Austin’s Eastside Cafe (2113 Manor Road) is a trendy throwback. While the restaurant’s blackboard menu and charming bungalow setting evoke the seventies, the kitchen embraces nineties ideas. From soups-and-specials cook Ruth Carter come three bright, fresh summer starters: Dewberry-orange is the lightest and coolest of sweet fruit soups, dill-spiked cucumber-yogurt recalls India’s refreshing raita, and avocado-poblano cream does a take on several classic Mexican creations. These and other recipes are included in the cafe’s cookbook Soup Yourself, available for $10.95 at the restaurant gift shop and by mail.

Try this recipe for Summer Soups from Ruth Carter, soups-and-specials cook at Austin’s Eastside Cafe.