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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.

Top Notch Hamburgers

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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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Ichiban

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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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Little Deli & Pizzeria

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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.

Doc's Motorworks 38th

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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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Texas French Bread

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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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Contigo

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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.

Contigo’s burger
Contigo’s burger
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Pool Burger

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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.

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

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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.

Carpenters Hall

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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.

Green Mesquite BBQ

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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.

Sandy's Hamburgers

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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.

Launderette

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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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Hecho En Mexico Restaurant

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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.

Cherry Creek Catfish Co.

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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.

Top Notch Hamburgers

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.

French fries and burgers in a paper container on a table
Burger and fries from Top Notch
Top Notch Hamburgers/Facebook

Ichiban

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

A boat filled with pieces of sushi on a table
A sushi boat from Ichiban
Ichiban/Facebook

Little Deli & Pizzeria

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.

Doc's Motorworks 38th

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.

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

Texas French Bread

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.

Hands reaching for food in dishes on a table
Dishes at Texas French Bread
Texas French Bread [Official]

Contigo

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.

Contigo’s burger
Contigo’s burger
Contigo/Facebook

Pool Burger

A burger in paper wrap and fries in a tray on a blue picnic table.
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.

A burger in paper wrap and fries in a tray on a blue picnic table.
Double burger from Pool Burger
Chad Wadsworth

Sam's Bar-B-Que

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.

Carpenters Hall

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.

Green Mesquite BBQ

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.

Sandy's Hamburgers

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.

Launderette

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.

A birthday cake ice cream sandwich on a bed of colorful sprinkles
The birthday cake ice cream sandwich at Launderette
Launderette/Facebook

Hecho En Mexico Restaurant

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.

Cherry Creek Catfish Co.

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.

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