The all-day spot Kinda Tropical is part cafe and part bar, with good coffee, cocktails, and a menu that has, well, kind-of-tropical things like a good pulled barbecue jackfruit sandwich and yucca fries., but you can also get “the big salad,” a solid burger, and curly fries. There are a bunch of outlets where you can get work done during the day, and there’s also a big dog-friendly outdoor patio.
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Gourmands Neighborhood Pub
Gourmand’s is one of our favorite lunch spots in East Austin. Post up at the bar and work your way through the huge sandwich menu.
La Fruta Feliz
La Fruta Feliz is a Mexican restaurant on the East Side, near Airport and Manor, with great tacos, tortas, and juices.
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Gourdough’s Public House
Towers of beer, sweet and savory funnel cakes, and a big bar. What more do you want?
When you need to escape the craziness of Rainey Street, head to Geraldine’s inside Hotel Van Zandt for upscale Southern food and nightly live music.
Central Market Cafe
Central Market on North Lamar is a grocery store, but they also have a cafe with a long menu, live music, and an outdoor space.
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Better Half Coffee & Cocktails
This all-day cafe from the team behind Brew & Brew serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with a great Happy Hour and big backyard.
Bouldin Creek Café
Bouldin Creek Cafe is a casual indoor/outdoor spot in South Austin serving some damn good not-meat.
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