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By Molly McManus/CultureMap

The CultureMap Tastemaker Awards is an annual celebration of the top talent in the restaurant and bar industry, shining a light on the people and places that make Austin’s dining scene so special.

To honor new restaurants that have hit all the marks — great food, service, and ambiance — and continue to impress local diners, 16 of the best new restaurants in Austin will go head to head in CultureMap’s annual Tastemaker tournament. The results are in your hands as you decide who will be crowned Best New Restaurant of 2016.

As part of the 2016 CultureMap Tastemaker Awards, vote for your favorites in the bracket-style elimination challenge now through May 16. Voting for the first round ends on May 7.

Before you vote, get a taste of all the nominees.

We’ve combed through this year’s Austin Passbook to find some of the best date night and day-date ideas.  If you’re not familiar with the Austin Passbook, it’s a little passport-sized book curated each summer with some of Austin’s best food trucks and activities all offering a 2-for-1 (check it out here). Most of the date ideas we came up with have a food and activity to enjoy. So grab a significant other, a friend, your husband or wife, or your dog (we are in Austin) and go have some fun!

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Active Date:

Burro Cheese Kitchen + Juice Austin + Capital Cruises

Start off with lunch and a Juice on South Congress at Burro Cheese Kitchen and their accompanying food truck Juice Austin.  Next head towards the Capital Cruises located at the Hyatt Dock where you can rent a Swan Boat to take out onto Town Lak

See the City:

Austin Bike Tours and Rentals + Austin City Lemons

Start the day off a 2 hour bike tour of Austin courtesy of Austin Bike Tours and Rentals then walk and shop Austin’s famous S. Congress Ave. quenching your thirst with some delicious beverages at Austin City Lemons.

Breakfast Date:

Toaster + Congress Ave Kayaks

Start your day off with Brunch at Toaster then head over to Congress Avenue Kayaks for some kayaking or paddle boarding to kick your day off.

Classy Dinner & Drive-In

Bistro Vonish + Blue Starlite Urban Drive-In

Head over to Bistro Vanish for a delicious vegan dinner (yes, even your meat eating date is going to like it). Next it’s off to the Blue Starlite Drive-In to catch a flick. Did we mention you should fill your car with snacks?

The Night Out

Pubcrawler + Big Fat Greek Gyros + Little Lucy’s

Start the night off with the Pubcrawler Social Suds Tour (a BYOB moving bar powered by pedals), then head over for a bite and dessert at Big Fat Greek Gyros & Little Lucy’s on Rainey St and enjoy the local nightlife.

Double Date:

40 North + Regal Ravioli + Bananarchy + Holy Cacao

We recommend a double date for the amount of food you get.  Both Regal Ravioli and 40 North share dining tables, so you can order from both.  Start your evening out on S. 1st St. with a couple pizzas from 40 North & ravioli from Regal Ravioli.  This location is BYOB, so you can bring wine for your Italian fare, but if you forgot to bring some, you can alway grab a bottle from the 1st Food Mart next door.  After, continue along S. 1st St. to Bananarchy for their unreal chocolate covered banana delights.  Next it’s off to Holy Cacao for an after dinner espresso.

Bring the Kids Along:

Gebby’s BBQ + Dock & Roll Diner + The Celia Jacobs Cheesecake Experience + The Science Cream

This date night is great for the kids too!  The Midway Food Park in South West Austin has a playground and open space for the kids to play while you enjoy some great food and live music.  Start off with your main fare including both Dock & Roll Diner’s lobster rolls and Gebby’s BBQ barbecue. Then you’re in for a treat your kids will love as well because The Celia Jacobs Cheesecake Experience serves up delectable mini cheesecake bites and The Science Cream makes your ice cream in front of you using liquid nitrogen.  Did we mention this food truck park is BYOB?

The Austin Passbook is having a pre-sale for $10 off their normal price for the next few days, so if you’re going to buy one, this is the time!

