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Austin’s New Restaurant And Bar Openings

The new restaurant and bar openings in Austin you should know about.

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Updated October 28th, 2020

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 austin@theinfatuation.com.

October

Raphael Brion

Veracruz All-Natural

$$$$ 2401 Winsted Lane

There’s a new location of the ever-popular taco mini-empire Veracruz All-Natural, this time in Tarrytown at the alfresco dining spot Littlefield’s. They’re sharing the space with an outpost of Medici Coffee.

Raphael Brion

Qi Austin

$$$$ 835 W 6th St Unit 114

Qi Austin is a new Chinese restaurant downtown from the chef behind the popular Lin Asian Bar + Dim Sum. The restaurant works with a local farm for a farm-to-table approach, and the menu features higher-end ingredients like truffles, caviar, and lobster. There’s also an expansive dim sum brunch menu on Saturdays and Sundays.

Tender Thighs

$$$$ 5500 S Congress Ave

From the people behind Baton Creole comes Tender Thighs, a food truck on the patio of the live music venue/bar Sagebrush in South Austin. As the name might imply, the focus is fried chicken, so they’ve got fried chicken sandwiches, chicken and waffles, and for vegans, chicken-fried tempeh.

Raphael Brion

The Well

$$$$ 440 W 2nd St

The Well - from the people behind TenTen and Devil May Care - is a health-focused restaurant with toasts, smoothies, salads, and different varieties of bone broth. It’s initially open for breakfast and lunch only (dinner service soon). It’s located downtown on 2nd Street in the old She’s Not Here space.

Raphael Brion

Thrive Craft House

$$$$ 519 W 37th St

Thrive Craft House is a new sports bar/restaurant on Guadalupe in North University serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They’ve got a large tap list with 41 mostly local craft beers, and a menu that skews bar food with nachos, wings, burgers, and locally-inspired dishes like Mopac N Cheese.

Mojo

$$$$ 2400 PATTERSON INDUSTRIAL DRIVE

Mojo is a new food truck at Willard’s Brewery in Pflugerville with tacos on homemade corn tortillas, pupusas, and cubano quesadillas.

Shelby Sorrel

Last Stand Brewing Company

$$$$ 7601 S Congress Ave Bldg 6

Last Stand Brewing Company, the brewery off of Fitzhugh Road in west Austin, opened a second taproom on South Congress, featuring food from Southside Flying Pizza.

The Garden at Ellera

The Garden at Ellera

$$$$ 12432 Bee Cave Rd,

Out in Bee Cave is The Garden at Ellera, a beer garden/restaurant inspired by Boston’s North End italian restaurants. There are draft beers, amaro sodas, pasta, lobster rolls, and Roman-style pizzas (the chef is also behind [Phantasma Kitchen], so the pizzas will likely be similar). There’s indoor and outdoor seating featuring an oak-shaded patio and lawn games. Ellera - the more upscale dining restaurant next door - opens in November.

Sydney Gawlik

Easy Tiger South Lamar

$$$$ 3508 S Lamar Blvd

While Easy Tiger may have closed their original downtown bakery and beer garden recently, they took that opportunity to open a new location in South Austin, near 290 and South Lamar. The new space features a large outdoor beer garden, complete with kid-friendly and dog-friendly areas, live music, and an expanded park space. They’ll also continue offering free delivery and curbside pickup if you’d rather take the party home with you.

Nicolai McCrary

Island Thyme

$$$$ 2915 Guadalupe St

Island Thyme is a Caribbean-inspired, fast-casual restaurant that opened up right near UT. There’s a limited menu of signature bowls like The Montego - with jerk steak, black beans, roasted peppers and onions, pico, pickled onions, pineapple, and jerk ranch. Or you can let out your inner-artist and build your own rice bowl, salad bowl, or wrap - with mojo pork, coconut beef curry, and a whole slew of other Caribbean-inspired ingredients.

Caffe Medici

$$$$ 2401 Winsted Ln

Further expanding their Austin footprint, Medici Coffee has opened up their seventh location, at the new outdoor patio space Littlefield’s near Windsor Road and MoPac. In addition to their full menu of espresso-based drink, coffee, and tea, they have pastries brought in daily from Easy Tiger. They share the lot with a new location of Veracruz All-Natural.

