I’ve often heard people complain about the lack of dining options near Royal-Memorial Stadium. But, there are plenty of restaurants nearby. You just have to be willing to walk a little. Whether you’re looking for a quick bite before a game, or a nice sit-down meal following a game, or maybe just a spot to post up with wings and beer while you watch the game on television, these places, all within a one-mile walk of DKR, have you covered.
Arturo’s Underground Cafe. 314 W. 17th St. 512-469-0380, arturosundergroundcafe.com. Find egg sandwiches, breakfast tacos and other Southwestern specialties in the morning and a roster of sandwiches and salads for lunch at this hidden favorite that has been around for more than 20 years.
Aster’s. 2804 Interstate 35. 512-277-7809, facebook.com/AstersEthiopianRestaurant. Ethiopian cuisine offers one of the great communal dining experiences. Pull a grip of springy injera bread and scoop lentils, greens and other veggies; or use it to pluck tender chicken meat from the bone in a dish of doro wot.
Austin Daily Press. 1900 E. MLK Blvd. 512-828-6463, austindailypress.com. Lemongrass beef, barbecue pork, caprese, falafel … the flavor influences at this small, walk-up sandwich and wrap shop span the globe.
Carillon. 1900 University Ave. 512-404-3655, thecarillonrestaurant.com. Thoughtful execution and robust flavors are hallmarks at this New American fine dining restaurant in the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center at the University of Texas.
Coco’s Cafe. 1910 Guadalupe St. 512-236-9398, cocos-cafe.com. Try the pork meatball vermicelli or cool down with some shaved ice at this Taiwanese cafe on the Drag.
Crown & Anchor Pub. 2911 San Jacinto Blvd. 512-322-9168, crownandanchorpub.com. The Crown and Anchor opened in 1987, and the burgers have a flavor that might make you think the same flat-top has been in service for all 30 years. That’s a good thing. Get the double with bacon and cheese.
Dai Due. 2406 Manor Road. 512-524-0688, daidue.com. Part butcher shop, part restaurant, Dai Due epitomizes the seasonal, farm-to-table ethos with well-executed dishes full of flavor, from French toast with cajeta in the morning to grilled pork chops at night.
Eastside Café. 2113 Manor Road. 512-476-5858, eastsidecafeaustin.com. Comforting dishes take a light approach, relying on seasonal vegetables, at this quaint house in East Austin.
El Chile. 1809 Manor Road. 512-457-9900, elchilecafe.com. The Tex-Mex-meets-interior spot is known for its enchiladas, quesadillas, chili rellenos, conchinita pibil and brunch offerings.
Fricano’s Deli. 2405 Nueces St. 512-482-3322, fricanosdeli.com. Huge sandwiches are loaded with flavor at this campus-area deli. Don’t worry about what Rocket Sauce is; just order a Paul’s Spicy Reuben and find out.
Goodall’s Kitchen. 1900 Rio Grande St. 512-495-1800, goodallskitchen.com. Seasonal bistro fare is served throughout the day at this restaurant in the historic Hotel Ella.
Haymaker. 2310 Manor Road. 512-243-6702, haymakeraustin.com. Indulge in sandwiches the size of your head, Buffalo wings, poutine and more, along with a massive beer selection, as you take in the games on the dozens of television screens.
Hoover’s Cooking. 2002 Manor Road. 512-479-5006, hooverscooking.com. Get the chicken-fried steak, mustard greens and Caribbean rice at this place that serves up comforting, rib-sticking classics with soul.
Kerbey Lane Cafe. 2606 Guadalupe St. 512-477-5717, kerbeylanecafe.com. The homegrown all-day and all-night cafe delivers seasonal plates in addition to their beloved pancakes, queso and Southwestern-inspired dishes.
Lavaca Teppan. 1712 Lavaca St. 512-851-8963, lavacateppan.com. The grill gets a workout with beef, veggies, chicken and tofu at this Japanese restaurant that also serves udon bowls.
Madam Mam’s. 510 W. 26th St. 512-305-3955, madammam.com. The restaurant opened by Chatfuang “Mam” Apisaksiri in 2001 specializes in the flavors of the owner’s native Thailand, from noodle soup to stir-fries and curries.
Mi Madre’s. 2201 Manor Road. 512-322-9721, mimadresrestaurant.com. The Torres family has been delivering tasty Tex-Mex for more than 25 years, and the restaurant now serves dinner in addition to its popular breakfast tacos and lunch options.
Olamaie. 1610 San Antonio St. 512-474-2796, olamaieaustin.com. Refined Southern cuisine at one of the best restaurants in town is a genteel way to end a day of bruising football.
Posse East. 2900 Duval St. 512-477-2111, posseeast.com. Can’t make it to the stadium? This is one of your next-best bets to watch the game and crush burgers and beers with folks dressed in burnt orange.
Salty Sow. 1917 Manor Road. 512-391-2337, saltysow.com. Ranch-style dining at this sprawling restaurant includes homemade charcuterie, crispy chicken thighs and green eggs and ham.
Scholz Garten. 1607 San Jacinto Blvd. 512-474-1958, scholzgarten.com. After the crowd empties out and heads toward the stadium, watch the game while enjoying brats, gourmet dogs and German-inspired fare from the operators of Frank at the state’s oldest continually operating beer garden.
Star Seeds Cafe. 3101 Interstate 35. 512-478-7107, starseedscafe.com. Open 24 hours a day, Star Seeds has you covered with their chicken-fried steak, all-day breakfast and solid vegetarian roster of dishes, whether the game ends at 1 p.m. or 1 a.m.
Sushi Junai. 1612 Lavaca St. 512-322-2428, facebook.com/sushijuna. You can eat sushi on a football Saturday. Nobody’s going to take away your “Texan” card. I don’t think.
Teji’s. 2100 Guadalupe St. 512-215-0307, tejifoods.com. Fast-casual Indian draws students and locals with items like goat korma — a sweet and creamy dish with mild spice featuring tender, bone-in goat.
Texas Chili Parlor. 1409 Lavaca St. 512-472-2828. This Austin institution has been serving up bowls of comforting chili for more than 40 years, and you can find more comfort knowing that the restaurant is open very late on most nights.
Unit-D Pizzeria. 2406 Manor Road. 512-524-1922, unitdpizzeria.com. Find blistered pies full of crunch and chew with great toppings like Sweety Drop peppers, guanciale and bourbon-smoked pepper, and a few light and bright salads, like one of the best kale salads in town.
Yuyo. 1900 Manor Road. 512-919-4147, yuyoaustin.com. Dishes bright with aji amarillo and a roster of ceviches centerpiece the menu of this Peruvian restaurant from the El Chile Group.