I know this blog is supposed to be about stripes, but once and awhile, I use it as a pulpit to talk about other stuff on my mind – SXSW, Locks of Love, PR, even Lice. Today its about food. And while I am biased because it is my hood, holy cow North Central has some good eats!
Last night was my first time at Drink.Well on North Loop. Awesome cute little bar/bistro I will go back to again and again. It made me think of all the other great eats in my hood these days that I must share:
- Foreign & Domestic, just down the street, awesome upscale date night vibe (gotta try their bakery next)
- Gusto on Burnet is really good Italian, a nice spot for lunch, grown up dinner or family dinner. Don’t miss their meatballs
- Next door, Blue Star Cafeteria kind of kicked off the North Central yum-fest, and I still adore their coconut chicken tenders and childhood-memory style chicken & rice soup. Brunch there rocks too
- But of course, old style good breakfast is at the Omelettry across the street, an Austin classic.
- Pinthouse Pizza across the street is loud, but a great place to grab beer and pizza, with or without your kiddos.
- If you want a quiet place for a grown up drink, Apothecary on Burnet is perfect.
- Just down Hancock was Jorges, and something new is coming, with equally good margaritas, we hope
- The granddaddy of the hood is Fonda San Miquel on N. Loop. Amazing experience, everyone ATXer needs to do dinner there, brunch, but also just a night of drinks and chips.
- And I haven’t yet tried épicerie Café & Grocery, right across the street, but must because I’ve heard great things.
- We, of course, have Central Market on N. Lamar, and our own P Terry’s just down the street, as well as our own Taco Deli (mmmm queso) and Uchiko which I didn’t want to like but holy cow those brussel sprouts are out of this world, and everything else there is absolutely amazing too. And don’t underestimate Taco Shack, which has the best breakfast tacos in the city, IMHO
- We Allandalers don’t complain about the new Walmart because with it, came some great food. Yes, Hopdoddy across Anderson (if the line out the door ever stops), but I really mean Tarka for awesome fast serve Indian.
- For pizza in the hood, we now have two East Side Pies, with its great NY style pizza (one on Anderson and one off Airport at 53rd
- I know everyone talks about their cinnamon rolls, but at Upper Crust, I adore their cheese soup. Yes cheese soup. Try it, you’ll love it
- There aren’t a lot of great hot dog places in town anymore, and I still miss Dog Almighty, but for a great hot dog, Man Bites Dog on Burnet is delish
- The Triangle is nearby where we can never decide between Mandolas and Galaxy Café, our two family favorites. Galaxy also has an awesome brunch.
- And you can’t forget family favorites like Hey Cupcake and Amy and Phil’s, both also on Burnet. And across from Atomic so you can pick up a tattoo and some hydroponics. God love Allandale!
- The absolute best the hood – and possibly the city – has to offer though is at retro cool Little Deli off Woodrow in Crestview. I can never decide between pizza, the Italian Wedge, the club, the roast beef. It is THE lunch place of choice if you are REAL Austin, and dinner rocks too (esp with BYOB). Tony is a lot nicer than Lecretia was, but he’s kept up her food quality and then some. Don’t miss Little Deli!
PHEW, I’m full just writing about all these, and I’m sure I missed a lot of goodies that my neighbors will point out. My message to you in Austin is Get You to North Central for Great Eats!