Each week in Austin360, we offer a rotating list of places to eat right now. This week: Restaurants near the University of Texas. School’s out for summer, which means less traffic and smaller crowds around campus. More restaurants broken down by category here.
(*This is not a comprehensive list. Don’t see one of your favorites below? Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will add it to our online listings.)
Carillon. 1900 University Ave. 512-404-3655, thecarillonrestaurant.com. Thoughtful execution and robust flavors come from chef Josh Watkins’ kitchen in this high-ceilinged restaurant on the University of Texas campus.
Clay Pit. 1601 Guadalupe St. 512-322-5131, ClayPit.com. Contemporary Indian food in a lively and warm space has made this restaurant located between the Capitol and the UT campus a hit for years. Try the khuroos-e-tursh (stuffed chicken breast in a cashew-almond cream sauce) and the palak paneer naan.
Crown & Anchor Pub. 2911 San Jacinto Blvd. 512-322-9168, CrownAndAnchorPub.com. The Crown and Anchor opened in 1987, and the gristle-edged burgers have a flavor that makes it possible the same flat-top has been in service for all 26 of the years. That’s a good thing. Get the double with bacon and cheese.
Dirty Martin’s Place. 2808 Guadalupe St. 512-477-3173, DirtyMartins.com. Greasy burger and a cold beer within a few steps of the UT campus. They’ve only been doing it for 87 years.
Dog and Duck Pub. 406 W. 17th St. 512-479-0598, DogAndDuckPub.com. A British pub in the heart of Austin with some international beer taps, dim lighting and dark wood.
FoodHeads. 616 W. 34th St. 512-420-8400, foodheads.com. Excellent sandwiches with an array of interesting and bold flavor profiles, like lamb and feta or grilled pork with Tabasco and fried egg, at this bungalow that now serves dinner Thursday through Saturday.
Freedmen’s. 2402 San Gabriel St. 512-220-0953, FreedmensBar.com. Sophistication and smoke rub elbows at this barbecue joint in a rough-hewn historic building.
Fricano’s Deli. 2405 Nueces St. 512-482-3322, FricanosDeli.com. Huge sandwiches loaded with flavor led this deli to move from its small North Campus location to a much more comfortable space just west of campus. Don’t worry about what Rocket Sauce is, just order a Paul’s Spicy Reuben and find out.
Hopfields. 3110 Guadalupe St. 512-537-0467, HopfieldsAustin.com. Who knows how much money I’d spend at this place if I were a UT college student? The French-inspired gastropub serves one of the city’s best burgers, topped with Camembert cheese, sweet and smoky caramelized onions and grain mustard, and a sinful French ham sandwich smeared with creamy butter. Vegetarians can take pleasure from the flaky mushroom-leek tart and the slippery crunch of ratatouille.
Kerbey Lane. 2606 Guadalupe St. 512-477-5717, kerbeylanecafe.com. An Austin original that has been interested in conscientious sourcing since before it was popular.
Madam Mam’s. 2514 Guadalupe St. 512-472-8306, MadamMam.com. Campus area favorite turns out spring rolls, noodle soup, stir-fries and curries. Some of these Thai dishes pack a pretty spicy punch.
Salvation Pizza. 624 W. 34th St. 512-535-0076, salvationpizza.com. Thin, crunchy Connecticut-style pizzas at this restaurant that features a large deck out front for al fresco dining.
Sao Paulo’s. 2809 San Jacinto Blvd. 512-473-9988, saopaulos.net. Traditional Brazilian dishes such as the bobo de camarao, a shrimp stew served with rice.
Teji’s. 2100 Guadalupe St. 512- 215-0307, tejifoods.com. Teji’s started in Round Rock and now offer their solid Indian food on the Drag across from the UT campus. Try the goat korma — a sweet and creamy dish with mild spice featuring tender bone-in goat.
Texas French Bread. 2900 Rio Grande St. 512-499-0544, TexasFrenchBread.com. Mild-mannered sunlit bakery by day, Texas French Bread turns down the lights and puts on some cool music at night (maybe Iron & Wine, maybe one of Radiohead’s mellower records) for a bistro that feels almost like a dinner party, which is how dinner service here originated.
Veggie Heaven. 1914 Guadalupe St. 512-457-1013, VeggieHeavenAustin.com. Good vibes and pan-Asian vegetarian food (oh, yea, and quesadillas) at this small UT campus-area restaurant. Try the basil tofu.