For everyone who complains that Rainey Street just isn’t what it used to be, Lustre Pearl East is the solution. It’s the original bungalow that was uprooted from Rainey when they needed to make way for condos, but now with more outdoor space and way fewer UT students. Even though it’s further east than most places on this list, it’s worth the extra five minute bike or Uber ride. It’s never too crowded, but there are always enough people to make it feel like a house party you’d actually want to be at.
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Abo Youssef is a food truck making excellent Mediterranean food out of a gas station parking lot off Manor Road.
Spicy Boys Fried Chicken
Fried chicken sandwiches and wings with a variety of Asian-inspired flavors.
Thai Thani is a food trailer tucked away behind a gas station on Manor Rd with a menu of classic Thai dishes.
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Turf N’ Surf
Turf ’N’Surf is located within Lavaca Street Bar, and serves po’boys, tacos, and other great bar food.
Gourdough’s Public House
Towers of beer, sweet and savory funnel cakes, and a big bar. What more do you want?
Hotel Vegas / Volstead Lounge
These two East Side dive bars always have live music, and share one enormous backyard filled with picnic tables and cheap drinks.
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Loro is an Asian smokehouse from the teams behind Franklin Barbecue and Uchi. And yes, it’s exactly as great as you’d expect.
Le Politique in Downtown Austin is a place to see, be seen, and eat some great French food.
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