Keeping track of every brand new restaurant and bar in Austin is enough to make you a little dizzy. Which is why we put together this guide to all the new restaurants and bars that seem like they have the most potential. Although keep in mind, for the ones we haven’t tried, we make no promises. Go forth and be a pioneer.
We’ll be regularly updating this guide, and adding a note whenever we review a spot, or add it to our guide to the best new restaurants in Austin, the Hit List. Got any tips? Hit us up at firstname.lastname@example.org.
JewBoy Burgers began as a popular food truck in the 5000 Burnet trailer park, but they recently moved into a brick-and-mortar off Airport and 51st in early September. Their focus has always been on burgers, but the larger space has allowed them to expand the menu to include things like chili-cheese dogs and El Paso-style burritos. All of the food here - described as being influenced by a mix of Border and Jewish culture - features lots of Hatch green chile, queso, and latkes - the last of which can be found in everything from their burgers to their burritos.
The Vegan Yacht
The Vegan Yacht is another longtime Austin food truck that recently moved into a brick-and-mortar space. As the name suggests, the menu is entirely vegan, with lots of burritos and bowls filled with meatless favorites like tempeh chili, smoked buffalo tempeh, black beans, and soy curls. They’re located in South Austin, near Manchaca and Stassney Ln.
Brunch 2.0 is a new food trailer in the Arbor Food Park on East 12th that mostly focuses on breakfast, lunch, and everything in between. The lunch menu is mostly on the lighter end, with things like chicken salad, tuna salad, and turkey BLTs, while the breakfast menu features less-conventional mashups like scrambled eggs with herb-marinated lamb chops, or filet mignon with cilantro potatoes and a fried egg. They’re currently open Friday-Sunday.
Smoking Beauty is a restaurant/bar on North Lamar - north of Braker - that’s combining Texas barbecue with Vietnamese food. So on top of barbecue plates, there’s a smoked brisket banh mi, a cheeseburger, and then even a banh mi cheeseburger. There’s also cocktails and beer.
There’s now a food hall at the Mueller H-E-B grocery store on East 51st. Called “Main Streat,” there are six different stands: True Texas BBQ, Calle Taqueria, Yumai Japanese Grill, The Meltery (grilled cheese sandwiches), Bar at Mueller, and Roots Chicken Shak (with duck fat-fried chicken). You can get takeout or delivery, there’s limited capacity dining indoors, or there’s a patio outside.
In the former Joe’s Crab Shack space on East Riverside is the new Cidercade (their original location is in Dallas and they’re opening a Houston location soon). As the name implies, it’s a combo arcade and cider bar with 24 different hard ciders. Admission is $10, which includes unlimited play on 150+ arcade games and pinball machines. You’ll find 10” pizzas and a big patio on Town Lake.
Lick It Up
Lick It Up is a new food truck serving vegan Mexican bar food parked at Spider House Patio Bar & Cafe in West Campus (it’s where Cool Beans used to be parked). This is the first location for Lick It Up outside of El Paso, where their original truck was so successful that it both opened a brick-and-mortar and got featured on Diners, Drive-ins, And Dives. There are dishes like burritos, tacos, tortas, carne asada fries, and more - all with different kinds of plant-based options like mushroom chorizo and seitan - as well as Beyond Meat burgers.
Stiles Switch Bbq & Brew
There’s a new location of the north Lamar spot Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew, one of our favorite barbecue spots in Austin. Located at 800 W. Whitestone Blvd. in Cedar Park, there’s both indoor dining and patio seating, and they’re smoking all the meats on-site. And unlike the original restaurant, the Cedar Park location has a liquor license, so there are cocktails like whiskey highballs and frozen margaritas.
Nom Burgers is a new food truck serving “vegan junk food” from the people behind The Vegan Nom. The menu is 100% plant-based, with things like smashed Impossible burgers and sides like fried pickles and french fries.
From the former chef of Pitchfork Pretty comes Rogue Radish, a trailer serving seasonally-minded grain bowls. Most of the menu items come vegan by default, but there’s the option to add additional proteins, like tamari-marinated farm eggs or grilled goat. Find it on the lot of the former Eastside Cafe at 2113 Manor Road.
