WHERE TO EAT AF­TER YOU FLOAT A RIVER

Austin American-Statesman - - AUSTIN360 LIFE + COMICS & PUZZLES - By Katey Psen­cik kpsen­cik@states­man.com Con­tact Katey Psen­cik at 512-445-3869.

It’s a warm sum­mer day. You’ve just fin­ished tub­ing one of Cen­tral Texas’ wa­ter­ways. You’re sun­burned. You’re hun­gry. You’re thirsty. Where should you go cool off? I polled the Austin Amer­i­can-States­man news­room to find out the best post-float hangs near Austin, San Mar­cos and New Braun­fels.

AUSTIN

Ta­codeli. There’s one on Spy­glass Drive right near the Bar­ton Creek Green­belt, af­ter all. Just make sure to note the early clos­ing time: 3 p.m. So this might even be a bet­ter op­tion pre-float.

Pint­house Pizza. Now that Pint­house has a lo­ca­tion on South La­mar Boule­vard, your fa­vorite lo­cal pizza-and-beer joint is now right next to one of the en­trances to the Green­belt. Ker­bey Lane Cafe. Open 24 hours, it’s per­fect pre- or post-float fuel, and you can or­der break­fast any time of the day or night.

Red’s Porch. It’s all in the name. Porch sit­tin’ means you won’t have to worry about look­ing (or feel­ing) damp and di­sheveled, and you can’t go wrong with the all-Amer­i­can eats not far from the Green­belt. Ra­dio Cof­fee and Beer. It’s one of the best joints in South Austin for — you guessed it — cof­fee and beer. Just note that de­pend­ing on the time of day, you may have trou­ble find­ing park­ing. Hyde Park Bar and Grill. There’s a south lo­ca­tion not far from the Green­belt, and the long­time Austin restau­rant still has the best fries in town. Moon­tower Sa­loon. If you’re down to ven­ture a lit­tle far­ther south, you can chill out af­ter your long wa­ter-logged day with some live mu­sic, food trucks and maybe even a lit­tle beach vol­ley­ball.

SAN MAR­COS

Ma­mac­i­tas. Good, ca­sual TexMex. What more could you want?

Pluck­ers. Be­cause, as my States­man web desk col­league Mari­bel Molina sug­gested, a pa­tio is es­sen­tial to all post-float hangs.

Tap­room Pub & Grub. Fortytwo beers on tap and nine large flat-screen TVs. You may as well move in. Fuschak’s Pit Bar-B-Q. It doesn’t get more clas­sic than this place, which has been around for­ever. Her­bert’s Taco Hut. Mar­gar­i­tas. Queso. Yes.

Los Vega. A must-visit neigh­bor­hood joint, ac­cord­ing to break­ing news re­porter Mark Wil­son. He rec­om­mends the bur­rito com­puesto. Gar­cia’s Tex-Mex. It de­scribes it­self as a down-to-earth stop, which means the staff won’t even blink see­ing some sun­burned, sun-drunk river rats eat­ing there.

Grin’s Restau­rant. Be­cause, I mean, have you seen those onion rings?

NEW BRAUN­FELS/ GRUENE

The Grist­mill River Restau­rant & Bar. Sure, it’s a lit­tle touristy. But if you didn’t go to the

scenic Grist­mill, did you re­ally go to Gruene? Gruene River Grill. It’s cozy and of­fers a deck by the river. Cantina Del Rio. Tacos, burg­ers and pizza, all washed down with a cold drink.

Mozie’s Bar and Grill. It’s per­fect for eat­ing or drink­ing. Not sure what to or­der? The New Braun­fels restau­rant touts its adorable mini slid­ers.

Krause’s Cafe. It’s a New Braun­fels sta­ple that re­cently re­opened as a Ger­man beer hall. Prost! Buc-ee’s. For­get ev­ery­thing else we sug­gested and just go here, hon­estly.

SUT­TER / AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN 2011. MIKE

The ex­pan­sive Red’s Porch of­fers all-Amer­i­can eats in a ca­sual set­ting not far from the Green­belt.

ELBEL FOR AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN MAURI

No Texas sum­mer — or day float­ing one of the rivers — is com­plete with­out a trip to the Grist­mill.

Be­sides bot­tom­less amounts of wings, the Pluck­ers Wing Bar in San Mar­cos has a pa­tio es­sen­tial to any post-float din­ner.

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