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Where to Eat and Drink After Taking a Dip in Austin’s Public Pools

The city’s best restaurants near swimming holes like Barton Springs Pool and Deep Eddy

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Even though summer is coming to a close in Austin (though it certainly doesn’t feel like it), there are still plenty of opportunities to jump in one of the city’s numerous public swimming pools. After burning those calories or lounging away in the sun, your next activity should involve food.

To help make planning easier, Eater put together a handy map of the best restaurants found near the Austin’s coldest public pools across the city. There’s Sandy’s Hamburgers with ice cream and burgers after a dip in the popular Barton Springs Pool in South Austin, barbecue from Sam’s BBQ after Givens Pool in Central East Austin, burgers and tiki drinks from Pool Burger after Deep Eddy Pool in West Austin and much more.

For similar ideas, there are Austin’s best pool bars, the cocktail heatmap, and Eater’s guide to day-drinking.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Top Notch Hamburgers

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7525 Burnet Rd
Austin, TX 78757
(512) 452-2181
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Allandale restaurant Top Notch has been around longer than most Austinites have been alive, there’s a good reason for that. It’s the perfect burger stand to visit after a day at Northwest Pool.

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Burger and fries from Top Notch
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2. Ichiban

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7310 Burnet Rd
Austin, TX 78757
(512) 458-3700
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A short drive from Northwest Pool, Allandale Japanese and Korean restaurant Ichiban will quickly fill empty stomachs with sushi, udon, and bulgogi

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A sushi boat from Ichiban
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3. Little Deli & Pizzeria

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7101 Woodrow Ave Ste A
Austin, TX 78757
(512) 467-7402
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With outdoor seating and spectacular sandwiches, Little Deli is the perfect place to stop after a jaunt at Brentwood Pool, which is hidden in the Crestview neighborhood. Get a Philly cheesesteak or Jersey-style pizza by-the-slice. Note that the pool is currently closed for the season, but will reopen in the spring of 2020.

4. Doc's Motorworks 38th

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1106 W 38th St
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 454-3627
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Beers, fries, and all-day breakfast go down easy after an afternoon at the Ramsey Neighborhood Pool, especially at the very casual Rosedale restaurant. Alas, the pool is also currently closed for the season, but will reopen in the spring of 2020.

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Cheese fries and beer from Doc’s Motorworks
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5. Texas French Bread

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2900 Rio Grande St
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 499-0544
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Sandwiched between the children-friendly Bailey and Eastwoods splash pads, bistro Texas French Bread is the place to take the kids after an afternoon of excitement.

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6. Contigo

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2027 Anchor Ln
Austin, TX 78723
(512) 614-2260
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Trek over to Mueller alfresco Texas restaurant Contigo for burgers, steaks, and fries after a dip in Windsor Park’s Bartholomew Pool. Inside or out on the patio, the atmosphere will cool you down after a day in the heat.

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Contigo’s burger
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7. Pool Burger

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2315 Lake Austin Blvd
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 334-9747
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It’s right in the name. After lounging at West Austin’s Deep Eddy Pool, duck into the next-door Pool Burger. It has everything from the classic burger and fries, soft serve, to frozen hurricanes. Adults-only hours begin at 9 p.m.

Double burger from Pool Burger
Double burger from Pool Burger
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8. Sam's Bar-B-Que

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2000 E 12th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 478-0378
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MLK’s Givens Pool is a just a hop, skip, and a jump from longtime Central East Austin establishment Sam’s Bar-B-Que. Load up with some ribs, sausage, mutton, and sides like yams and mac and cheese. Sam’s has been in operation for over 60 years, making it a rare piece of east side history. While the pool is also closed for rest of the year, it will reopen in spring 2020.

9. Carpenters Hall

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400 Josephine St
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 675-5020
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Regain those spent calories by dining at cheery Zilker hotel restaurant Carpenters Hall near Barton Springs Pool. The chicken schnitzel is the perfect way to way to refuel after spending a day bracing yourself in the cold, cold water.

