Sure, Austin already has an impressive food scene, but in a city that is growing exponentially, in every neighborhood things are bound to change. Unsurprisingly, this spring we’re welcoming a few new eateries onto the scene. What is surprising is that some are really, really worth getting off the couch for. These 11 are particularly noteworthy.
Native is one of the trendiest hotels in the city. Its new kitchen is also one of the hottest spots to grab a drink and a bite to eat while you enjoy whatever live music is playing that evening. Filled with adventurous spirits who are staying the night as well as locals, this venue cultivates curiosity and encourages wanderlust. Native is a kinetic collision of music, arts, warm beds, sleepless nights, food and spirits.
Be More Pacific
Cafe, Restaurant, Filipino, $$$
Similar to many of the town’s famous eateries, Be More Pacific started out as a food truck before its popularity forced it to move into a brick-and-mortar. This Filipino food concept is all kinds of interesting and like nothing else in town. Its cocktails are wildly creative (one even uses feta cheese) and its food is no less extravagant with its use of purple yams, fruit jellies and whole fish.
Brasserie, Restaurant, Spanish, $$$
Although this opened last fall, this is worth a mention because of its slow acceleration into the collective imagination of the city. Spanish food presented in a modern interpretation, expect items to sound familiar but don’t be surprised if they look like nothing you’ve seen before. Don’t worry though; after you’ve finished Instagramming every beautiful dish, you’ll still be impressed with the taste.
Dai Due Taqueria
Food Kiosk, Market, Contemporary, $$$
Dai Due is already a favorite on the east side of town, but chef Jesse Griffiths decided to take things up a notch, and when the new Fareground food hall opened, he was one of the first to set up shop. His new concept serves tacos and tortas with the meditated perfection that he exhibits at his flagship restaurant. The Mexican cuisine is made with Texas flavor and is absolutely legit.
Restaurant, American, $$$
If you want brunch all day, every day, you need to get over to Holy Roller. This brand new eatery is full of hearty dishes that are creative reimaginations of old standbys. Think Grilled Cheesus and migas kolaches. There are also blue plate specials galore to satisfy even the hungriest of the hungry.
Bistro, Cafe, Italian, $$$
A new bright spot under one of those streamlined apartment highrises, La Matta is full of fresh interior design and food. Housemade bread accompanies wonderfully vibrant salads and envelops layers of artisanal cured meats for hearty, gourmet sandwiches. Everything here is best eaten on the patio in the sunshine with a fresh bottle of Topo Chico.
Bistro, French, $$$
Another project from New Waterloo, Le Politique is yet another French addition to Austin’s dining scene. The gorgeous interior and the large space is a refreshing reprisal against the typical cramped French brasserie. The menu offers French classics from appetizers to desserts. So if you’re in the mood for steak frites, salade lyonnaise, trout almandine or crème brulée, bienvenue.
Bistro, Mexican, $$$
Walk into the interior of Mexico as reinvented for the 21st century. This Mexican-inspired eatery is brand new as of March 22 and is founded by the same guy who helped launch Austin mainstays Barley Swine and Odd Duck. Suerte tweaks familiar Mexican dishes by topping tostadas with beets or smashed avocados. It’s a bit like reinventing Austin brunch staples. There is also your typical pork belly carnitas, but it’s smothered in a pecan salsa. Don’t worry, though; the tortillas are as classic as they come, as Suerte focuses on heirloom masa which they use in a variety of their dishes.
Paris in a Bite
Bakery, French, $$$
Paris in a bite is ooh-la-la French. Opened by a French couple this year, the bakery-cafe is a magnet for francophiles throughout Austin. As you would expect, the eatery serves typical French fare like coffee, cheese plates, caviar, French wines and champagne. And lots of pastries. The menu rotates, so don’t be surprised if you’re presented with an all-new list each time you go.
Bar, Pub, Pub Grub, $$$
Although new to the scene, this bar has already adopted the feel of the neighborhood. Located where the Dog & Duck used to be (you know, that old college favorite), not much about the interior has changed, but the food has adopted a distinctively Southern twang. With a menu populated by small plates and snacks, expect to see things like deviled eggs, crispy chicken skin with Louisiana hot sauce, fried okra and classic Southern pimento and cheese.