Every city worthy of the name needs a couple of those underground restaurants that are accessible only by little stairways, marked only by red awnings and housed in buildings that used to be one thing but which are now some other thing entirely. Helping to fill Austin's unfortunate lag in such matters is Bess Bistro, which deals in a menu that's best described as 'Atlantic' and does so in an atmosphere that's particularly conducive to conversation. If the restaurant tickles your fancy, you have Sandra Bullock to thank the Austin-based actress owns the place and even designed the interior.
- Open Hours: Monday to Friday from 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM, Saturday from 02:00 PM to 11:00 PM, Sunday from 10:30 AM to 02:30 PM
- Credit Cards Accepted: visa, mastercard, amex