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Fearless Critic restaurant review of the day
Austin
Food
Feel
Price
8.6
8.0
$15
Eat Bourdain-approved Asian street food in one of our all-time favorite dive bars

One of our favorite food carts, East Side King, sits behind one of our favorite dive-not-dive bars, The Liberty. It’s not-dive because it boasts a surprising selection, including about six changing taps of micros. In the bottle and can, there are dozens more, plus Brit and Mexican favorites. Although you can find better cocktails this side of IH-35, Liberty carries quality spirits, including digestifs. Best of all, you can have ESK’s food brought right to wherever you’re sitting.

The speck-sized trailer… [More]


From the Super ’Stache The underpriced underdogs
Austin
Food
Feel
Price
8.9
7.0
$10
This friendly little shanty’s the genuine article, backed up by killer barbecue

Unless you watch “Friday Night Lights” or are a barbecue hound, you may have never heard of Ray’s—which is a shame. Many Austinites fondly respond with other answers when asked what their favorite in-town smokehouse is (curiously accompanied by the caveat “but I haven’t been there in years”), but a comprehensive study by our panel (read: crawl) revealed this best-kept secret to be superior to most of those.

Ray’s is not as hard to get to as you might expect (the… [More]