Best Lunch Spots Near Your Riverside Austin Apartments

This week on the blog we’re talking lunch. There are tons of great places to get lunch around our Town Lake Austin apartments, whether you’re after a quick lunch to-go or a nice sit-down lunch with coworkers or friends. On our list of faves are a pho place, a restaurant in an old laundromat building, and more than one spot that is both a restaurant and a convenience store. Can you guess what Austin spots we’re talking about?


We won’t keep you guessing too long! Before we get into it, we just want to encourage you to share this post with anyone in our community of apartments near Oracle who you’d like to make lunch plans with! Now without further ado, let’s talk about lunch spots!




If you guessed that Launderette would be on our list, then you know your Austin trivia! Launderette is a popular East Austin spot constructed from the bones of an old laundromat. Just a few minutes from our Riverside apartments, across the river, Launderette offers a small but excellent lunch menu that will not disappoint. This sit-down lunch spot offers indoor and outdoor seating, craft cocktails, innovative menu offerings, and one of the best burgers in Austin (really). Run, don’t walk, to Launderette to enjoy their affordable yet high-quality lunch menu and delightful atmosphere.


Pho Please


Pho Please is just a quick walk from our Town Lake apartments, and we’re so glad it is. Not only does Pho Please serve excellent pho, they also make generously-sized banh mi sandwiches, vermicelli bowls, boba teas, and Vietnamese-style coffee for when you need a midday caffeine boost. You’ll get tons of bang for your buck here, though at times finding seating at this bustling lunch spot can be a challenge. If you visit Pho Please, we highly recommend their matcha green Thai tea and the pork belly banh mi.


Whip In


Whip In is a combination cafe and market, with convenience store offerings, Indian-meets-Tex-Mex cuisine, and an excellent craft beer selection. A truly unique spot in Austin, Whip In is just a short drive from our apartments, along 35 Frontage Road. We highly recommend their Woodland sandwich, their “Stoner Snack” (basically queso fries), and absolutely anything on special.


Mour Cafe & Pantry


Another market + cafe in South Austin, Mour Cafe and Pantry opened in our little pocket of Riverside just a few years ago. It offers an airier, more relaxed vibe than Whip In, with New American-style cuisine. Their brussels sprouts are a favorite of ours, and we also recommend the Duck-N-Grits. Beyond their tasty lunch and dinner fare, Mour Cafe & Pantry is also a convenient spot to pick up snacks, drinks, and a number of household necessities.




Of course, we couldn’t forget Chi’lantro. This Austin staple is just around the corner from our Town Lake Austin apartments, and if you’re anything like us, you’re probably resisting the urge to go several times a week! Chi’lantro’s famous kimchi fries are the main draw, though they offer a few other delicious options as well. Our go-to is the kimchi fries (of course) with marinated tofu (which we highly recommend even to the meat-lovers out there).


What’s your favorite lunch spot in Austin? Did yours make it on our list? Either way, we hope we’ve inspired you to explore your South Austin neighborhood and get some delicious lunch in the process! If you want to see more recommendations like these, then be sure to bookmark our blog page for easy access to future posts! We’ll be back with another post in a couple of weeks, but in the meantime, make sure you’re following us on Instagram so you never miss the special offers, events, and updates we post for residents and applicants of our community of Riverside Austin apartments.

Latest Blogs