10. Green Mesquite BBQ

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1400 Barton Springs Rd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 479-0485

Barbecue and pool days just make sense together, and luckily, just down the street from Barton Springs Pool is another longtime barbecue restaurant, Green Mesquite. Stellar chicken wings, brisket, ribs, sausage — what more could a person want? Oh, yeah, a piece of pecan pie ala mode.

11. Sandy's Hamburgers

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603 Barton Springs Rd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 478-6322
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There’s nothing like a Sandy’s hamburger and fries to wash down at day at Barton Springs Pool. Dessert is even covered in the form of the old-fashioned ice cream swirl cone. Take advantage of the drive-thru or take a break at the picnic tables near the back.

12. Launderette

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2115 Holly St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 382-1599
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What better way to cool down from a swim at either the Martin Pool (although it’s closed for the season and will reopen in spring 2020) and the Metz splash pad than with elevated comfort food from Holly restaurant Launderette. There’s everything from fried chicken sandwiches, PEI mussels, to those coveted birthday cake ice cream sandwiches.

A birthday cake ice cream sandwich on a bed of colorful sprinkles
The birthday cake ice cream sandwich at Launderette
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13. Hecho En Mexico Restaurant

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6001 W William Cannon Dr # 301
Austin, TX 78749
(512) 301-0060
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Near South Austin pool Dick Nichols is easygoing Mexican restaurant Hecho en Mexico in Oak Hill. You’ll find down-home dishes like tacos, moles, enchiladas, and more. The pool is, however, closed for the season, and will reopen in spring 2020.

14. Cherry Creek Catfish Co.

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5712 Manchaca Rd
Austin, TX 78745
(512) 440-8810
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Near to Garrison Pool, South Austin restaurant Cherry Creek Catfish Co. will hook you up with a mountain of catfish, cole slaw, and hush puppies.

1. Top Notch Hamburgers

7525 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78757
French fries and burgers in a paper container on a table
Burger and fries from Top Notch
Top Notch Hamburgers/Facebook

Allandale restaurant Top Notch has been around longer than most Austinites have been alive, there’s a good reason for that. It’s the perfect burger stand to visit after a day at Northwest Pool.

7525 Burnet Rd
Austin, TX 78757

2. Ichiban

7310 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78757
A boat filled with pieces of sushi on a table
A sushi boat from Ichiban
Ichiban/Facebook

A short drive from Northwest Pool, Allandale Japanese and Korean restaurant Ichiban will quickly fill empty stomachs with sushi, udon, and bulgogi

7310 Burnet Rd
Austin, TX 78757

3. Little Deli & Pizzeria

7101 Woodrow Ave Ste A, Austin, TX 78757

With outdoor seating and spectacular sandwiches, Little Deli is the perfect place to stop after a jaunt at Brentwood Pool, which is hidden in the Crestview neighborhood. Get a Philly cheesesteak or Jersey-style pizza by-the-slice. Note that the pool is currently closed for the season, but will reopen in the spring of 2020.

7101 Woodrow Ave Ste A
Austin, TX 78757

4. Doc's Motorworks 38th

1106 W 38th St, Austin, TX 78705
A pile of fries topped with cheese and herbs on a white plate next to a glass of beer on a table
Cheese fries and beer from Doc’s Motorworks
Doc’s Motorworks/Facebook

Beers, fries, and all-day breakfast go down easy after an afternoon at the Ramsey Neighborhood Pool, especially at the very casual Rosedale restaurant. Alas, the pool is also currently closed for the season, but will reopen in the spring of 2020.

1106 W 38th St
Austin, TX 78705

5. Texas French Bread

2900 Rio Grande St, Austin, TX 78705
Hands reaching for food in dishes on a table
Dishes at Texas French Bread
Texas French Bread [Official]

Sandwiched between the children-friendly Bailey and Eastwoods splash pads, bistro Texas French Bread is the place to take the kids after an afternoon of excitement.

