Austin History Center

Austin/Travis County Restaurant Menu Collection

An Inventory of the Collection



Collection Summary

Creator: Austin History Center
Title: Austin/Travis County Restaurant Menu Collection
Dates: circa 1897, 1939-2017
Dates (Bulk): circa 1940s-2017
Abstract: The Menu Collection documents the restaurants and food in Austin and Travis County, Texas. While the collection has menus dated from the late 1800s the majority of the menus are dates from the 1940s to current day.
Accession number: AR.1992.017
Quantity: 1.8 linear feet (5 boxes)
Location: Archives stacks; qAR
Language: English
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,
810 Guadalupe, PO Box 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Creator Note

The Austin/Travis County Menu Collection was created by the Austin History Center from various donations.


Scope and Contents

The Menu Collection contains approximately 400 menus (and growing) donated by a variety donors that document the restaurants and food culture of Austin and Travis Country, Texas from the late 1800s through the current day.


Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by restaurant name.

Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open to all users

Use Restrictions

The Austin History Center (AHC) is the owner of the physical materials in the AHC collections and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the AHC before any publication use. The AHC does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners. Consult repository for more details.


Index Terms

Subjects (Organizations)
Austin's Tamale House on the Drag
El Arroyo
The Avenue
El Azteca
Arriba Fajita!
Austin Land & Cattle Company
Ararat
Abel Moses Bar and Grill
Apple Annies
Athenian Grill
Aljons
Alpenhof
Austin Java Co
Azul Tequila
Avalon Dinner Club
A. C. Foods
Austin's Courtyard
Antone's
Anchor Steak House
Balboa Café
The Brass Rail
Buck's Varsity Grill
Bailey's
Buffalo Grille
Bess Bistro
Bellagio Italian Bistro
Bistrolli's Coffee & Cuisine
Botanita's Mexican Restaurante
BB's Mexican Café
The Black-eyed Pea
The Bakehouse Restaurant
Blue Bayou
Burger Bank
Biskets N'Briskets
Blimpie
Bert's Bar-B-Q
Back Forty
Bag of Chicken
Bossa Nova
The Alpini
Café Camille
Café Derrierre
Café La Louisiane
Café Maurice
Café Westlake
Cantina Laredo
Canyon Café
Cape Cod Grill
Capitol Café
Capitol Oyster Company
Carmelo's
Caruso's Café & Oyster Bar
La Casbah
Casa Garcias
Casa Maria
De Las Casas
Casiraghi's
Castle Café
Changos
Cheesey's
Chesapeake Bagel Bakery
Chez Café
Chez Fred
Chez Zee
Chi-Chi's
Chicken Delight
Chicken Shack
El Chico Jr.
China Café
China Dynasty
China Inn
Chinatown
Chiu's Chinese Restaurant
Choices Downtown
Christie's Restaurant
Chuy's
Cipollina
City Grill
Clay Pit
Club Forest
Colorado St. Café
The Common Market Café
Convict Hill
Cool River Café
Los Comales
The Copper Skillet
Cosmopolitan Restaurant
Country Fare
The County Line
The Courtyard Grille
Coyote Café
Craig O's
Crescent City Beignets
Dad and Mom's Sandwich Shop
Dan McKlusky's Butchery
Dave and Buster's
The Dinner Bell
The Dojo
Domino's Pizza
Dona Emilia's
Dos Frijoles
Drake's Salad Bar
The Driskill
Dudley's
Dunkin' Donuts
Eastside Café
Eastside Pies
Eat-a-Fajita
Eat Out In
Einstein Bros Bagels
The Empanada Parlour
Enchiladas Y Mas
Entrees On-Trays
Erich's
The Fiesta
The Filling Station
First China
First Chinese B-B-Q
Five Guys
Flemin's
Flores
Flying Tomato
Fogo de Chao
Fonda San Miguel
Fox Pit Barbecue
Frank & Angie's
Fresa's
The Frisco
Furr's
Fuddruckers
El Gallo Cantina
Garrido's
Gertrude's Sandwich Shop
Good Eats Café
The Good Food Café
Good Foods Café
El Greco
Green Pastures
Green Upstairs Garden
Guero's
Habana
Hamburger Hill
Hang Town
Hansel and Gretel
Hard Rock Café
The Headliner's Club
