This Rainey Street eatery continues to draw crowds for its exceptional food and setting. Towering shelves of vintage cookbooks and copper pots divide the room while an open-format kitchen reveals the magic. Find rustic takes on New American cuisine like dry aged wagyu beef tartare with puffed wheat berries and small plate options on a dim sum cart. An in-house pickling operation peppers the menu and the cocktail list has fermented goodies; try the 5 O’Clock in Jerez (Ford’s gin, Fino sherry, Dolin Blanc, and green tomato brine).
Austin has its staples, Mexican and BBQ, of course, but this funky city isn’t a two-trick pony. In addition to elevating Mexican food and barbecue through the genius of James Beard finalist chefs, the best restaurants in Austin are serving up Tex-centric delights in trendy spots, Southern cuisine that melts in your mouth, explosively dynamic cocktails, and fusions that will send shocks to your taste palate. Austin chefs have taken the motto ‘Everything in Texas is bigger and better’ to heart, by sourcing local, fresh produce and flying in fresh fish from Tokyo and oysters from the East Coast. A charming café experience, high-end dining, food truck eating, or a place that makes you wait in long lines with a big pay-off: Austin is offering it all up and more on Texas-sized plates.
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