Sala and Betty: Locally Sourced Salads and Sandwiches

The family that owns Sala and Betty knows firsthand how difficult it can be to start up a local business with only elbow grease and a dream. That's why they seek to support other small local businesses in everything they do. This includes sourcing their ingredients from farms around Austin.

Sala and Betty's team builds relationships with the local farmers and ranchers in order to bring the best ingredients to your meal. Start with a light salad, such as the organic greens salad, which showcases a colorful medley of beets, pine nuts, goat cheese, and lemon-basil vinaigrette. Save some room for a fully loaded sandwich, like the Mister T. It's stuffed with smoked wagyu sirloin, avocado aioli, mixed greens, and blue cheese sauce—plus fries. The signature Sala showcases smoked chicken, mixed greens, cilantro, mint yogurt, and fries, so be sure to find out which sandwich is your favorite at Sala and Betty!

Feast on Fresh Fare at Foreign and Domestic

Make a reservation for a delicious dinner at one of the most popular restaurants in Austin, Foreign and Domestic. The restaurant serves up meals made with fresh ingredients that are not only local but in season, too. The menu is full of seasonal dishes that are combinations of classic American cuisine and classic European fare. Each item that comes out of the kitchen is plated and prepared perfectly. The menu changes with the seasons, but items on previous menus have featured blue crab, organic chicken, and salmon dishes.

For Sunday brunch, the menu is full of seasonally focused takes on classic brunch items like pancakes, breakfast burgers, and avocado toast. The restaurant is open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday and is open for brunch on Sundays. If you can’t get a reservation, don’t fret: Foreign and Domestic has a set number of walk-in tables available every day.

Kuneho: Classic and Innovative Sushi in Austin

Happy hour is such great fun at Kuneho that a single "happy" simply won't do; the eatery's founders call it "Happy Happy Time" instead. From 5 to 7 p.m. every day of the week, patrons flock to this beloved Austin eatery for Happy Happy Time. Small appetizers start at a mere $2 apiece, like the crispy onion and the enoki mushroom with tamari. For a bit more, enjoy a maki roll like the Mama Mia with tuna, cucumber, and avocado, or the Kimcheese eggroll stuffed with Velveeta and kimchi.

If you decide to come for a full meal, your options expand quite a bit. The large list of sushi and sashimi encompasses everything from yellowtail to Spanish mackerel, while the collection of maki rolls offers a few inventive eats. For something totally unique, try the K-Town Roll with short rib, kimchi, and Asian pear. The Unicorn en Vaso is a grilled "sushi" creation with grilled corn, corn milk, and a sea urchin. Save some room for chocolate mochi cake or jasmine sorbet at the end of your meal at Kuneho.

Mr. Natural: An Austin Haven for Healthy Eaters

Chef Jesus Mendoza, Jr. crafts breakfast, lunch, and dinner without any meat—often without any animal products at all or even wheat or gluten—at Mr. Natural. These days, he does so with ease. After all, he's been an integral part of Mr. Natural's kitchen since it first opened in 1988.

Come in on Monday for a special dish like the mole enchiladas, or stop by on Wednesday for veggie stir-fry with black beans on the side. Crispy tacos, fried eggplant, and tamales are just a few of the other Mexican-inspired eats on the menu throughout the week at Mr. Natural. Mr. Natural has branched out into baking as well, so if you're looking for a specialty cake made with fresh, healthy ingredients, consider checking in with his team about crafting something sweet for your next event.

Full English: Satisfy Your Craving for English Cuisine

There are a number of comforting and delicious dishes from English cuisine that go beyond your standard tea, scones, and fish and chips, so if you’re interested in sampling some of this hearty food, come to Full English, located on Southern Oaks Drive in South Austin. The cozy atmosphere proves that you don’t need to go across the pond for an authentic English meal.

With just one visit, you'll see that Full English is worth your time. Stop by on a Friday night for fish and chips or anytime for the satisfying all-day English breakfast, which comes with pork sausage (made in-house), British-style bacon, an egg, mushrooms, tomato, and fried bread. Be sure to check out the extensive selection of teas as well for the full Full English experience!