Idle Hands is a new bar/restaurant with a Havana/tropical bent on Rainey Street - it’s in the old El Naranjo space. The menu has things like cubanos on it, and for cocktails there are multiple kinds of daiquiris and frozen drinks, including a boozy Dole Whip. There’s also live music.
The popular East Side butcher shop and restaurant, Salt & Time, opened a cafe downtown in Republic Square with outdoor seating. The menu is mainly geared towards breakfast and lunch, with sandwiches, salads, bowls, and snack boards. They also have a full list of espresso-based drinks, beer, and wine.
Enchiladas y Mas
Popular Tex-Mex restaurant Enchiladas Y Mas officially reopened on August 18. They closed back in April - seemingly for good - but fortunately the space was recently purchased by a former manager, and a daughter of one of the original co-owners. The menu will stay the same, with Tex-Mex staples like enchiladas, fajitas, and margaritas. Dine-in capacity is currently limited to 12 tables and 90 minute visits, with takeout available as well. Their location also remains the same, near West Anderson and Burnet.
Lechuza Birria Tacos
Lechuza Birria Tacos is the latest birria taco spot to hit Austin, near South Lamar and Menchaca. Options include beef or chicken slow-cooked in a spiced consomé, served in taco form, alongside a cup of consomé for dipping and sipping.
Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ
Gyu-Kaku recently opened in the Plaza Saltillo development on the East Side, with grill-it-yourself Japanese BBQ, or yakiniku. It’s a large chain, based in Japan, but the first of its kind to hit Austin. Guests can choose to order meats a la carte, or in coursed menus that include a variety of beef cuts, soups, salads, and appetizers. Due to the cook-it-yourself nature of the restaurant, they’re currently only open for dine-in with limited occupancy, temperature checks, and reservations required.
Eden West is a new food truck located at Desert Door Sotol out in Driftwood Springs, from the folks that brought you Eden East and Hillside Farmacy. They have a small menu focused around local, seasonal ingredients, so you can expect to see things like chilled watermelon with herbs and chili honey, or fried okra with carrot mole mayo. They’re currently open Thursday-Sunday most weeks, but keep an eye on their Facebook for the latest information, specials, and hours.
Paffuto Pizza somehow manages to fit a full-sized, wood-burning 900°+ brick oven into a small food trailer at the East Side Food Park on Cesar Chavez. The specialty here is Neapolitan pizza, with toppings ranging from pepperoni, mushroom, and pesto, to goat cheese and pear. All the pies come out around a standard-Neapolitan 12”.
You might think that BB.Q stands for barbecue, as most probably would, but in the case of BB.Q Chicken Highland it actually means “Best Of Best Quality Chicken.” Whether it’s the best of the best, we can’t say just yet. But it’s a popular fried chicken chain from Korea, and we’re excited to have more options in town. They’ve even established a “chicken university” in South Korea to “continually improve the taste.” It’s located in the Crescent shopping center in Highland, currently for takeout only.
Dough Boys is the new wood-fired Neapolitan pizza truck in Arbor Food Park in East Austin. The pizza dough is made with a hearty locally-sourced flour from Barton Springs Mill, and it’s fermented for 36 hours for a chewy, puffy, and tangy crust. The tight, short menu of 12-inch pizzas includes the Italian Vato, with red sauce, salami, and Hatch green chiles.
Eldorado Taco y Torta Co.
Eldorado Taco y Torta is a new sister restaurant from Eldorado Cafe, and is the latest addition to the new Kitchen United Mix on Burnet Road - a cloud kitchen that’s also home to Ramen 512, a new Seoulju location, and ten other additional spots. As the name suggests, this concept focuses mostly on tacos and tortas, with flavors inspired by just about everywhere. In addition to more classic beef fajita and carnitas tacos, you can expect to find things like banh mi tortas and tater tot breakfast tacos.
