If any one restaurant defines the laid-back, somewhat goofy Austin aesthetic, it's probably Shady Grove. On any clear day, expect the stone patio here to be packed with folks fighting the heat with schooner-sized frozen margaritas. Visitors to Barton Springs Pool frequent this state park–theme establishment for its funky vibe, high-profile music events, and huge servings of simple fare. Burgers and hot dogs are big movers here, as are the vegetarian "hippie sandwiches"
(roasted eggplant and grilled vegetables) and impossibly large salads. On summer evenings the patio becomes a dine-in theater, as vintage movies are projected onto an outdoor screen.