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Where to Eat and Drink in East Cesar Chavez

This east side neighborhood specializes in healthy and laid-back options

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The East Cesar Chavez neighborhood consists of an eclectic mix of new and old in the ever-changing east side of Austin. Populated with a variety of restaurants, bars, and coffee shops, there’s something for everyone in the area.

Start the day with some craft coffee at Flat Track Coffee or sip on a beverage in the company of cats at Blue Cat Café. Enjoy clean, vegetarian and vegan eats at Mr. Natural, Curcuma or Counter Culture. In the mood for something more upscale? Bufalina fires up some of the city’s best Neapolitan pizzas, while Mongers Market + Kitchen focuses on fresh seafood with a southern take. Grab some dessert from Capital City Bakery and wind down the night with drinks at Drinks Lounge.

For the purposes of this map, the East Cesar Chavez neighborhood consists of establishments located on the south side of Cesar Chavez Street, east of I-35. For recommendations just across the street, scope out Eater’s East Side neighborhood guide.

For other neighborhood guides, check out Eater’s picks for South Congress, downtown Austin, Oak Hill, Round Rock, UT’s campus, Westlake, East Side, Mueller, the Domain, Cherrywood, South Lamar, and the comprehensive Austin guide.

Everything below is listed in geographical order, from west to east. If a favorite East Cesar Chavez spot is missing, let Eater know through the tipline or in the comments.

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1. Blue Cat Cafe

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95 Navasota St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 766-5003
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The first cat café to open in Austin, Blue Cat serves a vegan-focused menu along with a variety of coffee and tea beverages. Grab a bite and a drink and enjoy the free Wi-Fi while lounging and playing with friendly cats, the majority of which are available for adoption.

A cat at the Blue Cat Cafe
A cat at the Blue Cat Cafe
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2. Bufalina Pizza

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1519 E Cesar Chavez St #200
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 524-2523
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Arguably the best Neapolitan style pizzeria in the city, Bufalina sports an open kitchen housing a can’t-miss wood-fired oven. Choose between traditional and more innovative pizzas, like the harissa (roasted cauliflower, dates, pistachio), and an extensive wine list spanning an array of countries.

Bufalina’s pizza
A variety of pizzas from Bufalina
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3. Flat Track Coffee

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1619 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 540-6040
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Nestled in a shared space with Cycleast, a bicycle repair shop, Flat Track serves craft coffee and espresso drinks made from beans roasted in-house. Sip on a beverage while catching up on work and enjoy the company of the shop dogs that tend to wander around.

Flat Track Coffee
Flat Track Coffee
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4. Mission Dogs

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1701 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

Bacon-wrapped hot dogs with innovative Asian-inspired toppings, like papaya slaw and sesame miso sauce, is the focus at Mission Dogs. Vegetarians and vegans don’t need to fret as the restaurant also offers vegetarian hot dogs and sausages.

Vietdog, garlic fries and vegetarian Vietdog from Mission Dogs
Vietdog, garlic fries and vegetarian Vietdog from Mission Dogs
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5. Mr. Natural

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1901 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 477-5228
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An Austin haven for vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free eats. The expansive Tex-Mex menu ranges across breakfast (chilaquiles, migas), lunch (salads, sandwiches) and dinner (Tex-Mex plates). Don’t forget about the bakery stocked full of muffins, cookies, cakes, and more.

Food from Mr. Natural
Food from Mr. Natural
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6. Drinks Lounge

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4511, 2001 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 524-0130
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Along with cocktails, Drinks Lounge does a lot of things well — the dark, dive environment coupled with an open-air lounge feel makes it a great spot for a low-key after-work drink, or the place to buckle down for the night. There’s also free pool on Tuesdays and DJs spinning on the weekends.

Drinks Lounge
Drinks Lounge
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7. Quickie Pickie

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2027 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 992-1357
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Part-grocery store, part-coffee and beer joint, Quickie Pickie opened its kitchen and dining space to La Barbecue last summer. Customers can now grab what they need from the retail space while enjoying critically acclaimed barbecue.

La Barbecue at Quickie Pickie
La Barbecue at Quickie Pickie
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8. Taqueria Chapala

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2101 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 320-0308
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In the mood for some authentic, no-frills Mexican food? Let Taqueria Chapala be the fix with its menu of Mexican staples such as enchiladas, migas, tortas, flautas, and more.

Food from Taqueria Chapala
Food from Taqueria Chapala
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9. Curcuma

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2207 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 956-9550
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Curuma’s focus is on Ayurvedic-inspired food and beverages, which treats food as medicine for the body. Their bowls, toasts, smoothies and drinks (including golden mylk) are all plant-based, vegan, and gluten-free.

Kitchari bowl from Curcuma
Kitchari bowl from Curcuma
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10. Capital City Bakery

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2211 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 666-7437
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Baked fresh daily and made from scratch, this vegan bakery offers treats such as cupcakes, cakes, and kolaches that are made from locally sourced and organic ingredients. Custom orders are also available, and it’s highly encouraged to order ahead of time.

An assortment of vegan cupcakes from Capital City Bakery
An assortment of vegan cupcakes from Capital City Bakery
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11. Counter Culture

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2337 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 524-1540
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This popular east side vegan restaurant appeals to both herbivores and omnivores alike with its innovative takes on popular foods like barbecue and Tex-Mex plates. Come for lunch, brunch, or dinner.

