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Cool Spot: Mettle

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Generally speaking, the terms “warm” and “industrial” don’t really go together, but somehow, eastside warehouse-turned-restaurant Mettle seems to pull them together in a comfy brunch setting perfect for whiling away a sun-drenched Sunday afternoon over coffee or cocktails. Among its menu’s better and/or more inventive options: the grilled pear French toast and beef tongue tacos. With a few recent changes in Mettle’s kitchen lineup, we’re interested to see how its fare evolves in the coming months.

Mettle, 507 Calles Street
Tues-Thurs 11am-10pm; Fri-Sat 11am-11pm; Sun 10am-9pm
Closed on Mondays

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Cool Spot: Swift’s Attic

Swift's Attic

image: Swift’s Attic

Rare are the sorts of bars anymore where you can walk in alone and have a drink, undisturbed, without being hassled by groups of folks who think watering holes are only for couples and large crews of people.  But at Swift’s Attic, a converted second-story space in the heart of Congress Avenue, weeknights are perfect for stopping in solo to enjoy their inventive, carnivorous menu and sample a few fine drinks before dipping downstairs to enjoy some live jazz at The Elephant Room — another great place for a loner’s night out. Enjoy the dark, cozy ambience amid the thump of hip hop and other unexpected tunes playing overhead, and don’t forget to tip the barhop well.

Swift’s Attic
315 Congress Avenue, above The Elephant Room
Dinner hours: M-W 5-11 pm, Th-Sat 5 pm-12 am,
Bar open til 1 am Th-Sat nights, Sunday brunch 10:30-2:30

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Cool Spot: Annapurna Gardens

Annapurna Gardens

image: Annapurna Gardens

Few things are quite as delicious during the coldest months of the year as a steaming bowl of tikka masala and soft, warm naan to soak up the sauce. Luckily for those of us too far north to enjoy Austin’s favorite Indian restaurant, the Clay Pit, there’s now a Round Rock restaurant worth popping into: Annapurna GardensAnnapurna is Sanskrit for “full of food” and “kitchen goddess,” and the eatery lives up to its name: with perfect winter dishes from curries to cake (as well as a kids’ menu), it’s not difficult to satiate your appetite in this little strip mall hideaway.

Annapurna Gardens Indian Restaurant

3203 S Interstate 35 (at SH45 intersection, same parking lot as Target)
Mon, Weds, Thurs 11:30-2:30 (lunch) and 5-9:30 (dinner)
Fri-Sat 11:30-2:30 (lunch), 5-10 (dinner); Sun 11:30-3, 5-9:30
closed Tuesdays

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Cool Spot: Lucy’s Fried Chicken

A few things in life are universal. To wit: friendliness is a good thing, 75 degrees is the ultimate outdoor temperature, and fried chicken is delicious. There’s an abundance of at least two of the three truths above at Lucy’s Fried Chicken on any given day; tucked into a cozy location in South Austin, Lucy’s serves up a heaping helping of fried chicken, mac ‘n cheese, cold beer and lots of other down-home favorites all year round. Stop in for some comfort food and enjoy.

Lucy’s Fried Chicken, 2218 College Ave
Sun-Thurs 11 am – 11 pm; Fri-Sat 11 am – midnight

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Cool Spot: Epicerie


Austinites know a thing or two about Sunday brunch; in fact, it’s practically the official meal of the city. With a few breakfast options, a few lunch options and full permission to do a little day drinking, it combines the best of everything on a day when work is the last thing on anyone’s mind. Epicerie, a new eatery in Central Austin, has perfected the art of offering a little of this and a little of that all week long at all times of day. Stop in and enjoy some local wine and cheese, a delectable array of pastries, a full meal or just a cup of coffee; it’s got something for everyone, including a serene little outdoor seating area for enjoying the perfect fall weather up ahead.

Epicerie, 2307 Hancock Drive
Sun 10:30am-3pm; M-Th 10:30am-9:30pm; Fri-Sat 10:30am-10:30pm

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