If spice is what you are looking for, Thai Kitchen is the place. Thai Kitchen is one of the best places in Austin to liven up your taste buds with some unusual ethnic fare. The extensive menu denotes the degree of spice in each dish (fried curry rice to vermicelli stir-frys) and the four-pepper dishes will have you drinking more water than usual. Highly recommended, the Ba Mi Num soup, made with chicken broth, ginger, cilantro, lime, bean sprouts and your choice of meat, is a pleasant way to cure the sniffles. And although the wait staff seems a little gruff at times, it may be because the place is so packed, but do not let that stop you. This is a great place for anyone seeking a nice, hot bowl of something tasty.
Located in Dobie Mall on the edge of the University of Texas campus, Oishi Japanese Fusion is where students and locals commingle to enjoy the fine sushi and Japanese cuisine. Oishi offers an elaborate and moderately priced menu with the sushi as the star item. From Monday through Friday, sushi rolls are half priced after 4p. The Sweet Potato Sushi Roll and Volcano Sushi Roll are worth trying while the White Fire Sushi Roll is a must have. The restaurant is located on the first floor of Dobie Mall, just inside the Guadalupe Street entrance. Check out their Facebook or Twitter feed for the latest specials.
Serving authentic Chicago-style stuffed pizza, thin crust pizza, subs, salads and more. You cannot miss this campus area cafe with the huge "Mangiazilla" mascot hovering overhead. The small, casual interior is also Chicago-themed, with art on the walls inspired by the Windy City. The campus location is primarily for delivery and carry-out. A range of deep-dish pizzas and toppings are available, plus you can order creative "theme" pizzas like barbecue chicken and Mexican. Individual pizzas are available in a range of affordable prices.Cheese steak sandwiches, subs, and lasagna are also available. No alcohol is served at the central location.
This campus area location offers excellent pizza, Greek items and pasta dishes for eating in. Prices are reasonable, and the service is generally efficient and friendly. The greek salad and rolls are crave-able, The atmosphere is perfect for an informal lunch while the menu is packed with excellent greek fan fare. Most of the time you can find students relaxing here after lectures or university.
Located across from the UT campus on the Drag, this is a popular destination for students who need to take a break or are looking for a quiet place to study. If you can handle a bit of attitude from the staff, you will enjoy the modern atmosphere and a good cup of coffee.
Jax Neighborhood Cafe is located near the University of Texas, making it a very popular destination among students. Jax is a combination restaurant, bar and live music venue. The menu consists of American classics like burgers and salads, but not to be missed is their specialty, their famous pizzas. Jax is a great option for nightlife as well since they feature live music almost every night of the week of all kinds of different genres. Another popular aspect of Jax is that it is a dog friendly locale, so you can be sure you won't be snubbed if you want to bring your furry best friend along.
If you want to try real Mexican burritos, you should definitely check this place out! The entertaining staff at Burrito Factory is very friendly with customers, and you can count on their burritos to be authentic, since the business is owned by two brothers and a sister from Mexico. They have huge burritos, which come with all types of spices and your choice of meat. If you want to go light, pick the vegetarian option. Different tortilla flavors are also available on request. A whole burrito will fill you up for sure, and you might end up leaving leftovers! Don't forget to try one of their agua frescas to go with your burrito. -Victoria Perez
Coco's Café on the Drag, the strip of Guadalupe that runs along the University of Texas campus, offers seemingly endless variations on bubble tea, the drink made from tea that is blended with milk, pureed with ice, or made into a smoothie with fruits, and sometimes all of the above. Choose which "series," your tea will come from, with choices like the "milk," "coffee," "black tea" and "slushi." Then choose your flavors, which can range from simple Honey Green Tea to combinations like Strawberry and Coconut Smothee, and include exotic flavor choices such as taro and lychee. Add in extras like tapioca pearls or flavored jellies, and you're set. A menu of Taiwanese food and dessert is offered as well. - Christine Whalen
Serving fresh and intricately spiced stews, Aster's Ethiopian offers lots of beef, chicken, and lamb dishes, as well as a ton of vegetarian choices. Meals are typically served on a large, round communal platter. Food is eaten with the fingers. Pieces of injera, a flat sourdough bread, are torn off and used to scoop up bites of the food. If you aren't comfortable using your fingers, Aster's will happily supply forks. Sharing a platter allows diners to try lots of different foods, as each entrée comes with two vegetable side dishes. To try a little bit of everything, Aster's offers a buffet at lunch. Though the small indoor dining room can get crowded, there is a large enclosed outdoor dining area. - Christine Whalen
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