Start your tour of Texican's massive menu by slinging your jaw around spinach, mushroom, and onion quesadillas ($7.99) or clearing your taste buds of impurities with spicy cream-cheese-stuffed jalapenos ($5.49). The plentiful options let you supplicate at the altar of a traditional dish such as cabrito—a platter of tender goat roasted with mysterious spices and topped with tomato and bell pepper ($14.99)—or head straight for the grill with a 10 oz. rib-eye steak tampiqueña ($14.99). To enter the mythical realm of "New Mexico," head northwest of south of the border for some Santa Fe enchiladas in smoky red chile ($9.49), or fly straight up into space instead with a deadly delicious chile relleno plump with chicken, beef, shrimp, or cheese and legally drowned in red tomatillo sauce ($8.99).
Austin Java incorporates fresh, local ingredients into its menu whenever possible, serving only cage- and hormone-free eggs and organic, fair-trade coffee, prepared locally using a low-emission, biofuel-powered roaster. Sample the community-minded cuisine by diving fork-first into breakfast (served all day), lunch, and dinner. The Caesar Chavez salad, a highly organized concoction of romaine lettuce, leads croutons and parmesan cheese on a victory march to your mouth ($5.99), while vegetarian-friendly options such as the confetti pasta ($8.99) and the spicy African peanut soup ($3.99 for a cup, $4.99 for a bowl) keep hungry herbivoyeurs in check. Build your own burger ($7.79, with additional ingredients $0.59–$0.99 each), or decode the DaVinci chicken sandwich, topped with marinara, parmesan ($8.29), and the blueprint for a flying machine. Austin Java also offers all-day breakfast, with options such as omelettes ($7.29–$8.99), eggs benedicts ($7.79–$7.99), and build-your-own-breakfast tacos ($1.99 with three ingredients; $0.69 for each additional item) pleasing palates. The Barton Springs location also boasts a new full bar, allowing for savory sips of brews and booze between burger or breakfast taco bites.
Green Earth Automotive not only brings your car to its peak performance, it promotes a sustainable future for the Austin area. The car repair shop uses biodegradable lubricants and G-oil––a bio-based synthetic motor oil––as part of its [green oil change](http://www.greenearthautomotive.com/green-oil-change ). In addition to these eco-friendly alternatives, techs can also repair brakes, air conditioners, and radiators with the same environmentally oriented standards.
Kenneth Threadgill stood in line all night to be the first person in Travis County to get a beer license. It was 1933, and the bootlegger and country-music connoisseur had plans to evolve his filling station into something bigger—though even Threadgill probably couldn't have anticipated how big it would become.
It started with touring musicians stopping in for drinks after their shows. By the ’60s, Janis Joplin was on stage, polishing her unpolished sound for crowds from all walks of life. The evolution continued, with Threadgill's hosting artists from Jerry Lee Lewis to Captain Beefheart and expanding into a Southern-style restaurant where the love of music ironed out disagreements and engendered an atmosphere of tolerance.
Today, the original location on North Lamar harks back to Threadgill's beginnings, with current owner Eddie Wilson decking the place out with decor that evokes the Austin of the 1930s to the 1960s, including vintage signs that say, “I can’t wait for the internet to be invented.” The second location on West Riverside celebrates the 1970s music scene that thrived at the Armadillo—Wilson's former establishment at that location. At both venues, chefs churn out classic Southern food, such as chicken-fried steak and fried green tomatoes, while frequent live music entertains guests.
Culinary expert Dane Kibadeaux spread epicurean comfort across The Upper Deck's three levels of outdoor dining. The menu of upscale bar food has burgers at its heart—towering patties adorned with crisp bacon, sauteed mushrooms, and other tasty toppings, cradled between toasted, sesame seed buns. Diners can wash down their meals with a drink from either the indoor or outdoor bar, which pours everything from classic draft beers and Argentine red wine to blood-orange margaritas and Manhattans.
In addition to its alfresco seating, the bar features a sleek interior with numerous flat-screen TVs, arcade games, and a billiards room with plush leather seats to cradle aspiring sports commentators as they coin new onomatopoeias. Weekly events, including a fantasy poker league, dart tournaments, and poetry slams, provide screen-free entertainment.
Skewers loaded with grass-fed beef and free-range chicken sizzle on the grill at Wholly Kabob, serving as tasty examples of the locally sourced ingredients that fill pita wraps and kebab bowls. Garnished with middle eastern condiments such as hummus, pickles, and mint lemon juice, these dishes sate appetites at lunch, dinner, and late night on the weekends. Additionally, Wholly Kabob hosts free weddings and vow renewals from time to time, uniting and reuniting couples who belong together like peanut butter and jellyfish.