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The vegan sandwich from Wasota Vegan Paradise
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21 Can’t-Miss Restaurants and Bars in North Loop

From vegan food to New York pizza to fancy cocktails in the north-central Austin neighborhood

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Tucked away in north-central Austin and hidden away from tourists (for now), North Loop is hiding some of the best, most varied dining in Austin. The densely packed, fully walkable area has a true neighborhood feel, with chef-owned restaurants, eclectic coffee shops, a vegan food truck park, longtime local institutions, and nary an out-of-town restaurant group in sight.

Keeping with the Austin tradition of streets with multiple names, East 53rd Street/North Loop Boulevard is the main drag. It is home to one of the city’s best restaurants (Foreign & Domestic), one of the city’s best cocktail bars (Drink.Well), one of the city’s best dive bars (Workhorse), and one of the city’s best coffee shops (Epoch), all within a four-block range.

A bit further down the road, vegan food truck park Possum Park has several options that will appeal to all diets with a cute pavilion to sit down. Wasota Vegan Paradise serves hearty West African fare, complete with fried plantains and black-eyed peas, while bakery Zucchini Kill dispels any myths about vegan desserts with decadent cupcakes.

Below is the map of can’t-miss restaurants, food trucks, and bars in North Loop (which, quite frankly, is most of them).

For the purposes of this map, North Loop is defined as south of Koenig Lane, north of 51st Street, east of North Lamar Boulevard, and inclusive of Airport Boulevard down to 45th Street. Check out Eater Austin’s other neighborhood dining guides too.

The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Please be aware of changing local rules, and check individual restaurant websites for any additional restrictions such as mask requirements. Find a local vaccination site here.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Titaya's Thai Cuisine

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5501 N Lamar Blvd Suite C101
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 458-1792
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Long-standing Thai restaurant Titaya’s has solid options for traditional dishes from pad see ew to curries to sticky mango rice. The restaurant is open for dine-in and takeout services. Order online.

Pad Thai in a paper boat
Pad Thai from Titaya’s
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2. Nervous Charlie's

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5501 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 366-5305
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One of Austin’s best bagel shops, Nervous Charlie’s uses dough imported from New York City. Those magical rings are the basis for hearty breakfast and lunch sandwiches, lox, or one of several kinds of cream cheese schmears. The shop is open for takeout and patio dining. Order online.

A lunch bagel from Nervous Charlie’s
A lunch bagel from Nervous Charlie’s
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3. Epoch Coffee

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221 W N Loop Blvd
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 454-3762
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Cozy coffeeshop Epoch sits in a small shopping center with a record store and a vintage shop. Open until midnight, it has excellent coffee drinks, a variety of snacks from tamales to pastries, and general good vibes. The shop features art from a different local artist each month. The cafe is open for dine-in and to-go.

Coffee with a heart latte art at Epoch
Coffee with a heart latte art at Epoch
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4. Quality Seafood Market

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5621 Airport Blvd
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 452-3820
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Quality Seafood opened in 1938, and has been serving some of the city’s best seafood ever since. Both a fish shop and a restaurant, it has become the go-to source for oysters, crawfish, fish, and other seafood items both simply prepared or ready to cook. The restaurant and market is open for indoor dining and takeout. Order online.

Oysters at Quality Seafood
Oysters at Quality Seafood
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5. Workhorse Bar

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100 N Loop Blvd E Suite B
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 323-5700
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Workhorse is one of the best examples of classic Austin: an absolutely solid dive bar with cheap margaritas and greasy burgers. Plus, there’s a great patio for hanging out. The bar is open for dine-in, patio dining, and takeout. Order online.

The patio at Workhorse Bar
The patio at Workhorse Bar
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6. The Tigress Pub

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100 W N Loop Blvd unit g
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 600-3232
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This intimate little bar on 53rd Street is a friendly place to try some interesting cocktails (including low-ABV and mocktail options) or just grab a beer. The bar is open for indoor seating, outdoor seating, and takeout. Order online.

