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    As the population explosion in Central Texas encourages rent hikes, clogs highways and fuels development, Austin's restaurant scene is diversifying to accommodate the tastes and cultures of newcomers. From microbreweries to tapas bars, the city's eateries now rival San Francisco's in volume, with one for every 300 residents in the metro area. Many display the work of local artists to help create a distinctive style and ambience.

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Featured Austin Restaurants
    Cool River Cafe - Austin
    4001 Parmer Ln., Austin, TX 78727
    The Cool River Cafe features river rock fireplaces, dark woods and hand crafted chandeliers. Chef Jamie Gutierrez creates one-of-a-kind specialties inspired by the flavors of the Southwest featuring select cuts of Certified Angus Beef(TM) steaks coupled with the freshest seafood. Nightly features include Steak Oscar with succulent crab topped by creamy Hollandaise, Devil Creek Shrimp stuffed with pepper Jack cheese, wrapped in smoked bacon and grilled in a chipotle hickory sauce along with other indulgences. Cool River's award-winning wine list offers 375 exquisite wines selected by James Korrodi. (Description provided by

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    Dona Emilia's
    101 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701
    Dona Emilia's South American Bar & Grill serves traditional South American favorites along with new Latin cuisine. (Description provided by

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    Eddie V's - 5th Street
    301 E. 5th Street, Austin, TX 78701
    The Gulf Coast menu at Eddie V's Edgewater Grille features lots of seafood - oysters, gulf snapper, fresh tuna, lobster, plus prime steaks and chops. Expect a hip and high energy dining experience. Savor classic seafood starters like oysters on the half shell, fried coldwater baby lobster tail, and famous All Lump Crab Cakes. The extensive wine list features over 150 selections. (Description provided by

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    Eddie V's - Arboretum
    9400 Arboretum Blvd., Austin, TX 78759
    The Gulf Coast menu at Eddie V's Edgewater Grille features lots of seafood - oysters, gulf snapper, fresh tuna, lobster, plus prime steaks and chops. Expect a hip and high energy dining experience. Savor classic seafood starters like oysters on the half shell, fried coldwater baby lobster tail, and famous All Lump Crab Cakes. The extensive wine list features over 150 selections. (Description provided by

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    Jeffrey's Restaurant
    1204 West Lynn St., Austin, TX 78703
    Jeffrey's first took shape in 1975 when Jeffrey Weinberger and Ron and Peggy Weiss, friends from student days at the University of Texas, pooled their interests, talents, and enthusiasm with three other pals to open an intimate neighborhood bistro in Austin. Chef David Garrido is nationally known for accenting regional flavors and ingredients with a cosmopolitan style. (Description provided by

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    Reed's Jazz & Supper Club
    9901 N. Capital of Texas Hwy Ste 150, Austin, TX 78759
    Reed's features fresh seafood, prime steaks and live jazz. The plush dining area is furnished in style with leather seats and banquettes, high ceilings, white table clothes, crystal stem ware, and lavish red velvet drapery. (Description provided by

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    Roy's Restaurant
    340 East 2nd St., Austin TX 78701; Tel. 512.391.1500
    Hawaiian fusion, featuring Roy Yamaguchi's innovative Asian influenced contemporary cuisine.

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    Ruth's Chris Steak House - Austin
    107 W. 6th Street, Austin, TX 78701
    Named by the Austin American Statesman as "Best Steak in Austin."

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    Shoreline Grill
    98 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701
    Shoreline Grill, in the heart of downtown Austin, features fresh fish, steaks and more. House favorites are Texas-style fried shrimp, North Atlantic salmon, prime rib, hill country 1/2 rack of lamb, beef tenderloin, and parmesan crusted chicken. Customers enjoy a casual fine-dining atmosphere and view of Town Lake in the open, airy dining room and outdoor patio. (Description provided by

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    Trulucks - Arboretum
    10225 Research Blvd #4000, Austin, TX 78759
    Trulucks specializes in seafood, steaks, and, particularly, fresh crab. The menu is updated weekly. (Description provided by

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    801 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
    Uchi showcases the culinary talents of executive chef and sushi master Tyson Cole. His menu expands on the Japanese tradition with new flavors and influences. Uchi means "house," and like many sushi bars in Japan, Uchi is located in a refurbished old home. Its vibrant design adds a fresh dimension to the neighborhood and has been warmly received by Austin's diverse dining crowd. (Description provided by

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    9033 Research Blvd, Austin, TX; 512.833.8188
    Sushi and bento are this Austin restaurant's signature dishes.

    2809 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX; Tel. 512.469.9988
    Bright and cozy Sampaiošs restaurant brings a taste of Brazil to Austin. Choose from an excellent feijoada, Brazilšs national dish, and appetizers like Brazilian cheese rolls and chicken-filled empanadas. Desserts and sandwiches also shine. Donšt miss the caipirinhas from the full bar.

The Reviews
reviews by Rebecca M. Smith
    111 E. North Loop Blvd
    This restaurant serves traditional Kurdish, Persian, Armenian, Arabic and Turkish dishes (hummus, dolmeh, shish kabob, sizzling lamb, etc.) amid quaint Bohemian surroundings. Belly dancing complements dinner Thursday through Sunday. Closed Monday. Casual. No bar service; bring your own beer or wine ($1 corkage fee per person). $$.