Jackfruit barbecue quesadilla from Counter Culture
Jackfruit barbecue quesadilla from Counter Culture
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12. Mongers Market + Kitchen

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2401 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 215-8972
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Southern takes on fresh seafood is the name of the game at Mongers Market + Kitchen, where the restaurant is accompanied by a market offering raw and ready-to-take-home items. Try a few items from the raw bar to pair with starters and mains.

Oysters from Mongers
Oysters from Mongers
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1. Blue Cat Cafe

95 Navasota St, Austin, TX 78702
A cat at the Blue Cat Cafe
A cat at the Blue Cat Cafe
Melissa H./Yelp

The first cat café to open in Austin, Blue Cat serves a vegan-focused menu along with a variety of coffee and tea beverages. Grab a bite and a drink and enjoy the free Wi-Fi while lounging and playing with friendly cats, the majority of which are available for adoption.

95 Navasota St
Austin, TX 78702

2. Bufalina Pizza

1519 E Cesar Chavez St #200, Austin, TX 78702
Bufalina’s pizza
A variety of pizzas from Bufalina
Ashley B./Yelp

Arguably the best Neapolitan style pizzeria in the city, Bufalina sports an open kitchen housing a can’t-miss wood-fired oven. Choose between traditional and more innovative pizzas, like the harissa (roasted cauliflower, dates, pistachio), and an extensive wine list spanning an array of countries.

1519 E Cesar Chavez St #200
Austin, TX 78702

3. Flat Track Coffee

1619 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
Flat Track Coffee
Flat Track Coffee
Mimi L./Yelp

Nestled in a shared space with Cycleast, a bicycle repair shop, Flat Track serves craft coffee and espresso drinks made from beans roasted in-house. Sip on a beverage while catching up on work and enjoy the company of the shop dogs that tend to wander around.

1619 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

4. Mission Dogs

1701 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
Vietdog, garlic fries and vegetarian Vietdog from Mission Dogs
Vietdog, garlic fries and vegetarian Vietdog from Mission Dogs
Sheena P./Yelp

Bacon-wrapped hot dogs with innovative Asian-inspired toppings, like papaya slaw and sesame miso sauce, is the focus at Mission Dogs. Vegetarians and vegans don’t need to fret as the restaurant also offers vegetarian hot dogs and sausages.

1701 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

5. Mr. Natural

1901 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
Food from Mr. Natural
Food from Mr. Natural
Sarah S./Yelp

An Austin haven for vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free eats. The expansive Tex-Mex menu ranges across breakfast (chilaquiles, migas), lunch (salads, sandwiches) and dinner (Tex-Mex plates). Don’t forget about the bakery stocked full of muffins, cookies, cakes, and more.

1901 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

6. Drinks Lounge

4511, 2001 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
Drinks Lounge
Drinks Lounge
Drinks Lounge/Yelp

Along with cocktails, Drinks Lounge does a lot of things well — the dark, dive environment coupled with an open-air lounge feel makes it a great spot for a low-key after-work drink, or the place to buckle down for the night. There’s also free pool on Tuesdays and DJs spinning on the weekends.

4511, 2001 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

7. Quickie Pickie

2027 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
La Barbecue at Quickie Pickie
La Barbecue at Quickie Pickie
Nadia Chaudhury/EATX

Part-grocery store, part-coffee and beer joint, Quickie Pickie opened its kitchen and dining space to La Barbecue last summer. Customers can now grab what they need from the retail space while enjoying critically acclaimed barbecue.

2027 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

8. Taqueria Chapala

2101 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
Food from Taqueria Chapala
Food from Taqueria Chapala
Semi R./Yelp

In the mood for some authentic, no-frills Mexican food? Let Taqueria Chapala be the fix with its menu of Mexican staples such as enchiladas, migas, tortas, flautas, and more.

2101 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

9. Curcuma

2207 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
Kitchari bowl from Curcuma
Kitchari bowl from Curcuma
Nikki C./Yelp

Curuma’s focus is on Ayurvedic-inspired food and beverages, which treats food as medicine for the body. Their bowls, toasts, smoothies and drinks (including golden mylk) are all plant-based, vegan, and gluten-free.

2207 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

10. Capital City Bakery

2211 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
An assortment of vegan cupcakes from Capital City Bakery
An assortment of vegan cupcakes from Capital City Bakery
Laurie W./Yelp

Baked fresh daily and made from scratch, this vegan bakery offers treats such as cupcakes, cakes, and kolaches that are made from locally sourced and organic ingredients. Custom orders are also available, and it’s highly encouraged to order ahead of time.

2211 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

11. Counter Culture

2337 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
Jackfruit barbecue quesadilla from Counter Culture
Jackfruit barbecue quesadilla from Counter Culture
Counter Culture/Yelp

This popular east side vegan restaurant appeals to both herbivores and omnivores alike with its innovative takes on popular foods like barbecue and Tex-Mex plates. Come for lunch, brunch, or dinner.

2337 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

12. Mongers Market + Kitchen

2401 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
Oysters from Mongers
Oysters from Mongers
Mongers/Facebook

Southern takes on fresh seafood is the name of the game at Mongers Market + Kitchen, where the restaurant is accompanied by a market offering raw and ready-to-take-home items. Try a few items from the raw bar to pair with starters and mains.

2401 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

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