clock menu more-arrow no yes
Buenos Aires Restaurant
Buenos Aires Restaurant
Jacquelyn T./Yelp

Eater's Lunch Guide to the East Side

Where to grab the midday meal in East Austin.

View as Map
Buenos Aires Restaurant
| Jacquelyn T./Yelp

Austin’s East Side is heavily populated with many great lunch options to celebrate the oft-disregarded meal. There is everything from tacos, encompassing burgers, and Indian fusion. If your favorite lunch destination is missing, let us know on the tipline or in the comments below.

Read More
Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Nasha

Copy Link
1614 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 350-2919
Visit Website
Can’t decide between Indian and Tex-Mex? Nasha has it covered with a fusion menu that includes items such as goat masala tacos and kheema quesadillas, plus biryani and a selection of curries. Choose your spice level accordingly.

2. Counter Cafe

Copy Link
1914 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 351-9961
Visit Website
A spin-off of the downtown favorite, Counter Cafe East serves up the same diner deliciousness in the bright, sun-lit space. Don’t miss out on the quail and fries or the Counter Burger.

3. Cisco's Restaurant & Bakery€Ž

Copy Link
1511 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 478-2420
The antidote to the dreaded Sunday Funday hangover, Ciscos remains a no-frills Austin institution with the best migas in town. Rub shoulders with politicos and feast on huevos rancheros before heading back to your desk for Netflix and the countdown to happy hour.
Raymond Thompson/EATX

4. Sputnik

Copy Link
1300 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 628-1250
Visit Website
If you like butter-slathered brioche, Trivial Pursuit, and pin-ups, the Cold War-inspired Sputnik will do just fine. While there are plenty of vegetarian options, including a housemade veggie patty, meat eaters might rightly go for the Capitalist Pig BLT paired with a side of fried mac and cheese.

5. Gourmands Neighborhood Pub

Copy Link
2316 Webberville Rd
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 610-2031
Visit Website
There isn’t anything wrong with a 32 ounce schooner of beer at lunch time. Find that and a hefty selection of delicious sandwiches, house-made soups and fried potato chips at this former Tejano nightclub.
Raymond Thompson/EATX

6. Blue Dahlia Bistro

Copy Link
1115 E 11th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 542-9542
Visit Website
Local, organic ingredients are just one reason Blue Dahlia serves to a full house on a daily basis. A lovely patio perfect for a bowl of soup and a shared tartine also impress.

7. Los Comales

Copy Link
2136 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 480-9358
Consistently good since 1993, you can find a delicious and filling lunch for under $5 at this traditional Norteño taqueria.

8. Counter Culture

Copy Link
2337 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 524-1540
Visit Website
Cruelty-free but not flavor-free, there’s no need to be vegan to enjoy a delicious jackfruit barbecue or Philly seitan sandwich from this Cesar Chavez hangout.

9. Spartan Pizza

Copy Link
1104 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 484-0798
Visit Website
While the promise to “make your wildest pizza dreams come true” may seem like a tall order, husband and wife team Jeremy and Nicole Portwood deliver in both the literal and figurative sense.

10. Hillside Farmacy

Copy Link
1209 E 11th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 628-0168
Visit Website
Chef Sonya Cote sources locally and prepares farm-fresh meals from her perch on East 11th. Sandwiches, salads (the Sweetheart is a winner), and a daily raw oyster selection await.
Nicolai McCrary/EATX

11. Salt & Time

Copy Link
1912 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 524-1383
Visit Website
This old-world butcher shop and eatery offers a divine selection of sandwiches such as a roasted lamb with fermented pepper crème fraiche and pickled onions on a baguette. Try the $6 all-beef bologna sandwich topped with cheddar cheese and aioli on a grilled brioche.

12. The Hightower

Copy Link
1209 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 524-1448
Visit Website
For something a bit more indulgent, Chef Chad Dolezal's inventive creations translate nicely into a well-developed lunch menu. Chicken liver pate at noon? Yes, please. Stay for the frozen caipirinha.
The Hightower/Official

13. Casa Colombia

Copy Link
2409 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 495-9425
Visit Website
After a devastating fire, Casa Colombia recently reopened at a new location last spring. Dine on authentic, South American favorites and daily lunch specials for less than $8.

