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Chefs' 14 Favorite Greasy Spoons & What They Order

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To conclude Greasy Spoons Week 2013, we present a greasy spoon guide assembled with the help of some of the city's best chefs, who were kind enough to answer the question: What's your favorite greasy spoon in Austin, and what do you order when you go?

Award-winning pastry chef Laura Sawicki of La Condesa and Sway, for example, hits up Hut's Hamburgers for her favorite cheeseburger, while Contigo chef Andrew Wiseheart goes for the huevos rancheros at La Fruta Feliz, and more than a few chefs recommended La Michoacana as their greasy spoon of choice. Find out where other Austin industry notables go for their greasy fix, after the jump.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Hut's Hamburgers

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807 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 472-0693
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Pastry chef Laura Sawicki, of Sway and La Condesa fame: "Huts Hamburgers. Doesn't matter if you go for breakfast or lunch, it's all delicious! My favorite is the cheeseburger ... I really love the hamburger bun!"

2. Asia Cafe

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8650 Spicewood Springs Rd
Austin, TX 78759
(512) 336-8888
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Benjamin Baker of Travaasa Austin's Jean's Kitchen: "I like Asia Cafe. It's a diner with an Asian twist. It is a very dressed down place with plastic plates and bowls. I order the eggplant with ground pork, sesame tofu, salt and pepper fish, green beans and Sichuan duck."

3. Dirty Martin's Place

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2808 Guadalupe St
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 477-3173
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Chefs and industry folks in Austin love Dirty Martin's.

Says Kevin Williamson, chef and owner at Ranch 616, Star Bar and Rattle Inn: "Dirty Martins on Guadalupe. This place is a long time UT and Austin favorite. I love their Sissy Burger served with mayo, lettuce and tomato."

Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden chef Ted Prater says he goes for all the burgers here, and Mulberry's Kristine Kittrell goes for the cheeseburgers: "Love watching the guys working the flat top."

4. Joe's Bakery & Coffee Shop

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2305 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 472-0017
Says Philip Korshak, Senior Kitchen Manager at Home Slice: "That's kind of a tough one as there isn't, to my knowledge, a proper greasy spoon diner. But I do LOVE Joe's Bakery. They are local to the bone and have really, really delicious enchiladas. In my honest opinion, it is the Austin version of the old Cherokee Diner on 31st and 10th Avenue."

5. Tam Deli and Cafe

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8222 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78753
(512) 834-6458
Says Matt Burke, Head Chef at Shady Grove: "The Tam Deli at 8222 North Lamar may not qualify as a greasy spoon, but the fried shrimp bahn mi sandwich is as good as any po' boy I have ever eaten anywhere. The combination of browned garlic, mayo and cilantro with the shrimp is amazing. The delicate cream puffs sell out quickly. I order the dessert first."

6. Whip In Convenience Store & Pub

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1950 S Interstate 35
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 442-5337
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Says Allison Jenkins, Executive Chef at upcoming laV brick-and-mortar and the currently open Say laV food truck: "Though it seems pretty healthy, I had biscuits with goat chorizo gravy & fried eggs for brunch recently. They make some great nachos & cheese fries."

7. Din Ho Chinese BBQ

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8557 Research Blvd, Ste 116
Austin, TX 78758
(512) 832-8788
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Says Sarah McIntosh, chef and owner of Epicerie, gets the Beijing duck and roast pork at Din Ho.

8. Counter Cafe

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626 N. Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 708-8800
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Industry folks love the Counter Cafe.

Says Allison Jenkins of Say laV and LaV: "Blueberry pancakes & bacon. They have great biscuits & gravy too." The Alamo Drafthouse's Jason Donoho also calls the Counter Cafe his greasy spoon home. His order? "A classic breakfast. Three eggs sunny side up, bacon AND Sausage. No toast. Side of salsa. Black coffee."

9. La Michoacana Meat Market

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1917 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702
Says Lawrence Kocurek, Chef de Cuisine at TRACE: "Greasy spoon? How about a greasy store: the La Michoacana Meat Market on the east side has a little area in it to get food, the staff is kind of rude and doesn’t really seem like they want anyone in there asking for anything, that is I think part of the charm though. And my favorite thing there is the Boss Chilaquiles con Huevo. It is a an amazing gut bomb of a breakfast."

