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Austin Restaurants Offering Free Food and Discounts to Texas Voters

From free tacos and queso to discounted pizza

Meat taco topped with cilantro onion on a pink plate with green and red salsa and a slice of lime.
A taco from Paprika
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Early voting is now open in Travis County, and restaurants are ready to encourage people to go out and perform their civic duties in the form of free or discounted food for voters. With 97 percent of eligible voters registered and 32,000 people voting on the first day of early voting, restaurants offering freebies may have their work cut out for them.

It’s important to note that, technically, offering free food and drinks to voters is illegal. However, restaurants can legally get around that by opening up the offers to everyone, even those without “I Voted” stickers.

Here are the Austin restaurants offering free food or discounts to voters (and, legally, non-voters). Several are part of an initiative called #pollperks from public relations company Giant Noise. Texas’s early voting period runs from Tuesday, October 13 through Friday, October 30, and election day is on Tuesday, November 3.

  • Amy’s Ice Creams: All locations of the local ice cream parlor are offering a free crush-in topping for those with a voting sticker. (Multiple locations)
  • Austin Eastciders: The Barton Springs location of the homegrown cider company is offering a free pint of cider for those with a voting sticker from October 13 through 16. (1530 Barton Springs Road, Zilker)
  • Austin Winery: The local winemakers are offering 20 percent off bottles to-go with voting stickers through early voting. (440 E St, Elmo Road, St. Elmo)
  • Bao’d Up: All locations are offering a fortune cookie that says “Vote” with a voting sticker, starting October 20. (Multiple locations)
  • Circle Brewing Company: The North Austin brewery will give those who show their voting sticker their first pint for $1. (2340 West Braker Lane, North Burnet)
  • El Chilito: The Tex-Mex spot is giving out free queso with purchase for both in-person and online orders at all three locations through October 30. (1623 East Seventh Street, East Austin; 2219 Manor Road, Cherrywood; 4501 Menchaca Road, Manchaca)
  • Counter Culture: The east side vegan spot is giving away free tea to those who post a picture with their voting sticker and the restaurant’s sign. (2337 East Cesar Chavez Street, Holly)
  • Dough Boys: The trendy, garlic-loving East Austin pizza truck is offering a 20 percent discount off orders with proof of voting through October 30. (1108 East 12th Street, Central East Austin)
  • East Austin Hotel: All three of the hotel’s restaurants offer a 10 percent discount on checks when presented with a voting sticker. (1108 East 6th Street, East Sixth)
  • Home Slice Pizza: Both locations of the New York-style pizzeria will offer a free slice of pizza in exchange for an “I Voted” sticker to add to the respective restaurant’s wall (they will provide another sticker in return). The promotion runs through Election Day. (501 East 53rd Street, North Loop; 1415 South Congress Avenue, South Congress)
  • Galaxy Cafe: The American cafe is offering free queso to dine-in customers who voted early through October 30. (Multiple locations)
  • Joe’s Bakery: The East Austin Mexican food institution is giving voters 10 percent off orders through Friday, October 30. (2305 East 7th Street, East Seventh)
  • Kebabalicious: The Turkish food-truck-turned-restaurant is offering 12 percent off orders with an “I Voted” sticker. (1311 East Seventh Street, East Austin)
  • Kellie’s Baking Company: The Burnet Road bakery has Texas-shaped sugar cookies that say “Sweet! I voted!” in limited quantities for voters. (5245 Burnet Road, Rosedale)
  • Launderette: The east Austin neighborhood restaurant is offering a free draft beer during lunch for voters, through October 30. (2115 Holly Street, Holly)
  • Lick Honest Ice Creams: All locations of the homegrown ice cream shop are offering a 20 percent discount on small ice creams to those who can show a sticker. (Multiple locations)
  • El Mesón: South Lamar Mexican restaurant has a free margarita for those who vote until Thursday, October 15, available from 4 to 8 p.m. (2038 South Lamar Boulevard, South Lamar)
  • Nate’s Baked Goods & Coffee: The Clarksville bakery has adorable “I voted” and “Yo voté” sugar cookies available for voters on Election Day. (401 Orchard Street, Clarksville)
  • Paprika: The taco truck will give a free carnitas taco to anyone with a voting sticker. (6519 North Lamar Blvd, Skyview)
  • Pinthouse Pizza: The pizza and beer restaurant is offering $1 off a pint of beer for those with an “I Voted” sticker. (Available at the Burnet, South Lamar, and Round Rock locations)
  • Seoulju: The Korean restaurant on North Lamar is giving away free dumplings to those with “I Voted” stickers from October 13 through 18. (9515 North Lamar Boulevard, North Lamar)
  • Soup Peddler: All locations of the soup and sandwich shop are offering a free 8-ounce soup to those with voting stickers during early voting and on Election Day. (Multiple locations)
  • Spread & Co.: The cheese and charcuterie lunch with sandwiches and the like is offering 10 percent off checks with a voting sticker, through Election Day. (1601 West 38th Street, Oakmont Heights)
  • Still Austin Whiskey Co.: The homegrown whiskey distillery is offering a free draft cocktail for anyone with a voting sticker, during early voting and on Election Day. (440 East Saint Elmo Road, St. Elmo)
  • Tarka Indian Kitchen: The local Indian mini-chain is offering 20 percent off orders with an “I voted” sticker, now through Election Day. (Multiple locations)
  • Vivian’s Boulangerie: The online French-y bakery is offering discount codes for followers who message over proof of voting. (Order online)

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