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Restaurants in Austin, Texas - Austin is full of fantastic restaurants. From fine dining to comfort food, you're bound to find everything you like from Austin restaurants.

There’s a new restaurant on West 5th Street and we love it so much we’re willing to forgive the fact that Houston had it first! Liberty Kitchen opened at 5th and Pressler earlier this month (next door to Tacos-n-Tequila), and while the menu is seafood-forward, you’re going to need more than one visit to fully comprehend everything that Liberty has to offer.

The space itself is beautiful and pays homage to both the Texas coast, and the Lone Star State in general, but it’s the exceptional food and superlative service at Liberty that really sets it apart.

The menu is a bit overwhelming at first glance, but the staff is uncommonly knowledgeable and happy to help guide guests through the various sections. Deciding where to begin is the hardest part! Our suggestion is to start cold… if you’re into oysters; they’ve got ‘em from the gulf and beyond.

Regardless of what section of the menu you decide to explore next, be sure to order the Deviled Egg Trial– Trust us on this one!

Deviled Egg Trial

Deviled Egg Trial

We tried several other remarkable dishes, including Lulu’s Sicilian Seafood Salad, which is one of the best salads I’ve had in Austin, and a surprising personal favorite (suggested by a very friendly Chef named Crash), the Point Judith Squid & Sausage Stuffing.

Point Judith Squid & Sausage Stuffing

Point Judith Squid & Sausage Stuffing

Other menu highlights include the 40oz to Freedom Gumbo, and the immensely popular  Shanghai Salt & Chile Fried Lobster.

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Shanghai Salt & Chile Fried Lobster

Still on my wish list: The King Crab and Cheddar Mac & Cheese, several of the daily specials, and the entire brunch menu. As I said before, Liberty Kitchen will take more than one visit to conquer, and I’m up for the challenge.

www.LibertyKitchenATX.com

Cover Photo Courtesy of Jack Opatrany

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Chi’lantro fans rejoice! Their second brick & mortar location has opened on Burnet Road! They opened their first brick & mortar on South Lamar this January, and yesterday at their second location.

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There is not a bad thing on the menu. But for the sake of conversation, here is the rundown of my favorites. Start with the chips and esquites (a magical mix of corn, cotija cheese, Korean pepper and magic sauce). The K-Pops are also amazing, after sampling all of them, I couldn’t pick a favorite. Also, of course you have to get the kimchi fries, they’re legendary.

Enter to win a $100 gift card here!

Hours: 10:30 am – 10:00 pm

Location:
Chi’lantro
5222 Burnet Road
Austin, Texas 78756

Lamar Location:
1509 South Lamar Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78704

http://www.chilantrobbq.com

Peached Tortilla

A Taste of Koko

Jane is the Editor of Austin’s top food blog, A Taste of Koko, covering the hottest restaurants and weekend getaways. She strives to inspire your inner foodie by guiding you to the most delicious finds in the city through mouth-watering food photography.

Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for her daily finds.

 

The weather has been amazing in Austin and I’m taking full advantage with outdoor brunches, fresh coconuts, and lots of ice cream. Read on for my monthly favorites!

 

Contigo

WHERE TO BRUNCH: Contigo

2027 Anchor Ln, Austin, TX 78723

Picnic tables, sparkling lights, and large cedar elms makes a meal at Contigo Austin feel like an escape from the city. Contigo tops the list of best places for outdoor brunch in Austin!

SEE ALSO: Ultimate Guide to Best Brunches in Austin

 

Taco Deli

WHERE TO LUNCH: Taco Deli

* multiple locations

I always order the blue plate combo with your choice of any 2 tacos (seafood is my fav) served with rice and beans.

 

Peached Tortilla

WHERE TO DINNER: Peached Tortilla

5520 Burnet Rd #100, Austin, TX 78756

Asian and Southern comfort food with a modern twist at it’s best, and without the hefty price tag! Peached Tortilla serves up unique rice bowls, savory noodle dishes, fun twists on dessert and a mouth-watering cocktail menu. Be sure to order the slow braised pork belly bowl, and the Thai Chop Chop Salad.

SEE ALSO: 21 Reasons Why Peached Tortilla’s Brick & Mortar is Austin’s Best New Restaurant

 

Juju Juice

WHERE TO JUICE: Juju Juice

1010 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702

This walk-up juice stand attached to Cenote serves up fresh coconuts, juices, and smoothies to keep you hydrated all summer long.

