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Austin's Great Summer Restaurants, According to Readers

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In Austin, temperatures regularly break 100 degrees from June through September, which means the word "summer" lacks the sweet ring it possesses in, say, Seattle. Sure, there's Barton Springs, sno cones, margaritas -- but make no mistake, summer in Austin requires a survival plan.

One of the best ways to celebrate, rather than dread, the summer is to enjoy the best of Austin's covered patios, frozen drinks, and light, fresh dining. Eater asked readers for their top picks for summer dining; check out the best of the bunch below.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Contigo Austin

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2027 Anchor Ln.
Austin, TX 78723
(512) 614-2260
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Delicious, cold cocktails. Great bar snacks. A magnificent burger. And lots of outdoor space, much of it covered. Contigo is made for Austin summer.

2. Perla's Seafood and Oyster Bar

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1400 S. Congress Suite B100
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 291-7300
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Oysters and a champagne cocktail on Perla's patio is one of the best ways to beat the heat in Austin.

3. Porter Ale House

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3715 S 1st St Ste A
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 291-6299
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Porter's outdoor covered patio space will make for some great evening drinking and dining as the temperatures climb.

4. Hillside Farmacy

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1209 E 11th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 628-0168
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Hillside's well-sourced salads, not to mention their cold-brewed Stumpton and Coolhaus ice cream, make it a great summer lunch destination.

5. Noble Sandwich Company

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4805 Burnet Rd
Austin, TX 78756
(512) 382-6248
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Desperate to dine al fresco, but can't deal with the full-on heat? Go eat breakfast outside at the new Noble Sandwiches, which has a covered patio out back.

6. El Tacorrido

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2316 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 912-1939
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One tipster with a serious obsession with summer dining passes on this El Tacorrido intel: get the "El Equinox and ice-cream sandwich and then you can sit on the bench outside of the walk-up window."

7. La Condesa

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400 W. 2nd St.
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 499-0300
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They may be know for their tacos, but La Condesa is also makes some of the best light, summery dishes in Austin, like their creative salads. Plus, margaritas.

8. Salty Sow

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1917 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722
(512) 391-2337
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Several readers put in a vote for Salty Sow, whose large patio offers a more laid-back dining option.

9. Curra's Grill

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614 E Oltorf St
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 444-0012
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Curra's large covered patio and straight-up delicious avocado margaritas make for a great summer Tex Mex meal.

10. Casa Colombia

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1614 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 495-9425
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This recently reopened Colombian restaurant on East 7th serves a gigantic bowl of ceviche with green plantains, not to mention lots of great Colombian classics and huge frozen "mimosas"

11. Lenoir

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1807 S. 1st St.
Austin, TX 78704
This tiny South First restaurant focuses on "hot weather" food, so what better time to check it out than during hot weather? Their large wine garden is shaded by an oak tree, too.

12. Tam Deli and Cafe

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8222 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78753
(512) 834-6458
Banh mi and bun bowls of cold vermicelli noodles are both great hot weather eats. Tam deli delivers on both.

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1. Contigo Austin

2027 Anchor Ln., Austin, TX 78723
Delicious, cold cocktails. Great bar snacks. A magnificent burger. And lots of outdoor space, much of it covered. Contigo is made for Austin summer.
2027 Anchor Ln.
Austin, TX 78723

2. Perla's Seafood and Oyster Bar

1400 S. Congress Suite B100, Austin, TX 78704
Oysters and a champagne cocktail on Perla's patio is one of the best ways to beat the heat in Austin.
1400 S. Congress Suite B100
Austin, TX 78704

3. Porter Ale House

3715 S 1st St Ste A, Austin, TX 78704
Porter's outdoor covered patio space will make for some great evening drinking and dining as the temperatures climb.
3715 S 1st St Ste A
Austin, TX 78704

4. Hillside Farmacy

1209 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702
Hillside's well-sourced salads, not to mention their cold-brewed Stumpton and Coolhaus ice cream, make it a great summer lunch destination.
1209 E 11th St
Austin, TX 78702

5. Noble Sandwich Company

4805 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78756
Desperate to dine al fresco, but can't deal with the full-on heat? Go eat breakfast outside at the new Noble Sandwiches, which has a covered patio out back.
4805 Burnet Rd
Austin, TX 78756

6. El Tacorrido

2316 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704
One tipster with a serious obsession with summer dining passes on this El Tacorrido intel: get the "El Equinox and ice-cream sandwich and then you can sit on the bench outside of the walk-up window."
2316 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704

7. La Condesa

400 W. 2nd St., Austin, TX 78701
They may be know for their tacos, but La Condesa is also makes some of the best light, summery dishes in Austin, like their creative salads. Plus, margaritas.
400 W. 2nd St.
Austin, TX 78701

8. Salty Sow

1917 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722
Several readers put in a vote for Salty Sow, whose large patio offers a more laid-back dining option.
1917 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722

9. Curra's Grill

614 E Oltorf St, Austin, TX 78704
Curra's large covered patio and straight-up delicious avocado margaritas make for a great summer Tex Mex meal.
614 E Oltorf St
Austin, TX 78704

10. Casa Colombia

1614 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702
This recently reopened Colombian restaurant on East 7th serves a gigantic bowl of ceviche with green plantains, not to mention lots of great Colombian classics and huge frozen "mimosas"
1614 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702

11. Lenoir

1807 S. 1st St., Austin, TX 78704
This tiny South First restaurant focuses on "hot weather" food, so what better time to check it out than during hot weather? Their large wine garden is shaded by an oak tree, too.
1807 S. 1st St.
Austin, TX 78704

12. Tam Deli and Cafe

8222 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78753
Banh mi and bun bowls of cold vermicelli noodles are both great hot weather eats. Tam deli delivers on both.
8222 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78753

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