Jacoby’s is the kind of place that could convince anyone to move to Texas. Yes, there’s Southern food. But the space (part ranch, part country club) is also charming as hell, and there’s a picnic table-covered, wide open backyard overlooking the river that’s picturesque enough to make you feel like you’ve escaped town for the hill country. On the whole, the food won’t blow your mind - but it doesn’t need to. It’s highly satisfying and comforting, feelings that are increased exponentially by the setting. If you come here and skip the chicken fried steak or onion rings then you’ve done the whole thing wrong.
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Lustre Pearl East
Lustre Pearl East is just like the original Lustre Pearl on Rainey, but with more outdoor space and way fewer UT students.
A casual, quick sushi spot on the East Side with great handrolls and a 45-minute omakase Friday and Saturday nights.
Micklethwait Craft Meats
Micklethwait is a BBQ trailer in East Austin. It’s not a classic yet, but these guys know what they’re doing.
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Billy’s On Burnet
Billy’s On Burnet has lots of beer, plenty of TVs constantly playing sports, and a great burger. It’s a Packers bar.
Cenote is one of our go-tos for any great, casual meal on the East Side. Come for brunch, or if you have some work to get done on a weekend.
The food at Eberly isn't yet destination-worthy, but the place is worth stopping by for the people watching alone.
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Central Machine Works
Central Machine Works is a massive beer hall, brewery, and live music venue in East Austin.
Chuy’s is a dirt-cheap tex-mex staple that started in Barton Hills. Luckily for you, they’re now all over the city.
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