The 1886 Lunchroom & Socializing Parlor
Hickory Street Bar & Grille
The Hideout
High Cotton Southern Smokehouse
Hill's Café
The Hitchin' Post
Holiday House
Holiday House No. 2
Hoover's Cooking
Houston's
Hudson's Gardens
Hudson's on the Ben
Hungarian House & Catering
Hwa Yuan
Hyde Park Bakery & Café
Idaho Gems
India Kitchen
Interurban
Jalisco To Go
Jason's Deli
Java Garden
Java Noodles
Joe's Bakery
Joe's Bar & Grill
Johnny Carino's
Josephine House
Jose
Julio's Café
Jumbo Bagel
Katz's
Kerbey Lane Café
Kevin's Cookies & Cream
Kevy J's
Kim Son
The Kitchen Door
Koreana
Koriente
Kyoto
The Lamar
Lenzo's
Liberty Café
Lilly & Co.
Don Limons
Little Chief
Little City
Little Italy
Longhorn Waffle House
Lung's Chinese Kitchen
Lung's Cocina del Sur
Mad Dog Beans
Magnolia Café
Magic Time Machine
Magnolia Café
Mandola's
Mangia
Las Manitas
Marco Polo
Manny Hattan's
Marakesh Café & Grill
Marco Polo
Marisco Grill
Marisco's Seafood
Martin Brothers Café
Marye's
El Matamoros
Matt's El Rancho
Maudie's
El Mercado
Mesa Hills Café
El Metate
Mexico Tipico
Mezzaluna
Mi Madre's
Mike and Charlie's Emporium
Mike & Mike's
Milam Cafeteria
Milto's
Milto's Mediterranean Café
Mirabelle
Monterey House
Morty's Pizza King
Mother's Café & Garden
Mrs. R's
Ms. B's
Mustache Pete's
Mykonos
Nadine's
New China
Newport's Seafood
Night Hawk
Ninfa's
Noodle-ism
Norman Eaton's
Nueva Onda
O'Bryan's Pub & Grill
The Old Pecan St. Café
Old Seville
Oriental Express
The Other Place
Palomina Club
Pao's Mandarin House
Pass th' Briskits Please
Pasta Express
El Patio
Pato's Tacos
Pei Wei
Peoples Pharmacy Deli
Phil's Icehouse
Phoenicia Bakery & Deli
Pica Café
Piccolo's
Pig Stands Co.
Piggy's
Pinch-a-Pollo!
The Pioneer Drive-In
Pluckers
Pok-e-Jo's Smokehouse
Polonaise
Portabla
Quality Seafood Market
The Quorum
Rainbow Grill
Rainbow Inn
Rendezvous
La Reyna Mexican Restaurant
Richard Jones Bar-B-Que
El Rinconcito
Riverside Café
Roaring Fork
Rockets
Rockin' Ritas
Rosie's Tamale House
Ruby's BBQ
Russell's Bakery & Coffee Bar
Ruta Maya Coffeehouse
Saferway Café
Salsas
The SamWitch Shops
The Sandwich Shop
Satellite Café
Saturday's
The Saxon
Sazón
Scampi's Old Organ Grinder
Schlotzsky's
Scholz Garten
Serranos
Shanghai Chinese Restaurant
The Sisters Chinese Restaurant
Sixth Street Trolley
Snack Bar
Snow Pea Chinese Restaurant
El Sol Y La Luna
Soma Espresso Bar & Café
Souper Salads
The South Bank
Spaghetti Warehouse
Spanish Village Café
Spiazzo
St. Michael's
Stephen F. Austin Hotel
Su Casa
Sushi Zushi
Suzi's Chinese Kitchen
Sweetish Hill Deli & Bakery
Taco Village
Taj Palace Indian Restaurant & Bar
Tally-ho Waffle Shop
La Tapatia
Tarka Indian Kitchen
Tarry House
Tarry Town Restaurant
Tastebuds.
The Tavern
Takeout Taxi
Ted's Steakhouse
Ten Ten Hunan Cuisine
Terry's Bag Lunch
Texadelphia
Texan Café
Texas Chili Parlor
Texas French Bread
Texicalli Grille
T.G.I. Friday's
Thai Kitchen
Thai Passion
Thai Tara
Threadgill's
Thundercloud Subs
Tien Jin Chinese Restaurant
Tom's Tabooley
Tomasita's
Toonerville
Top Notch
Torchy's Tacos
El Toro
Tortuga's
The Tower
Trading Post Café
Treaty Oak Café
Tres Amigos
Triple XXX
Triumph Café
Trudy's
34th Street Café
Satay: The Asian Cookery
The Upper Crust Bakery
The Upper Room
Veggie Heaven
Ventana del Soul
Veracruz All Natural
The Veranda
Victor's Italian Village
Vincent's on the Lake
Vive La Crepe
Vogue
Waterloo Brewing Company
Waterloo Ice House
Way South Philly
West Lynn Café
Westbank Fish Camp
Westlake Cream Warehouse
Westwood Country Club
Wimberly Kitchen
Wok In Wok Out
Woman's Exchange
Wrapido
Wyatt's Cafeteria
Yen Ching Noodle House
Youngblood's Fried Chicken
Subjects
Restaurants--Menus.
Restaurants--Texas--Austin.
Business enterprises--Texas--Austin.
Places
Austin--Social life and customs.
Austin--Commerce.
Document Types
Menus.

