Here is a roundup of some of the restaurants and bakeries featured in the Central Austin edition of Community Impact Newspaper in 2021.


Vegan, gluten-free bakery Zucchini Kill mixes pastries with punk

The women behind North Loop bakery Zucchini Kill say they want a revolution—“dessert-style.” That means a bakery that carries out the values of co-owners Jessica Freda and Cece Loessin in pastry form with vegan recipes and compostable packaging.


Shoal Creek Saloon brings a piece of New Orleans to Austin

When Ray Canfield took over Shoal Creek Saloon in 1993, the business was not yet known for many of the things it is today: there was no crawfish on the menu, and New Orleans Saints fans did not flock in on game days. But Canfield soon put his stamp on the place.


Quack's Bakery has been embracing Austin's quirks for nearly 40 years

Quack’s Bakery has been an Austin institution since 1983, when Captain Quackenbush’s Intergalactic Dessert Co. and Espresso Cafe opened on Guadalupe Street near The Drag.


Longtime Mexican restaurant staple Curra's Grill ready to expand

After 26 years in business, family-owned Mexican restaurant Curra’s Grill is an established name in the Austin restaurant landscape. But according to owner Julieta Rodriguez, Curra’s had to earn the trust of local customers in the beginning.


Pinthouse Pizza: Brewpub started by six friends continues to innovate as it grows

Long before the restaurant opened, Pinthouse Pizza began with a passion for craft beer shared by friends. Co-founders Ryan Van Biene and Tyler Norwood have known each other since 1997. They maintained a friendship from grade school to undergrad, and after Norwood began his studies in business school at the University of Texas, he met co-founder Ned Lavelle.


Kerbey Lane Cafe serves the Austin community with 'family feeling'

Managing Partner Jon Haben and Kerbey Lane Cafe’s University location have one thing in common: a history of seeing customers and employees through decades of life.


Windsor Park eatery Hank's aims to be ‘neighborhood hub’

When Andy Means opened Hank’s Austin in 2017, he said he aimed to create a local institution. “We wanted to be a neighborhood hub, kind of a country club type of thing for that neighborhood where you could go meet friends any time of day,” he said.


Bowling alley burger dive named after a cult film upends expectations in Austin

At first glance, Lebowski’s Grill looks just like any other bowling alley concessions spot: an order window, a small kitchen and a menu featuring burgers, chicken tenders and fries. Owner Helen Alger knows there is more to Lebowski’s than meets the eye but says she does not mind having the element of surprise.


Tarrytown deli offers ‘comfort in uncertain times’

West of Austin’s downtown, sandwich shop and deli Food Food has served up casseroles, sandwiches and baked goods for nearly three decades. Owner Susan Eggert said her establishment has stood the test of time by sticking to its niche.


Hyde Park’s Uncle Nicky’s serves accessible fare

Uncle Nicky’s Italian Specialties’ menu features Italian dishes often reserved for sit-down, date night restaurants, with items such as pork bolognese, chilled poached shrimp and carpaccio—a raw beef dish made with Wagyu steak.