Sour Duck Market– This spot is less than a month old and the concept is already my favorite. Counter service in the front, biergarten in the back. The elevated food pays a nod to what the chefs are doing at sister restaurant Odd Duck: unique flavors and weird combos that work. Nothing is better than being able to pay your own check and tally your own drinks in a large group. After you order, you can go up to the bar or order from servers who are walking around and they keep everything together on your tab. Go for the chicken salad sandwich (not too mayo-y) because this thick Texas toast is the buttery best. Also, the cucumber moscow mule is my two favorite flavors combined. Winning!
Loro– The fact that you can get Tyson Cole and Aaron Franklin style food combined for a great price and a short wait time is still pretty unbelievable for me to accept. If the line is out the door, no problem, they set up an outside bar so you can sip on canned wine and beers while you wait for a table. This dancehall themed spot is a great taste of Texas and Asian flavors at the same time and is very unique to Austin. TV’s, frozen mango sake (get a floater!), Franklin Smoked Brisket (after 5 pm), Uchi Kale and Asian Pear Salad, and the best Chicken Karaage I’ve ever had.
Love Supreme Pizza Bar- The great thing about this place is that there is a huge outdoor covered area with turf and a walk-up bar to order veggies, pizzas, cocktails, beer, and if need be– you can bring kids! This way everyone can be on their own tab even. Get the square pepperoni pie, caesar salad, roasted cauliflower.The inside is a bit nicer for a pizza parlor with a nice looking bar, and fancy long wooden tables in the back.
Leroy & Lewis – You probably need BBQ at some point and this old school BBQ style but new school cuts is open Wednesday – Sunday until 9 p.m. Order the brisket, beef cheeks, kale caesar, and get some cocktails inside at Cosmic Cafe
Pool Burger – Tiki cocktails, frozen hurricanes, burgers, soft serve with chocolate sprinkles and junior mints, and DJ’s on Friday and Saturday. Enough said. Again, order at the bar separately and you are set.