Le Vacher recently opened up in Dripping Springs with a full menu of French-inspired dishes with local Texas Hill Country ingredients, so you can expect dishes like a roast half chicken with Hatch chili rub or Texas redfish with brown butter, capers, and charred lemon. They’re currently accepting reservations for their dining room and patio.
Neptune Coffee is a small trailer that recently opened up near Airport and Lamar at the new garden center Garden Seventeen. In addition to the standard menu of coffees and teas, they have a menu of signature drinks, like the luna lavender or horchata lattes. They also have daily specials and a limited selection of baked items that changes from day to day, but you can expect to find things like chocolate matcha cake or triple-berry chia muffins.
Ray’s BBQ food truck opened up quietly in Pflugerville but has already started drawing crowds for their fun takes on barbecue. In addition to the standard offerings like brisket sandwiches and sausage wraps, you can also get smoked turkey legs, crawfish nachos, and loaded fries - thick, wedge-cut fries topped with nacho cheese and brisket.
Foliepop’s is a French pastry and coffee shop that opened up in the Hill Country Galleria. Their signature “foliepop” is a customizable pastry that consists of a sweet base (cookie, brownie, croissant, etc…) filled with a flavored creme, like creme brulee or lemon, and topped with coconut, strawberry, or a number of other choices. There’s also a savory option as well, where the baked base gets subbed out for a savory base like hash browns or French bun, before being filled with a savory cream and topped with cheese.
Austin Eastciders is no stranger to the city, with a large taproom on the East Side that has fueled its residents with a variety of hard ciders for years. And now they’re expanding their Austin footprint with a restaurant on Barton Springs, featuring a full menu of sandwiches, pizzas, salads, and small shared plates. In addition to their lineup of ciders on draft, there are also a number of guest ciders, wine, and wine-based cocktails. They’re also open for breakfast, with coffee, tea, and a hearty food menu, with things like burritos, machacado, and tacos.
One of Austin’s first Neapolitan pizzerias recently expanded to a second location off West Anderson Lane. While the original location downtown featured a simple menu consisting mostly of wood-fired pizzas, panini, salads, beer, and wine, the new location will also serve pasta and cocktails.
Bennu Coffee started off as a popular 24/7 coffee shop on East MLK back in 2009, before later expanding into South Austin a couple of years ago. Now, they’re opening up a third location near the ACC Highland campus. The menu has the full suite of espresso-based drinks, teas, and cold brew coffee by the gallon, as well as their signature “mochas” list that feature cocoa-based beverages, with and without espresso.
Burritos, Fajitas, and 'Ritas
The latest project by Texas celebrity-chef Tim Love is devoted to, well, burritos, fajitas, and margaritas. The restaurant is a “cloud kitchen” concept, meaning it’s a restaurant that operates purely for takeout, with no storefront, though guests will be able to pick up their meals from Love’s downtown restaurant, Lonesome Dove.
You might have heard about Ramen 512 and their often sold out popups - yes, the ramen was that good. But now they’ve found a permanent home, inside the new “cloud kitchen” concept Kitchen United Mix. You can order the ramen ready-to-eat, or you can cook the noodles at home, with very precise instructions.
The popular Korean Fried Chicken restaurant Seoulju recently expanded with a second “cloud kitchen” located in the shared Kitchen United Mix space. The menu is a bit more pared-down than their main restaurant, but still offers many of their favorites, like fried chicken, wings, kimchi, and stir-fry.
Tumble22 started off as a side project by Salty Sow, but has since grown into a thing of its own, now with a recently-opened third location in the former Magnolia Street Cafe on Lake Austin Blvd. The menu features Nashville-style fried hot chicken, chicken sandwiches, and tenders, all doused in a hot spice dip that ranges from “wimpy” to “cluckin’ hot.