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No matter how old you are, it’s not easy being away from your mama on Mother’s Day. Sure you can call her, Skype her, and send her a musical greeting card, but will that properly thank her for all the sweet notes she put in your lunchbox and the magically healing kisses for your scraped knees? Probably not. Luckily we live in the modern world, so for all you Austinites with moms in Houston or Dallas, know this: Favor will deliver anything for a $5 delivery fee!

Want to send her an arrangement of flowers from a local florist? How about a Fiddle Leaf Fig tree? Gluten-free cupcakes? Flan from her favorite Mexican restaurant? A bottle of fancy bath salts? For all of this and so much more, favor has your covered. Their tagline is simply “Anything Delivered” and they really mean it. If you can’t be there in person, send a gift that shows how much you care.

First Favor? Use our code 365Things to waive the $5 fee. Click here to download the app!

Above: Sprinkles cupcakes, available in Houston and Dallas. 

If you think you’re too old for camp, think again. Last Halloween Alamo Drafthouse, Do512, and Karbach Brewing had the ingenious idea of creating a weekend-long, adult-only sleepaway camp party. They called it Camp Halloweekend and the fun that was had is now the stuff of legend:

We spent our days drinking beer while firing arrows, or climbing on rockwalls and ropes courses, or jumping off rope swings, or sliding down waterslides, or showing off our athletic prowess in heated whiffle ball matches, then we spent the nights partying with incredible live music and watching classic camp movies on the Alamo’s outdoor screen.

As soon as the party was over, the creators of the event started planning the next iteration of the greatest camp that has ever existed. But a year was a really long time to wait, so they’ve dreamed up Camp BrewHaha. Registration is open now for May 6-8 and it’s bound to book up fast. Call your friends and get organized! Here’s how it works:

Your ticket includes your own bunk in an actual summer camp cabin, all activities on the camp grounds, concerts, movies, and meals, which will be prepared by Alamo Drafthouse Chefs. We’ll also have several open bars at screenings, concerts, and select activities (like a hot dog eating contest!), and everyone is welcome to bring other beverages that they may want to enjoy throughout the weekend.

Camp Halloweekend: An all-inclusive adult summer camp party by Do512 and the Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow, in Marble Falls, Texas. / Photo by www.hlkfotos.com

Camp Halloweekend: An all-inclusive adult summer camp party by Do512 and the Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow, in Marble Falls, Texas. / Photo by www.hlkfotos.com

Each bunk sleeps 10 adults, and you can select your ticket by the bunk so that you have the option of choosing some or all of your bunkmates. Check out the full map of the campground and pick out your favorite bunk, then purchase tickets on this site for your favorite available bunk.

Lastly, you could actually be the king or queen of camp! They’ll be tracking everyone’s activities throughout the weekend by giving campers merit badges for activities they complete. Whoever stands out and has the most badges at the end will ride off into the sunset on an amazing cooler scooter.

Happy camping! Oh and don’t be the first one to fall asleep … that’s just asking for it.

Camp Halloweekend: An all-inclusive adult summer camp party by Do512 and the Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow, in Marble Falls, Texas. / Photo by www.hlkfotos.com

Camp Halloweekend: An all-inclusive adult summer camp party by Do512 and the Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow, in Marble Falls, Texas. / Photo by www.hlkfotos.com


Heavyweights, Meatballs, Moonrise Kingdom, Addams Family Values, Wet Hot American Summer, and more


Swimming, the Blob, Ropes Course, Archery, Arts & Farts & Crafts, Wiffleball, Climbing Walls, Drinking, Relaxing, Maxing & Relaxing, Hot Dog Eating Contest, Bonfires, S’mores + Karaoke Talent Show & Music Video Dance Party

Camp Halloweekend: An all-inclusive adult summer camp party by Do512 and the Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow, in Marble Falls, Texas. / Photo by www.hlkfotos.com

Camp Halloweekend: An all-inclusive adult summer camp party by Do512 and the Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow, in Marble Falls, Texas. / Photo by www.hlkfotos.com

Above: The Alamo Drafthouse, Do512, and Karbach Brewing present CAMP BREWHAHA! from Alamo Drafthouse on Vimeo.



