Chen's Noodle House
8650 Spicewood Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78759
The restaurant is tiny, but the food is good. Menu only has a few items, but they are very well executed. Their dumplings are great. They get bonus points because when I took the leftovers out of the fridge the next day, there wasn't any grease on top of the soup.
Sugar Mama's Bake Shop
1905 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704
We get Sugar Mama's treats in our office sometimes for meetings, and they are incredible. The team over there come up with new ideas all of the time, and have some great seasonal items.
Their cupcakes are amazing, but I recently discovered their bars, which I am now addicted to.
1914 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705
I love Cornucopia. It is a little expensive for just a snack, but it makes for an amazing gift. I bought a big tin for my in-laws for Thanksgiving and they chowed it down. If you are buying for a party, make sure you get some sweet and some salty popcorn. Some people really don't like the chocolate covered popcorn (which I will never understand). Make sure to try their peanut butter and chocolate.
107 W 5th St, Austin, TX 78701
Chinatown was recently named the top Chinese restaurant in Austin. Chinatown is pretty good Hunan cuisine, but I don't know that I would call it the best. I have only tried their lunch menu, so their dimsum menu might be better.
You can get a little cup of wonton soup for a great price on a chilly day though.
4200 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
Definitely not the most tasty Chinese food I've ever had, but still pretty good. Its not as nice of a treat as PF Changs but if you like Panda Express but would rather not deal with the indigestion afterward, it is a good comprimise.
Suzi's Chinese Kitchen
1152 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
Not the best Chinese food in the world, but the service here was really fast and the owner was very nice. She came over and asked how we were doing and recognized that we were first-time customers. Seems like they have a troop of loyal diners.
I wouldn't go out of your way for this food, but if you are on South Lamar and need a quick meal, it isn't too bad.