A red tall drink and an orange drink in a martini class on a bar with fresh flowers on it
Cocktails from The Tigress
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7. Tacos Yo Soy

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E 53rd St
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 945-8472
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Despite its small size, this Mexican food truck on 53rd Street has a massive menu that encompasses tacos, tortas, quesadillas, breakfast sandwiches, and tasty daily specials. The salsas have a nice spicy kick to them. The truck offers takeout and patio dining. Order online.

8. Drink.Well

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207 E 53rd St
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 614-6683
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One of the city’s best cocktail bars, Drink.Well serves expertly crafted, well-balanced drinks (try the daiquiri) alongside classy pub fare like crispy Brussels sprouts and a great burger. The bar is open for indoor and outdoor dining and takeout. Order online.

Drink.Well
Drink.Well
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9. Foreign & Domestic

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306 E 53rd St
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 459-1010
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Chef-owned nose-to-tail restaurant Foreign & Domestic is consistently rated as one of the best in the city. Nathan Lemley and Sarah Heard have creative dishes that become instant classics like indulgently buttery Parisian gnocchi with mushrooms, tomato leaf casarecce, and mushroom crème brûlée. The restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dining and takeout. Order online.

Foreign & Domestic
Foreign & Domestic
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10. Home Slice Pizza

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501 E 53rd St
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 707-7437
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The smell of garlic permeates the entire block around the second location of the popular local New York-style pizzeria. The North Loop location of the South Congress original has a larger menu with wings, thick Sicilian-style pies, and a full bar, in addition to slices and whole pies. The pizzeria is open for indoor and outdoor dining and takeout. Order online.

A pepperoni slice from Home Slice
A pepperoni slice from Home Slice
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11. Bistro Vonish

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701 E 53rd St
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 579-9854
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Fancy vegan food truck Bistro Vonish has everything from mac and cheese to a barbecue sandwich to a truly excellent chocolate pie. There are also kolaches and cinnamon rolls for weekend brunch. The truck requires online ordering for takeout or patio dining services.

The tofu sandwich at Bistro Vonish
The tofu sandwich at Bistro Vonish
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12. Wasota Vegan Paradise

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701 E 53rd St
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 565-3864
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Serving Nigerian and West African vegan food, Wasota serves hearty mixed vegetable plates, black-eyed pea fritters, and more. The dishes can be made spicy or mild — and the spice is no joke. The truck is open for patio dining and takeout, as well as delivery through third-party services like Uber Eats. Call-in orders are accepted.

13. Zucchini Kill Bakery

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701 E 53rd St Suite C
Austin, TX 78751
(737) 215-5936
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Vegan bakeshop Zucchini Kill is known for its many flavors of cupcakes, from chocolate caramel to goji lemon lavender. There’s also a full array of baked goods like doughnuts, coffee cake, cookies, and more, plus a rad retail space with cards, tinctures, and witchy goods. Look for the custom hearse outside. The bakery is open for takeout and delivery. Order online.

Cupcakes from Zucchini Kill Bakery
Cupcakes from Zucchini Kill Bakery
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14. Komé: Sushi Kitchen

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5301 Airport Blvd #100
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 712-5700
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Casual sushi restaurant Komé has a reputation as one of the best in the city, with both traditional and creative rolls, like the Stardust Cowboy roll with hanger steak, shrimp tempura, asparagus, spinach, candied jalapeños, tomatoes and avocado. Komé also serves bento boxes and donburi bowls, and is currently home to Daruma Ramen. Takeout only, order online.

15. Sala and Betty

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5201 Airport Blvd
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 645-0214
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Family-run casual restaurant Sala and Betty has a little bit of everything — a dining room, patio, and drive-thru; burgers and hearty salads; and frosé for good measure. The restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dining and takeout, though it is temporarily closed right now for renovations. Order online.