    The Bagelry
    8127 Mesa Drive and other locations
    (512) 502-9222
    Beyond the usual New York-style fare, the Bagelry lures customers with a full line of sandwiches and its breakfast "baco," or bagel dough wrapped around scrambled eggs, mozzarella cheese and pico de gallo. Note to cream-cheese lovers: the cranberry-walnut version is to die for. Breakfast and lunch. Casual. Espresso bar. $.

    Calabash Caribbean Restaurant and Bar
    2015 Manor Rd.,
    (512) 478-4857
    Jerk chicken, callaloo, fried calamari and assorted island fare tempt diners who prefer quality cuisine to quick service. Wash down that last bite with a grapefruit soda or a rum cooler and sway to reggae background music while waiting for the bill. Patio dining available. Closed Sunday; lunch only Monday. Casual. Full bar. $$.

    Curra's Grill
    614 E. Oltorf St.
    (512) 444-0012
    Billed as "the Mother of all Mex," Curra's celebrates the flavors of interior Mexico and the Yucatan with specialty items such as puntas de tuna. Premium tequilas and handmade tamales and corn tortillas help to transport patrons south of the border. Patio dining available. Casual to business. Full bar. $$.

    Fonda San Miguel
    2330 W. North Loop Blvd
    (512) 459-4121
    This upscale eatery also emphasizes entrees from interior Mexico and the Yucatan, such as catches-of-the-day veracruz and cochinitas pibil (pork rubbed with achiote, then baked in banana leaves). Dinner served Mon.-Sat., brunch buffet on Sun. Reservations accepted. Business to formal. Full bar. $$$.

    407 Colorado St.
    (512) 474-7474
    Fresh seafood entrees, such as ahi tuna mignon, flaunt the restaurant's "aqua culture," which comprises Caribbean, Polynesian and Pacific Rim cuisines. Pork loin, angus beef and pastas round out the menu. Live music Tue.-Sun. evenings. "Upscale" casual. Full bar. $$$.

    Guero's Taco Bar
    1412 S. Congress Ave.
    (512) 707-8232
    Sip a Shiner Bock or munch chips with three different salsas--red, green and pico de gallo--while awaiting tacos al pastor (marinated pork), tortilla soup, mole enchiladas or a burrito especial smothered in queso. This local hot spot is known for feeding celebrities, including President Clinton. Patio dining available. Casual. Full bar. $$.

    Hoover's Cooking
    2002 Manor Rd.
    (512) 479-5006
    Southern-fried pork chops, meatloaf, catfish po' boys and other homestyle dishes dominate the menu at Hoover's, where the kitchen wouldn't dare to serve green beans without bacon, spinach without cream or carrots without butter. Freshly baked jalapeno cornbread and sweet-potato biscuits accompany every meal. Don't miss the homemade desserts. Casual. Full bar.

    Hula Hut
    3826 Lake Austin Blvd., Austin TX; Tel. 512.476.4852
    A Hawaiian-themed restaurant with a bar, located on Town Lake. Their coconut-crusted shrimp is incredible. The drinks are great and the food is fabulous. The decor at this Austin restaurant is like one of Don Ho's dreams after a night of too many Blue Hawaiians, and the wait staff is friendly and colorfully attired. (Excerpt from Tiki Road Trip: A Guide to Tiki Culture in North America by James Teitelbaum)

    807 W. Sixth St.
    (512) 472-0693
    This old-fashioned burger joint builds its patties to order and even replaces the ground beef with buffalo meat, chicken breast or a veggie burger upon request. Order a vanilla Coke and a basket of fries and rings to complete the experience. Dinner entrees, such as chicken-fried steak, are also available; watch for two-for-one specials Monday through Thursday. Casual. Full bar. $.

    Hyde Park Bar & Grill
    4206 Duval St.
    (512) 458-3168
    Named for the neighborhood in which it's located, Hyde Park Bar & Grill is easily spotted by the giant fork that skewers oversized foodstuffs on its front lawn. The menu features a diverse selection of appetizers, sandwiches, pastas and heartier entrees, many of which are vegetarian. Don't miss the signature batter-dipped French fries. Casual to business. Full bar. $$.

    Iron Works
    100 Red River St.
    (512) 478-4855
    Carnivores flock to this historic red shack for Texas-style 'cue and all the fixin's. Choose from brisket, sausage links, beef and pork ribs, chopped beef, ham, pork loin, chicken or turkey flanked by potato salad, beans and coleslaw. Salad bar and baked potatoes offered at lunchtime. Patio seating available. Lunch only Saturday; closed Sunday. Casual. Beer only. $$.

    Katz's Deli & Bar
    618 W. Sixth St.
    (512) 472-2037
    Mile-high sandwiches and overstuffed omelettes dominate Katz's kosher-style menu (rabbinically certified hot dogs are the only truly kosher item), which also includes martinis and fried pickles. Tip for bagel eaters: cream cheese portions are generous; order it on the side. This after-hours spot is open round-the-clock 365 days a year. Indoor smoking section. Casual to business. Full bar. $$.

