It’s good to be square at Mangieri’s Pizza Café, an inviting neighborhood restaurant with long benches for family seating and a handful of individual tabletops. The Austin mini-chain’s iconic cut-in-to-squares thin-crust pizzas are as popular as they are tasty, thanks to a thick and vibrant homemade tomato sauce, fresh whole milk mozzarella and a dazzling assortment of toppings. Specialty options abound for these whole pies, though customization is available, and anyone looking to skip the pizza train altogether can opt for pastas, salads or hot sandwiches. Wines by the glass and other alcoholic options are available from the blonde-wood back bar, or sit in the rock-patterned, casual dining room, where windows and tall booths abound.
Like many Texans, Todd Ashmore grew up eating barbecue at gatherings with family and friends, but when backyard cookouts weren't enough for him, he began driving for miles in search of the perfect sauces and meats. Eventually, Ashmore decided to create his own supply, opening Opie's Barbecue so that he could consume sauce-covered brisket, ribs, and pork chops with his family and friends at any time. Sunlight pours in over sturdy wooden tables and chairs in Ashmore's clean, casual restaurant, where he often savors the aromas of the eatery's signature sweet and spicy sauce alongside customers while clad in his usual flip-flops-and-shorts ensemble.
Down the rocky bluff and to the many slips that line the harbor, The Grill at Rough Hollow overlooks the marina where water gently laps at the skiffs that float there. On the breezy patio, lunch and dinner is served, consisting of classic American staples from cobb salads and pecan-crusted catfish to bistro steak under swipes of zesty chimichurri sauce. Inside, take a seat at the curving marble bar to sip on house-made margaritas, glasses of wine, and unlimited water cocktails while enjoying live music.
Rolling In Thyme & Dough dishes out a savory menu of flavorful bistro fare concocted from a sunny spread of fresh ingredients. For breakfast, rouse porcine sleepers by ordering up a pig in a blanket ($3.50), or down the smoky chipotle baguette, with a fiery combination of egg, cheese, turkey bacon, and peppers that allows you to roar cartoon flames in the sun's cackling face ($5.35).
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