14. Buenos Aires Cafe, Este

Copy Link
1201 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 382-1189
Visit Website
Buenos Aires serves Argentine cuisine in a beautiful setting. Peruse the loaded pastry case and feast on empanadas, soup, salad, sandwiches, and selection of lunch entrees.

Loading comments...

1. Nasha

1614 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702
Can’t decide between Indian and Tex-Mex? Nasha has it covered with a fusion menu that includes items such as goat masala tacos and kheema quesadillas, plus biryani and a selection of curries. Choose your spice level accordingly.
1614 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702

2. Counter Cafe

1914 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
A spin-off of the downtown favorite, Counter Cafe East serves up the same diner deliciousness in the bright, sun-lit space. Don’t miss out on the quail and fries or the Counter Burger.
1914 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

3. Cisco's Restaurant & Bakery€Ž

1511 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
Raymond Thompson/EATX
The antidote to the dreaded Sunday Funday hangover, Ciscos remains a no-frills Austin institution with the best migas in town. Rub shoulders with politicos and feast on huevos rancheros before heading back to your desk for Netflix and the countdown to happy hour.
1511 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

4. Sputnik

1300 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
If you like butter-slathered brioche, Trivial Pursuit, and pin-ups, the Cold War-inspired Sputnik will do just fine. While there are plenty of vegetarian options, including a housemade veggie patty, meat eaters might rightly go for the Capitalist Pig BLT paired with a side of fried mac and cheese.
1300 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

5. Gourmands Neighborhood Pub

2316 Webberville Rd, Austin, TX 78702
Raymond Thompson/EATX
There isn’t anything wrong with a 32 ounce schooner of beer at lunch time. Find that and a hefty selection of delicious sandwiches, house-made soups and fried potato chips at this former Tejano nightclub.
2316 Webberville Rd
Austin, TX 78702

6. Blue Dahlia Bistro

1115 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702
Local, organic ingredients are just one reason Blue Dahlia serves to a full house on a daily basis. A lovely patio perfect for a bowl of soup and a shared tartine also impress.
1115 E 11th St
Austin, TX 78702

7. Los Comales

2136 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702
Consistently good since 1993, you can find a delicious and filling lunch for under $5 at this traditional Norteño taqueria.
2136 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702

8. Counter Culture

2337 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
Cruelty-free but not flavor-free, there’s no need to be vegan to enjoy a delicious jackfruit barbecue or Philly seitan sandwich from this Cesar Chavez hangout.
2337 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

9. Spartan Pizza

1104 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
While the promise to “make your wildest pizza dreams come true” may seem like a tall order, husband and wife team Jeremy and Nicole Portwood deliver in both the literal and figurative sense.
1104 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

10. Hillside Farmacy

1209 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702
Nicolai McCrary/EATX
Chef Sonya Cote sources locally and prepares farm-fresh meals from her perch on East 11th. Sandwiches, salads (the Sweetheart is a winner), and a daily raw oyster selection await.
1209 E 11th St
Austin, TX 78702

11. Salt & Time

1912 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702
This old-world butcher shop and eatery offers a divine selection of sandwiches such as a roasted lamb with fermented pepper crème fraiche and pickled onions on a baguette. Try the $6 all-beef bologna sandwich topped with cheddar cheese and aioli on a grilled brioche.
1912 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702

12. The Hightower

1209 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702
The Hightower/Official
For something a bit more indulgent, Chef Chad Dolezal's inventive creations translate nicely into a well-developed lunch menu. Chicken liver pate at noon? Yes, please. Stay for the frozen caipirinha.
1209 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702

13. Casa Colombia

2409 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702
After a devastating fire, Casa Colombia recently reopened at a new location last spring. Dine on authentic, South American favorites and daily lunch specials for less than $8.
2409 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702

14. Buenos Aires Cafe, Este

1201 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
Buenos Aires serves Argentine cuisine in a beautiful setting. Peruse the loaded pastry case and feast on empanadas, soup, salad, sandwiches, and selection of lunch entrees.
1201 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

Related Maps