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Featuring a plethora of food items, each more delectable than the next, Counter Cafe is the place to go for burgers when in Austin. Although their burgers take the cake, they have plenty of unique items you'll be tempted to try. Whether it's the grilled quail on a bed of spinach salad tossed in strawberries, goat cheese and red onion, or their polenta fried oysters featuring their breaded oysters with a sun-dried tomato dipping sauce, this place will spoil you for choice and keep you coming back for more. A great and convenient feature of the establishment is that its breakfast items are served all day, and with scrumptious delights like the hearty steak and eggs, you'll be glad they do. The interior is tastefully decorated to ensure maximum comfort, and owing to the cafe's popularity, it is always bustling with a lively crowd.
Established in 2013, by brothers Bryce and Dylan Gilmore, Odd Duck on South Lamar Boulevard serves modern American fare in a rustic contemporary setting. The menu is driven by head chef Mark David Buley and features an array of seasonally-inspired eats that are prepared using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. The Baharat Spiced Pork Chop, Wagyu Bavette, and Antelope Tataki are some of the seasonal specialties from the menu. Odd Duck's bar fare is mainly known for its craft cocktails that pair extremely well with the food on offer.
South Congress Cafe has it all, a delectable menu, happy hour and a ritzy location in the upscale shopping area of Austin. The décor is airy and trendy with large windows overlooking the streets and slick booths that are comfortable. The cuisine leans towards Southwestern and the restaurant serves brunch, lunch and dinner. Dishes to look out for are the scandalously succulent pork tenderloin, Cajun seafood scampi and blue-corn crepe. The portions are humongous so you may want to skip dessert.
If you think that Bouldin Creek Coffee House serves only coffee and breakfast, then you're wrong. Boulder Creek serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, but the menu here is strictly vegetarian. For drinks, try the chai latte and the honey lemonade. Leslie Martin, the owner offers the best multi-cultural menu at reasonable prices.
This funky roadside restaurant, located on the grounds of Days Inn University along Interstate 35, provides a hip late-night hangout for all types. Musicians and music fans alike mingle over omelets, breakfast tacos and a full range of diner food. Students are drawn to it because of the late night hours, convenience to UT and affordable menu items. After 2am there is often a wait while the bar crowd trickles in. The walls are covered with artwork, not anything typical, usually very eclectic or raw pieces are shown. The atmosphere is laid back and casual with diner booths filling the small space.
Kerbey Lane Cafe has been cloned several times now, but the original location of this Austin icon is still a local favorite. Its wonderfully diverse menu is a sight to behold for vegetarians. The vegetables are homegrown and pesticide-free, and the beef and chicken are free-range. Breakfast features omelets, pancakes and great breakfast tacos. The restaurant is open 24 hours between Thursday and Sunday, perfect for your late night weekend eats. No wonder it is an institution here.