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Located in Zilker, Lick is an ice-cream parlor that offers its customers a delectable range of fresh flavors, including a few extra seasonal flavors. The ingredients used are all locally sourced, and the parlor ensures that all its ice-creams are free of added preservatives. Some of its delicious flavors include Texas Au Lait, Caramel Salt Lick and Too Hot Chocolate, among others. All the waffle cones available here are home-made, and Lick also offers several gluten-free options to its customers.
As an Austin tradition, Amy's Ice Cream is a perfect stop on your "Taste of Austin" tour. Sporting a Holstein cow theme, these restaurants make some of the best ice creams around. Move over blue bell, here comes Amy. One of their prized flavors is the "Smoosh In." Enjoy your favorite ice cream with a blend of toppings mixed in to make a divine treat. With over 20 options for smooshing, you are guaranteed to find one that fits perfectly with your choice of ice cream flavor.
The Butterfly Bar is widely hailed as serving some of the best cocktail mixes in town. Get seated on their large outdoor patio and sip on an exotic list of cocktails prepared by friendly and experienced bartenders. It also has an impressive wine and beer collection. The light snacks and the yummy cheesecakes make for good accompaniments with drinks. All in all, this intimate space meets high standards, while also having reasonably priced drinks.
Take a seat at one of the large communal outdoor tables and relax with a good meal and a cold beer. Contigo has a friendly atmosphere which is perfect whether you're with your kids or you're taking advantage of their happy hour. The menu changes daily and there's a mix of Southern comfort food and contemporary American dishes. Make sure you also stop by for Sunday brunch, with options like butternut briskets with gravy and beef tongue hash.
Located in the Rosedale neighborhood, this bakery serves as a meeting spot for locals to enjoy their morning cup of coffee and a variety of pastry offerings. Stacks of already-read newspapers, are collected for others to enjoy, along with a variety of free local papers and magazines. Freshly baked bread is offered in a variety of styles and flavors. Lunch is often a busy time with customers enjoying salads, soups, sandwiches and pizzas. The crowd is relaxed and the staff is friendly. Mismatched tables and chairs are located throughout the café for dining in.
With the wealth of fast food drive-thru restaurants, P. Terry's stands out for what their burgers do not have: junk. Aiming to provide fast food options made of real food, P Terry's offers freshly made burgers made from hormone-free beef and chicken, and homemade veggie burgers. All this is topped with local, organic tomatoes and served with freshly cut French fries and creamy milk shakes made with real ice cream. Even the lemonade is fresh-squeezed. The small outdoor patio provides a relaxing retro vibe very close to downtown, while the drive-thru setting means the wait time between ordering and eating is very fast.
Austin Terrier is a local favorite in the North end of town, offering not only ample outdoor space perfect for an afternoon lunch with the family, but a dog friendly venue where you and your pooch can enjoy some snacks in the sun. A menu of tasty craft beers from around the country is paired with a sizable menu of Southwestern and California-style cuisine.
Besides providing some of the best barbecue in town, Stubb's Bar-B-Q has a huge outdoor venue that can host rock concerts. A brainchild of Christopher B. Stubblefield, the original Stubb's Bar-B-Q was set up in Lubbock; when it shut its doors this Red River location kept up the Stubb tradition of providing delicious barbecued meat, chilled beer and rocking music. Family platters are also served here. Come early to get a bite to eat, then stay and watch the shows.
This very popular South Austin restaurant has been serving Tex-Mex food since 1952. Matt's El Rancho is a family-owned business that boasts of its delicious food and attentive service. You will discover all of the familiar favorites, including enchiladas, tamales, fajitas, and a satisfying queso dip as a starter, all at mid-range prices. You will also find slightly more imaginative dishes, such as the Garlic Grilled Shrimp.
Quack's 43rd Street Bakery in Hyde Park neighborhood is always filled with locals, students, musicians, families, and anyone who wants to have a nice time. The dark coffee drinks and sandwiches are popular and the sugar coated cinnamon rolls served here are divine. It's the warm service, however, which forms the icing on the cake! Once you dig into one of their freshly baked miracles, there's no turning back, you're a fan for life!
Sit out on the pier, sip on a mango margarita, and watch the cigarette boats churn through the water while you feast on delightful dishes. In case you think you are in Hawaii, you are half right, the point of this place, set beside Oyster Landing, is to give you a Polynesian feeling deep in the Texas Hill Country. If Polynesian Tex-Mex sounds like a contradiction in terms, visit Hula Hut to experience this wonder. You can feast on tacos and fajitas, as well as mahi mahi and Hawaiian chicken. The platters are ideal for sharing with friends.