2900 Rio Grande St
Austin, TX 78705

6. Contigo

2027 Anchor Ln, Austin, TX 78723
Contigo’s burger
Contigo’s burger
Contigo/Facebook

Trek over to Mueller alfresco Texas restaurant Contigo for burgers, steaks, and fries after a dip in Windsor Park’s Bartholomew Pool. Inside or out on the patio, the atmosphere will cool you down after a day in the heat.

2027 Anchor Ln
Austin, TX 78723

7. Pool Burger

2315 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703
Double burger from Pool Burger
Double burger from Pool Burger
Chad Wadsworth

It’s right in the name. After lounging at West Austin’s Deep Eddy Pool, duck into the next-door Pool Burger. It has everything from the classic burger and fries, soft serve, to frozen hurricanes. Adults-only hours begin at 9 p.m.

2315 Lake Austin Blvd
Austin, TX 78703

8. Sam's Bar-B-Que

2000 E 12th St, Austin, TX 78702

MLK’s Givens Pool is a just a hop, skip, and a jump from longtime Central East Austin establishment Sam’s Bar-B-Que. Load up with some ribs, sausage, mutton, and sides like yams and mac and cheese. Sam’s has been in operation for over 60 years, making it a rare piece of east side history. While the pool is also closed for rest of the year, it will reopen in spring 2020.

2000 E 12th St
Austin, TX 78702

9. Carpenters Hall

400 Josephine St, Austin, TX 78704

Regain those spent calories by dining at cheery Zilker hotel restaurant Carpenters Hall near Barton Springs Pool. The chicken schnitzel is the perfect way to way to refuel after spending a day bracing yourself in the cold, cold water.

400 Josephine St
Austin, TX 78704

10. Green Mesquite BBQ

1400 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704

Barbecue and pool days just make sense together, and luckily, just down the street from Barton Springs Pool is another longtime barbecue restaurant, Green Mesquite. Stellar chicken wings, brisket, ribs, sausage — what more could a person want? Oh, yeah, a piece of pecan pie ala mode.

1400 Barton Springs Rd
Austin, TX 78704

11. Sandy's Hamburgers

603 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704

There’s nothing like a Sandy’s hamburger and fries to wash down at day at Barton Springs Pool. Dessert is even covered in the form of the old-fashioned ice cream swirl cone. Take advantage of the drive-thru or take a break at the picnic tables near the back.

603 Barton Springs Rd
Austin, TX 78704

12. Launderette

2115 Holly St, Austin, TX 78702
A birthday cake ice cream sandwich on a bed of colorful sprinkles
The birthday cake ice cream sandwich at Launderette
Launderette/Facebook

What better way to cool down from a swim at either the Martin Pool (although it’s closed for the season and will reopen in spring 2020) and the Metz splash pad than with elevated comfort food from Holly restaurant Launderette. There’s everything from fried chicken sandwiches, PEI mussels, to those coveted birthday cake ice cream sandwiches.

2115 Holly St
Austin, TX 78702

13. Hecho En Mexico Restaurant

6001 W William Cannon Dr # 301, Austin, TX 78749

Near South Austin pool Dick Nichols is easygoing Mexican restaurant Hecho en Mexico in Oak Hill. You’ll find down-home dishes like tacos, moles, enchiladas, and more. The pool is, however, closed for the season, and will reopen in spring 2020.

6001 W William Cannon Dr # 301
Austin, TX 78749

14. Cherry Creek Catfish Co.

5712 Manchaca Rd, Austin, TX 78745

Near to Garrison Pool, South Austin restaurant Cherry Creek Catfish Co. will hook you up with a mountain of catfish, cole slaw, and hush puppies.

5712 Manchaca Rd
Austin, TX 78745

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