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Austin’s New Restaurant & Bar Openings

The new restaurant and bar openings in Austin you should know about.
The dimly lit interior of Sushi Roku with geometric wooden features and dark wooden tables and chairs.

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If you tried to keep track of every new restaurant and bar in Austin, your head might spin. So just read this list instead. These are the openings that seem like they have the most potential. Although, keep in mind, we make no promises about the places we haven't visited yet. Go forth and be a pioneer—or just keep up with our Hit List to see which new restaurants we checked out and loved.

February 2024

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The dimly lit interior of Sushi Roku with geometric wooden features and dark wooden tables and chairs.

Sushi Roku

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Sushi Roku has a few locations across Southern California and Las Vegas, and most recently added downtown Austin to that list. The menu features mostly new-school nigiri and izakaya items, including lots of dishes with wagyu, truffles, and other premium ingredients. And there’s a dimly lit dining room with lots of dark wood accents that feels like the type of place where you should show up dressed entirely in black. That fancy Downtown dining room comes at a price—try to hide your shocked face after seeing $12 Kirin Lights and $8 Shiners. 

Taqueria 10 de 10

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Taqueria 10 de 10 has been quietly open for a few months with very limited hours over the course of a slow soft opening. Now it’s officially open, offering Tijuana-style tacos almost every day (and until 2am on the weekend). All of the tortillas are handmade and cooked to order, and there’s a trompo that gets fired up daily. It’s located in the back alley of Rey Rey, a cocktail bar near the convention center. 

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Three takeaway containers with loaded fries, a burger, and tacos with fries from Jive Turkey.

Jive Turkey

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After running a series of pop-ups and private events over the past six months, Jive Turkey has a semi-permanent residence at Victory Lap, a sports bar near UT Austin. The menu is small, featuring a burger, a cornbread bowl with turkey and mashed potatoes, and a signature deep-fried turkey taco, plus peach Jell-O for dessert. 

Tikka Shack Indian Grub

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Tikka Shack is a mini-chain of Indian restaurants that just opened its first Austin location on West Anderson Lane next to Hopdoddy Burger Bar. The menu is very customizable—choose from about half a dozen curry styles, then decide what kind of meat you want, how spicy you want it, and if you want it in a bowl, wrap, or over a salad. They also have biryani, wings, and naan-based pizza and tacos if you want something a little different. 

January 2024

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Sijie Special Noodle is a mini-chain from Northern California with a large menu of dumplings, skewers, and other Chinese street food. It’s located in a strip mall in Northwest Austin, with a large dining room that gets very busy during typical dining hours. Show up early or prepare to wait a while, and use that time to watch robot waiters deliver trays of food while you strategize how you’re going to narrow down the 200+ items on the menu into a manageable order. 

Dang Hot 89 is a Nashville-style hot chicken trailer located in a big dirt lot in Northwest Austin. It’s also home to some ridiculously hot fried chicken, available in bone-in, tender, and sandwich form at spice levels that range from mild to “dang hot.” Whatever form you choose, just know that this will be some of the juiciest (and spiciest) chicken you can get your hands on in Austin. 

You might recognize the Golden Eye name if you’re a chocolate enthusiast—they’ve been offering custom orders and doing pop-ups in the Austin area for a while. And now there’s a retail store on West Anderson Lane. This is one of the few places in town to get premium, handmade chocolates that look like they could have been set pieces from Wonka, minus the magical side effects. 

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A spread of dishes in black plastic baskets like elote, sandwiches, birria, nachos, and tacos from Los Galanes Birrias & Tacos on a blue picnic table.

Los Galanes Birrias & Tacos

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Located on South 1st Street in Bouldin Creek, Los Galanes is a food truck specializing in tacos and other Mexican street food. Birria is the main focus—with taco, burrito, and sandwich varieties—but you’ll also find nachos, elotes, churros, and more.

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The Statesman

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Not to be confused with The Austin American-Statesman—the local paper with headquarters just a few blocks away—The Statesman is a fancy cocktail bar and restaurant on West 6th Street. On the menu, expect to find classic American dishes with the occasional Texas twist (think pimento mac and cheese and Parker House rolls with garlic chili butter). Tables also come equipped with a “champagne button” for bubbles on demand. 

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Tare

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Adding to Austin’s growing scene of speakeasy-style sushi omakases, Tare is hidden away in an office building a little north of The Domain. The people running Tare previously operated an omakase in the back of Texas Sake, but this latest venture looks a little bit different, this time blending Japanese, Mexican, and South Texas flavors into a 15-course experience. 