Crimson Creek Smokehouse

$$$$ 12701 Nutty Brown Road

Crimson Creek has been doing their Oklahoma style-barbecue for delivery and catering for a while now, but they’ve recently opened up a food trailer in Southwest Austin. This means you can now load up on things like rib tips, pork belly burnt ends, and chopped chicken every weekend (they’re not currently open on weekdays).

Granny's Tacos

$$$$ 8315 Burnet Rd

After developing a dedicated following for their excellent breakfast tacos in East Austin, Granny’s has expanded with a second food truck near 183 and Burnet. The new location will offer the same menu of taco classics, including the ever-popular chilaquiles with mole breakfast taco, but it will only be open in the evenings from 5-10pm.

The Gramercy

$$$$ 1516 Ranch Road 620 S. Suite 200

The Gramercy is a new bar, lounge, and restaurant in Lakeway with an Art Deco/1920s aesthetic. The food menu borrows from a lot of cuisines, with everything from smoked chicken wings and tostadas, to papas bravas steak frites. You’ll also find a full menu of classic cocktails - like manhattans and boulevardiers - as well as a small menu of their house signature cocktails.

Cassandra Klepac Photography

Moody's Kitchen + Bar

$$$$ 2530 Guadalupe St

Moody’s is another campus-area restaurant and bar with a menu that covers everything from fried egg avocado toast and truffle parmesan fries, to wings and fried chicken sandwiches. There’s also a pretty large cocktail menu, including a number of house and draught cocktails that are all $8 or less.

Bikkle Jamaican Restaurant

$$$$ 3023 Guadalupe St

Bikkle recently opened up right near the UT campus with a menu full of Jamaican classics - like stew chicken, curry goat, and escovitch fish. They’re currently open for dine-in, takeout, and curbside pickup.

Two Hands

$$$$ 1011 S Congress Ave. Suite 170

Two Hands is an Australia-inspired cafe located on South Congress near Riverside, in the new Muse complex. They currently have four additional locations in New York City, but this will be their first expansion into Texas. They’re open all day with a menu featuring things like avocado toast and waffles in the morning, and heartier things like sandwiches and bowls for lunch and dinner.

Meanwhile Brewing

Meanwhile Brewing Company

$$$$ 3901 Prominary Point Dr

Meanwhile Brewing opened up in South Austin on a large, four-acre plot of land, so in addition to their taproom, there’s a big outdoor live music stage, and even a soccer field. They’ll also be working on a pretty extensive barrel program, aging their beers in everything from bourbon and rum barrels, to vermouth and gin barrels. They have a full coffee program, so there’s a little something for any time of day. And there are several food trucks on site, including Craft Woodfire Pizza, Garbo’s (serving lobster rolls and more), and another location of Pueblo Viejo, maker of some of the best breakfast tacos in town.

Willard's Brewery

$$$$ 2400 Patterson Industrial Dr

Willard’s Brewery officially opens up their doors on October 29, but if you want to get a head start, they’re in soft opening every weekend leading up to that. They’re located in Pflugerville, and will also be home to Mojo - a food truck with tacos, pupusas, and cubano quesadillas. They also have guac made with grilled pineapple, which sounds like an easy win to us.

Chase Daniel

Aba Austin

$$$$ 1011 S Congress Ave

Aba is a new-to-Austin Mediterranean restaurant that recently opened after their first location in Chicago took off in popularity. They’re located in the mixed-use Music Lane development on South Congress, and there’s a large, multi-level patio built around an old oak tree, in addition to a pretty big dining room. The menu here draws influence mostly from Israeli, Lebanese, Turkish, and Greek cuisine, with signature dishes like tamarind-braised short ribs and shawarma-spiced skirt steak.

Nicolai McCrary

Gati Ice Cream

$$$$ 1512 Holly St

Thai Fresh in South Austin has been selling their coconut milk-based ice cream for a few years now, and expanded that further when they opened up an ice cream food truck about two years ago, popping up at farmer’s markets and other events around town. And now they’ve taken that success and opened up a dedicated ice cream shop in East Austin near Holly and Comal. The new shop will feature a lot of the same flavors highlighting different seasonal ingredients, like Texas Peach or Lavender Caramel.

