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The menu may be broader than the burgers, but the burgers are what sets this place apart. There are 20 varieties in all, based on thick, juicy, medium rare patties. Burgers range from the simplest one-patty version to a double-meat buffalo burger with all the trimmings. As for sides, the onion rings, fries, Buffalo wings are a few options. For those who want their beef sans bun, they offer savory chicken fried steak, cooked tender with gravy that's neither too thick, nor too runny. Whatever you order, be sure that you ask for lots of napkins!
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.
24 is the quintessential American diner, only far more upscale than those from the 1950s that it gets its inspiration from. Open 24 hours a day all week (except Wednesdays), the eatery is located across the famous Waterloo Records store. Texan chef Andrew Curren designs a menu that advocates the farm-to-fork philosophy and features a contemporary take on timeless favorites like chicken and waffles, burgers and milkshakes. Complement the organic fare with their impressive beer and wine list. Lively banter, modern decor and infectious vibes keep patrons revisiting.
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.
This casual Hyde Park sandwich shop caters to those who crave an old-fashioned sandwich piled high with fresh deli meat, cheese, and all the trimmings. Their signature Sloppy Joes consist of a triple deck of Jewish rye bread with turkey, ham, or roast beef, Swiss cheese, Russian dressing, and cole slaw. Hot subs, grilled and cold sandwiches, wraps (Thai or veggie), soups, salads, and sides round out the menu. For those not yet satisfied, freshly baked desserts are available, along with a good selection of coffee. No alcohol is served.
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.