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The Austin restaurant landscape stayed true to the tradition of the last ten years with incredible growth. Over 100 restaurants opened in the city this year, and we lost some longtime staples as well.
Attempting to eat at every new restaurant this year would be delicious, but also nearly impossible. We here at 365 Things Austin gave it our best shot, and these are a few of the new spots we hope will stick around for years to come.
Tune in for our podcast with Jane Ko (@atasteofkoko) detailing our favorite openings of the year, and mourning the restaurants we lost in 2019.
The name Nixta is derived from the word nixtamalization, which refers to the process by which the Aztecs used corn and lime juice to make the world’s first corn tortillas. Owners Edgar and Sara claim that the secret to their amazing tacos starts with those traditional recipes and preparations passed down from generation to generation.
The colorful spot on E 12th is dangerously close to our office here at 365 Things Austin, and we’ve been gorging ourselves on tacos and drinking agua frescas ever since they opened.
What we’re eating: the Beet “Tartare” Tostada, and the breakfast taco … often for lunch.
2512 E 12th Street
Walking into this patio restaurant and bar feels like stepping through a portal to Japan. The high walls make the ambience immersive and entertaining, and the food is incredibly authentic. This concept from the Tatsu-ya team won’t be the only new opening from them on this list.
What we’re eating: Katsu Curry (paired with frozen foam-capped Kirin drafts).
1600 E 6th Street
The latest concept from Larry McGuire and the MMH Group is a counter-service bakery, deli, and rotisserie by day, that turns into a vibey dinner spot with an extensive wine and cocktails list at night.
Check out their Friday Market Dinner for a special three-course dinner and dessert weekly from $40 per person.
What we’re eating: bagels and lox for breakfast, and ANY of the signature sandwiches in the afternoon.
1120 W 6th Street
The second concept the Tatsu-ya team launched in 2019 may have opened to even more hype than the previously mentioned Domo Alley-Gato. DDD is a “Shabu Shabu” restaurant, which translates to “Swish Swish” and traditionally involves a plethora of meats and veggies that are dipped into a communal pot to cook. At DDD guests receive their own pots and choice of broths, but we highly encourage trying the other broths at your table as well.
The food at this place is crazy good, but the experience itself is even better. It’s our current top pick for date nights in the city.
What we’re eating: one of the omakase options, Truffle Sukiyaki for dipping, and a handful of items from the tableside carts that come through the dining room.
7301 Burnet Road
There are only a few options on the menu, but this hole in the wall near the UT campus serves some of the best al pastor tacos in the city. Order a couple and a Topo Chico and watch as your pork is carved off the spit and grilled right in front of you.
What we’re eating: Al. Pastor. Tacos.
104 E 31st Street
Philip Speer has opened several superlative restaurants in Austin, but his latest might be our favorite. Comedor lives in a newly constructed building downtown and the beautiful space is complemented by exceptional service and even better food.
What we’re eating: the bone marrow tacos are definitely the crowd favorite here, but we recommend cozying up at the bar and allowing the bartender to take the wheel on ordering.
501 Colorado Street
As mentioned previously, there are restaurants that likely should be on this list but aren’t, simply because we haven’t been to them yet. Here are a few we’ve heard good things about but have yet to try:
- Vixen’s Wedding
Did we miss your favorite new spot? Feel free to fill us in at hello@365ThingAustin.com
Tailgating season is officially upon us. It’s still hot as hades and the leaves aren’t turning orange, but the city is turning burnt orange, so that means it’s fall! And we’ve got big news to share: Favor, the Austin-born delivery service, has figured out a way for us to be fabulous day-drinking hosts without any of the stress. Whether we win at football or not, we are winning at life.
Score big this season with Favor’s free delivery of beer and wine from H-E-B! And there’s no membership fee required. They are doing this in more than 30 cities across Texas, including dear old ATX. Imagine all the use cases for this one—last-minute game watch at your house, impromptu happy hour, and any other time you need chardonnay fast.
