Eastside Cafe: Thai Chicken Salad
2113 Manor Road. 476-5858, www. eastsidecafeaustin.com.
This old house with the small, bright rooms and sonorous wood floors is the permanent residence of the gentile Austin hippie vibe. You’re likely to hear Indigo Girls and John Hiatt, even Warren Zevon’s mournful acoustic version of ‘Lawyers, Guns and Money.’ You’ll be treated politely and then get gracefully full from this easy mix of thin grilled chicken with crunchy cabbage and leaf lettuce with cherry tomatoes and carrots, discreetly accented by toasted peanuts and laid-back Asian dressing. With sweet, bite-size jalapeño corn muffins. $10.95.