Old Thousand

$$$$ 4805 Burnet Rd

Popular East Side Chinese restaurant Old Thousand recently expanded their Austin footprint with a second location on Burnet Rd. While this new location aims to be a bit more casual than their previous one - open only for takeout currently, but with plans to operate as a counter service restaurant eventually - you can expect to find a lot of the same favorites, like kung pao cauliflower and brisket fried rice.

Nicolai McCrary

Lola's Donuts

$$$$ 2406 Manor Rd Suite B

Lola’s is a new donut shop on Manor Rd, located in the same space and from the same team behind recently-shuttered Sugar Mama’s. They’re currently open only on weekends from 8am-12pm. The donut menu changes every month to highlight seasonal ingredients, with October featuring things like pumpkin spice, candy apple-stuffed, and maple praline bacon donuts. In addition to offering brioche, cake, and cruller donuts, they have a rotating selection of aguas frescas that they prepare each weekend.

Nicolai McCrary

Hula Pig

$$$$ 5430 E Palm Valley Blvd

Located in east Round Rock, not far from Hutto, Hula Pig is a little oasis on a large dirt lot, complete with upbeat music, artificial grass and a shaded dining area. The menu here is small, but covers most of the Hawaiian barbecue classics with things like panko-fried shrimp, Kalua pork, and loco moco. They also have weekly lunch specials that you can find out about by following along on their Instagram.

Salty Cargo

$$$$
$$$$ 1700 W Parmer Ln

We’re always excited to try the many restaurants that have opened in the Hana World Market food court in North Austin, and the most recent opening of Salty Cargo is no exception. The focus here is on Hawaiian classics, with various Asian-inspired twists, so you can expect to see things like tori katsu sandwiches, huli huli halibut, or whole fried fish with leafy greens, mint, and kimchi.

The Codependent

$$$$ 301 West Ave

Codependent is a cocktails-and-coffee type of cafe that recently opened downtown, at the base of The Independent (aka the Jenga Tower). The beverage menu here has most of the standard coffee shop espresso-based drinks, as well as tea, cocktails, and wine. There’s also a limited food menu with things like salads, sandwiches, and meat and cheese boards.

September

Cajun Skillet

$$$$ 251 N Bell Blvd Ste 101

Cajun Skillet has been operating as a food truck and catering service for a while now, and they’ve recently expanded with a new restaurant in Cedar Park. While they’re currently only doing takeout, you can expect to find a menu full of Cajun classics, like shrimp etouffee, gumbo, and po’boys. There are also a few Texas-inspired creations, like jambalaya tacos, or a chicken tender taco topped with corn gravy.

Nicolai McCrary

Thai-Kun At High Noon

$$$$ 2000 E Cesar Chavez

After a nearly nine month hiatus, Thai-Kun - the popular East Side food truck - has found a new home at the recently-opened bar High Noon. The truck is currently offering a pared-down version of their menu, but most of the fan-favorites - like the Thai-Kun fried chicken, beef panang curry, and khao man gai - appear to have made the cut. They’re currently open Wednesday-Sunday from 4pm-midnight. They also have a brick-and-mortar location at the Domain that has remained open during the food truck’s hiatus.

Nicolai McCrary

High Noon

$$$$ 2000 E Cesar Chavez

High Noon is a bar that recently opened in the former Craftsman space on Cesar Chavez (and Chicon). The space is self-described as a retro, psychedelic Western bar, and they’ve got house cocktails like mezcal negronis and watermelon margaritas, in addition to wine, champagne, and local draft beers. And if you’d rather give them a try from the comforts of home, they offer a few cocktails to-go, including a beet paloma and frozen margaritas. High Noon’s back patio is also the new home of the food truck Thai-Kun.

