In a small wood plank house turned restaurant on West 34th Street lies Food Heads — one of the best sandwich spots in Austin. This place is fresh, local, homey and delicious all wrapped up into a small, yet perfected, menu.

Recently when my parents were in town, we ventured to this favorite dining spot of my family’s for lunch (my Dad is a fan of the fresh, unprocessed aspect of their food as well). I often eat vegan but when I dine at Food Heads, I always get one of their fish sandwiches to shake up my diet and for an extra boost of protein.

Though I have made my way through the list from the salmon salad sandwich to the fish tacos, this time they had a few sheets of computer paper tacked beneath the chalkboard menu featuring new items. The mahi mahi fish sandwich called out to me with a cabbage, tomato and red onion slaw and pesto (without the Parmesan) all on a hearty white bun.

As always, this sandwich hit the spot. Typically, each meal is served with a side of either coleslaw, potato salad or, my favorite, a cucumber salad made of thinly sliced cucumbers soaked in a white vinegar and sugar mixture.

One of the downsides to dining at a restaurant that provides only the freshest ingredients is the limited amount. Once they run out of the daily delivered bread, that is it for the remainder of the day. However, one of the waiters is typically always happy to suggest another bread that will work well with the ingredients of your desired sandwich.

Now that the weather is warming up, it is time to take advantage of one of the best features of Food Heads — the outdoor space. Between the porch and the rock patio, the outdoor dining area is as large as indoors. With picnic tables, or tables and chair with massive umbrellas, it is a great spot to soak in the sunshine with a great meal.

Food Heads is located at 616 W. 34th St. Sandwich prices range from $6.75 to $8.25 with soups, salads and breakfast served as well.

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