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Fearless Critic restaurant review of the day
Austin
Food
Feel
Price
7.6
7.5
$20
An industry-friendly, late-night place for good vibes and delicious, cheap food

Although Karibu’s arched windows and tiled patio suggest a Mexican restaurant, this happy little Eastside spot is one of Austin’s three—count ’em, three!—Ethiopian places. It’s popular for a $6.99 lunch buffet, but the meats served from the steam table seem somehow less spicy than when served at dinner. For the best range of experiences here, try both a meat combo and a veggie combo, with three different choices in each. Doro wat, the national dish, has a deep layering… [More]


From the Super ’Stache The underpriced underdogs
Austin
Food
Feel
Price
8.8
7.5
$10
Sandwiches made by expert hands, from the bottom up—worth the trip from anywhere

In the leafy suburbs near Lakeline Mall, in a small, unlikely strip mall, Noble Pig serves up one of the finest lunches in Texas. Here, meat is cured, smoked, stuffed, and pulled by hand; vegetables are pickled and mustard is mustarded in house, and everything comes on pillowy white or wheat bread baked on the premises. The shop’s a happy reconstruction of early-20th-century Americana: blue-and-white-tiled floors, chalkboards, wood furnishings, and an almost monastic minimalism. At breakfast, oatmeal, Nutella French toast,… [More]