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Old 01-22-2009, 03:20 PM
 
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Will be there this weekend, staying in SoCo area. Any recommendations for reasonably priced and funky dining out spots? No Applebees. No Olive Garden, please.
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Old 01-22-2009, 03:54 PM
 
Location: central Austin
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Do you like Mexican? Polvos over on South First street. So good!

And really any place on South First is pretty darn good. Freddie's has great atmosphere and a great deck.
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Old 01-22-2009, 04:03 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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Azul Tequila on South Lamar and Ben White (next to Target).
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Old 01-22-2009, 06:12 PM
 
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Polvos! It's right there near SoCo. Guero's has good margaritas & people watching outside, but the food is just average.

For Italian, Enoteca Vespaio is one of my favorites; it's not cheap, but cheaper than the adjacent Vespaio restaurant.

Azul Tequila is probably the best food and reasonably priced, but lacks the "funky" aspect as it is in a strip mall off a highway.
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Old 01-22-2009, 06:21 PM
 
Location: Austin
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Second to Freddies. Shady Grove is also known for its Austin-Americana fare. Both in South Austin, I prefer Freddies.
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Old 01-22-2009, 07:05 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Sazon on S Lamar can be pretty good(interior mexican). Habanera Cafe on Oltorf is good, cheap Tex-Mex. Lamberts downtown(a bit pricier but has some really tasty modern Texas fare). Huts is a good burger joint with a lot of character and atmosphere. Green Mesquite, Shady Grove are laid back choices with pretty cheap grub as well. Magnolia and Kerbey Lane are decent, 24-hour diners (I prefer Magnolia but they both have their virtues). For specialty tacos, Torchy's.

Austin has a lot of good, cheap restaurants.
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Old 01-22-2009, 07:28 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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For breakfast, Kerbey Lane on South Lamar. For coffee outdoors, Jo's Coffee on South Congress next to the Austin Motel. For cupcakes, Sugar Mama's Bakeshop on South 1st.

Sorry, I don't have a balanced diet.
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Old 01-22-2009, 07:44 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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For breakfast, Kerbey Lane on South Lamar. For coffee outdoors, Jo's Coffee on South Congress next to the Austin Motel. For cupcakes, Sugar Mama's Bakeshop on South 1st.

Sorry, I don't have a balanced diet.
Sugar Mama's is a dangerous place. We've set a strict "once-a-month only" visitation allowance.
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Old 01-22-2009, 09:24 PM
 
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Thanks all. The recommendations are appreciated.
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Old 01-23-2009, 08:43 AM
 
Location: Folsom, CA
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This is a handy website about Austin dining options

Austin - Chowhound
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