You can choose from the best selection in Texas at the exact same everyday low prices you see in H-E-B stores. They have everything from Austin Eastciders and Victory Golden Monkey to Black Box Wine and La Crema. And the best of all, there is no minimum delivery required. If you just need one six pack delivered to your couch, why shouldn’t you have it? What a time to be alive!
You will need to show a valid photo ID when your order arrives, so be prepared for that, but that’s about as complicated as it gets. Click here to learn more about Favor and most importantly, to get the app! In addition to beer and wine, they have endless delivery options from all of your favorite spots—from Starbucks and Chick-fil-A to all the best tacos in the land.
This free delivery offer lasts until the end of the year, so plan the next few months accordingly. Favor keeps bringing the best things in life straight our door, and we keep loving them for it.
Directed by David Gorvy, A Taco Told in Texas tells the story of the greatest tuna taco in the world, and a family that has profoundly impacted the Austin food landscape.
Jack Gilmore is the former chef of Z Tejas and the larger-than-life face of Jack Allen’s, one of the city’s most popular local chains. His son, Bryce Gilmore, is a five-time James Beard finalist and executive chef of Odd Duck and Barley Swine, Austin’s top-rated restaurant.
And then there’s Ralph …
Wake up, y’all! Here’s just what you need: Via 313 on East 6th is now doing $1 mimosas on Saturdays and Sundays! That crazy-delicious Detroit-style cheesy goodness is calling your name right now! See you there.
When: Today, August 5th
Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
1802 East 6th Street
Austin, Texas 78702
South Congress is a bustling street just below the river and Downtown Austin where you can spend an entire day without even hitting a side street. If you’re new in town or want to get an efficient taste of the city in one straight shot, here is a tried-and-true itinerary for this super-famous part of town …
Start with brunch at Perla’s. “A seafood restaurant for brunch?” you say, exasperated. Yes. You’ll see. Order the Crab Florentine, a twist on the classic eggs benedict, except, you know, with crab instead. Wash it down with a bloody mary, and yes, add a cocktail shrimp for a couple bucks extra, if only for the Instagram picture you’ll take.
Next, it’s time for some shopping. SoCo is home to a ton of vintage stores. Feathers is always a good bet. And check out Prototype Vintage where you may find that rare Iron Maiden tour T-shirt you’ve been looking for. Men of all ages flock to Stag, a heralded menswear boutique stocking everything from swim trunks and henleys to cologne and flasks. Need some cowboy boots? Allens. A Day of the Dead wedding cake topper? Tesoros. Your shopping needs are covered on just this one street.
After a long day of shopping, refuel at Jo’s coffee shop for an iced turbo, which is exactly what it sounds like: a cold drink that provides a big boost. Sit outside and people-watch; it’s a hallmark of South Congress. If you want to look like a tourist, take a picture in front of the “I Love You So Much” wall out back.
Hop right next door after you’re caffeinated to the Hotel San Jose’s outdoor patio. It’s time for a drink. Order a michelada with Modelo or a glass of rose and relax. If it’s time for another meal already, dinner at the legendary Guero’s Taco Bar is never a bad idea.
Whew. OK, you’re off to C-Boy’s Heart & Soul, a hip, double-decker bar near the intersection of Oltorf and South Congress. On any given night, a soul or blues band will be playing inside, and the outdoor patio is one of the best in town. Have an extra cocktail or beer, because the night is about to get pretty crazy.
Next stop, yes, is Ego’s.
Is it kind of a cluster? Is everyone inside very drunk? Is it located at the bottom of a parking garage? Yes, yes, and yes, but it’s also an Austin rite of passage to wobble into Ego’s for a late-night karaoke session. Tip the DJ if you want to sing your heart out to Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” before closing. You’ll be glad you did.
Tonight you can go on a wine adventure around the world, without ever leaving Austin. Every second Wednesday of the month, St. Genevieve is hosting four unique wines from all over the globe. Learn more about wine and dive into what makes each one so interesting and complex. You can mingle while enjoying small bites or relax and enjoy the ambiance. Want another glass? Grab another one for just $5.
