Your Guide to Apartments in West University
Anyone who has ever set foot in the northeast is sure to have ushered forth an ages-old query upon their arrival in Austin - where the heck are all the diners? While you can throw a stone off the bat bridge and still hit a dozen restaurants, the laid-back, 24-hours-a-day, booth-lined eateries that cover the east coast are unlikely to be found outside of old Seinfeld reruns for most Texans. Do some detective work amongst the locals though and you’ll be apt to discover Kerbey Lane CafÃ©, a diner-in-restaurant’s clothing with four locations across the city that are close to both numerous apartments as well as the University of Texas.
Why would you leave the comfort of your apartment for a diner? Simple. It’s the experience of all experiences.
While the dÃ©cor is a bit more ‘country home’ themed than the ‘red leather and chrome stool’ aesthetic embraced by classic diners of the Fonzi years, make no mistake about it - Kerby Lane is a diner. After all, they follow all of the Diner Commandments to a tee - 1. Thou shalt always be open (they are, 24 hours a day, all year long), 2. Thou shalt serve breakfast all the time (try the biscuits, eggs and gravy for $4.50), 3. Thou shalt have a killer club sandwich on the menu (smoked turkey and mozzarella spin this classic into new territory) and 4. Thou shalt have a large variety of homemade desserts on hand (the enormous servings of fresh baked cobbler will definitely yield leftovers, making for the perfect late night snack in your apartment).
In addition to providing Austin’s Apartment-ites with non-chain diner fare, Kerbey Lane is also a ‘must-hit’ spot for the vegetarian elite. A large vegan selection makes Kerby an oasis in the middle of BBQ country for those with restrictive diets, including such rarities as Chai pancakes, hummus-filled Tabbouleh tacos and sweet potato fries.
For laid-back atmosphere, convenient hours and a place where your dad can chow down on a pork tenderloin while your sister-in-law is content with a slice of tofu cheesecake, Kerby Lane consistently hits the mark.