Airport Road Street Cred

Airport Road Street Cred

Komè

Japanese comfort food paradise… turned home meals that were gifted to their closest friends into an exquisite dining experience offered in the outskirts of the Hydepark neighborhood. The dining room is dim and cozy, makes for a great place to get lost in your meal. We love that this is authentic Japanese cooking from family recipes of owners Takehiro (Takè) and Kayo Asazu. Easily one of our favorite east side food finds.

First-timers tips:

  • Open up to the possibilities of dining in someone else’s kitchen, the outcome will tempt your palate for more.
  • Splurge on a bottle of wine, or test your Sakè knowledge with something new from the vast selection at Kome, or adventure into unique Japanese inspired cocktails.
  • Arrive after 7pm and find additional parking lot at Tomlinson’s for ease heading into your dinner.

Bullfight

Inspired by the flavors of Spanish cuisine, Bullfight provides a vibe never before uncovered on Airport Boulevard. Small shareable portions are not the progressive piece of the experience at Bullfight, but sure do add the conversational and familial style dining that is discovered when breaking bread in the Spanish culture. The ingredients which deliver the traditional Spanish palate: sweetbreads with raisins, crudo, whole fish, shellfish, and a maze of brilliantly hued vegetables. In true European tradition, your time at Bullfight may require some patience that is well worth your wait.  The space is quaint, and packs a real punch of flavor and sound when the dining room is full.

First-timers tips:

  • Arrive early or with a reservation whether it be for happy hour, just cocktails, of a full dining experience.
  • Parties of 9 or more should of course call ahead for a reservation, but also expect a large group menu that will require each member of the party to participate in the $32/person dinner.
  • The complimentary valet parking offers up an alternative to neighborhood parking, however, either way you should have no trouble with parking.

Skylark Lounge

A steady neighborhood rhythm beats from inside the hidden doors of The Skylark Lounge, and Johnny LaTouf strives to keep the local song heard. Happy hours on Thursday and Friday nights are some of our favorite times, when long time Skylark resident, Margaret Wright takes the stage with her sweet and soulful vocals. Margaret will sing, laugh, and invite other local talent to join her on stage in the most blissful open mic happy hours in town. Catch Margaret each week with no cover from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. Don’t leave without checking out the pizza menu – ask your bartender for details and pick up your hot, freshly baked pizza behind the table in the pool room.

First-timers tips:

  • If you arrive before the sun sets in the Austin sky, try closing your eyes when you open the front door. Indoors at Skylark is tunnel dark and will leave you somewhat blinded while everyone indoors watches you reach for the closest thing you can find.
  • Keep up with the weekly calendar for your opportunity to see local and regional talent on one of Austin’s oldest stages.
  • Look for the blinking marquis with pointing arrow that is located at the entry of Skylark, on the east side of Airport, just south of Manor Road. That blinking marquis will take you to one of the coolest music venues on the east side.

Honorable Mention:

The Omelettry

You can get everything you’d ever dreamed of for breakfast, served all day long, and switch it up with a lunch menu on occasion. There’s a lot of history at The Omelettry so be sure to take your time and ask about their place in Austin food scene. Although the location is somewhat new for this concept, they’re still a BYOB establishment, which means you can carry in your own bubbles to pour in their delicious juice and call it a great day for mimosas and bacon.

Tyson’s Tacos

Take a step away from other local taco favorites, and find a new tune at Tyson’s. Word on the street is that you can pick your way to a complimentary taco if you’re willing to get sing-songy with the house Ukulele. Give it a shot and be sure to share your favorite taco and your favorite tune.

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