Related Material

General Collection


  • A 647.9576431 RE, The Restaurant Menus of Austin: An In-depth Guide to Most of the Best Restaurants in Austin.1988.
  • A 647.9576431 ME, The Menu Guide to Austin Restaurants. various dates 1979-1981.A 647.9576431 NE, Mexican Food in Austin: The Guide. 2004.
  • A 647.95764 ES, Food Lovers' Guide to Austin Best Local Specialties, Markets, Recipes, Restaurants & Events.2011.

Periodicals


  • Austin Dining: A Menu Guide to Austin Restaurants-1975
  • Eat & Drink Austin-various issues from 2000s
  • Eastside Cafe Garden News-various issues from the 1990s
  • Cafezino Gazette-various issues from the 1990s
  • Check the Periodicals index for additional restaurant and restaurant association newsletters.

Austin Files


  • AF Subject - Restaurants, lunchrooms, etc. R3800
  • AF Subject - Bakers & Bakeries B0100
  • AF Subject - Food F2500
  • AF Subject - Postcards-Restaurants, lunchrooms, etc. P6150


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Austin/Travis County Restaurant Menu Collection (AR.1992.017). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

From a variety of sources. In some cases the donor information is written on the menu.

Processing Information

Collection arranged and finding aid encoded by Molly Hults in 2017.

Additions

Menus are constantly being added to the collection.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Austin/Travis County Menu Collection, 1930s-2017

Box
1 Restaurant names A through D, 1897, 1939-2017, undated
Includes El Azteca, the Chicken Shack and The Driskill.
Location BoxItem
qAR 049/084-085 Driskill Dining Room menus (oversize), circa 1974, undated
Box
2 Restaurant names E through K, 1946-2010s, undated
Includes Hoover's Cooking, Katz's, Kerby Lane, Holiday House, and Joe's Bakery.
Box
3 Restaurant names L through O, circa 1940s through 2010s, undated
Includes The Lamar, Don Limons, Lung's Cocina del Sur, Lung's Chinese Kitchen, Matt's El Rancho, Milam Cafeteria, Mother's Cafe & Garden, Nighthawk Restaurants, and Old Seville.
Location BoxItem
qAR 080/037 Lung's Chinese Kitchen menu (oversize), undated
080/036 Matt's El Rancho menu (oversize), undated
Box
4 Restaurant names P through T, circa 1940s-2010s
Includes Pigs Stands Co., Le Reyna, The Tavern, Tally-Ho Waffle Shop, Threadgills and Texas Chili Parlor.
Box
5 Restaurant names U through Y, circa 1950s-2010s
Location BoxItem
qAR 080/038 Uncle Van's Pancake Houses menu (oversize), undated
Box
5 Menu maker template, 1910