 

Lick Ice Creams

WHERE TO GET DESSERT: Lick Ice Creams

2032 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

Lick specializes in artisan ice cream made in small batches with local and seasonal ingredients that are picked weekly from farms. Try the goat cheese and thyme or seasonal flavors like grapefruit with champagne marshmallows. Their second location is opening soon on Burnet Road.

 

Sweet Berry Farm

LOCAL EVENT: Sweet Berry Farms

1801 FM1980, Marble Falls, TX 78654

Located just outside of Austin in Marble Falls, Sweet Berry Farms is the perfect weekend destination for friends and family! Pick your own strawberries (in season now), blackberries, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, pumpkins, and more. Be sure to bring cash and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty in.

 

With so many new food trucks popping up, it’s hard to know which are worthy of your appetite. Our friends at Austin Passbook are food truck experts, and they’ve gone out and tried many of the new trucks (there are so many!) and created a quick list of 5 you must try. If they’ve missed some great ones, let us know your new favorites in the comments below.

1. 40 North – The pizzas here are neapolitan style. With their handmade mozzarella, wood fired brick oven, and the perfect balance of chew, crunch, and airiness to their crust, you’re going to love these pies.

40-North

2. Uncle Bob’s BBQ – Thomas Claybar and Shawn Jackson are one of the newest BBQ trucks in town, and they’re doing it right. They’ve got a lot of BBQ options with Pork, Beef Brisket and Sausages smoked daily.

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3. Boteco ATX – Brazilian born owner Fernando Marri brings some authentic flavors to their new truck. Some of the ingredients can’t even be found in Austin. Grab some authentic food here and watch a soccer game on their truck mounted TV.

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4. Bistro Vonish – Owner and Chef Craig Vanis has created a new experience with this truck offering high-end vegan delights. Whether you’re vegan or not, you’ll find something to love on the ever changing menu.

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5. TLocs Sonora Hot Dogs – Simply calling these creations hot dogs don’t do them justice. These Sonora Dogs, artfully crafted by owner Miguel Kaiser, are a guilty pleasure.

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If you’d like to try these food trucks as well as 23 others, check out the Austin Passbook. It offers 2-for-1 deals on some of the best items at 28 of Austin’s best trucks. If you’re lucky, you can pick one up for only $15 during the pre-sale on the Summer edition until May 15th. Check it out here.

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It’s a good day to be an Austinite. The 2015 ACL lineup was announced this morning and today, Shake Shack on South Lamar opens at 11 am!

Burger monsters come one, come all. The wait is over, you can finally get your Shake Shack fix. They’re known for their burgers, crinkle fries and shakes, last night I put them to the test and they didn’t disappoint. They have local beers from Hops & Grain, Independence Brewing Co., Real Ale Brewing, Karbach Brewing Co. and Austin Eastciders.

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Austin’s Shake Shack will feature a Lockhart Link Burger a cheeseburger topped with “griddled” Kreuz Market jalapeno cheese sausages, pickles, and ShackSauce.

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Their dessert menu also pays respects to Austin with the Uchi-concerte made with Uchi and Uchiko miso hazelnut blondie and huckleberry jam. The Cold Shot, made with vanilla and chocolate custard, brown sugar caramel sauce, chocolate toffee, and malt powder is named after a song by singer, Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Shake Shack also features a pet menu that offers pooch-inis and dog biscuits. 5% of of Uchi-concrete sales will be donated to Austin Pets Alive.

North Austinites, fear not, a Domain location is set to open later this summer.

Location:
Lamar Union
1100 South Lamar
Austin, Texas 78704

https://www.shakeshack.com/home

This May makes 35 years that Kerbey Lane has been dishing out some of the best pancakes and queso in Austin!

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They’re celebrating today by donation 100% of net proceeds from ALL Austin locations to United Way for Greater Austin today – tomorrow morning at 6 am.

Today from 4 pm – 6 pm they’ll be having birthday celebrations as their locations complete with miniature horses, face painting, and balloon animals.

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The celebration starts today as Kerbey Lane Cafe kicks-off their “35 Days Until 35” social media campaign with giveaways, including gift cards, t-shirts, pancake mix and more available on their social media pages. Follow Kerbey Lane Cafe on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for more updates and information.

When: today, May 4th 6 am– tomorrow, May 5th 6am

Location:
Kerbey Lane Locations

https://www.facebook.com/events/913825101971463/

Photo Credit: Kerbey Lane Cafe Facebook Page

Sa-Ten Coffee

A Taste of Koko

Jane is the Editor of Austin’s top food blog, A Taste of Koko, covering the hottest restaurants and weekend getaways. She strives to inspire your inner foodie by guiding you to the most delicious finds in the city through mouth-watering food photography.

Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for her daily finds.

I recently discovered a Indian restaurant on the East side with a lunch special that’s hard to beat, a new restaurant that I’m obsessed with, and a coffee shop that’s easily become my favorite hideout. Read on for my monthly favorites!

Nasha Austin

WHERE TO LUNCH: Nasha

1614 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702

The thali platters, a traditional Indian lunch, are only $7 – 9 for lunch with the curry of the day (meat or vegetarian), two veggies, a dessert, basmati rice, and naan. A steal!

Try the curry margarita while you’re there!

Italic Restaurant

WHERE TO DINNER: Italic

123 W Sixth St Austin, Texas

My current obsession is the Italic, the new Italian restaurant opened by the ELM Restaurant group of 24 Diner, Easy Tiger, and Arro. The spaghetti carbonara is to die for, the pizzas are a must-try, and the steak is the best I’ve ever had. 

RELATED: Italic, Austin’s First Rustic Italian Restaurant Has Officially Opened

Sa-Ten Coffee

WHERE TO COFFEE: Sa-Tén Coffee and Eats

Bldg 3, Ste 101, 916 Springdale Rd, Austin, TX 78702

I adore this artsy and relaxed Japanese-inspired coffee shop and cafe, tucked away in the Canopy complex in East Austin on Springdale Road. Be sure to order the o-hi-yo coffee and one of their Japanese toasts.

Raven & Lily

SHOP AT THIS LOCAL SHOP: Raven & Lily

Raven & Lily is a local Austin shop that carries fair trade jewelry, clothing, accessories and gifts handmade with naturally dyed fabrics and locally-sourced, eco-friendly materials. I love that they’re a socially-conscious lifestyle brand that’s dedicated to empowering women through design!

Austin Food & Wine Festival

ATTEND THIS LOCAL EVENT: Austin Food & Wine Festival

April 24-26, 2015 – Austin, TX

Austin Food + Wine Festival returns this year to host more than 40 events over three days at Auditorium Shores and Republic Square Park, including hands-on grilling demonstrations; expanded interactive fire pits helmed by an all-star lineup of chefs; Grand Tasting tents offering food, wine and cocktail tastings; live musical performances; chef tastings; book signings; and much more.

The ELM Restaurant Group (Easy Tiger, 24 Diner, and Arro) recently debuted their Italian concept, Italic. Not surprisingly, this spot is a home run.

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The menu features everything from polenta, burrata, pizza from their stone-hearth oven, spaghetti carbonara and more. They have an amazing Italian wine list, local and internationally renowned craft beers and Italian inspired cocktails. 

Happy Hour aficionados will be pleased to learn that complimentary fresh-baked focaccia sandwich with meats and cheeses will accompany all bar beverages ordered weekdays between 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm.

The rustic Italian space is simple yet comfortable. They have outdoor seating that is perfect as it’s prime patio season, and the spot is perfect for everything from a girls night out to a date night!

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Location:
123 W. 6th Street
Austin, Texas 78701

http://italicaustin.com

Photo Credit: Italic Austin Website

I always say that Austin needs more events to appreciate cars!

Well Top Notch (where some of the classic Dazed and Confused was filmed)  is making it happen tonight with their live music, hot rod, and movie night!

Local car lovers will love checking out all the sweet rides.

Don’t forget to bring a chair. They sell beer but not wine, so you can bring your own wine.

I highly recommend their onion rings and fried chicken, treat yourself!

If you are looking for other fun happening in Austin this weekend, check out our Weekend Top Picks!

Admission: free

When: today, April 4th

Time: 5:00 p.m.

Location:
Top Notch Hamburgers
7525 Burnet Road
Austin, Texas 78757

https://www.facebook.com/events/1566956866899221/ 

Photo Credit: Top Notch Facebook Page

Happy Good Friday! Haymaker is hosting their 2nd Annual Good Friday Fish Fry and its going to be an afternoon of fun and fish!

They’ll have beer battered Alaskan cod, French fries and home made coleslaw. Drink specials include $2 frozen margaritas and $3 beer-ritas. Although my favorite part of the party may be the adult sno cones!

When: today, April 3rd

Time: 4 pm

Location:
Haymaker
2310 Manor Road
Austin, Texas 78722

https://www.facebook.com/events/1627904690779572/

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