Elaine Martin in the garden behind Eastside Cafe


Eastside Cafe opened in 1988 as one of the first restaurants on Manor Road, now a bustling restaurant row with more than a dozen local cafes, taco joints, coffee shops, and pubs. Eastside was also a pioneer in the urban farming movement, using herbs and vegetables from the garden on its property. Named one of Austin’s 10 Best Restaurants by USA Today Travel, Eastside Cafe has always been beloved by Austinites and visitors alike.

Eastside Cafe serves brunch, lunch, and dinner with rotating chef’s specials complementing the menu. Nearly everything at Eastside Cafe is made from scratch, including the restaurant’s famous feta salad dressing, jalapeno cornbread muffins, seasonal soups, and daily specials. Many items are vegetarian-friendly, and there is also a gluten-free menu.

Just next door on the property is Elaine’s, named for Eastside’s co-founder and owner Elaine Martin. Elaine’s is famous for its delicious homemade pies, pulled pork sandwiches and tacos, and frozen lemonade. Elaine’s also serves appetizers including shrimp ceviche and queso, beer, wine, and assorted soups and salads.