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Toasty Badger

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Modeled off of “the classic American diner,” Toasty Badger is an all-day restaurant on South Congress with a ‘70s aesthetic. Expect to find classics like griddle cakes, monte cristos, and French- or American-style omelets, plus a small menu of cocktails that are especially suited to brunch. 

Suzi’s Chinese has been a name in Austin since 1990, occupying different spaces and slightly different concepts around town until 2018, when Suzi finally decided to retire. Now she’s out of retirement, this time taking over the space that was previously Old Thousand on Burnet Road. The menu features a combination of old hits and new dishes, in a smaller, more intimate space than before. 

K Pot Korean BBQ & Hot Pot

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K Pot in South Austin offers hot pot and Korean BBQ, both in AYCE formats. Instead of choosing between the two, you can get both for a few extra dollars—then you should plan to order as many plates as your table space (and stomach) will allow. This is a chain from NYC, meaning they’ve had a little bit of time to figure things out, and there’s a second location planned in North Austin soon. 

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Yeni’s Fusion

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Yeni’s Fusion at The Aristocrat is one of our favorite spots in the area—it serves up a  unique mix of Indonesian and Texas flavors. Now there’s a second location, this time at a small food trailer park on Oltorf in South Austin. The truck is open for lunch and dinner five days a week. 

Parked behind The Back Lot a few blocks north of UT, Last Call Tacos specializes in South Texas-style tacos. The menu is pretty small, consisting mostly of a few tacos, quesadillas, and nachos, but there’s also the option to add queso to anything and “make it ‘Nasty’”—a tribute to the beloved dive bar that occupied the space for over 30 years. 

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Mamasita’s

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Parked in the same lot as another new trailer that we like a lot (Feral Pizza), Mamasita’s offers Colombian and Honduran food out of a bright pink trailer. Expect to find a handful of Colombian and Honduran classics, including hot dogs topped with fried potatoes, cheese, and corn. 

December 2023

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Verdad True Modern Mexican

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Located at The Grove in Central Austin, Verdad is a Mexican restaurant from the team behind Perry’s Steakhouse. The menu features starters like filet mignon tacos, lobster quesadillas, and A-5 Wagyu served with a hot rock for tabletop grilling. And there’s a pretty extensive menu of mains, ranging from steak or vegan rellenos, to a massive four-person fiesta board topped with fajitas, ribs, steak, oysters, and a half dozen other small bites. 

Fans of Julie Myrtille in East Austin now have a second location for excellent baked goods, this time off Research Boulevard in The Arboretum. Here, instead of just a stand in a communal food hall, there’s a full dining area decorated with cute tables and chairs. There’s also an expanded menu, featuring pastries plus breakfast and lunch options. 

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Gina’s On Congress

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From the team behind Gusto Italian Kitchen and Gracia Mediterranean comes the next iteration in restaurants beginning with the letter G. Gina’s is a French-Italian bistro on Congress Avenue downtown, and like at any classic French-Italian bistro, you can expect to find dishes like house-made pasta, moules frites, and veal chops. There’s a full bar with beer, wine, and cocktails, plus a special cocktail menu with seven negroni varieties. 

Austin’s Very Own Saltt

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Inspired by the cuisine and “spirit” of Port Arthur, Saltt is a seafood restaurant on West Anderson Lane. Expect to find things like salt and pepper catfish, fried shrimp, and boudin balls, plus a small menu of brunch-friendly dishes. True to the Port Arthur spirit, there’s also a “daiquiri” menu—available in-house or for takeout—with hurricanes, mai tais, and margarita varieties. 

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Taking over the old Uncle Nicky’s space in a hotel on East 11th Street, Poeta is an all-day Italian restaurant from the team behind Intero. That means that in addition to handmade pastas and braised lamb entrees, you’ll also find breakfast-friendly dishes like the Wafflegato—a waffle topped with maple gelato and espresso. 

Parked in North Austin, close to Pflugerville, Cơm Tấm Pa Phi is a food trailer specializing in Vietnamese and Chinese cuisine. The menu features mostly steamed rice and vermicelli bowls topped with grilled meats, plus a few Chinese-American classics. There’s a small covered makeshift dining area next to the trailer for some al fresco dining. 


The Houston mini-chain, Dish Society, recently expanded to Austin with a location in Mueller. Much like at the previous spots, the specialty here is counter service farm-to-table plates, making this a solid option for a quick, casual meal with lots of healthy options. 


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Taking over the old Gourmand’s space near 7th Street and Webberville, Murray’s is a New York-style tavern from some of the people behind Nickel City and Juniper. On the menu, expect to find upscale tavern staples, like oysters rockefeller, chicken francese, and a ground-to-order burger. Fans of Gourmand’s will also be happy to know that Murray’s offers chowder in a bread bowl, as a nod to its predecessor. On the drinks side of things, there’s the standard beer and wine, plus a few house cocktails, including a cocktail flight made up of tiny versions of a few signature drinks. 