$20 a person for a glass of all 4 wines
$5 more for another glass
Special pricing to buy each bottle
Small bites to accompany the wines
When: Today, April 11th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
11500 Rock Rose Ave
Austin, Texas 78758
Local hero chefs Tyson Cole and Aaron Franklin invite you to a preview of their new restaurant Loro! Come sample the menu, enjoy a surprise performance, and celebrate the big opening in support of one of their favorite causes, No Kid Hungry.
When: Today, March 29th
Time: 7 – 10 p.m.
Get your tickets here!
2115 South Lamar Boulevard
Austin, TX 78704
Whether you’re an ATX transplant or born-and-raised, there are a few things everyone comes to know by heart: Tacos are acceptable for every meal, Austin is weird, and all your friends talk about moving here. But how well do you really know Austin when it comes to being healthy … or at least kind of healthy?
Don’t sweat it, yet—we’ve got you covered! Our friends at Fitt have narrowed down the options. Fitt’s healthyish guide to Austin is your go-to for grub you can feel good about eating, sweat spots that’ll actually make you want to workout, and the best local spots to hang out with your crew. Now, the hard task of choosing (or trying them all) is all yours!
Put up your peace fingers. Flower Child has proven itself as hotspot for salads, soups, mix-and-match bowls, and wraps of the truly healthy variety. Head to their digs in The Domain or downtown on 2nd St. on a day when you don’t have to do anything but enjoy the sunny patio and your Mother Earth Bowl. Like any healthy eatery, the dishes here are highly customizable, so you can order exactly what your inner flower child is craving.
Café No Sé
Head over to South Congress to snack at Café No Sé. It occupies the amazing South Congress Hotel and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner creations to die for. This all-day cafe offers innovative takes on healthy dishes with the freshest ingredients. Think quinoa bowls, tuna poke, kale salads, and more. The vibe is great, too — you know, the kind you can’t help but Instagram … so have those phones close by.
Picnik fits the bill if you’re looking for clean eating. Priding themselves on real food, Picnik serves up dishes like the Southwest Hash in the AM and Eggplant Rollatini for PM. Plus, count on lots of Butter Coffees (they’re the butter coffee connoisseurs around here), or go for one of their delicious heathyish cocktails. At either location, you can find lots of real (and local) foods free of any gluten, corn, peanut, or soy products.
Black Swan Yoga
Whether you live north, south, or somewhere in between, Black Swan Yoga has a studio nearby. But beyond being super convenient, all of its locations offer fun, donation-based classes with an upbeat soundtrack and funky-fresh lighting. Instructors here are encouraged to express themselves in their practice—no class is the same! Their Power Yoga sessions are a community favorite, but you’ll want to have a bit of beginner experience under your belt before you check ’em out.
This is a gym as much as it’s a movement in South Austin—and they make the word “boutique” a little less cutesy. Workouts are uniquely planned, interval-driven, and involve a combination of strength and endurance training. Each week, you can expect to experience three kinds of workouts: momentum, anaerobic, and durability (MAD). Not to worry though—intensity is tailored to your needs and all levels of fitness are welcome.
Onnit Academy Gym
Onnit Academy Gym is the real deal. The trainers here focus on technique and advanced methodologies that deliver crazy results and peak performance (though, they cater to aspiring athletes, too). You’ll get an in-depth understanding of the fundamentals from trainers who really know their shit. Head over to this South Austin gym if you’re ready for ropes, kettlebells, weighted maces, sprints, and one heck of a post-workout protein shake!
Ah, Zilker. The crown jewel of the Austin parks system. A large expanse of grass crawling with pick-up soccer games, cute dogs, picnics, and people reading books under trees. Zilker also hosts some of Austin’s most famous festivals throughout the year: Austin City Limits, Kite Festival, Trail of Lights, Zilker Relays, and Blues on the Green. This place truly is an outdoor oasis.
