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27 Best Options For Lunch In Downtown Austin TX

October 02, 2018

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27 Best Options For Lunch Downtown Austin TX

It’s crazy to think that just a year ago there weren’t that many lunch options in downtown Austin and now downtown Austin is bustling with so many options. Everything from Mexican to Chinese to Italian to French and everything in between.

SEE ALSO: 9 Best Restaurants For Food Delivery In Austin

Grubhub

For the days that you just don’t want to leave the office or you really need to finish that project so you can get out in time for happy hour, Grubhub is there to the rescue. I ordered pho, dumplings, and spring rolls to the office today!

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Here are the 27 best spots for lunch in downtown Austin TX and I’ve done the hard work of adding all the lunch deals and spots that deliver!

 

Cava

CAVA

If you’re wanting an upgrade from Chipotle, go to Cava for their healthy and delicious Mediterranean bowls. I am obsessed, below is my order.

WHAT TO ORDER: Grain bowl with tzatziki & eggplant red pepper dip, spicy lamb meatballs, braised lamb, pickled onions, olives, feta, and pita crisps.

515 Congress Ave, cava.com

 

Hai Ky in Austin TX

HAI KY

You can have pho for lunch. You’ll thank GrubHub when it’s freezing in Austin (& by freezing I mean 65 degrees) and you don’t want to leave the office. Get a steaming bowl of pho delievered to your office!

DELIVERY? Yes, order Hai Ky through GrubHub. ($1.99 delivery fee)

WHAT TO ORDER: Spring rolls, pan dumplings, and Pho Tai.

1931 E Oltorf St B

 

Forthright Cafe

FORTHRIGHT

Forthright Cafe serves healthy breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a coffee bar with gluten-free, vegan, and dairy-free options.

LUNCH DEAL: Pick two – soup with 1/2 salad or 1/2 sandwich for $10.

WHAT TO ORDER: Avocado toast, kale caesar salad, veggie burger, and super food bowl.

35 Brazos St, forthright.cafe

 

Chi'lantro Bowl

CHI’LANTRO

KIMCHI FRIES for lunch? Yes, please.

DELIVERY? Yes, order Chi’lantro through GrubHub. ($1.99 delivery fee)

WHAT TO ORDER: Kimchi fries, 512 quesadilla, KFC wings, and Korean BBQ burger.

111 E 6th St

 

Second Bar + Kitchen

SECOND BAR + KITCHEN

Looking for a lunch spot with co-workers? Second Bar + Kitchen’s small plates and pizzas are perfect for sharing.

WHAT TO ORDER: Buffalo fried pickles, black truffle pommes frites, and black + bleu pizza.

200 Congress Ave, secondbarkitchen.com/second

 

Le Politique in Austin, TX

LE POLITIQUE

Impress your biz meeting with a classy French lunch at Le Politique.

LUNCH DEAL: $18 two-course prix-fixe menu (First course options include french onion soup, vichyssoise (chilled potato and leek soup), or salade verte. Second course options include trout almondine, steak frites, or omelette.) Boxed lunches are available at the patisserie, including a choice of sandwich, side and a cookie.

WHAT TO ORDER: Legation burger, nicoise salad, grilled steak salad, and croissants.

110 San Antonio St, lepolitiqueaustin.com/lunch

 

La Condesa

LA CONDESA

La Condesa’s salsa tasting (four different salsas) and the classic margarita is my go-to order.

WHAT TO ORDER: Guacamole tasting, huarache de hongos y huitlacoche, and barbacoa en mole tacos.

400 W 2nd St A, lacondesa.com/austin/lunch/

 

AUSTIN’S HABIBI

Austin Habibi’s food truck serves up authentic Mediterranean food and you can get it delivered!

DELIVERY: Yes, order Austin’s Hibibi through GrubHub. ($1.99 delivery fee + 10% off your delivery order)

WHAT TO ORDER: Gyro wrap, gyro plate, and habibi fries.

817 West 5th St

 

Blender & Bowls

BLENDER & BOWLS

Healthy acai bowls and blenders (aka smoothies) with superfood add-ins like hemp, goji berries, and local honey. The bowl of paradise of my go-to but I’m not going to tell you how to live your life.

WHAT TO ORDER: Bowl of paradise or The O.G.

206 E 4th St, blendersandbowls.com

 

Koriente

KORIENTE

Healthy Asian bowls with minimal oil, sugar, and salt with no MSG. On a no-carb diet? Swap out rice for veggies.

WHAT TO ORDER: Koriente curry, japchei, and mixmix bibimbap.

621 E 7th St, koriente.com

 

HOBOKEN PIE

Order pizza for the entire office without having to step outside.

DELIVERY? Yes, order Hoboken through GrubHub. ($1.99 delivery fee)

WHAT TO ORDER: Fancy pants cheesy bread, Hoboken supreme pizza, and mission pizza.

718 Red River St

 

Flower Child downtown Austin

FLOWER CHILD

Custom salads, grain bowls, and soups with additive-free proteins in a boho, chic space. Gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options. In a hurry? Order online and pick it up.

WHAT TO ORDER: Vegan poke, Forbidden rice bowl, simple sauteed broccoli and red chili glazed sweet potato with seasonal lemonade.

500 W 2nd St #133, iamaflowerchild.com

 

Easy Tiger Sandwich

EASY TIGER

Easy Tiger isn’t just your after-work hang out spot.