Bufalina Deli is the happy result of a pizzeria and coffee shop collaboration, which might sound like an unusual combo until you realize it’s a dream-team duo of Bufalina Pizza and Wright Bros. Brew & Brew, both among the best in their categories. The deli isn’t really a new restaurant, it’s simply a fast lunch-and-dinner concept being sold out of the coffee shop’s space, featuring a variety of classic sandwiches and salads made by Bufalina, like a meatball parm hoagie or a summer tomato salad. In the morning, the Brew & Brew will continue to sell Rosen’s Bagels, before shifting to the deli concept for the afternoon. Orders can be placed online for pickup at The Brew & Brew.
The incredibly popular breakfast food truck, Paperboy, recently moved into a new building near 11th and Navasota. The larger space has allowed them to expand their menu a bit to include more than just breakfast items, so now you can get things like cheeseburgers, BLTs, and falafel. Of course the breakfast menu still exists, full of toasts, pastries, and breakfast sandwiches like the ever-popular B.E.C. (bacon, egg, and cheese). They’re currently open for takeout from their sidewalk-facing pickup window, and accepting reservations for dine-in service in the restaurant or on their rooftop patio.
Verbena is a new restaurant inside the recently-opened Canopy by Hilton hotel on West 6th, from the chef behind East Austin’s Juniper. The menu is mostly French and Mediterranean-inspired, with an emphasis on local, seasonal vegetables. There’s a large indoor dining area as well as a bar and lounge area that overflows into an open-air courtyard. They also have a grab-and-go coffee counter with all the typical coffee and espresso-based drinks, plus house-made pastries and breakfast sandwiches.
If you’ve found yourself dreaming about Olamaie biscuits at any point in the last few months that they’ve been closed, you’ll be excited to know they’ve temporarily converted the Campus-area Southern restaurant into a biscuit-based sandwich shop called Little Ola’s. So in addition to those ever-popular off-menu biscuits, you can get them in sandwich-form and convince yourself you’re getting a more balanced meal. There’s a variety of options, from the more breakfast-forward sausage, egg, and cheese, to a deep-fried chicken thigh and honey biscuit sandwich that will make Whataburger’s Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit feel like a long-forgotten memory.
Low Down Lounge
Low Down Lounge is a new bar on East 6th (it’s the space where Brixton used to be). The bar features a retro, 1970s design, and fun drinks like the Tropical Depression made with Gosling’s dark rum, passion fruit, lemon, and sadness. We’re not entirely sure what sadness tastes like, but we’re hoping it goes well with citrus. They’re currently selling frozen mixed-drinks, cocktails, beer, and wine for takeout.
Palomino Coffee recently opened up on the East Side, near 12th and Springdale. In addition to a standard menu of coffee and espresso-based drinks, they carry Flat Track coffee beans by-the-pound, cold-brew growlers, Veracruz tacos, and Sour Duck pastries. They have a small patio out front, and are currently open daily from 8am-2pm for takeout.
The highly-anticipated ramen shop Sazan recently opened for takeout and delivery in the Highland neighborhood. They had originally planned to focus solely on tori paitan - a specific type of ramen broth made from chicken bones - but instead they are offering a pared-down menu of standard or spicy paitan ramen, with a broth made from both pork and chicken bones. You can also pick up dumplings made by their neighbors at Steamies Dumplings next door.
Try Hard Coffee
Try Hard is a coffee shop that opened up in the recently-shuttered Blue Dahlia space on East 11th. The drinks menu has most of the standard coffee shop fare, and there’s also a menu of signature beverages, like a coffee cola made from coffee shrub and Big Swig sparkling water. They carry made-from-scratch pastries as well as breakfast and lunch tacos on house-made flour tortillas. Keep an eye out for their weekend specials, like this brisket & biscuits collaboration with neighboring food truck, J Leonardi’s Barbecue.
Neighborhood Sushi is the latest opening from the folks that brought you Perla’s, Clark’s, Jeffrey’s, and nearly a dozen more restaurants in Austin. It’s a casual sushi restaurant on South Congress that also offers small Japanese-inspired plates with Texas flavors, so you can expect things like Texas sweet corn with togarashi or grilled Texas Wagyu with broiled sansho-shiro miso. They’ll also be offering a happy hour on weekdays as well as a daily omakase at the sushi bar. There’s also a small outdoor “sake garden” facing Congress where they’ll be serving a pared-down menu of small plates and drinks.
