Each week in Austin360, we’re offering a rotating list of places to eat right now. This week: Sometimes you don’t want to sit down for a meal, you just want to grab a meal and go. These places fit the take-out bill. More restaurants broken down by category here.
Asia Café. 8650 Spicewood Springs Road. 512-331-5788, AsiaMarketAustin.com. This restaurant was too good to be contained to the back of the Asia Market, so it took over the neighboring space, serving dishes such as whole spicy fish and jade chicken.
Blue Dahlia Bistro. 1115 E. 11th St. 512-542-9542, BlueDahliaBistro.com. The shady back patio is something of a secret garden; the menu, an ode to light French cuisine.
Bouldin Creek Cafe. 1900 S. First St. 512-416-1601, BouldinCreek.com. One of Austin’s true temples to vegetarian and vegan fare, even the most avid meat-eater will be impressed with dishes like portobello fajitas or the zucchini migas.
Chen’s Noodle House. 8650 Spicewood Springs Road, 512-336-8889. Hand-cut noodles from Mr. Chen at this tiny spot that serves a delicious noodle soup overflowing with pork, tofu, egg and a host of vegetables.
East Side King. Multiple locations. 512-422-5884, ESKaustin.com. Paul Qui and his partners created a stable of Asian-fusion trailers. The group now includes a brick-and-mortar location behind the Hole in the Wall on the Drag, with a flagship store on South Lamar Boulevard coming soon.
FoodHeads. 616 W. 34th St. 512-420-8400, foodheads.com. Excellent sandwiches with a wide array of interesting and bold flavor profiles, like lamb and feta or grilled pork with Tabasco and fried egg, at this bungalow near UT that now serves dinner Thursday through Saturday.
Fricano’s Deli. 2405 Nueces St. 512-482-3322, FricanosDeli.com. Huge sandwiches loaded with flavor led this deli to move from its small north campus location to a much more comfortable space just west of campus. Don’t worry about what Rocket Sauce is, just order a Paul’s Spicy Reuben and find out.
Galaxy Café. Multiple locations. galaxycafeaustin.com. Refined café food and counter-service at this pleasant spot where you’ll find salads, sandwiches and burgers.
House Pizzeria. 5111 Airport Blvd. 512-600-4999, housepizzeria.com. A nice mix of crunch and chew in these puffy pizzas with great toppings like port reduction and bleu cheese.
Jack Allen’s Kitchen. 7720 Texas 71. 512-852-8558; 2500 Hoppe Trail, Round Rock, 512-215-0372, JackAllensKitchen.com. Farm-to-table comfort food such as bacon-wrapped quail and crispy salmon, as well as a massive weekend brunch, have made this place a hit down south and now up north, as well. And, curb-side service.
Madam Mam’s. Multiple locations. 512-371-9930, MadamMam.com. Three locations now turn out spring rolls, noodle soup, stir-fries and curries. Some of these Thai dishes pack a pretty spicy punch.
Mandola’s Italian Market. Multiple locations. MandolasMarket.com. Get classic Italian antipasti, daily specials and bubbling pizzas at one of three locations around town.
Maria’s Taco Xpress. 2529 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-444-0261, TacoXpress.com. This taco joint celebrates its 78704 pedigree by keeping it funky. Also, tacos! We like the chicken fajita taco the best.
Matt’s El Rancho. 2613 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-462-9333, MattsElRancho.com. A 61-year-old Austin institution offering Mexican food in a sprawling but welcoming space.
Maudie’s. Multiple locations. maudies.com. If you haven’t had Maudie’s Diablo Sol Food queso, you can’t really call yourself an Austinite. These Tex-Mex purveyors have recently moved to serving all-natural beef and pork and organic eggs.
Pinthouse Pizza. 4729 Burnet Road. 512-436-9605, PinthousePizza.com. Pizza plus beer from a pedigreed Colorado brewer makes for a solid family-friendly outing.
P. Terry’s. Multiple locations. PTerrys.com. It’s the grass-fed kind of fast food that doesn’t make you feel so bad for wanting a burger and fries from a drive-through.
Quality Seafood Market. 5621 Airport Blvd. 512-452-3820, Qualityseafood.Wordpress.com. Great fried shrimp, grilled catch of the day and Gulf oysters are some of the keys to the staying power of this restaurant-market.
Salt & Time. 1912 E. Seventh St. 512-524-1383, SaltAndTime.com. This butcher shop sells sandwiches with fresh, quality meat and turns out magnificent charcuterie plates, a thick juicy burger and other specialties on the dinner menu.
Salvation Pizza. 624 W. 34th St. 512-535-0076, salvationpizza.com. Thin, crunchy Connecticut-style pizzas at this restaurant that features a large deck out front for al fresco dining.
Sap’s Fine Thai Cuisine. 4514 Westgate Blvd. 512-899-8525, SapsThai.com. A comprehensive menu of Thai food, from soups to noodles to stir-fried specials and curries.
Taco More. 9414 Parkfield Drive, 2015 E. Riverside Drive. 512-821-1561. Not much in terms of ambiance, but this place serves great tacos and traditional Mexican dishes such as cabrito consommé.
Tarka Indian Kitchen. Multiple locations. 512-892-2008, TarkaIndianKitchen.com. Fast-casual Indian cuisine from the Clay Pit founders, with a nice balance of both nontraditional and popular items.
Thai Fresh. 909 Mary St. 512-494-6436, Thai-Fresh.com. Thai food restaurant, coffee shop, bakery and cooking school – what isn’t this family-owned enterprise in the Bouldin Creek neighborhood?
Top Notch Hamburgers. 7525 Burnet Road. 512-452-2181, TopNotchAustin.com. New ownership was wise not to change the aesthetics at this classic car-hop spot that was featured in “Dazed and Confused.” The charcoal-grilled burgers have a unique flavor, and the fried chicken is always crispy.
Umami Mia Pizzeria. 1500 Barton Springs Road. 512-428-5175, umamimiapizzeria.com. A roster of pizzas, from classics like pepperoni to umami-bombs of prosciutto and fig, is the calling card at this bright, family-friendly restaurant. And a pick-up window just for slices on the go.
Your Mom’s Burger Bar. 5001 Airport Blvd. 512-454-6667, YourMoms.net. Big, fat stuffed burgers with attitude.