Lunch on West 6th? Who Knew We Had So Many Options!

Lunching downtown can be tricky. The lunch rush is packed, the selection gets tired, atmospheres range from stuffy to quick service. Never fear, here are five suggestions for an escape from the bustle without a drive. Five suggestions, five days in a week...coincidence? I think not. Stretch your legs for a stroll down to West 6th to the gold mine of lunch options awaiting you.

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  1. Parlor & Yard serves their full menu from noon to 8 p.m. daily (11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday). Offerings are under $10 with the exception of the meatball sub (stuffed mozzarella meatballs, house pesto, marinara, parmesan) and their P&Y Burger (double meat, cheddar, pickles, lettuce, sriracha ranch) that ring in at $11. Enjoy heartier dishes like the cubano or pressed vegetable sandwich or Beer Mac and Cheese. Lighter fare is a selection of salads like the BLT salad, Strawberry and Arugula Salad, and a Waldorf with honey vinaigrette.
  2. J. BLACK’S Feel Good Kitchen & Lounge is a come-as-you-are Austin original, combining an elevated dining experience with a laid back bar atmosphere. Brunch, lunch and dinner are offered by the scratch kitchen. The menu is approachable, easily shareable and emphasizes fresh and handmade ingredients. Enjoy plates like calamari (with arugula, parmesan and lemon aioli) or house mediterranean hummus. Mains range from tasty, creative salads and wagyu beef sliders to lamb chop lollipops and steak frites to crab cakes and artisan pizzas. It’s a great spot for a solo or group lunch escape. Enjoy a beer and, quite possibly, the best bar food that you’ll ever have. J BLACK’s serves lunch beginning at 11 a.m. daily.
  3. Hut’s Hamburgers is Austin’s burger staple. If you’re looking for good service, good food, no frills and a contrast to white walls, then Hut’s is your go-to. Sourcing locally from day one, Hut’s is proud to use grass-fed, humanely raised Texas longhorn beef and buffalo. Hut’s offers 20 variations of burgers and you can choose from buffalo, longhorn beef, boneless chicken breast or vegan veggie patties. They also offer sandwiches and salads, milkshakes, corn dogs, wings and chili, dessert and – of course – killer onion rings. Also popular are their blue plates specials like meatloaf and chicken fried steak and plate dinners. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (also available for pick up).
  4. Frank & Angie’s Pizzeria is an Italian-American eatery boasting a scratch kitchen, fresh ingredients and family recipes in a laid back atmosphere that’s a perfect escape from the circumstance and buzz of downtown. A long-time Austin favorite for moderately priced red-sauce classics, pastas, New York-style pizzas, sandwiches, salads and desserts served alongside affordable Italian and American wines. All dough, focaccia and sauces are made in house. It’s a quintessential, no frills approach to dining that continues to offer quality in spades. Open to all from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, Noon to 10 p.m. Saturday. Frank & Angie’s is also available for pickup and delivery.
  5. The Hoffbrau’s steak legacy started with an iron countertop grill that could grill two steaks at once. Today, Austin’s oldest family-owned restaurant has been serving up no frills lunch and dinners for more than 75 years. The lunch staple has remained unchanged: chunky fried potatoes, sliced white bread for soppin’, and Hoffbrau signature garlicky ‘love it or leave it’ salad are served with your choice of six cuts of premium Texas beef. Additionally, the kitchen offers a chicken option, specials and daily pies. Hoffbrau is open from 11 am.m to 2 p.m. for lunch Tuesday thru Saturday.
  6. Wahoo’s Fish Tacos is a quick counter service option for dining in the surfer meets punk themed restaurant or to-go orders. Fast, fresh, affordably filling meals range from their famous fish and pulled pork tacos to their equally famous Wahoo’s bowls (various protein selections over ahi rica and black beans). To cure a hangover, the banzai burritos are second to none. The pièce de résistance is Wahoo’s signature chili-cilantro green generously poured over everything.