Keepin' It Weird

9 totally unexpected Austin spots serving the best food

9 totally unexpected Austin spots serving the best food

Story of Texas Cafe pastrami sandwich
One of Austin's tastiest cafes is tucked inside a museum. The Story of Texas Cafe/Facebook

It's rather uncommon to hear someone say they Favored a beet salad from a pharmacy and loved it, but Austin isn't common. The city never fails to keep it weird, and that includes finding tasty food in rather unexpected places. Here are nine unpredictable Austin places with great food. 

Alamo Drafthouse
The Drafthouse has permanently changed how we watch movies. Going beyond popcorn, Alamo's diverse food menu is matched by its drink menu — because what's better than eating a cheeseburger and washing it down with an IPA while you see a new flick? Catch the brunch menu on weekends, where the wasabi ginger Bloody Mary and caramel créme brûlée French toast are just a few of the standouts.

Broken Spoke
This traditional Texas dance hall has been around since 1964, when a trip to the Spoke was considered a trek. The Broken Spoke serves up a Texas-sized menu, with the famous chicken-fried steak taking center stage. Don’t worry about the calories, just slide back onto the dance floor and two-step them off.

Dart Bowl
Bowling strikes, and maybe a few gutter balls (hey, nobody's perfect), works up an appetite. At other bowling alleys a bag of Fritos is probably the most substantial option, but not at Dart Bowl. The legendary Tex-Mex enchiladas are stuffed with cheese, smothered with chili con carne, and topped with chopped onion and jalapeño and two sunny side up eggs. From a Spanish omelet to chicken-fried steak, there's something for everyone at this old Austin favorite. 

Nau's Enfield Drug
This drugstore has been serving since 1951, and it has the original soda fountain to prove it. The breakfast tacos are legit, the turkey clubs are piled high with meat, and the burgers cannot be missed. If you don't order a milkshake with your meal, you're doing it wrong. The pharmacy stays open till 8 pm but the grill closes at 4 pm, so grab breakfast or lunch there the next time you're in the Clarksville 'hood.

Peoples Pharmacy
Waiting for a prescription to be filled is boring, but not at Peoples. The deli features fresh produce from local farms and high-quality ingredients. From breakfast tacos to salads to dessert, it's not hard to find a tasty bite.

Pinballz Kingdom
There are plenty of pinball machines and other classic arcade games in this gamer's paradise. And at the massive Pinballz Kingdom in Buda, you'll also find a tavern and stacked menu with pizza, sandwiches, and burgers. Daily specials range from chicken-fried steak to blackened fish tacos.

The Story of Texas Cafe
The cafe at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum just got a delicious makeover. The new menu is filled with Texas favorites, including the state's favorite comfort foods, like fried pickles and chicken wings for appetizers and hearty sandwiches for lunch, all of which are made with local ingredients when possible.

Wholly Cow Burgers
Organic, grass-fed burgers aren't normally found in convenience stores, but this is Austin, and we redefine what's normal. Located on South Lamar Boulevard, this market is known as one of the best places for craft beer, but it also whips up food you can feel good about. Local grass-fed beef is a staple on the breakfast and lunch menus, but veggie-friendly options are also available. 

Wok 'N Express
A Chinese buffet and takeout menu are hidden inside this convenience store at Guadalupe and 45th streets. You'll find big portions and affordable prices for Americanized Chinese food like lo mein, fried rice, and sesame chicken, each for under $10.