1. The Yard Milkshake Bar, 3400 Esperanza Crossing, Austin, Tx 78758

Step 1:  Pick your size.  Step 2:  Pick your Flavor. Step 3:  Pick your toppings. Step 4:  Add specialty topping.  Step 5:  Take a bite, minds are blown. 

Created by husband-and-wife team Logan and Chelsea Green, this is an ice cream experience you won't forget. With build your own shakes and decadent ice cream cones, this place is pure happiness. Grab a shake and take a long walk through the Domain.  We recommend the Tales Up.  It's a party on a cone.  

Check out their website for 1st timer tips, party ideas and the insider scoop. KSA agrees, The Yard is a must-see-to-believe experience. 

NOW OPEN Monday-Friday 12pm-10pm in the Domain shopping center.  Open late and kid friendly.  

2. Uroko, 1023 Springdale Road, Austin, TX 78721

Former Uchi chef Masazumi Saio and chef Takehiro Asazu cater three different concepts in one small storefront:  casual counter-service Temaki (hand roll) bar, sushi class space, and weekend 45-minute sushi Omakase.  Uroko boasts an exclusive culinary experience at an affordable price.  Thursday nights are sushi class nights and the weekends are reservation only, so book ahead.  This is perfect for a date night or a group experience.  If you love sushi as much as we do, you'll be in heaven here.

-Temaki- Mon-Wed: 11am - 9pm Thu-Sat: 11am - 4pm

-Sushi Class- Thursdays: 6:30pm - 8:30pm  *reservation only

-Omakase-  Fridays & Saturdays: 6pm - 10pm  *reservation only

3. ATX Cocina, 110 San Antonio Street, Austin, TX 78701

We love everything about ATX Cocina.  It's one of our favorite spots to sit outside and drink margaritas with friends smack dab in the middle of downtown Austin. The dishes and drinks at ATX are sophisticated, modern and inspired by traditional Mexican cuisine. The all-natural and ethically sourced ingredients provide for a mouthwatering guilt free dining experience.  From empanadas, tacos, guacamole, and fresh fish to short ribs and lamb, the menu offers something delectable for everyone.  Grab a date or a group of friends and GO.     

Happy hour daily from 4:30-6:30 PM  Sunday 5 – 9 PM  Monday- Thursday 5 – 10 PM  Friday Lunch 11:30AM – 3PM  

Friday Dinner 5-11PM Saturday 5 – 11 PM

4. Vista Brewery, 13551 FM 150 Driftwood, TX 78619 

Friends come to Vista Brewery for the beer and stay for the food and atmosphere.  With acres of beer garden, live music, and ranch views, you'll never want to leave. Their menu is built around the fresh produce grown on their on-site farm, and protein from locally and ethically sourced ranches in central Texas.  You've got to be kidding me . . . . this place is incredible.  Try the Black Angus Burger medium rare with a Spring Salad and a Merriwether Hefeweizen. 

Open Thursday 11am - 9pm  Friday and Saturday 11am - 10pm  Sunday 11am - 9pm  Open Monday, Sept. 2 12PM - 6PM

Check out VISTABREWINGTX.COM for information on upcoming events, tours and classes.  

5.  The Broken Spoke, 3201 S. LAMAR BLVD. AUSTIN, TEXAS 78704

An Austin tradition not to be forgotten, the Broken Spoke is what legends are made of.  The likes of Garth Brookes and George Strait have graced the stage, and it's time you pulled up your boot straps and got to dancin'.  The Spoke celebrates with food, folks and fun five days a week, Tuesday through Saturday with dance lessons most nights at 7:30pm.  The last of the true Texas dance halls serves steak, barbecue and Mexican food lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday.  If you're looking for something different and exciting, visit this Austin original.  You'll want to come back just as soon as you leave.    

Bands begin at 9pm Wed-Sat. Dance Lessons will be 8-9pm Wed-Sat. Dancehall opens at 7:30pm Tues-Sat.  

Check the official calendar for upcoming events. 

6. The Baked Bear, 211 Walter Seaholm Drive, Suite LR150, Austin, TX 78701

Homemade cookies, homemade ice cream, and every topping you can imagine.  We say YES.  The ice cream sandwiches at the Baked Bear are the best thing since cookie-dough ice cream only better, because you can literally get cookie dough ice cream in your sandwich here.  Save this treat for your cheat day and go ALL OUT.  Childhood friends, Rob Robbins and Shane Stanger created this concept out of their passion for ice cream.  In our opinion, it's a hole-in-one.

Monday-Thursday 12PM – 11PM    Friday and Saturday 12PM – 12AM    Sunday 12PM – 11PM  

7. Fonda San Miguel,  2330 W. North Loop,  Austin, Tx 

Fonda San Miguel is over 40 years strong, and the restaurant is absolutely gorgeous inside.  With refreshing margaritas, carne asada a la tampiquena, ceviche, and soups to die for, it is reminiscent of the cuisine of Old Mexico.  If you've never been here before, you are in for a treat.  It is one of our absolute favorite places to dine in Austin.  

Dinner Hours: 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM Mon - Thurs. 5:30 PM - 10:30 PM Fri - Sat Bar & Cocktail: Opens 5:00 PM - Close 

 Brunch Hours: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Sunday

8.  Alta's Cafe,  74 Trinity Street, Austin, Texas 78701   

Alta is Lady Bird Johnson's middle name and she would love this place just as much as her beloved wildflowers.  Alta supports the beauty of the park and the energy of the hike and bike trail it surrounds.   If you love gorgeous views, good coffee, healthy food, sustainable wine and craft beer, this is your Mecca.

Open 8:00 am - 7:00 pm 7 days a week!  

Happy Hour is 4:00-6:00 pm weekdays.  Unwind on the patio with $1 off all beer and $2 off all wine.

Grab a seat for First Saturdays, with our $2 Mimosa special and live music on our deck, the weekend gets off to a great start!

9.  Perry's Steakhouse, 114 West 7th Street, Austin, Texas 78701

Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille is the perfect combination of Austin's music scene and upscale delicious food. Located downtown in the historic Norwood Tower, it’s within walking distance of the Capital Complex and other downtown landmarks.  This is quintessential steakhouse dining that's well done every time.