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Where to Eat with a Crowd on Valentine's Day

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Black Friday means Austin's finer dining establishments are booked solid with two-tops. Those not celebrating coupleyhood might find dining solo annoying, unless they patronize one of Austin's least romantic restaurants. Sure, there's always drinking alone, but plenty of restaurants are actually way more fun with a crowd. What better way to throw off the nuclear normative bullshit of Valentine's Day than to enjoy a meal with eight of your closest friends?

Behold Austin's finest casual communal dining experiences, from Szechuan to fried chicken. The map missing one of your favorite restaurants for a crowd? Hit the comments or the tipline and make your case.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. First Chinese BBQ

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10901 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78753
(512) 835-8889
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There is nothing sadder than ordering a whole duck without enough people to share it with. Get your meat on.

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2. Szechuan House

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11005 Burnet Road
Austin, TX 79858
(512) 832-8989
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Check out the best new Szechuan in the city by ordering everything with the word "hot" or "red" on the menu.

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2700 W Anderson Ln
Austin, TX 78757
(512) 374-1121
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Ordering epic amounts chili and nachos and watching the Olympics sounds a million times better than "enjoying" an overpriced prix fixe in a restaurant full of other couples.

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4. Contigo Austin

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2027 Anchor Ln.
Austin, TX 78723
(512) 614-2260
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Contigo will be hosting their annual non-Valentine's Valentine's day party this year, with a buffet, dancing and possible "surprises." Tickets are $55 and available here.

5. Jack Allen's Kitchen

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7720 W Highway 71
Austin, TX 78735
(512) 852-8558
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Order everything off the Chicken Fried Anything menu and enjoy at least three margaritas each.

6. Whip In Convenience Store & Pub

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1950 S Interstate 35
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 442-5337
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Order their massive bowls of curry and tasty samosas and sample freely from their beer list, including their own in-house label. There's lots of seating inside and out.

7. Aster's Ethiopian

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2804 N Interstate 35
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 469-5966
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Ethiopian food is made for sharing, and with a big group it's possible to try just about everything. Aster's is one of the best places in town to get a doro wott fix.

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8. Lucy's Fried Chicken

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2218 College Ave
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 297-2423
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Enjoy a bucket of fried chicken and a boatload of grilled oysters in this casual and welcoming restaurant from chef James Holmes. They have a location on Burnet Road, too.

9. Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken

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117 San Jacinto Blvd
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 474-4877
Gus's may not have oysters, but their fried chicken is cultishly loved. And there can never be too much fried chicken.

10. Bufalina

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1519 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 524-2523
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Communal seating is way more fun with an actual crowd. It's also more enjoyable to order all the pizza and share it around.

11. Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden

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81 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 386-1656
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If friends, dogs, sausage and beer are more important to you than some lovey-dovey pretension, Banger's is the place to be.

12. East Side King

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1618 1/2 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
Is there a finer place in Austin to enjoy cheap beer and mountains of beet fries with your twelve closest friends? No, there is not.

1. First Chinese BBQ

10901 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78753
There is nothing sadder than ordering a whole duck without enough people to share it with. Get your meat on.

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10901 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78753

2. Szechuan House

11005 Burnet Road, Austin, TX 79858
Check out the best new Szechuan in the city by ordering everything with the word "hot" or "red" on the menu.
11005 Burnet Road
Austin, TX 79858

3. Cover 3

2700 W Anderson Ln, Austin, TX 78757
Ordering epic amounts chili and nachos and watching the Olympics sounds a million times better than "enjoying" an overpriced prix fixe in a restaurant full of other couples.

[Photo: Mark G./Yelp]

2700 W Anderson Ln
Austin, TX 78757

4. Contigo Austin

2027 Anchor Ln., Austin, TX 78723
Contigo will be hosting their annual non-Valentine's Valentine's day party this year, with a buffet, dancing and possible "surprises." Tickets are $55 and available here.
2027 Anchor Ln.
Austin, TX 78723

5. Jack Allen's Kitchen

7720 W Highway 71, Austin, TX 78735
Order everything off the Chicken Fried Anything menu and enjoy at least three margaritas each.
7720 W Highway 71
Austin, TX 78735

6. Whip In Convenience Store & Pub

1950 S Interstate 35, Austin, TX 78704
Order their massive bowls of curry and tasty samosas and sample freely from their beer list, including their own in-house label. There's lots of seating inside and out.
1950 S Interstate 35
Austin, TX 78704

7. Aster's Ethiopian

2804 N Interstate 35, Austin, TX 78705
Ethiopian food is made for sharing, and with a big group it's possible to try just about everything. Aster's is one of the best places in town to get a doro wott fix.

[Photo: Kevin N./Yelp]

2804 N Interstate 35
Austin, TX 78705

8. Lucy's Fried Chicken

2218 College Ave, Austin, TX 78704
Enjoy a bucket of fried chicken and a boatload of grilled oysters in this casual and welcoming restaurant from chef James Holmes. They have a location on Burnet Road, too.
2218 College Ave
Austin, TX 78704

9. Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken

117 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701
Gus's may not have oysters, but their fried chicken is cultishly loved. And there can never be too much fried chicken.
117 San Jacinto Blvd
Austin, TX 78701

10. Bufalina

1519 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
Communal seating is way more fun with an actual crowd. It's also more enjoyable to order all the pizza and share it around.
1519 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

11. Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden

81 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701
If friends, dogs, sausage and beer are more important to you than some lovey-dovey pretension, Banger's is the place to be.
81 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701

12. East Side King

1618 1/2 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
Is there a finer place in Austin to enjoy cheap beer and mountains of beet fries with your twelve closest friends? No, there is not.
1618 1/2 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

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