by Monika Kowalczyk - 65 Reviews - 40 List
Whizzing past the alphabet streets of Austin's eccentric Hyde Park is risky for the indecisive and fruitful for the hungry, as its prime locale makes it a hotbed for killer restaurants of all varieties. Once 19th century sleepy streetcar suburb and now a revitalized haven for families, young professionals and college kids insistent on ditching the dorms, the neighborhood crop is as diverse as its populace?wheatgrass bars to oyster-slinging fish markets to bistros with Food Network star power. Below, just a few of our Hyde Park favorites.
(Pictured behind the massive muscle: Vino Vino)
Updated: July 18, 2011
Sitting on the western cusp of Hyde Park is beloved Vino Vino, a swanky yet cozy space filled nightly with romantic dates and purple-toothed conversations. The wine's a given, and the chilled cantaloupe gazpacho with scallop ceviche garnish is key on a warm evening.
While it can be overshadowed by the area's sprouting gastropubs and trendy wine bars, Hyde Park Bar & Grill's retro wood panel interior is consistently full to the brim with loyal collegiate folk, cozy couples and local neighbors looking for a hearty meal at quite the decent price point.