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Papi Tino's shuttered down to make space for Licha's Cantina, a family-style Mexican spot located on East 6th Street. Boasting of a central location in East Austin, Licha's has been wonderfully redecorated by Daniel Brooks, who has also set up the patio dining area at the backyard. Brooks draws inspiration from his deep-rooted Mexican traditions, which is clearly reflected in his quaint cantina-style joint. The friendly and efficient staff ensure the atmosphere remains warm and inviting at all times. The menu is a refreshing break from the typical Mexican fare, offering some zesty street food delicacies fine-tuned with exotic flavors and ingredients. The peppery dishes are well complemented with tequilas, mezcals and chilled cocktails.
East Austin has no dearth of some exquisitely designed restaurants serving an array of cuisines. Taxoba, situated on East 7th Street, remains one of the most celebrated Mexican eateries. Boasting of a central location in the bustling East Austin neighborhood, this family-style dining venue offers an extensive menu of fairly priced preparations. Gourmands can also savor staple Mexican delights in the quaint outdoor space. Taxoba also impresses with its well-curated cocktail list. Habanero or jalapeño-laden blends are a great choice to wash down those savory portions.
While locals swear by the awesome happy hour deals that are provided by Galaxy Cafe comprises of much more. Serving American-style meals from breakfast to dinner, it offers a variety of dishes to quell your appetite and relish throughout the day. Drop by for a quick coffee in the mornings and feast on the french toast, bagels and scrambled eggs. Lunch sees it serving hamburgers, gourmet sandwiches and salads that are freshly crafted. Children get to choose from a special menu comprising of fish sticks, chicken tenders and macaroni and cheese. Sit in the sunny patio and enjoy your meal as you gaze at fellow diners and people passing by.
Hopdoddy is a restaurant specializing in high quality burgers and beers, located in South Austin. Hopdoddy features fresh ground beef burgers daily available with classic as well as new and inventive topping combinations, like the Terlingua burger, which is topped with Chile con Carne, corn fritos and a generous dollop of cheddar, or the Janis Joplin burger, which is a hemp seed veggie pattie with avocado, sunflower sprouts and cheddar, again. For those who want to be a little more health conscious, they have salad bowls available with all their different types of patties (beef, buffalo, tuna, turkey or veggie). In addition to the solid foods, they also offer delicious milkshakes, available with various types of liquor to spike them with, and a good selection of craft beers.
Elizabeth Street Café is the brainchild of Thomas Moorman and Larry McGuire. This quaint cafe, restaurant and bar offers Vietnamese and French delights. Reminiscent of French Colonial Hanoi, it has a lovely landscaped garden and vibrant interiors that are decked with artworks and antiques. Savor their spicy curries, pho, pastries and baked goodies. Enjoy their happy hours with a choice drink.
Austin's diner scene has been taken by storm owing to the two branches of Counter Cafe beckoning avid foodies to sample some scrumptious food items from their delectable menus. The branch located on 6th Street, too, provides customers with the chance to experience the new-age American diner serving decadent meals. Biscuit and gravy, breakfast tacos, eggs and potatoes, blueberry pancakes, succulent burgers, and milkshakes, you name it, they've got it. The diner serves to ensure that customers enjoy their time here, taking care to prepare food items which include ingredients that are natural, organic and locally sourced. The Counter Cafe is known for its hearty food at affordable prices that can be enjoyed with friends and family. Offering simply delicious all-day breakfast, the cafe is the perfect spot for any-time dining.