Living in the vibrant city of Austin means you better be prepared to have weekend visitors every now and then. Give your guests a glimpse into the Austin culinary scene with this itinerary that offers a little bit of flash, some sass, and a lot of deliciousness.
Friday Happy Hour
It may be a bit of a show-off, but that’s why Austinites love Eberly on South Lamar. The bar lounge, called Cedar Tavern, stuns with a beautifully refurbished bar from the 60’s. Partners, Scott John and Eddy Patterson purchased it in New York and had it reassembled in Austin. It has seen the likes of Bob Dylan, Jackson Pollack, and Jack Kerouac. Classic cocktails, wine, and draft beer are available at the bar, in addition to dishes including a charcuterie and cheese plate, pizzas, oysters, and other upscale tavern food.
Cenote owners Cody Symington and Mary Jenkins made it their mission to serve their east side neighborhood with amazing coffee drinks and equally tasty food. Now with two locations, one on East Cesar Chavez and the second in Windsor Park, Cenote serves up breakfast classics including chilaquiles, apple butter pancakes, eggs benedict and more.
Justine’s Brasserie is just the place to start off a Saturday night with friends. The sultry, dim atmosphere and classic French menu invite you to stay a little longer. Do not forgo the escargot or the Cote de Pore. And while you’re at it, pair dishes with a bottle from the restaurant’s extensive wine list.
Retro cocktail lounge, Kitty Cohen’s, offers specialty drinks and punch bowls for sharing. The attention to detail will not go unnoticed with flamingo wallpaper adorning the bathroom, 70’s style decor, and a shallow wading pool. Suffice it to say, this is not your mother’s groovy hangout.
If Banger’s is the life of the Rainey Street brunch show party, then Geraldine’s is its cool, cultivated older sister. Located inside Hotel Van Zandt, the restaurant serves up brunch to the tune of live jazz music with dishes infused with local flavors in a communal-style dining experience.
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