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Dining Guide

Fareground

As food halls go, Fareground is tiny: just six vendors and one bar. But the variety and quality are excellent and the mood so pleasant that we frequently brave the heat and walk the seven blocks from our office to get there. Light filters into the airy, atrium-like space from Austin’s go-to restaurant designer, Michael Hsu, and there’s seating at long communal tables, well spaced, in the food hall and lobby. Come cooler weather, you can sit at small tables outside under shady trees, an oasis in downtown’s concrete-and-asphalt desert. What are your choices? It’s only logical to begin with Easy Tiger, previously owned by ELM Restaurant Group, which spearheaded the whole project. You can get their house sausages and sandwiches, plus a small selection of killer pastries and soft pretzels (and avocado toast for breakfast!). Henbit is an offshoot of Emmer & Rye, but the menu is its own thing (think a crispy short rib bowl with roasted sweet potatoes and local greens). Dai Due caters to Austin with a pure taco menu, offering the likes of chicken with a nut-and-seed-based pipián sauce and a side of chicken-skin chicharrones. Antonelli’s has the cheese market cornered with sandwiches, boards, charcuterie, and a mac and cheese bowl (eight cheeses!). Contigo reprises its famous burger while adding rotisserie chicken and breakfast. Komé’s entry is Ni-Komé, offering ramen, sushi, and rolls. Helpful hints: Fareground is below street level, accessible by stairs on the southeast corner of Congress and Second. You can park at the One Eleven garage (on Brazos between Cesar Chavez and Second) for $3 a half hour if you make a purchase.

City: Austin

Cuisine:

Drinks: Bar

Price: $$

Rating: ★★★

Address: 111 Congress, Austin, TX, 78701

Hours: B, L & D 7 days.

Website: https://faregroundaustin.com/

Last updated: September 11, 2018