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Eater Readers’ Go-To Casual Date Spots in Austin

Where to get romantic on the cheap

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For those unstuffy nights where jackets and cocktail dresses aren’t required, and the bill doesn’t add up to the triple digits, Eater asked readers for their go-to places for casual dates in Austin. For budding romances or together-forever couples, here are Austin Eater readers’ favorite restaurants for cheap dates, from BYOB of Three Little Pigs, wandering the Middle Eastern market of Sarah’s Mediterranean, to grabbing a pie at House Pizzeria.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Three Little Pigs

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1209 Rosewood Ave.
Austin, TX
Three people suggested picking up a bottle of wine from the next door East End Wines, and walking over to Three Little Pigs for porky goodness. Eater user omnomnom said, “Hands down the best bang for your buck cheap date.” [Photo: Three Little Pigs/Facebook]

2. Snack Bar

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1224 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 445-2626
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The Austin-centric restaurant is the perfect place to people-watch on South Congress. Eat up the local bites offered by the kitchen and drink up with the happy hour specials every day or Tuesday’s pint night or Wine Wednesdays. [Photo: Amber E./Yelp]

3. East Side King Thai-kun

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1104 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
On Facebook, Ane Andere Urquiola Alberu picked Bon Appetit's best new restaurants of the year in Austin, and said there’s “Great food, plus you can get a bottle of wine at Wonderland for 20 something dollars!” [Photo: Chris F./Yelp]

4. Frank Restaurant

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407 Colorado St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 494-6894
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A hot dog date is as casual as it comes, but Frank's inventive menu and killer cocktails makes for a fun night out. There's usually live music in the evenings, too. [Photo: Katie C./Yelp]

5. House Pizzeria

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5111 Airport Blvd
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 600-4999
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For pizza dates, an anonymous tipster nominated House Pizzeria, where there is a “decent ambiance, and you won't spend as much as you would at Bufalina or Backspace, and the pizza is pretty close to those two.” [Photo: Chris M./Yelp]

6. Sarah's Mediterranean Grill & Market

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5222 Burnet #500
Austin, TX 78756
(512) 419-7605
Eater user Zesty Enterprise described it as “cheap, friendly, tasty, and you can wander the aisles of their Middle Eastern grocery store afterwards.”

7. Way South Philly

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1108 E. Sixth St.
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 771-6969
One commenter suggests this East 6th trailer as a great casual date. Get your cheesesteak with Wiz for extra romance.

8. Thai Fresh

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909 W Mary St
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 494-6436
The laid back atmosphere of the three-in-one convenience of Thai Fresh (cafe, bakery, and market) lets you eat and shop together, especially if there’s a second date involving a homecooked meal. They have great deals on wine, too. [Photo: Katie O./Yelp]

9. Michi Ramen

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6519 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78752
(512) 386-1908
An anonymous tipster suggested Michi Ramen because it’s “good for a quick date night since the food is out so quick. Also, the veggie tempura is amazing.”

10. Wright Bros. Brew & Brew

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500 San Marcos St #105
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 493-0963
Coffee makes for the perfect afternoon date. If things go really well, there’s always the option to switch to beer for a longer night. [Photo: Mike C./Yelp]

11. Whole Foods Market 5th Street Seafood

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525 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703
There's a reason this tiny dining area near the fish counter is always packed. The seafood is fresh, the price is right, and you can split a bottle of wine at retail price.

[Photo: Rebekah T/Yelp]

1. Three Little Pigs

1209 Rosewood Ave., Austin, TX
Three people suggested picking up a bottle of wine from the next door East End Wines, and walking over to Three Little Pigs for porky goodness. Eater user omnomnom said, “Hands down the best bang for your buck cheap date.” [Photo: Three Little Pigs/Facebook]
1209 Rosewood Ave.
Austin, TX

2. Snack Bar

1224 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
The Austin-centric restaurant is the perfect place to people-watch on South Congress. Eat up the local bites offered by the kitchen and drink up with the happy hour specials every day or Tuesday’s pint night or Wine Wednesdays. [Photo: Amber E./Yelp]
1224 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

3. East Side King Thai-kun

1104 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
On Facebook, Ane Andere Urquiola Alberu picked Bon Appetit's best new restaurants of the year in Austin, and said there’s “Great food, plus you can get a bottle of wine at Wonderland for 20 something dollars!” [Photo: Chris F./Yelp]
1104 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

4. Frank Restaurant

407 Colorado St, Austin, TX 78701
A hot dog date is as casual as it comes, but Frank's inventive menu and killer cocktails makes for a fun night out. There's usually live music in the evenings, too. [Photo: Katie C./Yelp]
407 Colorado St
Austin, TX 78701

5. House Pizzeria

5111 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78751
For pizza dates, an anonymous tipster nominated House Pizzeria, where there is a “decent ambiance, and you won't spend as much as you would at Bufalina or Backspace, and the pizza is pretty close to those two.” [Photo: Chris M./Yelp]
5111 Airport Blvd
Austin, TX 78751

6. Sarah's Mediterranean Grill & Market

5222 Burnet #500, Austin, TX 78756
Eater user Zesty Enterprise described it as “cheap, friendly, tasty, and you can wander the aisles of their Middle Eastern grocery store afterwards.”
5222 Burnet #500
Austin, TX 78756

7. Way South Philly

1108 E. Sixth St., Austin, TX 78702
One commenter suggests this East 6th trailer as a great casual date. Get your cheesesteak with Wiz for extra romance.
1108 E. Sixth St.
Austin, TX 78702

8. Thai Fresh

909 W Mary St, Austin, TX 78704
The laid back atmosphere of the three-in-one convenience of Thai Fresh (cafe, bakery, and market) lets you eat and shop together, especially if there’s a second date involving a homecooked meal. They have great deals on wine, too. [Photo: Katie O./Yelp]
909 W Mary St
Austin, TX 78704

9. Michi Ramen

6519 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78752
An anonymous tipster suggested Michi Ramen because it’s “good for a quick date night since the food is out so quick. Also, the veggie tempura is amazing.”
6519 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78752

10. Wright Bros. Brew & Brew

500 San Marcos St #105, Austin, TX 78702
Coffee makes for the perfect afternoon date. If things go really well, there’s always the option to switch to beer for a longer night. [Photo: Mike C./Yelp]
500 San Marcos St #105
Austin, TX 78702

11. Whole Foods Market 5th Street Seafood

525 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703
There's a reason this tiny dining area near the fish counter is always packed. The seafood is fresh, the price is right, and you can split a bottle of wine at retail price.

[Photo: Rebekah T/Yelp]

525 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703

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