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NADC Burger

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After operating out of the back of a bar on Rainey Street for just over a year, the team behind NADC Burger (Not A Damn Chance) has opened a brick-and-mortar in East Austin, from the same team behind Pasta Bar, Sushi By Scratch, and Wolf And Wheat. The menu is small—with just a smashburger and fries on it—but this new, bigger location means there’s a full bar as well. Burgers are priced pretty steep at $16, but if you show up from 11pm-close you can get the late-night PB&J special—a burger, PBR, and a shot of Jameson for $20. 


Right next to one of Austin’s most famous intersections at 45th and Lamar, Craft Omakase is an omakase-only sushi spot from a few Uchiko veterans. The 12-seat experience costs $175/person for a 20-course meal made up mostly of nigiri and small plates. But unlike many spots that pride themselves on how recently the fish was doing laps in the water, Craft Omakase dry-ages its fish


November 2023

If there was one thing you probably heard about the now-closed trailer, Fil N Viet, it probably had something to do with the chicken wings. Shatteringly crispy and tender, they were some of our favorites in town. But at East Meets Wings, instead of just offering one or two wing flavors, there are half a dozen. In addition to wings, there are also boneless “wings,” plus a few small snacks, like crispy rice cakes and salads. It’s located at Playground ATX, a new restaurant incubator near Airport Boulevard and I-35, where it’ll be for the next 4-5 months. 


Something about the name Feral Pizza makes us feel both confused and excited. This pizza trailer in North Loop specializes in New York-style sourdough pies, but you can also get them grandma-style if you prefer your pizzas a little thicker. It’s currently open Thursday-Sunday evenings, so plan to throw this into your weekend rotation. 


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Home to one of our favorite bánh mì sandwiches in Austin, the people behind Saigon Le Vendeur closed their trailer and opened a brick-and-mortar right across the street from the old location on the East Side. For now, the menu is mostly the same—with bánh mì, vermicelli bowls, and curry ramen—but it’s expected to expand as the restaurant continues to grow and build out. 


The Bougie Foodie has been operating out of a ghost kitchen in South Austin for a while now, but recently expanded to a food trailer at The Hamilton Food Park in North Austin. On the menu, expect to find a variety of cookies, brownies, “brookies,” cakes, breads, and coffee drinks, plus kitchen items like cutting boards and rolling pins in case you want to try recreating any of your favorites at home later. 


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Kane

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Joining Austin’s growing scene of high-end sushi, Kane is a sushi bar and restaurant in Cedar Park. There’s a pretty big menu of a la carte sushi and Japanese dishes, plus omakase and kaiseki options for $150 and $250, respectively, available by reservation. 


On Parmer Lane in North Austin, The Grill-eria is a Mexican restaurant and taqueria serving dishes like gorditas, chilaquiles, and tacos on house made tortillas. In addition to dine-in plates, there’s also a menu of meats sold by the pound, if you’d rather recreate the taqueria experience in your own living room.


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Mutt’s Canine Cantina

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After what feels like years of previews and delays (but really just a few months) Mutt’s Canine  Cantina is open in Northwest Austin. In addition to a full bar and restaurant for pup-parents, there’s a 1.6 acre off-leash dog park where Fluffy and Fido can play around while you snack on fried chicken sandwiches, burgers, and popcorn. There’s also a dog menu with things like frozen peanut butter “pupsicles” with beef broth. 


Operating out of a food trailer currently parked on Kramer Lane in North Austin, Pho 63 is a mobile Vietnamese restaurant specializing in pho and boba tea. It’s currently open for takeout only, but there’s a small seating area outside if you want to eat your meal close to the source. In addition to pho, there’s also bánh mì, fried rice, and apps on the menu. 


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Located on Barton Springs Road, right near Zilker Park, Zoé Tong is a new, upscale Chinese restaurant from a couple New York chefs. The menu focuses on “modern Austin Chinese food,” which means you can expect to see twists on classic Chinese dishes, including whole quails stuffed with sticky rice and Chinese sausage, and a cured-and-dried duck leg served with duck bone broth and apricot sauce. 


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Austin is no stranger to “fancy dim sum” and with the addition of Red Farm downtown, we’ve just landed another player. With two locations in New York CityRed Farm serves a mix of classic and experimental dim sum (there’s one with Katz’s pastrami in NYC). In addition to dim sum, expect to find other Chinese dishes, like peking duck and spicy crispy beef. 