    Knucklehead's Bar & Grill
    522 E. Sixth St.
    (512) 474-4647
    Situated above the Harley Davidson shop, Knucklehead's is anything but a stereotypical biker hangout. In fact, its understated retro decor, "gourmet grub" (e.g., salmon burgers and mixed grills) and central location make it a fine date spot. Sit by the windows facing Sixth Street to catch the comedy troupe Esther's Follies in action weekend nights. Casual to business. Patio seating available. Full bar. Reservations accepted. Free valet parking Fri.-Sat. $$$.

    315 Congress Ave. and other locations
    (512) 482-9010
    Order hot tea and edamame (soy beans) while you peruse the selection of traditional and Western-style pieces, rolls and handrolls. Tatami rooms available. Casual to business. Call for hours. Beer and wine. $$.

    Louie's 106
    106 E. Sixth St.
    (512) 476-2010
    It's difficult to get past the fabulous appetizers and tapas at this downtown restaurant. Fried olives, smoked salmon, gazpacho with crab meat, daily ravioli/empanada specials and a diverse wine list afford diners ample grazing opportunities. Entrees range from paella to daily rotisserie specials. (For less expensive tapas, visit Malaga or Rhythm House.) Cigar room. Casual to business. Full bar. Valet and validated parking. $$$.

    Madam Nadalini's
    3663 Bee Caves Rd.
    (512) 328-4858
    Located in West Lake, this once exclusively vegetarian establishment has added meat, poultry and seafood to its menu, but it still serves many entrees for herbivores. Specialty dishes include seafood risotto, spinach lasagne and eggplant parmesan. Business to formal. Reservations accepted. Lunch weekdays; dinner daily. Beer and wine. $$$.

    Magnolia Cafe
    2304 Lake Austin Blvd. and other locations
    (512) 478-8645
    Savor this 24-hour neighborhood diner's signature dishes and daily specials--such as crawfish enchiladas--with a glass of homemade, unsweetened lemonade. The vegetarian-friendly menu offers something for everyone; try the chicken quesadillas, a blackened veggie burger with home fries or gingerbread pancakes. Casual. Patio seating available. Beer and wine. $$.

    The Oasis
    6550 Comanche Trail
    (512) 266-2441 or 266-2442
    Locals cart out-of-towners here on sunny days to help explain why we live in Central Texas. This tourist trap, perched 450 feet above Lake Travis, affords diners a terrific view of the Hill Country from 32 outdoor decks. Skip the overpriced entrees and order a premium margarita with an appetizer, such as chips and salsa. Do not sit inside. Casual. $$$.

    Saigon Kitchen
    4323 S. Interstate 35
    (512) 326-3969
    Vermicelli bowls, curried squid, vegetarian spring rolls and French-drip coffee stand out on this eatery's varied menu. Soup spoons and chopsticks are offered on every table, straying from competitors' assumption that Bubba only eats with a fork. Casual to business. Beer and wine. Closed Sunday. $$.

    The Salt Lick
    18001 W. FM 1826
    Driftwood, (512) 894-3117
    If you like brisket, sausage and ribs served family-style with beans, coleslaw, bread and potato salad at picnic tables, this is the place. Chicken and turkey entrees are available for those who shun red meat, but the only "vegetables" served here are pickles and onions. Save room for peach or blackberry cobbler. Cash only. Live music outdoors Wed.-Sun. Casual. No bar; BYOB into this dry precinct. $$.

    Schlotzsky's Deli Bread Alone
    218 S. Lamar Blvd. and other locations
    (512) 477-5858
    Operated by Schlotzsky's, an Austin-based sandwich empire, Bread Alone rises above local competitors by virtue of its freshly baked breads. Bagels, muffins, scones and pastries are also served. Patio dining available. Casual. Espresso bar. $.

    Threadgill's World Headquarters
    301 W. Riverside Dr. and other locations
    (512) 472-9304
    Threadgill's serves homestyle Southern food, such as chicken-fried steak, fried green tomatoes and freshly baked biscuits and cornbread. The menu includes nearly two dozen all-you-can-eat vegetable choices. Live music in the saloon. As noted in its TV commercial for Visa, the restaurant doesn't accept American Express. Patio seating available. Casual. Full bar. $$.

    Tien Hong
    8301 Burnet Rd.
    (512) 458-2263
    Tien Hong prepares Szechwan, Hunan and Cantonese dishes with an occasional Texan twist. Menu highlights include jalapeno chicken with black-bean sauce and eggplant in garlic sauce. The dim-sum brunch on Sunday offers an abundance of seafood and vegetarian items. Full bar. Casual to business. $.

    Trudy's Texas Star
    409 W. 30th St. and other locations
    (512) 477-2935
    This happy-hour hot spot near the University of Texas campus supplements its margaritas with a wide selection of appetizers and entrees, such as spinach quesadillas and smoked chicken enchiladas. For starters, order a "sangrita" (a frozen 'rita with a sangria float) and indulge in homemade green and red salsas with chips. Brunch served on weekends. Casual. Full bar. $$.

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