Pitchfork Pretty has a few things going for it - good American food, a patio, and a pleasant space - but the best part about it is the shareability. Come with a date or your parents to try a little of everything like cornbread with honey butter, fried chicken, and potato gnocchi. And if you're not into having to take a vote on what to order, there's also a great banchan option for $34 a person on Sundays and Mondays that comes with a variety of sides and barbecue meats to keep all to yourself.
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Lazarus Brewing Company
For a casual beer and some tacos outside in East Austin, head to the patio at Lazarus.
La Holly is a low-key mezcal and tequila bar further down East 6th with a big backyard and food trucks.
Nickel City is a Detroit-themed dive bar on East 11th with frozen cocktails, pinball, and coney island hot dogs.
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Salt & Time Cafe
Salt & Time Cafe is an all-day cafe in downtown Austin from the people behind the popular East Side butcher shop and restaurant Salt & Time.
Emmer & Rye
Emmer & Rye’s seasonal small plates and beautiful space make it one of the better places for a special occasion dinner.
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Josephine House is a cute, all-day spot in Clarksville where you can be as healthy as you want.
Tamale House East
Tamale House East on East 6th Street makes some of the breakfast tacos and migas in town.
Cenote is one of our go-tos for any great, casual meal on the East Side. Come for brunch, or if you have some work to get done on a weekend.
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