Although not an actual cafeteria, Blue Star Cafeteria is great place to grab a bite and catch up with friends. Stop by for weekend brunch to try one of their artfully prepared breakfast courses. The cheesy grits, crispy strips of bacon, and eggs florentine are absolutely mouthwatering. Other popular menu items include their creative salads, crunchy cod, chicken dishes, burgers, artichoke appetizer, and desserts such as buttermilk pie.

With its cool retro decor and modern furnishings, Blue Star attracts much of Austin’s hipster and alternative populations. Even though a bit pricey compared to other restaurants offering similar items (plus charges such as their .55 per to go item and a $3 fee to split a plate), the unique ambiance and typically low wait time make it a smart choice for those wanting an aesthetically pleasing and charming meal.

Their happy hour specials such as half priced appetizers, $3 off pizzas, and $6 burgers on wednesdays keep customers coming back for more. Watch out for peak times though; it can feel crowded as tables are placed quite snugly together and the noise level can become quite loud.