Regularly in Austin360, I offer a rotating list of places to eat right now. This week: With all of this rain, staying in for lunch or dinner sounds nice. These places fit the takeout bill. Don’t see one of your favorites listed? Leave a comment or email me at email@example.com.
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Annies Café & Bar. 319 Congress Ave. 512-472-1884, anniescafebar.com. Grab a hot meal, fresh salad or sandwich from this Congress Avenue restaurant.
Asia Café. 8650 Spicewood Springs Road. 512-331-5788, asiamarketaustin.com. This restaurant was too good to be contained to the back of the Asia Market, so it took over the neighboring space, serving dishes such as whole spicy fish and jade chicken.
Blue Dahlia Bistro. 1115 E. 11th St. 512-542-9542, bluedahliabistro.com. A refreshing and savory assortment of dishes that nod to French country cuisine.
Blue Star Cafeteria. 4800 Burnet Road. 512-454-7827, bluestarcafeteria.com. Salads, pastas, sandwiches and an eclectic array of appetizers make this a one-stop spot that can please a variety of tastes.
Bouldin Creek Cafe. 1900 S. First St. 512-416-1601, bouldincreek.com. One of Austin’s true temples to vegetarian and vegan fare; even the most avid meat-eater will be impressed with dishes like portobello fajitas or the zucchini migas.
Chen’s Noodle House. 8650 Spicewood Springs Road. 512-336-8889. Hand-cut noodles from Mr. Chen at this tiny spot that serves a delicious noodle soup overflowing with pork, tofu, egg and a host of vegetables.
East Side King. Multiple locations. 512-422-5884, eskaustin.com. Paul Qui and his partners created a stable of Asian-fusion trailers. The group now includes brick-and-mortar locations at Hole in the Wall and on South Lamar Boulevard.
Elizabeth Street Café. 1501 S. First St. 512-291-2881, elizabethstreetcafe.com. French colonial Vietnamese cuisine that sources responsibly. Make sure to grab some dessert from the pastry menu.
Enoteca. 1610 S. Congress Ave. 512-441-7672, austinvespaio.com. Vespaio’s kid sister serves comforting pasta dishes and bubbly Neapolitan-style pizzas.
Fresa’s. 915 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-428-5077, fresaschicken.com. Walk-up window and drive-thru make it easy to take home an entire rotisserie chicken for the family, or choose from an assortment of excellent tacos. My favorite is the El Presidente.
Galaxy Café. Multiple locations. galaxycafeaustin.com. Refined café food at this family-friendly spot where you’ll find salads, sandwiches and burgers.
Jack Allen’s Kitchen. Multiple locations. jackallenskitchen.com. Farm-to-table comfort food such as bacon-wrapped quail and crispy salmon, as well as a massive weekend brunch, have made this place a hit down south and now up north as well. Bonus points: curb-side service.
Madam Mam’s. Multiple locations. 512-371-9930, madammam.com. Three locations now turn out spring rolls, noodle soup, stir-fries and curries. Some of these Thai dishes pack a pretty spicy punch.
Mandola’s Italian Market. Multiple locations. MandolasMarket.com. Get classic Italian antipasti, daily specials and bubbling pizzas at one of three locations around town.
Matt’s El Rancho. 2613 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-462-9333, mattselrancho.com. An Austin institution serving classic Tex-Mex. They even pack the Bob Armstrong Dip components in separate containers, allowing you to mix at home.
Maudie’s. Multiple locations. maudies.com. If you haven’t had Maudie’s Diablo Sol Food queso, you can’t really call yourself an Austinite.
Quality Seafood Market. 5621 Airport Blvd. 512-452-3820, qualityseafood.wordpress.com. Great fried shrimp, grilled catch of the day and Gulf oysters are some of the keys to the staying power of this restaurant-market.
Sap’s Fine Thai Cuisine. 4514 Westgate Blvd. 512-899-8525, SapsThai.com. A comprehensive menu of Thai food, from soups to noodles to stir-fried specials and curries.
Taco More. 9414 Parkfield Drive, 2015 E. Riverside Drive. 512-821-1561. The two locations of this taqueria serve great tacos and traditional Mexican dishes such as cabrito consommé.
Tarka Indian Kitchen. Multiple locations. 512-892-2008, tarkaindiankitchen.com. Fast-casual Indian cuisine from the Clay Pit founders, with a nice balance of both non-traditional and traditional dishes.
Threadgill’s. 301 W. Riverside Drive, 512-472-9304; 6416 N. Lamar Blvd., 512-451-5440; threadgills.com. Chicken-fried steak from the comfort of your own couch.
Top Notch Hamburgers. 7525 Burnet Road. 512-452-2181, TopNotchAustin.com. New ownership was wise not to change the aesthetics at this classic car-hop spot that was featured in “Dazed and Confused.” The charcoal-grilled burgers have a unique flavor, and the fried chicken is nice and crispy.