Queso in a pink bowl topped with avocado and thick-cut chips
Chips and queso from Sala and Betty
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16. Jewboy Burgers

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5111 Airport Blvd
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 291-3358
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Jewboy chef and owner Mo Pittle uses his Jewish and El Paso heritage to create a comforting menu with burgers topped with hatch chili queso, latkes, crispy onion rings, and more. The restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dining and takeout. Order online.

17. Bun Belly and Heo Eatery

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5001 Airport Blvd
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 358-4101
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This Vietnamese power duo shares many menu items, although Bun Belly focuses more on noodle bowls and soups and Heo has banh mi. Both have reliably good, fresh-tasting dishes. Heo Eatery is open for dine-in and takeout, Bun Belly is open for takeout only.

Pork belly bao with shredded carrots and scallions from Bun Belly
Pork belly bao from Bun Belly
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18. Mrs Johnson's Bakery

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4909 Airport Blvd
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 452-4750
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An Austin institution for over 70 years. Mrs. Johnson’s Bakery is open from 7:30 p.m. until noon the next day, and often has long late-night lines at the drive-thru for those tasty doughnuts and kolaches. The baked goods are available for takeout. Order online.

19. Vamonos

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4807 Airport Blvd
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 474-2029
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The Tex-Mex restaurant from local hospitality group Parkside Projects has great enchiladas, margaritas, and skirt steaks grilled over Texas oak. The restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dining and takeout. Order online.

A dish from Vamonos
A dish from Vamonos
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20. The Omelettry

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4631 Airport Blvd # 131A
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 453-5062
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This old-school diner is the place to go in the neighborhood for fluffy pancakes, a bacon-filled BLT, omelettes, and other brunch options. The Omelettry is the kind of place where sandwiches are less than $10, thick with filling, come with soup, and taste great. The restaurant is open for indoor dining and takeout. Order online.

21. Sweet Ritual

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4631 Airport Blvd #125
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 666-8346
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This vegan ice cream spot matches the zany colorful energy of the beloved toy shop Toy Joy next door. There are has scoops, ice cream sandwiches, and ice cream cakes. The ice cream shop offers takeout and outdoor dining.

Ice cream from Sweet Ritual
Ice cream from Sweet Ritual
Sweet Ritual/Facebook

1. Titaya's Thai Cuisine

5501 N Lamar Blvd Suite C101, Austin, TX 78751
Pad Thai in a paper boat
Pad Thai from Titaya’s
Titaya’s/Facebook

Long-standing Thai restaurant Titaya’s has solid options for traditional dishes from pad see ew to curries to sticky mango rice. The restaurant is open for dine-in and takeout services. Order online.

5501 N Lamar Blvd Suite C101
Austin, TX 78751

2. Nervous Charlie's

5501 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78751
A lunch bagel from Nervous Charlie’s
A lunch bagel from Nervous Charlie’s
Nervous Charlie’s [Official]

One of Austin’s best bagel shops, Nervous Charlie’s uses dough imported from New York City. Those magical rings are the basis for hearty breakfast and lunch sandwiches, lox, or one of several kinds of cream cheese schmears. The shop is open for takeout and patio dining. Order online.

5501 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78751

3. Epoch Coffee

221 W N Loop Blvd, Austin, TX 78751
Coffee with a heart latte art at Epoch
Coffee with a heart latte art at Epoch
Epoch Coffee/Facebook

Cozy coffeeshop Epoch sits in a small shopping center with a record store and a vintage shop. Open until midnight, it has excellent coffee drinks, a variety of snacks from tamales to pastries, and general good vibes. The shop features art from a different local artist each month. The cafe is open for dine-in and to-go.

221 W N Loop Blvd
Austin, TX 78751

4. Quality Seafood Market

5621 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78751
Oysters at Quality Seafood
Oysters at Quality Seafood
Quality Seafood/Facebook

Quality Seafood opened in 1938, and has been serving some of the city’s best seafood ever since. Both a fish shop and a restaurant, it has become the go-to source for oysters, crawfish, fish, and other seafood items both simply prepared or ready to cook. The restaurant and market is open for indoor dining and takeout. Order online.

