This was a busy summer in Austin for restaurant openings (which makes it... pretty much like every season in recent memory). When you're thinking about what to do with yourself this fall, you're making a big mistake if you don't get these 10 new restaurants on your agenda.
10 new Austin restaurants you should check out right now
East Cesar Chavez
Now open on the far East end of Cesar Chavez is Sawyer and Co., formerly Arkie's. Stylish and striking, the mid-century modern diner is serving breakfast and Southern Louisiana classics. A nice respite from the sometimes overly precious recent breakfast trends, their menu is full of feel-good classics like po' boys and hot cakes. Their booze program also has fun standouts like a Praline Sazerac, plus there're cocktails on tap like a Pimm's Cup, a Hurricane, and a rotating New Orleans-inspired drink.
East Cesar Chavez
Jacoby's is the perfect spot for al fresco with friends -- cocktails, steaks made from locally sourced beef, and a view of the Colorado River that most people have never seen. What we're interested in: the Muskoka Smash (Bulleit Rye, blackberry, basil, & lemon), and for "supper", a bone-in rib eye with a side of mac 'n cheese (made with sour cream & Roggenbier).
Former farmer's market mainstay and supper club with a serious locavore following, Dai Due is now a brick-and-mortar butcher shop and restaurant (via a prix fixe menu or à la carte). The menu changes almost every night, according to season and availability -- but with the team that's in place, you can expect it to be reliably inspired and high-quality.
With recipes, techniques, and inspiration from chefs in Vietnam, Dang Banh Mi has rolled out a simple, yet delicious, menu of Vietnamese classics with modern flair. Banh mi sandwiches, pho, and bun noodle bowls make up most of the menu. What to try? Their oxtail banh mi (12-hour-braised oxtail, homemade pâté, mint, cilantro, onion, cucumber, char siu sauce, saté, Japanese mayo, pickled papaya, and carrots) is sold out most days. Get your hands on one while you can!
High-quality fair trade ingredients, beautiful presentation, and incredible flavors are what have made Sugar Mama's an Austin favorite. Now, Eastsiders can have a piece of the magic, and by "magic" we mean cake-like items. Try the Black and Tan, the manliest treat on the menu -- a Guinness Stout chocolate cupcake topped with Irish Cream liqueur-swirled vanilla cream cheese frosting.
Southern cuisine made with a skilled hand and modern eye is on the menu at Olamaie. Housed in a charming cottage just South of campus, look for deliciousness like skillet cornbread (with stewed okra & fairy tale eggplant), sweet tea Red Wattle pork chop (with charred apple, sorrel, & pickled red onion), and the dessert we're craving: apple pie with buttermilk ice cream.
Pastry Chef Erica Waksmunski has made the transition to Southern fare via a shiny Airstream trailer parked outside The Grackle on East Sixth. Her style is East Coast-Southern, and standouts include her fried chicken (buttermilk-marinated Tennessee hot chicken that is breaded, fried, and seasoned with cayenne, lemon, & thyme).
New coffeeshop Figure 8 sits quietly near 11th and Chicon, and is the pride and joy of it's native Austin owners, couple Kathleen Carmichael and Ryan Hall. Hall has had his eye on this space for years, and now both his dream and the centerpiece of the shop (the shiny, La Marzocco Italian espresso machine) have a place to call home. Stop in for a shot of Texas-roasted Tweed espresso with a sidecar of Topo Chico.
Because North Austin needs some love as well, there is Punchbowl Social, the newest in this restaurant group's ventures. The menu has elevated treats like a waffle with bing cherry-thyme compote (malted waffle, cherry-thyme compote, Chantilly cream, & tender belly bacon), and an insane Bloody Mary bar. Oh yeah, and there's a bowling alley... no big deal.
Located in the artsy Canopy space off Springdale is Sa-Tén, a project from Komé and East Side King partners. In addition to coffee and tea, they are also serving Japanese "toasts" and pastries from Red Rabbit Bakery.
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1. Sawyer & Co.4827 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin
2. Jacoby's Restaurant & Mercantile3235 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin
3. Dai Due Butcher Shop & Supper Club2406 Manor Rd, Austin
4. Dang Bahn Mi9070 Research Blvd , Austin
5. Sugar Mama's Bakeshop Eastside2406 Manor Road, Austin
6. Olamaie1610 San Antonio St, Austin
7. Red Star Southern1700 E 6th St, Austin
8. Figure 8 Coffee Purveyors1111 Chicon St, Austin
9. Punchbowl Social11310 Domain Dr, Austin
10. Sa-Tén Coffee and Eats916 Springdale Rd, Austin
Stylish and striking, the mid-century modern diner is serving breakfast and Southern Louisiana classics. A nice respite from the sometimes overwhelming current foodie tendencies, their menu is full of feel-good classics like Po'Boys and Hot Cakes. Their booze program also has fun standouts -- a Praline Sazerac, and cocktails on tap including a Pimm's Cup, a Hurricane, and a rotating New Orleans-inspired drink.
Boasting a number of Southern-inspired menu items -- such as shrimp and grits, family-style braised greens, and pork confit fritters -- Jacoby's Mercantile is the perfect spot for al fresco with friends, offering a view of the Colorado River most people have never seen. Must-try items include the Muskoka Smash (Bulleit Rye, blackberry, basil, & lemon), and for "supper" a Bone-In Ribeye with a side of Mac-n-Cheese (made with sour cream and Roggenbier).
A former farmer's market mainstay and supper club with a serious locavore following, Dai Due is now a brick-and-mortar butcher shop and restaurant (via prix fixe menu or a la carte). The menu changes almost every night, according to season and availability.
This street-food-inspired Vietnamese sandwich shop aims to bring authentic Southeast Asian fare to Allandale. There are a variety of bánh mì options (oxtail is the most popular) and all sandwiches are served in baskets on newspaper. Other delicacies worth trying are the pho, bún noodle bowls, Spring rolls, and Thai papaya salad.
The Eastside outpost of the Sugar Mama's offers high-quality, fair trade ingredients. The must-try item is The Black and Tan: a Guinness Stout chocolate cupcake topped with vanilla cream cheese frosting swirled with Irish Cream liqueur.
Housed in a charming cottage just south of campus, Olamie offers a menu with picks such as skillet cornbread (with stewed okra, fairytale eggplant), sweet tea red wattle pork chop (charred apple, sorrel, pickled red onion), and apple pie with buttermilk ice cream.
Pastry Chef Erica Waksmunski offers up Southern fare via a shiny Airstream trailer parked outside The Grackle on East Sixth. Her style is East Coast Southern, and standouts include the fried chicken (buttermilk-marinated Tennessee hot chicken breaded, fried, and seasoned with cayenne, lemon, and thyme).
Figure 8 in East Austin doesn't have the serious atmosphere that many Austin coffee shops give off, but the coffee is nothing to joke about. For example, the La Marzocco Italian espresso machine practically lights up the place. The coffee shop features roasters from Portland and San Francisco in addition to local roasters such as Tweed and Wild Gift. The friendly service attracts musicians, DJs and anyone wanting a great cup of coffee. Pastries are the only food option on the menu, but there's plenty of alcohol options.
The menu at the North Austin location of Punchbowl Social has elevated treats like a waffle with bing cherry thyme compote (malted waffle, cherry thyme compote, Chantilly cream, tender belly bacon), and an insane Bloody Mary bar. Oh yeah, and there's a bowling alley.
Located in the artsy Canopy space off Springdale is Sa-Tén, a project from Komé and East Side King partners. In addition to coffee and tea they also serve Japanese "Toasts" and pastries from Red Rabbit Bakery.