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P. Terry's Burger Stand on Lamar Boulevard.
P. Terry's Burger Stand on Lamar Boulevard.
NEIGHBORHOOD GUIDE

A guide to local favorites in North Loop

P. Terry's Burger Stand on Lamar Boulevard.
P. Terry's Burger Stand on Lamar Boulevard.
  • By Omar L. Gallaga
  • Photos by Ilana Panich-Linsman
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While downtown is the home of continuous construction, parts of central Austin that are north of the University of Texas are refreshingly retro. Historic neighborhoods like Hyde Park have kept their character while long-standing appliance stores and gas stations coexist with newer restaurants and gyms at North Burnet Road and North Lamar Boulevard. North Loop Boulevard is a must-visit for bookstores, vintage clothing shops, dive bars and coffee shops that have managed to hold onto Austin’s funky-weird aesthetic.

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Omar has lived and worked in the Austin area since 1997. He’s watched the city change and still loves how friendly and open to new experiences people are here. He’s always looking for that perfect bowl — not just a cup — of queso.

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North Loop

Austin Books & Comics
This deep and wide collection of new and catalogue comics is in a geek-heaven complex with pop-culture toy and art shop Guzu Gallery and board-games store Outlaw Moon Games.
Austin Books & Comics, 5002 N. Lamar Blvd. Austin, Tex. 78751
The Flightpath Coffeehouse
Where do Austin’s gig-economy freelancers get work done? At coffee shops like this one, nestled in the neighborhoods of Hyde Park.
The Flightpath Coffeehouse, 5011 Duval St. Austin, Tex. 78751
Workhorse Bar
The bar has a selection of at least 50 draft beers, including lots of local brews; plus cocktails, house shots and tasty fare.
Workhorse Bar, 100 E. North Loop Blvd. Ste. B. Austin, Tex. 78751
Big Bertha’s Paradise
Specializing in high-end fashion from the 1920s to today, it’s got glamour shining from every inch of the store. Say hello to super-friendly owner Henry Tarin, who moved the store from South Austin to North Loop a few years ago.
Big Bertha’s Paradise, 112 E. North Loop Blvd., Austin, Tex. 78751
Room Service Vintage
Stuffed with clothing, music, furniture, vintage jewelry and even an array of Texas-size belt buckles, the store specializes in items from the 1950s to the 1970s.
Room Service Vintage, 117 E. North Loop Blvd. Austin, Tex. 78751
P. Terry’s Burger Stand
Austin’s answer to In-N-Out includes dense, all-natural burgers; shakes; shoestring french fries; and a retro-diner design. There are multiple locations around town.
P. Terry’s Burger Stand, 5900 N. Lamar Blvd. Austin, Tex. 78752
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Omar L. Gallaga
Omar has lived and worked in the Austin area since 1997. He’s watched the city change and still loves how friendly and open to new experiences people are here. He’s always looking for that perfect bowl — not just a cup — of queso.
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Ilana Panich-Linsman
Ilana is a contributing photographer for The Washington Post based in Austin. When not traveling on assignment, she’s swimming laps in Deep Eddy Pool; hiking the trails with her chocolate labradoodle, Dottie; or holding forth about the best barbecue in Austin.
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