Austin’s culinary excellence is overshadowed by the city’s music scene. But the Texas capital is home to an array of diverse and delicious cuisine. Many of Austin’s highly rated restaurants are concentrated downtown and near UT Austin just north of downtown. But there’s good grub everywhere in the city. Today, we hone in on the southwest Austin neighborhood of Oak Hill’s culinary shining stars. Here are five highly rated restaurants near the Oak Hill apartments at AMLI Covered Bridge.
Flavors from throughout Mexico inspire the menu at Heche en Mexico, a beloved Oak Hill restaurant with character. Popular menu items include moles, marinated meats, chiles rellenos, roasted and stuffed poblano peppers, and ceviche and other seafood. Heche en Mexico’s menu is vegetarian-friendly and virtually gluten-free. And the restaurant is just a five-minute drive from AMLI Covered Bridge.
Farm-to-table comfort food is this wildly popular restaurant’s trademark. Jack Allen’s serves lunch and dinner every day, offers happy hour every weekday, and does Sunday brunch as well. The extensive menu is heavy on Tex-Mex and BBQ, but remains diverse enough to satisfy everyone’s tastebuds. It even has a “chicken fried anything” section, featuring chicken fried steak, chicken, pork, and beef ribs.
Diners drive from all over Austin to enjoy the magic cooked up in Jack Allen’s Kitchen. If you live at the Hill Country Galleria apartments at AMLI Covered Bridge, you’re just a minute’s drive from this Oak Hill hot spot. If you’d prefer not to deal with a car and be able to drink to your heart’s content, the walk is 15 minutes.
Thai Taste in Oak Hill is one of Austin’s best-value Thai food restaurants. The lunch special gets you a main dish of your choice, an egg roll, choice of soup or salad, and rice for under . Traditional appetizers, drinks, and desserts round out Thai Taste’s authentic menu. This Oak Hill restaurant is a two-minute drive from AMLI Covered Bridge, and accepts take-out orders.
If you’re looking for a local watering hole near your Southwest Austin apartments and haven’t visited The Rusty Mule, check it out. Conveniently located between Oak Hill and Dripping Springs, The Rusty Mule is a bar, BBQ restaurant, and live music venue. The outdoor stage area is a treat in summer and in winter, when fire pits blaze to keep fans warm. The Rusty Mule is a five-minute drive from AMLI Covered Bridge
Austin is proud to have a wealth of locally sourced talent. The city brands itself as weird and welcomes contributions from outside, especially when they’re as life-changing as the Hunt brothers’ Detroit-style pizza. Like several of Austin’s most beloved eateries, Via 313 was a trailer before it was a brick-and-mortar restaurant. Via 313’s Oak Hill location is the Hunt Brothers’ newest, opened in 2015. To differentiate from the Via 313 food truck and central Austin location, the Oak Hill outpost offers specialty salads, locally-sourced desserts, a new thinner crust option, and 12 beers on tap.
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