This month, we’re spotlighting the Hyde Park Neighborhood of Austin, Texas. This week we’ll be exploring some of the dining and entertainment options in this North Central Austin neighborhood.
Asti Trattoria is a popular Italian restaurant located in Hyde Park that has been there so long, it feels like forever. The delicious, innovative menu features fresh ingredients, gourmet pastas, pizzas, and an extensive wine list served by friendly, helpful wait staff.
Hyde Park Bar and Grill is a Hyde Park Institution that’s been keeping bellies full since 1982. Instantly recognizable by the giant fork that stands in its parking lot, Hyde Park serves up American food that tastes just like Mama used to make. If Mama was an amazing chef, that is. Hyde Park is famous for its battered fries, which are some of the most addictive in town.
Mother’s Cafe and Garden is mecca for vegetarians. Back when Austin was just a meat and potatoes town, Mother’s opened in 1980 for vegetarians, vegans, and any Austinite looking for fresh food done well. Despite a fire a few years ago, Mother’s is still serving up good food that’s good for you.
For culture, venerable Austin landmark Hyde Park Theatre produces Southwest and world premieres of the best new theatre out there. They also produce FronteraFest, a five-week city-wide fringe festival that features over 800 local and national artists annually. Their current production is Slowgirl, about a chatty teenager who visits her Uncle in the Costa Rican jungle. It features two of Austin’s best actors, Hyde Park’s Artistic Director Ken Webster and Molly Karrasch and runs through April 27th.
If you’re looking for a great place to have a few brews with friends, The Flying Saucer has a ridiculous number of taps. You could probably go every day for a year and not have a the same beer twice! Located in the Triangle, this is a great place for a beer after work with friends or a beer after a show.
If you’re looking for entertainment that’s hilarious and ridiculously cheap, check out Coldtowne Theater. This Improv and Comedy club has super cheap cover (as cheap as $5 for two acts), and is BYOB. Pick up a 6-pack of Lone Star and you’ve got an evening out for less than a movie!