5621 Airport Blvd
Austin, TX 78751

5. Workhorse Bar

100 N Loop Blvd E Suite B, Austin, TX 78751
The patio at Workhorse Bar
The patio at Workhorse Bar
Workhorse Bar/Facebook

Workhorse is one of the best examples of classic Austin: an absolutely solid dive bar with cheap margaritas and greasy burgers. Plus, there’s a great patio for hanging out. The bar is open for dine-in, patio dining, and takeout. Order online.

100 N Loop Blvd E Suite B
Austin, TX 78751

6. The Tigress Pub

100 W N Loop Blvd unit g, Austin, TX 78751
A red tall drink and an orange drink in a martini class on a bar with fresh flowers on it
Cocktails from The Tigress
The Tigress/Facebook

This intimate little bar on 53rd Street is a friendly place to try some interesting cocktails (including low-ABV and mocktail options) or just grab a beer. The bar is open for indoor seating, outdoor seating, and takeout. Order online.

100 W N Loop Blvd unit g
Austin, TX 78751

7. Tacos Yo Soy

E 53rd St, Austin, TX 78751

Despite its small size, this Mexican food truck on 53rd Street has a massive menu that encompasses tacos, tortas, quesadillas, breakfast sandwiches, and tasty daily specials. The salsas have a nice spicy kick to them. The truck offers takeout and patio dining. Order online.

E 53rd St
Austin, TX 78751

8. Drink.Well

207 E 53rd St, Austin, TX 78751
Drink.Well
Drink.Well
Drink.Well/Facebook

One of the city’s best cocktail bars, Drink.Well serves expertly crafted, well-balanced drinks (try the daiquiri) alongside classy pub fare like crispy Brussels sprouts and a great burger. The bar is open for indoor and outdoor dining and takeout. Order online.

207 E 53rd St
Austin, TX 78751

9. Foreign & Domestic

306 E 53rd St, Austin, TX 78751
Foreign & Domestic
Foreign & Domestic
Raymond Thompson/EATX

Chef-owned nose-to-tail restaurant Foreign & Domestic is consistently rated as one of the best in the city. Nathan Lemley and Sarah Heard have creative dishes that become instant classics like indulgently buttery Parisian gnocchi with mushrooms, tomato leaf casarecce, and mushroom crème brûlée. The restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dining and takeout. Order online.

306 E 53rd St
Austin, TX 78751

10. Home Slice Pizza

501 E 53rd St, Austin, TX 78751
A pepperoni slice from Home Slice
A pepperoni slice from Home Slice
Home Slice/Facebook

The smell of garlic permeates the entire block around the second location of the popular local New York-style pizzeria. The North Loop location of the South Congress original has a larger menu with wings, thick Sicilian-style pies, and a full bar, in addition to slices and whole pies. The pizzeria is open for indoor and outdoor dining and takeout. Order online.

501 E 53rd St
Austin, TX 78751

11. Bistro Vonish

701 E 53rd St, Austin, TX 78751
The tofu sandwich at Bistro Vonish
The tofu sandwich at Bistro Vonish
Bistro Vonish/Facebook

Fancy vegan food truck Bistro Vonish has everything from mac and cheese to a barbecue sandwich to a truly excellent chocolate pie. There are also kolaches and cinnamon rolls for weekend brunch. The truck requires online ordering for takeout or patio dining services.

701 E 53rd St
Austin, TX 78751

12. Wasota Vegan Paradise

701 E 53rd St, Austin, TX 78751

Serving Nigerian and West African vegan food, Wasota serves hearty mixed vegetable plates, black-eyed pea fritters, and more. The dishes can be made spicy or mild — and the spice is no joke. The truck is open for patio dining and takeout, as well as delivery through third-party services like Uber Eats. Call-in orders are accepted.

