This “rustic” find in the new Mueller development takes its inspiration from the owners’ ranch in South Texas with low-cost Eclectic fare that pairs with “seasonal cocktails” and beer in a laid-back setting; a major draw is the all-weather patio strung with Christmas lights.
2027 Anchor Ln.; 512-614-2260
A large parking lot in Bouldin Creek is the site of the long-awaited return of pit master John Mueller – of the famous Louie Mueller BBQ family in Taylor – who barbecues housemade sausage, pork chops and short ribs (along with prime rib on Fridays) and sells it from a truck; picnic tables are available for alfresco chowing, but many folks call ahead and get it to go.
1502 S. First St.; 512-229-7366
Set in a “lovely historic home” Downtown right across the street from the convention center, this well-priced charmer serves “dressed-up” Southern-American cuisine with “modern” touches; “tasteful” decor, a lush patio and “busy bar” make it “pleasant” all around, not to mention a must for its “epic” Sunday brunch.
303 Red River St.; 512-236-9599
A revamped historic home provides the “beautiful setting” for this New American south of Downtown where dining on the deck overlooking Lady Bird Lake and the city skyline is “simply magical”; a “stellar” menu, “unique cocktails” and a wine list that’s “one of the best in town” keep it especially busy at happy hour and brunch, though some lament “tiny portions for huge prices.”
200 Lee Barton Dr.; 512-473-3700
“Even Bostonians rave about the lobster roll” at this SoCo hot spot serving a “wonderful” Cape Cod–style seafood menu featuring “rich chowder”, “fresh fish” and loads of oysters; add in a “pro” staff, moderate bills and a “laid-back” setting with a “marvelous” deck for “excellent people-watching” and you have a “winner”; P.S. brunch is also popular.
1400 S. Congress Ave.; 512-291-7300