Just west of downtown Austin lies Clarksville, one of the most unique neighborhoods in the entire state of Texas. The area’s rich history began in 1871, when Charles Clark settled here after being freed from slavery. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.

Now almost frozen in time, Clarksville harkens back to the days of an older Austin, filled with historic homes, quirky restaurants, and mom-and-pop shopping. If you’re looking for the quintessential Austin experience, spend a day exploring this truly walkable neighborhood.


Start your day at Sweetish Hill Bakery, an Austin institution since 1975. Grab a Texas Coffee Traders espresso to enjoy with a cinnamon roll or a schnecken, a traditional German sticky bun. Then take a fresh-baked baguette and a chocolate croissant (or two) to go.

One of Austin’s oldest gallery spaces Artworks, features original paintings, sculptures, glassworks, and more. Head over to the 5,000-square-foot space to take it all in.


Next, stop at Nau’s Enfield Drug, a no-frills soda pop shop that will transport you all the way back to the days when you could grab a flat-top cheeseburger and a chocolate malt in the back of a pharmacy. The prices are a bit higher than they were in 1951, when Nau’s opened, but not by that much.

Walk down to 6th and Lamar to Waterloo Records, open since 1982, when vinyl was still king. This megastore still carries new and special release vinyl records, used classic albums, and a large variety of films, books, shirts, and even toys and trinkets. Whoever said that the record store was dead surely hasn’t been here.

End your day at Jeffrey’s, opened in 1975 and revamped in 2013. It’s been named one of the top 10 Best New Restaurants in America by Bon Appétit magazine. Get there early and sit at the bar for some crispy fried oysters and a Hokkaido Highball, a Japanese twist on the classic cocktail. Stay for dinner, and try one of four cuts of Wagyu beef topped with one of eight different classic toppings, including the ultra-decadent foie gras butter—an amazing way to cap of the day.

Here is one of our favorite Real Estate listings in the neighborhood.


For more information on Austin real estate contact Greg Walling of Moreland Properties



Austin’s favorite start-up has been expanding rapidly and making big moves across the country. They have just recently launched in the city that is home to the Philly cheesesteak. You guessed it – Favor has taken on Philadelphia!

Their pick-up zone covers the neighborhoods of Temple, University City, No Libs (Northern Liberties), Fishtown, Rittenhouse, Fairmont, Center City, and Old City. This zone will continue to expand.

Favor will delivery ANYTHING for a $5 delivery fee. Enter the promo code:  PhillyBlog and first delivery is free!

Tell all your Philly friends!

Vintage Market Days Austin Hill Country is an upscale vintage-inspired indoor/outdoor market featuring original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home décor, outdoor furnishings, consumable yummies, seasonal plantings, and more.

The Market is a three day event held just twice this year in the Austin Hill Country area. Each Vintage Market Days event is a unique opportunity for vendors to display their talents and passions in different venues.

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Early Buying Event on Friday    10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Saturday    10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday   10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Early Buying Event (3-Day Pass) $10
General Admission (Sat/Sun) $5

Admission for children under 12 is free.
Cash only at the gate please.

Location: Dripping Springs Ranch Park

Once purchased, your ticket is good for re-entry into the event all weekend.

More Info: http://austinhillcountry.vintagemarketdays.com/

Market Days Dark

Ladies grab your biggest derby hats and gentlemen come out sporting your most dapper attire—it’s time for the most exciting two minutes in sports! The second-annual Derby in the City Music Festival, an event that fuses everybody’s favorite horse race with live music, is the best way to catch the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby in Austin. Dress to impress and head downtown for an amazing lineup of live music featuring three recent ACL alums: Houndmouth, Jamestown Revival, and The Wind + The Wave. And come early as The Gents and Hello Wheels will be kicking things off. The best part? The Run for the Roses will be broadcast live on a jumbotron!