Huckleberry is a new food trailer operating out of the parking lot at Circle Brewing near the Domain. Their menu highlights Gulf Coast ingredients, focusing mostly on po’boys, seafood platters, and fried fish. They also have a rotating menu of daily specials, like Korean hot fish sandwiches, caviar fries, and ceviche.
Narrow Street 512
Located in the Asian grocery superstore H-Mart, Narrow Street is a new Korean restaurant with a number of Korean soups, noodles, and barbecue dishes. They also have daily specials, like kimchi stew and spicy chicken soup.
The former Nancy’s Sky Garden location in Austin, near 290 and Cameron, has pivoted to a poke restaurant. The ownership hasn’t changed, so you’ll still be able to find some of your old Nancy’s favorites, like their sweet potato noodles, but now they’ll be the base for a mound of raw, marinated fish.
Veracruz All Natural
The latest outpost of Austin’s favorite breakfast taco mini-chain recently opened up at The Line Hotel downtown, on Congress and Cesar Chavez. Food is served from a takeout window facing the sidewalk, with tables available nearby on the hotel patio.
For fans of Asian-Cajun seafood, Kasian Boil recently opened two locations, in North Austin and Cedar Park. They’re offering weekend specials, like all-you-can-eat crawfish, as well as a variety of seafood platters with shrimp, crab, and crawfish.
From the folks that brought you the ever-popular Italian food trailer, Patrizi’s, Vic & Al’s instead focuses on Cajun food. They’re located right across the street in the former Unit-D Pizza space on Manor Road. Currently they’re offering a pared-down takeout menu consisting of meats like fried chicken or blackened catfish, served as a po’boy, rice plate, or salad.
Turnstile Coffee, Beer and Spirits
At Turnstile, the focus is equal parts coffee, beer, and craft cocktails. They’re located near Burnet and 183, right near the Domain and the site of Austin’s future soccer stadium. Right now they’ve extended their patio onto their lawn, so there’s plenty of open-air seating. They also carry Easy Tiger pastries, for when you need a little snack to accompany your drink of choice.
You probably won’t be visiting Phantasma Kitchen anytime soon, but they may be visiting you. They operate out of a commercial kitchen “somewhere in Austin” (but secretly, near South Lamar and Menchaca), selling Roman pizza as well as wings, sandwiches, and salads for delivery. There’s an option for pickup as well, but no storefront for dining in.
While most music venues in Austin have closed for the time being, Sagebrush - South Austin’s newest music venue from the folks behind White Horse - has opened their doors. There’s a large indoor space and stage, as well as an outdoor stage in the building’s former parking lot. For now, all music will be on the outdoor stage and capacity will be limited.
The highly anticipated Hold Out Brewery from the folks that brought you Little Brother, Brew & Brew, and Better Half recently opened their doors for takeout, with a limited menu of smash burgers, hot dogs, and canned beer. They share a large outdoor patio with sister restaurant and bar, Better Half, so you’ll be able to order from both menus when operations eventually start to pick back up.
Yoru Sushi quietly opened up for business in early May to dine-in and takeout customers. Their menu focuses mostly on sushi, with a wide range of nigiri and sashimi options, including a chef’s choice omakase. There’s also a few less traditional offerings as well, like tapioca duck fat fries and sushi nachos
The chicken-focused food truck, Fowl Mouth, recently opened at The Far Out Lounge near Slaughter and I-35. The menu has a variety of wings and tenders, but the star of the show here appears to be the fried chicken sandwich, topped with shaved kale and jalapeño aioli. Most of the menu can be made vegan as well.
The Rolling Rooster
The Rolling Rooster recently opened up their second Austin location on the East Side, in the former Historic Victory Grill space. Their specialty is chicken and waffles, but there’s also a full menu of sandwiches, oxtails, wings, and fried fish and shrimp.