Mulberry chef Kristine Kittrell is also a fan: "My favorite hangover spot is La Michoacana. I always have the desebrada beef. It will cure all that ails you."

10. Peche

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208 W. 4th St.
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 495-9669
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Of course Searsucker's Brian Malarkey is the kind of guy who would answer "Peche," an upscale cocktail bar, to a question about greasy spoons: "It's not a greasy spoon, it's a greasy spoon, fork, knife, fingers and chin!” “… Great cocktails and some of the best bar food ever. Bone marrow and fries and sweetbreads..... On the same plate!!!!!”

11. 888 Vietnamese Restaurant

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2400 E Oltorf St
Austin, TX 78741
(512) 448-4722
Uchiko's chef de cuisine Page Pressley orders the "whole mackerel and the squid and green onion pancake" at this South Austin Asian diner, while Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden chef Ted Prater's order is: "Pho fully loaded (extra meatballs, brisket, tendon and tripe), iced coffee, and shrimp spring rolls."

12. Kerbey Lane Cafe

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3704 Kerbey Ln
Austin, TX 78731
(512) 451-1436
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Uchi chef de cuisine Jeramie Robison goes for "buttermilk pancakes, two sunny side eggs, orange juice, coffee," at Kerbey Lane.

13. Tan My Restaurant

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1601 Ohlen Rd
Austin, TX 78758
(512) 832-9585
Jennifer Costello and Chris Hurley from The Bonneville: "Tan My for Pho up on Ohlen road, you have to have the Beef Brisket Pho with Meatballs. It's amazingly good, greasy and will make your nose run for days."

14. La Fruta Feliz

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3124 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78723
(512) 961-5013
Contigo's Andrew Wiseheart goes for the huevos rancheros at this east side Tex-Mex dive.

15. Cover 3

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2700 W Anderson Ln
Austin, TX 78757
(512) 374-1121
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Can a high-end sports bar qualify as a greasy spoon? It does if Austin's food-dad Jack Gilmore of Jack Allen's kitchen says so. He gets the batter fried shrimp and oysters.

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1. Hut's Hamburgers

807 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78703
Pastry chef Laura Sawicki, of Sway and La Condesa fame: "Huts Hamburgers. Doesn't matter if you go for breakfast or lunch, it's all delicious! My favorite is the cheeseburger ... I really love the hamburger bun!"
807 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78703

2. Asia Cafe

8650 Spicewood Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78759
Benjamin Baker of Travaasa Austin's Jean's Kitchen: "I like Asia Cafe. It's a diner with an Asian twist. It is a very dressed down place with plastic plates and bowls. I order the eggplant with ground pork, sesame tofu, salt and pepper fish, green beans and Sichuan duck."
8650 Spicewood Springs Rd
Austin, TX 78759

3. Dirty Martin's Place

2808 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705
Chefs and industry folks in Austin love Dirty Martin's.

Says Kevin Williamson, chef and owner at Ranch 616, Star Bar and Rattle Inn: "Dirty Martins on Guadalupe. This place is a long time UT and Austin favorite. I love their Sissy Burger served with mayo, lettuce and tomato."

Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden chef Ted Prater says he goes for all the burgers here, and Mulberry's Kristine Kittrell goes for the cheeseburgers: "Love watching the guys working the flat top."

2808 Guadalupe St
Austin, TX 78705

4. Joe's Bakery & Coffee Shop

2305 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702
Says Philip Korshak, Senior Kitchen Manager at Home Slice: "That's kind of a tough one as there isn't, to my knowledge, a proper greasy spoon diner. But I do LOVE Joe's Bakery. They are local to the bone and have really, really delicious enchiladas. In my honest opinion, it is the Austin version of the old Cherokee Diner on 31st and 10th Avenue."
2305 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702

