The owners of Cheechako Taco are fond of saying that theirs is "not your ordinary taco joint." They back up this claim with a wide variety of tacos and burritos made with fresh, local produce. Every meal here is fully customizable, though you might want to stick to the menu and order a 100% vegan taco or the boldly flavored Lumber Jill, which comes with eggs, bacon, roasted potatoes, maple syrup, and melted cheese.
The Branch Restaurant nourishes responsibly by brandishing a menu of delectable organic fare conceived by a published cookbook author. Within The Branch's art-ensconced confines, sate the most gargantuan of lunch appetites with the restaurant's signature rubber boots buffet, which includes a spread of homemade bread, two soups, salads, a hot entree, and a hot date ($9.99; Sundays $12.99 with extra options). Or, reserve digestive energy for the third-pound Branchburger ($13.99) made with 100% local, naturally raised beef. Dinnertime beckons worldly fare to congregate on the menu with an array of hunger-hobblers such as stir-fry ($15.99), which adorns tofu with seasonal veggies and a sweet-spicy sauce, or cheese fondue ($9.99), coating veggies with a more delicious veneer than their natural briefcases. Hunger cowers before the eatery's Austin City Limits platter of Texas-style barbecue, the fruits of which run a gut-sating gamut of house-smoked beef brisket, spicy house-smoked beef and pork sausage, barbecue sauce, beans, and jalapeno-cheddar cornbread ($22.99). House-made desserts ($5.99–$6.99) and kiddie offerings such as grilled cheese and a chicken wrap ($5.99–$9.98) complement the menu's conscientious cornucopia.
For the chefs at Mambo Restaurante Nuevo Latino, dinner preparation begins with a map. From there, they take inspiration from the fiery flavors and aromatic spices found in dishes from around Central and South America. These classic cuisines translate nicely into the restaurant?s small plates, such as rollos de pollos, tacos del norte, and chorizo tostado. The chefs also look to other continents for culinary inspiration, finding it in such dishes as the Spanish-style tapas and the curried rack of lamb.
Each plate is presented in the welcoming dining room, where exposed brick walls, warm colors, and the sounds of samba music help diners stay relaxed and convivial. The restaurant's bar also plays a part in the unwinding; when they're not making mojitos, caipirinhas, and other Latin American cocktails, mixologists curate a wine list of favorites from around the world.
In addition to taking their meals in the dining room, guests can also rent out the restaurant's private banquet area, which can accommodate large groups no matter the event. During the sunny season, guests can also escape to Mambo's rooftop, where sunsets add a fiery coda to each and every meal.
Going to 222 Lyon Tapas Bar for the first time feels more like going to an old friend's house than visiting an unfamiliar eatery. The restaurant inhabits a 19th-century home, where small tables pepper a 30-person dining room that bears a carved-wood fireplace. A larger booth rests in a nook framed by stained-glass windows, which filter ample sunlight onto a tabletop strewn with Spanish-tinged plates of pork tarragon and smoked salmon. Daily offerings and shape-shifting fonts enliven the regular menu, whose smaller portions encourage ordering several plates to share with dining companions. Fresh fruit, chocolate, and real cream build a succinct selection of desserts, and a litany of wines balance out overseas spices via 6- or 9-ounce glasses or bottles.
Though visitors to BarBurrito may get their meals in a snap, it doesn't mean chefs skimp on quality. They quickly whip up gourmet meals of steak-, black-bean, and chorizo-stuffed burritos or cheesy quesadillas filled with chicken and pulled pork. Sides include garnishes of chips and guacamole, chili, or frosty Jarritos soft drinks.
The Senate Sports Tavern & Eatery blends old-world stateliness with a modern aesthetic when it comes to both the hearty pub food and the decor. Glass display cases set into the exposed brick walls proudly display autographed footballs, jerseys, and other sports memorabilia, and factory-style lights and flat-screen TVs illuminate spacious wooden tables and booths. The atmosphere is lively, especially when the tavern celebrates sporting events of all kinds with screenings, specials, and prizes.
Fans fuel their cheering stores with plates ranging from beef and bison burgers to internationally inspired wraps to entrees including fish 'n' chips, shepherd's pie, and New York strip steak. At the bar, 11 taps dispense beers for pairing or pouring on fans of the opposing team.