20Pho7 is a new food truck serving pho as well as a number of pho-inspired dishes. What exactly is a pho-inspired dish? Think pho French dip sandwiches and filet mignon pho tacos, or “phocos.” They’re located near Oltorf and South First Street.
Steamies has been selling handmade Chinese dumplings at local farmers’ markets for a couple of years now (both frozen and cooked), and they recently opened a brick-and-mortar restaurant in the Highland neighborhood during the lockdown. For the time being, everything comes frozen with easy-to-execute cooking instructions. There are a variety of wontons, soup dumplings, barbecue pork buns, and potstickers.
Pho MPH is a new Vietnamese restaurant in the Triangle that had its grand opening just days before the city went into hibernation. They’re currently operating for dine-in and takeout, serving a variety of Vietnamese staples, like pho and banh mi, as well as poke bowls and boba tea.
The new vegan coffee shop, Dear Diary, opened its doors for takeout and delivery in mid-April, near 12th and Chicon. Currently, they’re selling a variety of coffee beverages and plant-based pastries and sandwiches. Eventually, they aim to operate as a creative space, with abundant outlets and a communal diary.
Wanderlust Wine Company
The idea at Wanderlust Winery was to open as a bar with self-serve wine on tap, though parts of that are unfortunately on hold. Instead, they’re temporarily operating as a virtual wine class with a limited selection of bottles for pickup at their storefront near I-35 and 6th St. We’re excited to see what self-service wine on tap looks like, but in the meantime we’ll keep learning about wine.
House of Three Gorges has been open for takeout and delivery for a couple of months, with an extensive menu of classic Sichuan dishes, ranging from popular items like chongqing chicken and beef with broccoli, to less common specialties like Sichuan fish with pickled mustard greens or Yangtze sauteed pork intestines. They’re located near 183 and Ohlen, in the same shopping center as Din Ho and Ramen Tatsu-Ya.
The following restaurants were added to our Openings Guide before the Shelter-In-Place order went into effect. As the current situation is constantly changing, we encourage you to call before visiting.
There’s a new trailer on Rainey Street from the people behind Better Half called Bummer Burrito, and it’s conveniently parked right next to their tiny all-day cafe/bar Little Brother. As you might guess from the name, the trailer serves burritos, including a breakfast burrito, and one with chili cheese Fritos and nacho cheese.
Just north of campus, Sip Pho is a new fast-casual Vietnamese restaurant in an impressive new space with vaulted ceilings. It’s by the same people who run Pho Please on East Riverside, and they’re serving dishes like pho, bun bo hue, vermicelli bowls, and banh mi.
The latest project to open in the new Austin Proper Hotel downtown - The Mockingbird - is from the people behind restaurants like June’s, Elizabeth Street Cafe, and Swedish Hill. The Mockingbird is a counter-service café serving coffee, pastries, falafel, and rotisserie chicken, a more informal counterpart to The Peacock in the hotel that opened back in January. It’s currently only open for breakfast and lunch.
Reunión 19 is a new Mexican restaurant over on the East Side. The chef is from Los Angeles, and the menu reads more West-Coast-inspired than most Mexican spots in town, with dishes like aguachile, tuna tostadas, and mulitas. They’re also really committing to tacos, as you can tell from their phone number - (512) 455-TACO (8226) - and the very subtle #TACOLOVER light fixture in the dining room.
LoLo is a new wine bar on East 6th St. Technically it’s Austin’s first wine bar totally dedicated to natural wine, and it’s from the people behind Hotel Vegas and Volstead Lounge. Part of the bar is a bottle shop for purchase to go, and the wine list is affordable, with glasses starting at $10 and bottles starting in the $30s. There’s a big backyard patio with picnic tables.
We checked out LoLo and added it to our Hit List.
Located in the shady backyard of Batch Craft Beer & Kolaches is Taco Bronco, a new food truck from the team behind Micklethwait Craft Meats, one of the best barbecue spots in town. It’s a taco truck with a barbecue bent, so homemade corn and flour tortillas meet brisket, smoked boar sausage, carnitas, and barbacoa. Batch’s brewhouse is nearly up-and-running, and they’ve already started serving their own beers.