Odd Duck will be crafting their staple Makers Mark mint julep, along with a solid beer list from Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale, Deep Ellum Dallas Blonde, Odell Brewing IPA, and Sierra Nevada Otra Vez. Also on hand will be BBQ from Freedmen’s, fried chicken from Ms P’s Electric Cock, and Lick Ice Creams.

When: Saturday, May 7th

Time: Gates open at 1:30 p.m.

Austin American-Statesman West Lot
305 South Congress Ave.
Austin, TX, 78704

Cost: General Admission is $25/$35 day of event, VIP is $75

*Spring for VIP and do the derby right! You’ll get access to a private spot under the oak trees with seating and a bunch of complimentary perks: food, massages from Austin Massage company, luxury toilets, and a dedicated bar.

Here’s the full event schedule:
Houndmouth – 7:15 – 8:45 p.m.
Jamestown Revival – 5:45 – 6:50 p.m.
Kentucky Derby Coverage on jumbotron – 5:15 – 5:45 p.m.
The Wind + The Wave – 4:15 – 5:15 p.m.
The Gents – 2:55 – 3:35 p.m.
Hello Wheels – 2:00 – 2:35 p.m.

If you love everything about New Orleans—the culture, the music, and the mayhem—then don’t miss Abita’s Big Easy Tour, which is headed to Austin April 29-30. The folks at Abita will be rolling into town with the Young Pin Stripe brass band to celebrate the launch of their new Big Easy IPA. The event is totally free and will include Abita giveaways, tons of Mardi Gras beads, and heart-stomping live music. There will be several stops in Austin over the course of two days, so you can join up with the fun at any point. Here’s the full schedule:

Friday, April 29

4:00 p.m. Whole Foods HQ

8:00 p.m. Mean Eyed Cat

9:00 p.m. Star Bar

Saturday, April 30

4:00 p.m. Waller Creek Pub

5:00 p.m. Dizzy Rooster

8:00 p.m. Rainey Street Pub Crawl

It’s all in honor of Big Easy IPA, which was inspired by life in New Orleans. It’s brewed with lemon peels and dry hopped with Cascade, Amarillo, Centennial, and Simcoe for a hoppy aroma of citrus, fruit and pine. The beer is easy to drink and just right for long hot days, steamy nights, parades, or a day on the river with friends. It delivers the same powerful hop flavor you expect from an IPA, with a body, finish, and ABV that makes this beer go down easy.





Bounded by 24th Street and 29th Street on the north and south sides, and MoPac and Lamar Boulevard on the east and west, Pemberton Heights is one of the smaller and more exclusive neighborhoods in Austin. There’s also not much to do here in this sleepy haven. That’s largely why it’s one of the most coveted zip codes inside the city limits. In 1998 Town & Country magazine named it one of America’s top-25 “platinum neighborhoods.” Not even gold—platinum.

But this neighborhood, even though it is the Beverly Hills of Central Texas now, was just a farm in the late 1800s. When the Fisher family inherited what is now Pemberton, they established the Austin Land Company, which in turn constructed a bridge across Shoal Creek in 1927 and developed the area until the early 1940s.

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Now consisting of 640 households, Pemberton is unique for many reasons. It’s just northwest of downtown Austin, but doesn’t suffer the same pitfalls as other neighborhoods close to the epicenter of the city, namely: traffic, noise, and crime. There are also ample green spaces within the tiny community, including Hartford Park to the west (plus Tarrytown Neighborhood park just over the MoPac boundary) and the Shoal Creek greenbelt to the east.

While commercial development is pretty much null in Pemberton (another plus, if you’re a resident), there is a plethora of closely located things to do. Head just north of the Pemberton boundary and you’ve got breakfast at Kerbey Lane, happy hour beers at the Draught House, and a fancy dinner date for two at Uchiko. Just south is Clarksville, and if you need something to do in this historic neighborhood, we have you covered here. And, of course, with that central location and proximity to the highway, you can be just about anywhere in town shortly.

Want a house to join the neighborhood? Here are two of our favorite listings in Pemberton.

1506 Westover Rd ALN


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For more information on Downtown Austin real estate contact Greg Walling of Moreland Properties