Enjoy Delicious Seasonal Dishes at Emmer & Rye

Emmer & Rye, one of Austin’s most buzzed-about restaurants, is truly a must-visit for those who consider themselves foodies. The menu is seasonally focused and varies by the day depending on the haul from the local farm or garden. The folks behind the restaurant aim to use as many local ingredients as possible to reduce their carbon footprint, and they even have their own in-house fermentation setup where they craft pickles and vinegar.

The menu largely focuses on American fare, but a selection of dim sum plates can also be purchased. Previous plates have included cured mackerel, short rib carnitas, roasted beets, and beef tartare. The restaurant is open Tuesday through Sunday for dinner and is also open for brunch on Sunday. Does this sound like a spot you’d like? If so, you’re in luck: it’s only three miles from Lamar Union, so be sure to check it out!

Patricia’s Table Encourages Kids to Try (and Cook) New Foods

Patricia Tamminga grew up cooking and eating veggies fresh from the garden and pasta crafted from scratch, so it wasn't until she started going to school that she realized not everyone lived this way. She grew up nurturing her love for cooking but pursuing other careers—including teaching young kids—until she opened Patricia's Table.

The idea was born when she was teaching kindergarteners in Texas. She'd studied culinary arts, in addition to elementary education, so she decided to use her other degree to lead cooking classes for kids at her home. She found that kids were willing to try unusual foods and embraced garden-fresh ingredients when they were in charge. So she decided to open Patricia's Table and hold children's cooking classes full-time. Here, Patricia fosters a love for healthy cuisine and cooking with an eclectic schedule of cooking classes tailored specifically for youngsters.

One of East Austin’s Most Inventive Restaurants is Launderette

Looking for a hip restaurant with a unique vibe? If you’re in Austin, you could probably find a few such places without traveling very far, but if you happen to be in the East Austin neighborhood, there’s one place you absolutely need to check out: Launderette on Holly Street. A great spot for brunch, lunch, dinner, or dessert, it’s got a throwback diner aesthetic but serves up some seriously sophisticated eats.

This restaurant’s menu includes dishes crafted using specialty ingredients to create unique flavor combinations. But if you’re ordering appetizers at dinner, things can quickly turn into an impromptu tapas session. We dare you to not be tempted to try the pastrami salmon toast or the fried olives. Then again, there’s the chicken liver mousse, and where else are you going to find that? Come ready to indulge in inventive dishes at Launderette.

Luke’s Inside Out: Sample Inventive Fare at This Local Food Truck

There’s no doubt that food trucks are enjoying popularity right now. They offer a great way for chefs to break into a city’s restaurant scene, and they usually offer a more accessible way for eaters of all kinds to experience new foods. Those who are looking for an excellent food truck in Austin should look no further than Luke’s Inside Out, situated on South Lamar Boulevard.

Chef Luke Bibby is the master of Inside Out’s creations, which are mainly sandwiches and sharable plates. Many of the flavors on this menu are inspired by French cuisine but still have a decidedly American aesthetic, insofar as there seems to be a melting pot of cuisines represented. Spicy Szechuan fried chicken sandwiches stand next to falafel burgers and pulled pork here, giving you plenty of choices. And be sure to check out the specials, which change regularly and always seem to offer out-of-the-ordinary dishes. The next time you’re in the mood for something different, check out this truck next to Gibson Bar.

Delicious: Contemporary Fare for Brunch and Beyond

Chicken-fried chicken, a beer-infused waffle, caramelized onion and spicy jalapeño syrup, fresh slices of apple, and creamy butter. These are the unexpected components that comprise the chicken and waffle dish at Delicious, one of the signature eats on the popular brunch menu. It also includes items like the brunch burger with bacon, egg, and cheese on top or the biscuits and gravy, featuring green chorizo gravy and sunny-side-up eggs.

If you come for lunch or dinner, start with a few unique small plates like the Korean fried chicken wings with kimchi and fermented chile, the winter squash ghanoush, and the ahi poke. Delicious also offers beer and wine by the glass as well as decadent ice creams and cookies, so don't skip dessert at this popular Austin eatery.

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