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Austin Chronicle First Plates 2014

February 1, 2014

Downtown restaurants are a varied lot. It used to be that Downtown was where you went to eat someplace special. That was back when it was a no-man's-land of empty warehouses, hotels, and Sixth Street dive bars. No one actually lived there and the only restaurants were high-end eateries catering to out-of-towners on expense accounts. Nowadays, Downtown Austin pulses with life at virtually all hours, and restaurants cater to the quarter's changing demographics. There are still, of course, the spendy restaurants and an assortment of steak houses designed to impress your client, or your date. These won't let you down. But there are also an increasing number of everyday places – hangout spots and culinary curiosities that make Downtown dining accessible and fun. From the charming casbah-like atmosphere of Rainey Street's G'Raj Mahal to the speakeasy feel of Swift's Attic, Downtown will satisfy your cravings. – Rachel Feit

  • 315 Congress Ave.
  • Austin, TX 78701
  • 512.482.8842

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