Austin can deservedly brag about its culinary scene. There’s no shortage of tantalizing fare in Austin, especially in the historic Clarksville neighborhood. Informally recognized as the area between Lamar and Mopac and between Enfield and West 6th, Clarksville is one of the most authentic neighborhoods in Austin. The following are Clarksville’s top 10 restaurants.
Pizzeria, Restaurant, American, Italian, Fast Food
Step into this Las Vegas–themed pizza parlor for some old fashioned New York–style pizza. Sounds strange, doesn’t it? Though the decor is West Coast, this place stays true to the owner’s East Coast roots. Arcade games like Pac Man, Frogger, and pinball create a casual atmosphere. Rounders Pizza gives Austin’s Home Slice serious competition. The garlic knots, smothered in butter and garlic, are not to be missed.
Counter Café has been around since 2006 and has even expanded to East Austin because of its popularity. The original location sits on the edge of Clarksville. It’s ‘traditional American diner’ meets ‘conscious dining experience,’ focusing on dishes made from fresh, local, and organic foods. It offers American classics like biscuits and gravy and less traditional items like Polenta Fried Oysters. The restaurant is only open for breakfast and lunch, making it a hot spot with a wait on the weekends.
Galaxy Café lies right along the heart of Clarksville and among the grand historic homes of Old West Austin. This restaurant boasts quality ingredients in every aspect. From the breads to the meats, everything is either made in-house or locally sourced. With so many options, it’s hard to choose. what to try here, but it’s also worth bearing in mind that it’s a friendly option for those needing to stick to strict dietary restrictions.
Step into one of the nicest and most expensive restaurants in all of Austin. The delicate wooden interior, coupled with inviting lighting, makes Jeffrey’s a classy destination at which to splurge for a special occasion. For those not trying to break the bank, the happy hour is affordable, with a half-priced bar menu and drinks deals. The Hamachi Carpaccio, escargot, and wagyu burger are worth every penny spent.
Clark’s Oyster Bar, Austin | Courtesy of McGuire Moorman Hospitality
Clark’s Oyster Bar
Clark’s Oyster Bar is just one of the restaurant ventures by Larry McGuire, the man behind Austin favorites like Perla’s, Lambert’s, and Elizabeth St. Café. The restaurant is decked out in true seafaring style to even the smallest detail with tiny anchors adorning the plates. In addition to serving 12 types of oyster, Clark’s is known for its lobster rolls and New England clam chowder. Alongside the fantastic seafood are perfectly concocted cocktails for a classy evening out in Clarksville.
With only 15 tables, Wink is an intimate farm-to-table restaurant. What makes Wink different from other fine dining spots in Austin is the impressive wine list featuring wine from over 20 sources. The wine is just as important as the food itself, and the restaurant makes sure to pair each plate with the right wine. The delicious tasting menu includes flawlessly seared scallops and grilled red deer.
This Austin favorite stays open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and it’s ready to serve breakfast at any hour. 24 Diner is located right next to Austin’s famous record store, Waterloo Records — a great place to browse while you wait for a table. 24 Diner is always teeming with people enjoying one of the famous hashes or chicken and waffles.
Widely appreciated for its huge (and strong) margaritas and fantastic happy hour deals, Z’Tejas is an awesome spot for Tex-Mex. The outdoor patio is the place to wind down after a day of shopping in Downtown Austin. Bite into the enchiladas and street tacos, not to mention the complimentary cornbread, which is reason enough to spend an entire afternoon at Z’Tejas.
One of the most aesthetically pleasing spaces in all of Clarksville, Winflo Osteria is a converted bungalow house nestled in Old West Austin. This traditional Italian restaurant has an outdoor terrace shaded by a gorgeous 300-year-old oak tree. It’s a low-key but tasty alternative to some of the pricier dinner spots in the area.
Deemed Clarksville’s only sports bar, Cover 3 is more famous for its to-die-for burgers than being an actual sports bar. Apart from myriad big-screen TVs, it doesn’t fit the usual sports bar identity. Instead, come for sizable appetizers, namely the Buffalo Chicken sliders, and mouthwatering entrées, like the Chicken-Fried Beef Tenderloin. Each dish is sure to impress.