Il Brutto is a neighborhood Italian restaurant located in East Austin. Il Brutto offers traditional Italian fare inside a 5,000-square-foot restaurant that features an open kitchen, separate bar and lounge, private dining room, and shaded patio seating surrounding a heritage oak tree.The cuisine has an emphasis on classic, multi-regional Italian dishes. The menu features fresh antipasti, daily fresh-made pastas, pizzas baked in the restaurant’s Neapolitan wood-burning oven, and housemade gelato. The beverage program highlights an extensive selection of Italian wines from an on-site cellar, as well as local beers and simple, handcrafted cocktails. *Photographer: Courtney Pierce
Ma'Coco proudly serves Mexican fare inspired by San Diego and Baja, California. Austin residents that frequent this quaint restaurant on Comal St. rave about their California-style burritos, enchiladas, quesadillas, churro doughnuts, and not to mention their delicious cocktails. They are currently open from 11 am to 3 pm on the 5-9 for dinner, but the restaurant has hopes of expanding their hours in the near future.
Royal Blue Grocery
Royal Blue Grocery is a compact urban market that opened its doors in in Downtown Austin in 2006. There are currently six locations in Austin and two in Dallas, and one in San Antonio. Each Royal Blue is different from the next, tailored specifically for the neighborhood it serves, and the people who frequent it every day. Royal Blue offers a little bit of everything, from Stumptown coffee and freshly prepared grab-and-go offerings, to conventional grocery and convenience items, and always tons of locally sourced products from a long list of unique brands and producers.