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Driving through Austin: 22 things to do along Manor Road

East Austin has always been a hotbed of culture, and Manor Road is no different. If you find yourself on our near the up-and-coming Austin street, here are 22 things to do, see, eat and drink in the area, starting closest to Interstate 35 and working east.

El Chile Cafe y Cantina -- 1809 Manor Road

This laid-back Mexican restaurant is a must-stop for tacos and margaritas, as well as enchiladas, quesadillas, chili rellenos, conchinita pibil and -- of course -- brunch.

Salty Sow -- 1917 Manor Road

This hip happy hour spot’s patio is a must-visit, but it can be crowded in the evenings. And it serves more than just pork (despite the name).

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Hoover’s Cooking -- 2002 Manor Road

This Southern-style Austin classic will make you feel like you’re eating a home-cooked meal instead of dining in a restaurant, serving up chicken fried steak, pork ribs and all kinds of comfort food.

Eastside Cafe -- 2113 Manor Road
This simple, quaint spot grows its own vegetables and is a great stop for comfort food.

Thunderbird Coffee -- 2200 Manor Road

This hip coffee shop offers locally roasted beans (and beer, later in the day).

Mi Madre’s -- 2201 Manor Road

The breakfast tacos are maybe the most popular item at this Mexican restaurant, but don’t sleep on the happy hour.

Butterfly Bar -- 2307 Manor Road

If you love a good patio, you’ll like this bar. It’s part of the Vortex Theater and offers signature cocktails and the occasional musical act.

The Vortex -- 2307 Manor Road

This artist-owned community theater offers a variety of performances, from youth theatre to cabaret to trivia to bluegrass to tarot readings and everything in between. 

Patrizi’s -- 2307 Manor Road

This food truck outside of The Vortex serves up some of the most authentic Italian food in town, including housemade pasta.

SnoCo Flattop Shaved Ice -- 2307 Manor Road

Also located outside of the Vortex, this snow cone stand offers vegan, gluten-free flavors with real fruits and vegetables and natural cane sugar.

Haymaker -- 2310 Manor Road

A favorite stop for locals wanting to catch a sporting event on TV, Haymaker offers craft beer, cocktails and a variety of food, from traditional bar food like wings and burgers to sandwiches and pizza. 

The USA team might not be participating in the World Cup this year, but Haymaker will still be a venue where soccer fans can watch all the games. Ralph Barrera / AMERICAN-STATESMAN (American-Statesman Staff)

Unit D Pizzeria -- 2406 Manor Road D

This pizza joint offers a host of weeknight specials and a robust happy hour menu.

Dai Due -- 2406 Manor Road

Part butcher shop, part farm-to-table restaurant, Dai Due uses completely locally sourced ingredients, including a wine and beer menu that’s completely Texas-based. 

Taco-Mex -- 2611 Manor Road

It’s a small walk-up window with affordable, good Tex-Mex, according to Yelp and Google reviewers. No frills, just tacos. 

Dane’s Body Shop -- 2701 Manor Road

Looking for a workout? Dane’s Body Shop offers a variety of classes and training programs.

Bird Bird Biscuit -- 2701 Manor Road

This new biscuit sandwich shop from the owners of Thunderbird is one of the newest additions to Manor Road.

Bird Bird Biscuit is now open on Manor Road. Contributed by Chelsea Francis (American-Statesman Staff)

Oddwood Ales -- 3108 Manor Road

This brewery specializes in “experimental” craft beer and thin-crust pizza.

La Fruta Feliz -- 3124 Manor Road

If you love traditional Mexican food, you’ll want to stop at La Fruta for tacos, fruit cups and breakfast served all day.

Batch Craft Beer & Kolaches -- 3220 Manor Road

Batch serves up gourmet sweet and savory pastries inspired by traditional Texas Czech kolaches, as well as a wide range of local beers on tap and in cans.

Sip a local beer while chowing down on fresh, hot pastries filled with the meat of one of Austin's best barbecue spots.

Contigo -- 2027 Anchor Lane

The address isn’t technically on Manor, but the Austin staple is an essential Manor Road stop nonetheless. Modeled after a Texas ranch, the restaurant serves up a variety of high-end food and has a great patio space.

Dharma Yoga Austin -- 3317 Manor Road3317 Manor Road

If you’re looking for a zen stop along Manor, Dharma offers a variety of classes at all levels, from restorative yoga to vinyasa flow and meditation.

Morris Williams Golf Course - 3851 Manor Road

The address may be on Manor Road, but the course spans more than a few city blocks, so we’ll include it here. The city-owned golf course opened in 1964, was renovated in 2012 and is named after Texas Golf Hall of Fame member Morris Williams Jr., one of Austin’s most famed golfers, who died while serving in the Korean War. The course was once home for the University of Texas golf team. You can reserve a tee time in person or by phone at (512) 974-8333.

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