We checked out Taco Bronco and added it to our Hit List.
The next time you need a quick thing that’s also healthy, remember there’s a new location of the fast-casual grain bowl restaurant Honest Mary’s in Central Austin (the first was out in the Arboretum). You can choose your components in a Chipotle-like method, or if you’re paralyzed by choice like some of us are, there are “signature bowls” where everything is picked out for you. Most everything is locally-sourced, and there’s cold brew, beer, wine, and kombucha, all on tap.
Down on the corner of South Lamar and Oltorf is Bouldin Acres, a beer garden with food trucks (including a new location of one of Austin’s best taco trucks, Pueblo Viejo. Formerly a two-acre car dealership, it’s basically an adult amusement park, with live music, two pickleball courts, and every backyard bar game imaginable, including corn hole, giant chess, giant Jenga, and giant Connect 4. It’s pet-friendly and kid-friendly.
Beerburg Brewing Company
Out in the Hill Country – and literally down the road from Jester King – is the new brewery Beerburg Brewing Company. The founder used to be the head brewer at the now-shuttered Uncle Billy’s. There’s a beer hall with a full kitchen serving tacos, sandwiches, and more, as well as a fenced-in dog park.
Tenten is a sleek-looking sushi restaurant downtown from the people behind the recently-opened lounge Devil May Care. There’s also sake, cocktails, and grilled meats and vegetables.
After a very extensive year-long remodel, the North Lamar location of the always-busy Mexican/Tex-Mex diner Taqueria Guadalajara finally reopened. Give the Rundberg Running Man (the guy often found on the corner of Rundberg and Lamar running, rapping, and dancing) a high-five on your way out.
Little Deli & Pizzeria
Little Deli, the popular Crestview pizza restaurant and sandwich shop, opened a new location in the very pizza-starved neighborhood of Windsor Park.
Hopsquad Brewing Co.
There’s a new addition to north Austin’s brewery district: Hopsquad Brewing Co. Located in a former warehouse with rollup windows up on Braker Lane, the huge brewery space is full of beer garden tables and, as a bonus, it’s super dog-friendly, inside and out. Beers on tap include Austin-themed varieties including Comtesse De Duval Saison and Dutchess of Oltorf Roggenbier. Also outside is the new food truck Tsuke Honten.
In Hopsquad Brewing Co.’s parking lot, you’ll find the food truck Tsuke Honten with Japanese-style bites. Sort of in a soft launch, they’re currently serving small dishes like garlic chicken wings, chili prawns, and short rib skewers. Soon they plan on launching an 11-course/$29 per person omakase.
The people behind June’s, Elizabeth Street Cafe, and Swedish Hill are rolling out a series of projects in the new Austin Proper Hotel downtown. Up first is The Peacock Mediterranean Grill, an all-day Israeli and Turkish-inspired restaurant and bar. There’s also Goldie’s Sunken Bar, but that’s for hotel guests only at the moment.
We checked out The Peacock and added it to our Hit List.
Julie Myrtille Bakery
After drawing crowds at farmers markets all over Austin, there’s now a Julie Myrtille Bakery brick-and-mortar over in the East Austin development Springdale General. There are pastries, cookies, and macarons, as well as more lunch-y type options like croissant sandwiches and super-butter quiches. the hours are limited for now, 10am-12pm.
Hestia is a new restaurant downtown from the people behind Emmer & Rye, with a menu primarily focused on stuff coming off the grill. Other than larger grilled dishes, there are also crudos and a separate snack menu with small dishes ranging from $3-$16.
We checked out Hestia and added it to our Hit List.
Housed in a historic warehouse space, Central Machine Works is a massive new beer hall, brewery, and live music venue in East Austin. There’s also an enormous outdoor beer garden and a full bar. The menu is simple, beer-friendly food like pretzels, cheeseburgers, and pizza.
The Meteor is a lot of things: it’s a bike shop, an all-day cafe, a Roman-style pizzeria in which you pay by the pound, and a natural wine shop, all in a charming space on South Congress.