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25 October 2011 1,447 views 27 Comments

I love a good restaurant in a strip mall. The sleeper restaurant. You know, the one someone told you to go to and when you’re there, you start to feel like you discovered it?

My friend and fellow food blogger Michelle of Foodie is the New Forty loves Al Sur: “What it lacks in showiness it makes up for in heart….The crowning glory, the crepas de cajeta. Fantastic crepes with just the right amount of egg-y flavor, adorned with creamy cajeta, pecans, and vanilla ice cream. Heaven.”

Al Sur Latin American Bistro on Research

Al Sur Latin American Bistro on Research

Two of my favorite storefront spots are pictured below. They are Bountiful Bakery and Cuban Sandwich Cafe. Both of these spots just happen to be perfect for a mid-week lunch, and with Bountiful in Southwest Austin and the Cuban Cafe in Northeast Austin, hopefully one of these is convenient enough for you to check out soon with some colleagues or friends.

Bountiful Bakery has something for everyone — whether you are craving the comfort of mac ‘n cheese, or a big salad with lots of stuff in it, they have you covered. They also have the most amazing cookies and desserts, and there are always sweet samples to pick at while you wait to order. Also, be sure to fill out a card with your contact information so they can send you a coupon for a free meal during your birthday month!

Bountiful Bakery on Bee Caves Road

Bountiful Bakery on Bee Caves Road

Head over to Cuban Sandwich Cafe, located East of I-35 in between the 51st St. and 290E exit for wonderful sandwiches and pastries. The most killer dish I’ve had at Cuban Sandwich Cafe is this cubano sandwich, made with fresh bread baked from scratch, ham, swiss cheese, pork, mayo, mustard and pickles. Try a bite of this sandwich and you will be saying to yourself (or aloud), “day-am.” It’s that good.

Cuba Sandwich Cafe

Cuban Sandwich Cafe

What are your favorite hidden gem hole in the wall restaurants in a strip mall?

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  • Chelseabuch

    Milano Cafe off of Southwest Parkway.  Best Italian food in town.  And it is BYOB!

  • Chelseabuch

    Milano Cafe off of Southwest Parkway.  Best Italian food in town.  And it is BYOB!

  • http://twitter.com/sarahlynton Sarah Lynton

    I second Milano Cafe!  Also like Tarka Indian food right off of Brodie

  • http://twitter.com/sarahlynton Sarah Lynton

    I second Milano Cafe!  Also like Tarka Indian food right off of Brodie

  • http://twitter.com/laurakelso Laura Kelso

    I want to see a picture of that Cubano, Jodi!

  • Naomi Jacobsen

    Azul Tequila!

  • Rebeccammendations

    What an clever topic! I'm not sure if this counts but I would say Din Ho on Christmas gets my vote.

  • Juli Berwald

    Arpeggio Grill on Airport – just found it on Eater Top 40 – really yummy and cute too.

  • Carla

    Azul Tequila, Amaya's, Andiamo.  All A's!

  • Jeremy

    Sambets – great cajun food!

  • jodibart

    –Mmmm Milano Cafe sounds great. I've added it to my “to try” list. Thanks, Chelsea and Sarah.
    –Laura: I've attached a pic of the Cubano
    –Naomi: Azul Tequila is pretty good. Have you been to their new taco spot, Papalote?
    –Rebecca: I hear Din Ho on Xmas is fun! I love Sunflower in the same strip mall any time of year.
    –Juli: Arpeggio is on my “to try” list and has been for a while. Maybe we can meet there sometime?
    –Carla: Thanks for weighing in. I live near Amaya's and can't remember if I've been or not.
    –Jeremy: Adam raves about Sambets. It's also on the list. There are a lot of great places in that same location. Have you been to the house-made noodle spot?

  • Tim Hudgeons

    Andiamo

  • http://beautypendence.wordpress.com Jennifer

    Pho Hoang at Burnet and Rutland (coincidentally, same strip mall as Andiamo's) – my favorite Vietnamese restaurant in town.  It's delicious, fast and super cheap.

  • http://beautypendence.wordpress.com Jennifer

    Pho Hoang at Burnet and Rutland (coincidentally, same strip mall as Andiamo's) – my favorite Vietnamese restaurant in town.  It's delicious, fast and super cheap.

  • Newtononeill

    My new fave in a strip mall just opened this week — Noodles & Co at Anderson & Burnett. Noodles, sandwiches & salads with 3 global influences: Mediterranean, Asian & American. CO-based company and amazing how fresh those veggies are. The wraps are fantastic. Thai Curry soup blew me away. Husband loves the Japanese Pan Noodles w/Beef. You can customize most everything.

  • Megan

    Kim Phung! The tofu for makes everything in life better.

  • Megan

    Kim Phung! The tofu for makes everything in life better.

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  • Sara

    Obviously, Sunflower is in a strip mall…the king of strip malls.  Also, Triumph Cafe on Spicewood Springs is kind of a fancy strip mall, but a strip mall nonetheless.

  • Mike

    I love Sagiang for vietnamese, it's between McNeill and Oak Knoll on 183 (same shopping center as BB Rover's/Dimassi's)

  • Mike

    I love Sagiang for vietnamese, it's between McNeill and Oak Knoll on 183 (same shopping center as BB Rover's/Dimassi's)

  • Ben

    Where is the “house made noodle” spot you posted about in your reactions?  Close to Sambets?

  • jodibart

    It's Chen's: http://tastytouring.com/2010/0…. The address is 8650 Spicewood Springs Rd and yes, it's in the same plaza as Sambets.Great to meet you last night by the way!

  • http://www.sabaiaberdeen.co.uk Sabai

    We're heading to Austin in the new year,look forward to trying out some of these suggestions.

  • http://www.sabaiaberdeen.co.uk Sabai

    We're heading to Austin in the new year,look forward to trying out some of these suggestions.

  • jodibart

    It's Chen's: http://tastytouring.com/2010/0…. The address is 8650 Spicewood Springs Rd and yes, it's in the same plaza as Sambets.Great to meet you last night by the way!

  • http://www.sabaiaberdeen.co.uk Sabai

    We're heading to Austin in the new year,look forward to trying out some of these suggestions.