Little Brother On South Congress

$$$$ 1512 S. Congress

The Rainey Street bar Little Brother recently expanded their Austin footprint with a second shop on a busy stretch of South Congress, occupying the front part of the hat shop Maufrais. Unlike their Rainey location, this one focuses on seasonal kolaches and coffee. And in case you had any reservations about a bar-turned-coffee shop, these are the same folks behind Brew & Brew, Better Half Coffee & Cocktails, and Hold Out Brewing. They’ve had a bit of practice.

Carabao Express

$$$$ 2309 W Parmer Ln

Carabao Express is a new fast-casual Filipino restaurant that opened up on Parmer Lane near MoPac. The menu features a whole range of Filipino classics like chicken adobo, lechon, sisig, pancit, and more. Everything can be ordered a la carte or as combo meals (served with a base of noodles or rice). And if you save enough room for dessert, they also have Dole Whip floats.

Nicolai McCrary

JewBoy Burgers

$$$$ 5111 Airport Blvd

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

$$$$ 2000 Southern Oaks Dr

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.

Nicolai McCrary

Brunch 2.0

$$$$ 1108 E 12th St

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.

August

Nicolai McCrary

Smokin Beauty

$$$$ 11806 N Lamar Blvd

Smokin 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.

Nicolai McCrary

Main Streat

$$$$ 1801 E 51st St

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.

Bishop Cidercade

$$$$ 600 E Riverside Dr

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.

Raphael Brion

Lick It Up

$$$$ 2908 Fruth St

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

$$$$ 800 Whitestone Blvd, Ste A-1

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

$$$$ 2324 E Cesar Chavez St

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.

Nicolai McCrary

Rogue Radish

$$$$ 2113 Manor Rd

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.

Nicolai McCrary

Idle Hands

$$$$ 85 Rainey St

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.

Raphael Brion

Salt & Time Cafe

$$$$
$$$$ 422 W 5th St. #C

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.

Raphael Brion

Enchiladas y Mas

$$$$ 1911 W Anderson Ln

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

$$$$ 3403 S. Lamar

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.

Nicolai McCrary

Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ

$$$$ 1211 E 5th St. Suite 100

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

$$$$ 211 Darden Hill Rd

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.

Nicolai McCrary

Paffuto Pizza

$$$$ 2207 E Cesar Chavez St

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.

Raphael Brion

Dough Boys

$$$$
$$$$ 1108 E 12th St

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.

$$$$ 8023 Burnet Rd

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.

Knox Photographics

Le Vacher

$$$$ 136 Drifting Wind Run

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

$$$$ 604 Williams St

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.

Nicolai McCrary

Ray's BBQ & Fixins

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BBQ
$$$$ 310 E Pecan St

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.

Foliepops

$$$$ 13420 Galleria Circle

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.

July

Nicolai McCrary

Austin Eastciders

$$$$ 1530 Barton Springs Rd

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.

Raphael Brion

The Backspace

$$$$
$$$$ 1745 West Anderson Ln

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.

Raphael Brion

Bennu Coffee

$$$$ 110 Jacob Fontaine Ln

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

$$$$ 419 Colorado St

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.

Raphael Brion

Ramen 512

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$$$$ 8023 Burnet Rd

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.

Seoulju At Kitchen United Mix

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$$$$ 8023 Burnet Rd

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.

Nicolai McCrary

Tumble22

$$$$ 2304 Lake Austin Blvd

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.

Nicolai McCrary

Bufalina Deli

$$$$
$$$$ 500 San Marcos St #105

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.

Nicolai McCrary

Paperboy

$$$$ 1203 E 11th St

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

$$$$ 612 West 6th St

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.

Little Ola's

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$$$$ 1610 San Antonio St

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.

June

Nicolai McCrary

Low Down Lounge

$$$$ 1412 E 6th

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.

Nicolai McCrary

Palomino Coffee

$$$$ 4136 E 12th St

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.

Nicolai McCrary

Sazan Ramen

$$$$ 6929 Airport Blvd

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.

Nicolai McCrary

Try Hard Coffee

$$$$ 1115 E 11th St.

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

$$$$ 1716 S Congress Ave,

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.

Nicolai McCrary

Huckleberry

$$$$
$$$$ 2340 W Braker Ln

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

$$$$ 11301 Lakeline Blvd

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.