If escaping the heat is your main goal, Barton Springs Pool is the best place to do it. The water is spring-fed and sustains a chilly 68 degrees year round. Wade in the deep end, take a jump off the diving board, or spend your afternoon people-watching. Bonus: You don’t need to pay an entrance fee to enjoy the best of Barton Springs. The greenbelt is free, and along the hiking path you can find Gus Fruh and Twin Falls—two great places to take a relaxing dip or throw yourself off a rope swing.
Lady Bird Lake Trail
Austin’s beloved (and convenient) Lady Bird Lake Trail is a 10-mile loop with a number of access points. With entry at Downtown, Zilker, and Butler Park, it feels like a natural refuge right in the heart of the city. Dogs, joggers, walkers, and strollers populate this busy route, enjoying skyline views and access to the river. There are also stops along the way to rent paddleboards and kayaks if you’re looking to cool off from the Texas heat.
A bake shop AND a beer garden—say no more. Easy Tiger on East 6th gives you the best of both worlds with delicious brews, pastries, pretzels, and the list goes on. And if you thought this spot couldn’t get any better, think again. Easy Tiger has a killer outdoor patio that’s the perfect place for a laid-back hang sesh or an epic ping pong battle with friends. In Cedar Park and craving one of Easy Tiger’s house-made sweets? Stop by their outpost in Whole Foods Market 365 for a quick fix.
How do you say no to house-made sausage, craft beer, Big Band Brunch, Smoke Out Saturday, and an off-leash dog park? At Banger’s Sausage House on 79 & 81 Rainey Street, you’re always in for some good, old-fashioned fun, quality food, and Texas-sized hospitality. And with an outdoor patio that’s second to none, you’re going to have to be convinced to leave once it’s time to close shop.
All the convenience of your backyard but with local beer and spirits on deck, kick back at Yard Bar on Burnet Road. to unwind. Oh, and we should mention that they have an off-leash dog park, complete with “bark rangers” to pet-sit your pooch while you wolf down hush puppies, burgers, and charcuterie boards with your friends. Don’t want to let your dog do all the socializing? Take a shady seat in the yard with your beer and forget you have a care in the world.
Easy Tiger and Madabolic images via Instagram.
Bottomless mimosas you say? Challenge accepted! Spend your Saturday at this charming waterfront spot—where $10 gets you all the breakfast drinks you could ever want.
It looks like the rain has subsided for the day, so why not grab some friends and post up at a table on the lake for a few hours?
When: Today, February 3rd
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
74 Trinity St.
Austin, Texas 78701
As someone who owns a business that’s all about doing things, I have to practice what I preach. That means I’m constantly on the go in Austin—an art opening, a yoga class in the park, a meeting downtown, and oooh look, a new happy hour place! I love it all, but I don’t have a lot of time left over in the day to shop for groceries—let alone cook myself an actual dinner. So food delivery apps are my saving grace, and these days I have a new favorite: DoorDash.
DoorDash is a national company that has been growing its Austin presence for over a year now, and they are serious about this city. They have a regional headquarters right here and a team of locals who love the Austin food scene as much as we do. That means they bring the best of both worlds—a huge selection of the biggest national chains and a growing list of local gems like Tamale House, G’Raj Mahal, East Side King, Super Burrito on 5th, and Flyrite Chicken. There are more than 250 places available for delivery in Downtown Austin.
The app itself is easy to use, with live order tracking (including driver GPS), local staff selections, and featured restaurants with free delivery. The “Try Me Free” section at the top has a rotating list of great spots to choose from. I love the way all the menu details are loaded into the app, which makes it simple to customize your order and breeze through the whole process. It also means much less room for human error. And that’s important when you need something very specific, like two extra sides of ranch.
Plus DoorDash goes above and beyond their competition by surprising customers with crazy giveaways and discounts. Earlier this month they gave away over 10,000 slices of cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory and partnered with Shake Shack on National Cheeseburger Day to give away free cheeseburgers.
Download the app and try it for yourself. For the next week, receive free delivery on one order of $15 or more! Use promo code 365ATX.
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