5. Tam Deli and Cafe

8222 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78753
Says Matt Burke, Head Chef at Shady Grove: "The Tam Deli at 8222 North Lamar may not qualify as a greasy spoon, but the fried shrimp bahn mi sandwich is as good as any po' boy I have ever eaten anywhere. The combination of browned garlic, mayo and cilantro with the shrimp is amazing. The delicate cream puffs sell out quickly. I order the dessert first."
8222 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78753

6. Whip In Convenience Store & Pub

1950 S Interstate 35, Austin, TX 78704
Says Allison Jenkins, Executive Chef at upcoming laV brick-and-mortar and the currently open Say laV food truck: "Though it seems pretty healthy, I had biscuits with goat chorizo gravy & fried eggs for brunch recently. They make some great nachos & cheese fries."
1950 S Interstate 35
Austin, TX 78704

7. Din Ho Chinese BBQ

8557 Research Blvd, Ste 116, Austin, TX 78758
Says Sarah McIntosh, chef and owner of Epicerie, gets the Beijing duck and roast pork at Din Ho.
8557 Research Blvd, Ste 116
Austin, TX 78758

8. Counter Cafe

626 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78703
Industry folks love the Counter Cafe.

Says Allison Jenkins of Say laV and LaV: "Blueberry pancakes & bacon. They have great biscuits & gravy too." The Alamo Drafthouse's Jason Donoho also calls the Counter Cafe his greasy spoon home. His order? "A classic breakfast. Three eggs sunny side up, bacon AND Sausage. No toast. Side of salsa. Black coffee."

626 N. Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78703

9. La Michoacana Meat Market

1917 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702
Says Lawrence Kocurek, Chef de Cuisine at TRACE: "Greasy spoon? How about a greasy store: the La Michoacana Meat Market on the east side has a little area in it to get food, the staff is kind of rude and doesn’t really seem like they want anyone in there asking for anything, that is I think part of the charm though. And my favorite thing there is the Boss Chilaquiles con Huevo. It is a an amazing gut bomb of a breakfast."

Mulberry chef Kristine Kittrell is also a fan: "My favorite hangover spot is La Michoacana. I always have the desebrada beef. It will cure all that ails you."

1917 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702

10. Peche

208 W. 4th St., Austin, TX 78701
Of course Searsucker's Brian Malarkey is the kind of guy who would answer "Peche," an upscale cocktail bar, to a question about greasy spoons: "It's not a greasy spoon, it's a greasy spoon, fork, knife, fingers and chin!” “… Great cocktails and some of the best bar food ever. Bone marrow and fries and sweetbreads..... On the same plate!!!!!”
208 W. 4th St.
Austin, TX 78701

11. 888 Vietnamese Restaurant

2400 E Oltorf St, Austin, TX 78741
Uchiko's chef de cuisine Page Pressley orders the "whole mackerel and the squid and green onion pancake" at this South Austin Asian diner, while Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden chef Ted Prater's order is: "Pho fully loaded (extra meatballs, brisket, tendon and tripe), iced coffee, and shrimp spring rolls."
2400 E Oltorf St
Austin, TX 78741

12. Kerbey Lane Cafe

3704 Kerbey Ln, Austin, TX 78731
Uchi chef de cuisine Jeramie Robison goes for "buttermilk pancakes, two sunny side eggs, orange juice, coffee," at Kerbey Lane.
3704 Kerbey Ln
Austin, TX 78731

13. Tan My Restaurant

1601 Ohlen Rd, Austin, TX 78758
Jennifer Costello and Chris Hurley from The Bonneville: "Tan My for Pho up on Ohlen road, you have to have the Beef Brisket Pho with Meatballs. It's amazingly good, greasy and will make your nose run for days."
1601 Ohlen Rd
Austin, TX 78758

14. La Fruta Feliz

3124 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78723
Contigo's Andrew Wiseheart goes for the huevos rancheros at this east side Tex-Mex dive.
3124 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78723

15. Cover 3

2700 W Anderson Ln, Austin, TX 78757
Can a high-end sports bar qualify as a greasy spoon? It does if Austin's food-dad Jack Gilmore of Jack Allen's kitchen says so. He gets the batter fried shrimp and oysters.
2700 W Anderson Ln
Austin, TX 78757

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