Food & Drink

10 new Austin restaurants to hit this Summer

Published On 07/02/2014 Published On 07/02/2014
Best Spring Openings ATX
Anastacia Uriegas
Noble Sandwich Co.
A-OK Chinese
Kin & Comfort
Reagan Hackleman
Sanctuary Printshop
Anastacia Uriegas
Veronica Meewes
Jeff Amador
Tap 24
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1. Noble Sandwich Co. 12233 620 N, Austin, TX 78750

Noble Sandwich Co.'s commitment to "real food" means you'll never find anything on the menu made with boxed, canned, or pre-sliced ingredients. Sandwiches here are made purely with hand-crafted ingredients: bacon, chorizo, pickles, and bread are smoked, rolled, brined, and baked in-house, respectively. The shop opens in the morning to serve its fresh-baked biscuit sandwiches, then continues service throughout the day with savory options like the Noble Pig, a spicy ham, pulled pork, and bacon sandwich with provolone and mustard on thick-cut bread. If that triple-meat combo sounds too heavy, swap the yeasted book-ends for a lettuce wrap.

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2. A-OK Chinese 1509 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

Finally, a restaurant where you can admit you're going for Americanized Chinese food. A former Alamo Drafthouse executive chef is bringing this American-style Chinese joint to South Lamar, slinging the likes of shrimp toast and five-spice baby back ribs using fresh ingredients and house-made sauces.

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3. Kin & Comfort 1700 W Parmer Ln, Austin, TX 78727

Kin & Comfort is a rare opportunity to taste what happens when Thai cuisine meets Southern comfort food -- try the Panang Mac & Cheese, Tom Kha Shrimp & Grits, and Thai Meatloaf & Gravy.

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4. Radio Coffee & Beer 4208 Manchaca Rd, Austin, TX 78704

Radio Coffee & Beer in South Austin is the perfect combination of Stumptown coffee, cozy backyard dog-friendly patio, extensive amounts of beer on tap and a constant presence of food trucks outside selling breakfast tacos. Every Wednesday night, catch a movie on the patio, and other nights of the week, Radio often hosts live music or comedy. The cozy interior provides the perfect environment for studying and working during the day.

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5. Bar 2211 2211 Webberville Rd, Austin, TX 78702

With a huge patio, a totally respectable whiskey and bourbon selection, and an ambitious selection of canned beer, Bar 2211 makes for a great hangout in a variety of situations.

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6. Aroma 3403 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

Come to Aroma looking for Italian bistro fare, with an emphasis on their genuine Neapolitan Pizzas. You won't go thirsty, either -- they've got classic cocktails and an impressive wine selection to complete your meal.

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7. Pleasant Storage Room 208 W 4th St, Austin, TX 78701

Pleasant Storage Room is a throwback to "golden age Cuba and the Caribbean", where you can find yourself dining on island street foods, like their ceviches, while sipping on a sweet rum cocktail.

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8. Mezcalería Tobalá 1816 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702

A semi-secret bar perched above Whisler's on East Sixth, the rusty, tin interior Mezcaleria Tobala is as close to Mexico as you'll come in Austin, thanks to its rare selection of sweet mezcal. You won't find any wacky cocktails here -- they really mean business, serving the smokey liquor up just the way it was intended -- straight in half or full pours with cinnamon-spiced orange slices. Non-believers are changed by the first sip.

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9. Terry Black's Barbecue 1003 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX

The great-grandsons of Lockhart's founder have set up shop on Barton Springs Rd and are pumping out brisket, ribs, and all the other meats you'd expect, alongside homemade, from-scratch sides.

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10. Tap 24 1004 W 24th St, Austin, TX 78705

Owned by the man behind Cuatro's (Cuatro Kowalski himself!), Tap 24 is filling the old space with a fresh vibe, including sweet drink specials, plenty of TVs so you can catch the game, and a burger-forward menu that'll help keep your stamina up.