701 E 53rd St
Austin, TX 78751

13. Zucchini Kill Bakery

701 E 53rd St Suite C, Austin, TX 78751
Cupcakes from Zucchini Kill Bakery
Cupcakes from Zucchini Kill Bakery
Zucchini Kill Bakery/Facebook

Vegan bakeshop Zucchini Kill is known for its many flavors of cupcakes, from chocolate caramel to goji lemon lavender. There’s also a full array of baked goods like doughnuts, coffee cake, cookies, and more, plus a rad retail space with cards, tinctures, and witchy goods. Look for the custom hearse outside. The bakery is open for takeout and delivery. Order online.

701 E 53rd St Suite C
Austin, TX 78751

14. Komé: Sushi Kitchen

5301 Airport Blvd #100, Austin, TX 78751

Casual sushi restaurant Komé has a reputation as one of the best in the city, with both traditional and creative rolls, like the Stardust Cowboy roll with hanger steak, shrimp tempura, asparagus, spinach, candied jalapeños, tomatoes and avocado. Komé also serves bento boxes and donburi bowls, and is currently home to Daruma Ramen. Takeout only, order online.

5301 Airport Blvd #100
Austin, TX 78751

15. Sala and Betty

5201 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78751
Queso in a pink bowl topped with avocado and thick-cut chips
Chips and queso from Sala and Betty
Sala and Betty/Facebook

Family-run casual restaurant Sala and Betty has a little bit of everything — a dining room, patio, and drive-thru; burgers and hearty salads; and frosé for good measure. The restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dining and takeout, though it is temporarily closed right now for renovations. Order online.

5201 Airport Blvd
Austin, TX 78751

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16. Jewboy Burgers

5111 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78751

Jewboy chef and owner Mo Pittle uses his Jewish and El Paso heritage to create a comforting menu with burgers topped with hatch chili queso, latkes, crispy onion rings, and more. The restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dining and takeout. Order online.

5111 Airport Blvd
Austin, TX 78751

17. Bun Belly and Heo Eatery

5001 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78751
Pork belly bao with shredded carrots and scallions from Bun Belly
Pork belly bao from Bun Belly
Bun Belly/Facebook

This Vietnamese power duo shares many menu items, although Bun Belly focuses more on noodle bowls and soups and Heo has banh mi. Both have reliably good, fresh-tasting dishes. Heo Eatery is open for dine-in and takeout, Bun Belly is open for takeout only.

5001 Airport Blvd
Austin, TX 78751

18. Mrs Johnson's Bakery

4909 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78751

An Austin institution for over 70 years. Mrs. Johnson’s Bakery is open from 7:30 p.m. until noon the next day, and often has long late-night lines at the drive-thru for those tasty doughnuts and kolaches. The baked goods are available for takeout. Order online.

4909 Airport Blvd
Austin, TX 78751

19. Vamonos

4807 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78751
A dish from Vamonos
A dish from Vamonos
Hayden Walker

The Tex-Mex restaurant from local hospitality group Parkside Projects has great enchiladas, margaritas, and skirt steaks grilled over Texas oak. The restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dining and takeout. Order online.

4807 Airport Blvd
Austin, TX 78751

20. The Omelettry

4631 Airport Blvd # 131A, Austin, TX 78751

This old-school diner is the place to go in the neighborhood for fluffy pancakes, a bacon-filled BLT, omelettes, and other brunch options. The Omelettry is the kind of place where sandwiches are less than $10, thick with filling, come with soup, and taste great. The restaurant is open for indoor dining and takeout. Order online.

4631 Airport Blvd # 131A
Austin, TX 78751

21. Sweet Ritual

4631 Airport Blvd #125, Austin, TX 78751
Ice cream from Sweet Ritual
Ice cream from Sweet Ritual
Sweet Ritual/Facebook

This vegan ice cream spot matches the zany colorful energy of the beloved toy shop Toy Joy next door. There are has scoops, ice cream sandwiches, and ice cream cakes. The ice cream shop offers takeout and outdoor dining.

4631 Airport Blvd #125
Austin, TX 78751

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