Nicolai McCrary

Epic Poke

$$$$ 6448 E Hwy 290 #A-100

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.

Nicolai McCrary

Veracruz All Natural

$$$$ 111 East Cesar Chavez

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.

Nicolai McCrary

Kasian Boil

$$$$ 13717 N MoPac Service Rd, #250

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.

Nicolai McCrary

Vic & Al’s

$$$$
$$$$ 2406 Manor Road

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

$$$$ 10025 Burnet Rd

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.

Phantasma Kitchen

$$$$ 3403 S Lamar Blvd

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.

Sagebrush

$$$$ 5500 S Congress Ave

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.

May

Nicolai McCrary

Hold Out Brewing

$$$$
$$$$ 1208 W 4th St

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

$$$$ 207 San Jacinto Blvd Ste 202

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

Fowl Mouth

$$$$ 8504 South Congress Ave

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.

April

Nicolai McCrary

The Rolling Rooster

$$$$ 1104 E. 11th St

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.

20Pho7Austin

$$$$ 601 W Live Oak St

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.

Raphael Brion

Steamies Dumplings

$$$$
Chinese  in  Highland
$$$$ 6929 Airport Blvd Ste 148

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.

Nicolai McCrary

Pho MPH

$$$$ 4616 Triangle Ave STE 203

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.

Nicolai McCrary

Dear Diary

$$$$ 1212 Chicon Street #103

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

$$$$ 610 N Interstate Hwy 35

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

$$$$
$$$$ 8557 Research Blvd

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.

March

Raphael Brion

Bummer Burrito

$$$$ 89 Rainey St

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.

Sip Pho

Sip Pho

$$$$ 512 W 29th St, Austin, TX 78705

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.

February

Jackie Klusmeyer

The Mockingbird

$$$$ 600 W 2nd St

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.

Richard Casteel

Reunión 19

$$$$ 1700 E 2nd St

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.

Julia Keim

LoLo

$$$$
$$$$ 1504 E 6th St

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.

January

Raphael Brion

Taco Bronco

$$$$
TacosMexicanTex-Mex  in  East AustinMueller
$$$$ 3220 Manor Rd

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.

Honest Mary’s

Honest Mary’s

$$$$
$$$$ 4800 Burnet Rd

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.

Bruce Malone

Bouldin Acres

$$$$ 2027 S Lamar Blvd

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

$$$$ 13476 Fitzhugh Rd

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.

James Johnson

TenTen

$$$$ 501 W 6th St

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.

Taqueria Guadalajara

$$$$ 9207 N Lamar Blvd

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

$$$$ 1804 Briarcliff Blvd

Little Deli, the popular Crestview pizza restaurant and sandwich shop, opened a new location in the very pizza-starved neighborhood of Windsor Park.

Rayo Landeros

Hopsquad Brewing Co.

$$$$ 2307 Kramer Ln

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.

Raphael Brion

Tsuke Honten

$$$$ 2307 Kramer Ln

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.

Matt Harrington

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.

december

Raphael Brion

Julie Myrtille Bakery

$$$$ 1023 Springdale Rd Building 1D

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.

Julia Keim / Giant Noise

Hestia

$$$$ 607 W 3rd St

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.

Raphael Brion

Franklin Barbecue’s Tacos & Coffee

$$$$
TacosBBQTex-Mex  in  East Austin
$$$$ 900 E 11th St

The meat whisperers over at Franklin Barbecue opened a trailer serving coffee and breakfast tacos on flour tortillas. There are options like the house-made sausage, chorizo, and the legendary brisket, chopped up and cooked on a flattop.

We checked out the trailer and put it on our Hit List.

November

Julia Keim / Giant Noise

Kalimotxo

$$$$
$$$$ 607 W 3rd St Suite 105

Kalimotxo is the new Spanish-inspired bar in front of Hestia from the people behind Emmer & Rye. It serves Basque-style pintxos - similar to tapas - and small plates.

We checked out Kalimotxo and put it on our Hit List.

Garrett White

Central Machine Works

$$$$
$$$$ 4824 E Cesar Chavez St

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.

October

The Meteor

The Meteor

$$$$ 2110 S Congress Ave

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.

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