LUNCH DEAL: $12 lunch deal on Monday – Friday from 11 am to 4 pm with a choice of sandwich, Side & drink.

  • Corned Beef, Vegetarian, Turkey, Roast Beef or Muffuletta
  • Sauerkraut, Potato Salad, Cucumber & Tomato Salad or Okra
  • Drip Coffee or Iced Tea

Add a half-pint o select local craft beer for $3.

709 E 6th St, easytigeraustin.com

 

SWIFT’S ATTIC

Best classy sandwich with a side of soup deal in downtown Austin goes to Swift’s Attic.

LUNCH DEAL: Choice of sandwich with a side of fries, soup or side salad.

315 Congress Ave, swiftsattic.com

 

P. TERRY’S

Not that I need another reason to be eating at P. Terry’s anymore than I already do but thank goodness there’s a location in downtown Austin.

WHAT TO ORDER: Burger with a milkshake

515 Congress Ave #130, pterrys.com

 

italic-brunch

ITALIC

Rustic pizzas, sandwiches served with choice of arugula salad or crispy polenta, and housemade pastas.

WHAT TO ORDER: Chicken parmesan sandwiches, soppressata pizza, or bucatini pasta.

123 W 6th St, italicaustin.com

 

Fareground Austin

FAREGROUND

Eating with a couple of coworkers and everyone has different tastes? Head to Fareground where there are 6 different restaurants so there has to be something for everyone.

  • Antonelli’s Cheese Shop
  • Contigo
  • Dai Due Taqueria
  • Easy Tiger
  • Henbit
  • Ni-Komé

111 Congress Ave, faregroundaustin.com

 

Wu Chow

WU CHOW

Wu Chow isn’t your ordinary hole-in-the-wall Chinese restaurant.

WHAT TO ORDER: Spicy Sichuan deep-fried chicken, honey pecan gulf prawns, Sichuan braised JBG eggplant, dry fried local green beans, and scallions hugging beef.

500 W 5th St #168, wuchowaustin.com

 

Backspace Pizza

BACKSPACE

My favorite pizza spot in Austin is Backspace – the Bianca white pizza is SO good. Pictured here is the fennel sausage and the pepperoni americano – so good too!

WHAT TO ORDER: Bianca Pizza

507 San Jacinto Blvd, thebackspace-austin.com

 

Irene's lunch deal

IRENE’S

Get out of the office and get some sunshine while eating outside on Irene’s spacious patio.

LUNCH DEAL: Any sandwich, one side, + drip coffee/iced tea for $12!

506 West Ave, irenesaustin.com

 

Chuy's

CHUY’S

Enchiladas with queso for lunch? You’ll be the envy of everyone at the office. Chika chika boom boom.

DELIVERY? Yes, order Chuy’s through GrubHub. ($3.99 delivery fee)

WHAT TO ORDER: Chile con queso, chuychanga, taco salad, chick-chicka boom-boom enchiladas, and The Elvis Presley Memorial Combination.

1728 Barton Springs Rd

 

100 Things You Need To Eat This Summer in Austin

MOOJO

Who says you can’t just have ice cream and cookies for lunch?

DELIVERY? Yes, order Moojo through GrubHub. ($2.99 delivery fee)

WHAT TO ORDER: Superhero Chipper vanilla sandwich, Superhero Smooth & Nutty sandwich, and salted caramel milkshake.

2322 Guadalupe St

 

LLAMA’S PERUVIAN CUISINE

Authentic Peruvian ceviche, beef sandwiches, pulled chicken, pork belly, and lucuma ice cream!

DELIVERY? Yes, order Llama’s through GrubHub. ($1.99 delivery fee)

WHAT TO ORDER: Salchipapas con huancaina, lomo saltado sanguche with fries, and pork belly sandwich.

611 Trinity St

 

North

NORTH

Dine inside or outside at NoRTH’s spacious restaurant in downtown Austin. Great spot for lunch meetings.

WHAT TO ORDER: Crispy calamari, Tuscan kale salad, bacon & egg pizza, and bolognese.

500 W 2nd St #120, northitaliarestaurant.com

 

GARBO’S LOBSTER

Garbo’s is now in downtown Austin with their trailer with lobster rolls served Maine style (tossed in mayo) or Connecticut style (warmed in butter) with cape cod potato chips. Add a second lobster roll for only $9!

823 Congress, garboslobsteratx.com

 

Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille

The most famous Friday lunch special in downtown Austin is Perry’s Friday pork chop special. The restaurant is open for lunch every Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Don’t even think about going back to work after this lunch.

LUNCH DEAL: On Fridays, Perry’s offers a half cut portion of their Famous Pork Chop served with whipped potatoes and homemade applesauce for just $14.95 (regular cut priced at $39.95).

114 W 7th Street, perryssteakhouse.com

 

SOUTH CONGRESS CAFE

If you’re craving something sweet for lunch but don’t want to leave the office, order desserts from South Congress Cafe via Grubhub! They have affogatos for an afternoon pick-me-up too.

DELIVERY: Yes, order South Congress Cafe through GrubHub. ($2.99 delivery fee)

WHAT TO ORDER: Carrot cake French toast, strawberry shortcake, and brownie with English toffee.

1600 S Congress Ave

WRITTEN BY:

Jane Ko is the blogger behind A Taste of Koko, Austin's top food and travel blog. She is a social media marketer, blogger, food photographer, and the host of the largest SXSW food crawl. Lives in Austin, find her on Google+

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