Quality Inn & Suites Airport
2751 TX Hwy 71 East
Austin, TX 78617
Phone: (512) 385-1000
Fax: (512) 385-1060
Lefty's Bar & Grille may sound like a regular bar but it's not mainly because it's located at the airport. Secondly, the ambiance here is quite trendy while the staff is professional to the core. The drinks and the bar food are equally good, which are priced very reasonably. This is one of those bars where, one would find many tourists, many of 'em not speaking your language, which makes this bar all the more interesting. Not to mention the live music played here by talented local artists, almost throughout the year.
Justine's Brasserie serves up some of the best food in Austin. Specializing the French cuisine, Justine's is located in a very stylish small house in East Austin. No reservations are accepted, so be prepared to wait for a table at this popular spot. When you get a seat, make sure to start your meal with the escargot, one of the most popular dishes here.
Think Mexico when you go to El Meso because the friendly, warm ambiance, the hot-spicy food and the folk will surely make you feel you've arrived there. The Husband-wife team cook up delicious, authentic Mexican dishes like cochinita pibil, yucatan and pipian. There is self service and this place is open only for breakfast and lunch.
Patsy's Cowgirl Cafe, a cafe that opens up late in the morning, is quite pleased to serve its customers an early brunch or breakfast for that matter. It's a decent place to enjoy some good American cuisine. Live music to set the mood in the evening. The menu is quite diverse which will take you by surprise. Besides that, the service is good enough to leave you satisfied till you leave the cafe.
The Blue Ox BBQ is a food truck in the Oltorf neighborhood that specializes in briskets and ribs. The black truck, with a large logo depicting a blue ox, attracts a large crowd to sample its tangy barbecue dishes. Enjoy items like Beef Short Ribs, Pulled Pork and Chopped Beef Sandwich, accompanied by sides like Texas Style Pinto Beans and Chocolate Espresso Banana Pudding. The quick service and free WiFi facility are added bonuses for busy professionals. This eatery also offers catering service for parties and accepts bulk delivery orders.
For authentic El Salvadorian on the East Side, El Zunzal has it covered. Fried plantains, both sweet and savory, occupy a large place on the menu, along with El Salvadorian banana leaf-wrapped tamales and succulent meats and beans. Pupusas - thick masa cakes filled with cheese, pork or loroco, an edible El Salvadorian flower - are freshly grilled to order and served with a fresh cabbage salad. Desserts like banana fritters, moist cakes and rich flan are a sweet finish to lunch or dinner. Mexican dishes are available as well. A selection of El Salvadorian and Mexican beers helps wash it all down.
Barbecue worshiping Austinites need no introduction to the name, John Mueller. The talented pit master gained a reputation for the finest barbecued meat while working under the Mueller family's legendary barbecue trailer in South Austin. A very public, family spat later, he now operates from a trailer on the East 6th, which opened to eager anticipation and snaking lines in 2013. The draw remains pretty much the same; a delectable array of meats ranging from turkey to brisket, smoked to perfection. The large outdoor setup is relaxed and inviting for friends and family alike. Customers can grab a drink from the adjoining Kellee's Place bar and can also enjoy their barbecue inside.
Classic Tex-Mex food can be difficult to find in this era of concept chain restaurants hawking bland versions of the real thing. Once you discover this place, however, you will search no longer. Basic, time-honored Mexican combination plates join ranks here with Interior Mexican specialties and an extensive selection of vegetarian choices. Cheese Enchiladas with Salsa Verde are so good, they're comforting, and classic Chile Con Queso cannot be beaten. Chile Rellenos, Fajitas and other standards are reliably tasty as well. Aztec heroes and heroines, emblazoned on black velvet, keep you company while you dine. Take home an Aztec calendar to remind yourself to return.
El Regio is a term for the area around Monterrey, which is where the owner's from. El Regio means 'the regal one' in Spanish. El Regio is also a term synonymous with the pollo asado. Grilled marinated chicken is all this little drive through shack specializes in and people would drive across town for it, were they not to have multiple outlets. The pollo asado is served with beans, tortillas, onions(sweet and grilled) and a tomato/green avocado salsa(may cause problems if consumed in excess). This is largely a drive-through, but they do have picnic tables around. El Regio is one place where being given 'the bird' is not a problem.
Free chips and salsa are always served during happy hour at Juan in a Million, and you can get happy hour specials on game days as well. Though this place is only open for half the day, it's a great place to go have breakfast with friends. Very popular with the young crowd, you might have to wait a little before being seated. The restaurant serves great Tex-Mex food, and is famous for its huge and cheap burritos. They even have a contest, which was featured on the Travel Channel's Man vs. Food, that challenges you to eat as many of their famous huge burritos as you can.
This restaurant is famous for its variety of frozen margaritas, especially the purple margarita! The most telling fact about the purple margarita is that they can only serve a maximum of two per customer. They're known for containing a bit too much liquor, which is the reason for the rule. Baby A's is a Tex-Mex restaurant, with happy hour specials every day and the occasional live music set on the weekends. The prices are reasonable, as most plates are under USD10 or even less if you show up for the happy hour deals. So if you're looking for a place to hang out with friends and get some food in your tummy, you can't go wrong by coming to Baby A's.
Looking for some good tacos on a weekend night? If you're into good Mexican food, you can't go wrong by going to El Taquito. Not only will you find that the prices are very reasonable and affordable, but you will also love the fact that this place is open into the early hours of the morning, at times until 4a! Its popularity means it might take a while to get seated, but that all depends on the day and time you happen to show up. With a very friendly and funny staff and great service even during rush hour, you'll most definitely fall in love with El Taquito!