheese fries.  Enjoy your meal in their picnic-table dining room or out on the patio.

Mighty Fine Burgers
201 University Oaks Boulevard
Round Rock, TX 78664
(512) 381-3310
www.mightyfineburgers.com
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Promise Pizza: Eco-Friendly Pizza in Round Rock

Promise Pizza is Round Rock’s eco-friendly pizzeria using natural and organic ingredients to build healthy and tasty pizza.  There are three crust options made with organic flour, fluffy and thick, thin, and gluten free. If you like to build your own pizza, choosing from several sauces including their homemade organic tomato sauce, fresh toppings, and a variety of cheese – including dairy-free.  Pizza chefs have created many signature pies like the Alfredo House Special with chicken, bacon, veggies and a parmesan white sauce.  Promise Pizza also offer calzones, sandwiches and sides like sausage and pepperoni stuffed jalapeños.  There is a small dining room for customers that prefer to dine in, but most orders are to-go or for delivery in Smart cars. 

Promise Pizza
1500 S. AW Grimes Boulevard
Round Rock, TX 78664
(512) 674-2642
www.promisepizza.com
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Gourmet Lunch Boxes at Round Rock’s Urban Picnic

Urban Picnic is a delightfully fresh sandwich shop in Round Rock that serves healthy and tasty lunch fare.  The concept is creating gourmet picnic boxes that include a sandwich or salad, a side, and a cake ball.  The chicken salad sandwich is a popular choice, as is the ham and cheddar with Dijon and apple butter, which gives a tangy touch and brings the flavors together.  Many choose a cup of soup for their side, and the potato is nice and creamy.  Urban Picnic specializes in cake balls and there are many rotating flavors to choose from.  These small desserts give the perfect amount of sweet finish to your meal.  Chef specials rotate through the menu.  Prices reflect the quality ingredients, and reasonably-sized portions make it a fair deal.  There are a few tables inside and out, but most orders are to-go.  You can order online and they’ll even deliver, making it perfect for office lunches. 

Urban Picnic
3810 Gattis School Road
Round Rock, TX 78664
(512) 671-9800
www.theurbanpicnic.com
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Culinary Cultures Combine at Round Rock’s La Cocina Bar and Grill

From Little Mexico to Little Italy, La Cocina Bar and Grill has it all. The Round Rock cantina serves up Italian and Mexican favorites and makes a great compromise if you and your date can’t decide. Although it might sound like a strange combination, this place will surprise you. La Cocina is family owned and operated; their roots are in both Mexico and Italy. The Guisado de Puerco is Grandma’s recipe for tender pork in a red sauce. Customers rave about the chips and spicy salsa. For a fusion dish, try the Italian Enchiladas stuffed with ricotta cheese and spinach.  If you’d prefer an Italian meal, the Pasta ala Chicago with Italian sausage, mushrooms, and spicy marinara is a customer favorite. The atmosphere here is causal and features murals of iconic landmarks from Mexico and Italy. 

La Cocina Bar and Grill
602 McNeil Road
Round Rock, TX 78681
(512) 716-1703
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Jack Allen’s Kitchen

Executive chef and owner Jack Gilmore and his partner Tom Kamm are the masterminds behind Jack Allen’s Kitchen in Round Rock. They take pride in offering delicious “new American cuisine” from locally-sourced food. Instead of bread, Jack Allen’s starts your meal with a taste of their signature pimiento cheese and flatbread crackers. Many dishes combine Southern favorites with a Southwestern twist, and you’ll probably have a tough time deciding because everything sounds delicious. The BLT sliders come highly recommended and are made with grilled pork belly and fried green tomatoes. The Chile Mango Shrimp tacos are another favorite of regulars. The menu also features seasonal specials every night as well as a Sunday brunch buffet. Service is helpful and attentive. High ceilings, warm woods and local art make the atmosphere feel welcoming and airy. Reservations are recommended. 

Jack Allen’s Kitchen
2500 Hoppe Trail
Round Rock, TX 78681
(512) 215-0372
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Try a Flight and Buy a Bottle at Vino 100

Round Rock's Vino 100 is an easy and elegant way to shop for wine. Tucked away in an unassuming shopping center, it's a distinctive wine bar and store. Chef and owner Bryan Gano has created a cafe that features light meals and an extensive wine selection. Bryan and his staff are happy to help you choose a wine flight (several small samples) to pair with your meal. The menu offers unique and flavorful dishes like the spicy shrimp diablo or new twists on old classics, like lamb burgers. Customers rave about the bread pudding for dessert. It's a great place for a fun date — after finishing your wine flight and meal, you can put your new knowledge to use and take home a bottle. All wines in their store are accompanied by Vino 100’s standardized information sheet, which includes a wine barometer that indicates its flavor (fruity to dry) and body (light to full).  The store is laid out accordingly, which helps you find the best wine for you.

Vino 100
3021 S. Interstate 35
Round Rock, TX 78664
(512) 255-0526
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Gumbo’s of Round Rock: Petit France

Enjoy amazing Cajun in surroundings worthy of the colorful characters who made the cuisine famous. Gumbo’s is located in an atmospheric stone house built in 1848; surrounded by lush gardens, during its time as a stagecoach inn it played host to people like John Wesley Hardin, the fastest gun in the West. It’s since been remade into an upscale Cajun eatery that recalls the old Bayou maison of your imagination, with low lights, coolly decadent artwork, and a breezy patio that resembles the green courtyards of Fauborg Marigny. The gumbo is often called the best in Austin, and we think it’s a contender; we’ve also heard it favorably compared to the famous Galatoire’s. Crab cakes are outstanding, meaty, and rich, with hints of cayenne, thyme, sweet basil, and bay leaf in every bite. As they say in New Orleans, Gumbo’s is a place where lunch hours become lunch afternoons, but with a generous drinks list, competitive prices, and live music on the patio every Friday and Saturday night, you just might stay all night, too.

Gumbo’s of Round Rock
901 Round Rock Avenue
Round Rock, TX 78681
(512) 671-7925

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