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Pro Tip: Skip Lines by Eating at the Bar

By Megan Giller
December 10, 2013
Photo by: Casey Dunn

Pro diners have been doing this for a while: bypassing the line out the door or long wait times and difficult reservations by sitting at the bar (hint: go try this trick at Hopdoddy, like, now). But did you know that you can also do this at some of the highest-end restaurants in town and have access to their full menu, not just bar snacks? For example, park yourself in front of the pretty bar at Qui and enjoy ordering off the full menu. Of course, there are only seven seats, but chef Paul Qui told us that they’re almost never full for very long. You’ll feel like you’re getting away with something secret as you savor yellowtail sashimi or dinaguan.

Meanwhile if you’re dying to find out if Congressbanana-cream-stuffed brioche beignets are as good as we say, don’t feel like you need to drop $75 for the prix fixe option or $245 for the tasting menu. Instead, sit at Bar Congress and sip on a drink from master bartender Jason Stevens while you enjoy your fried butterscotch pudding or chocolate pot de crème.

Places Mentioned

Bar Congress

Bar • Austin

Atmo.25 Decor25 Service22 CostE

American • 2nd Street District

Food25 Decor24 Service24 Cost$66

Burger • SoCo (South Congress)

Food27 Decor22 Service22 Cost$20
Hopdoddy Burger Bar

Burger • North Shoal Creek

Food27 Decor22 Service22 Cost$20
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