Set in a former Mexican grocery store in East Austin, Space Cowboy is a futuristic bar/restaurant where orders get delivered by tiny robot spaceships on a track that traverses the entire dining room. Expect to find dishes like braised short ribs and Singapore-style skewers, plus a full menu of inventive cocktails to go with it all. 


Allday Pizza first arrived in Austin back in March, as a new project from a few Austin pizza veterans. And now there’s a new location at Daydreamer on East 6th—one of our favorite new bars in Austin—so you can even get a martini to go with your slice of stracciatella pizza. The pizzas here lean New York-style, and are available by the slice or as whole pies. The original location at Flo’s Wine Bar in Tarrytown remains open as well. 


The team behind Bufalina has expanded into New York-style pies with Palm Pizza on East Cesar Chavez. For now, it’s a takeout-only operation, with pizzas available by pre-order. There’s also a salad you can add to any order in case you need to get your vegetables in. 


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Fat Dragon Sushi Bar

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From the team behind Fat Dragon—an Asian-fusion spot specializing mostly in dumplings, Chinese food, and Japanese ramen—Fat Dragon Sushi focuses on, well, sushi. It’s located right next to its sister restaurant, near Spicewood Springs and 183, but instead of Chinese food, you’ll be able to order nigiri, rolls, sushi boats, and bento boxes. There’s also ramen on the menu in case you don’t feel like walking all the way next door. 


Right next to H-Mart in Cedar Park, Mala Chili is a Chinese restaurant serving up a mix of classic Sichuan-style dishes, American-Chinese entrees, soup dumplings, and more. 


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This second location of El Alma on West Gate Boulevard in South Austin might not sport the same rooftop patio of the original location on Barton Springs Road, but at least parking should be a little easier to find. On the menu, expect to find most of the fan favorites, plus a few new dishes. There’s also a full service coffee bar with grab-and-go pastries. 


There are four locations of Poke Poke in Austin, and this most recent one is located inside of the Juiceland on East Cesar Chavez. Like at the other locations, expect to find a small selection of ahi tuna and salmon bowls with a variety of bases, toppings, and sauces. 

October 2023

Joining Austin’s growing scene of speakeasy-style bars, Trona is a cocktail bar near 12th and Chicon, with a small interior and a focus on tequilas, mezcals, natural wine, and Japanese whisky. While the original plan was to offer seating exclusively via a secret text number, they eventually switched to an online reservation system after overwhelming demand and probably going over their monthly text allowance. If you’re unable to grab a reservation—it’s booked out months in advance—Mondays and Tuesdays are reserved for walk-ins.


The original location of Figure 8 Coffee in East Austin is one of our favorite spots in town for cold brew, espresso, and everything in between. And now they’ve opened a second location, this time right near I-35 and Airport, in a shopping center right next to Lazarus Brewing


Taking over the former Abel’s On The Lake on Lake Austin Boulevard, Quince is a restaurant from Mexico City that spans everything from ceviches and sushi to braised short rib hummus, pimento cheeseburgers, and “Austin-style” cheese fries. We’re always unsure about places that try to offer so many different cuisines, but until we try it for ourselves, we can at least say the waterfront view will be a good one. 


Inspired by the jungles of the Yucatán, Nômadé is a Mexican restaurant and raw bar that looks kind of like a cross between a fancy resort you’d find in Tulum and a very nice treehouse. It’s a mostly outdoor dining area—but it’s covered and heated because Texas weather is unpredictable—with lots of plants and earthy accents. It’s from the same team behind Lucky Robot, but instead of Peruvian-Japanese fusion, the menu here leans heavily on seafood dishes inspired by the Yucatán. 


Home to one of the best breakfast tacos in Austin, the Veracruz empire continues to expand, this time to Radio/East on Montopolis Drive. Expect to find the same menu of mostly breakfast tacos, plus a few lunch options when you’re not in the mood for eggs and bacon. 


Radio Coffee & Beer on Menchaca Road is one of our favorite spots for, well, coffee and beer. So it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that this new location on Montopolis Drive is a welcome extension of the brand. In addition to the aforementioned beverages, there’s also a full bar, plus multiple food trailers, including a location of Veracruz and a slice shop called Side Eye Slice, from the same team behind Side Eye Pie.


Side Eye Pie at Meanwhile Brewing is already one of our favorite spots in Austin for pizza, so their expansion to Radio/East is a welcome one. Here, instead of serving whole Neapolitan pies, it’s all about slices. There’s also a Veracruz All Natural location on the same grounds, so you can finally test out that breakfast taco-pizza hybrid theory you came up with late last night. 


From the team behind Sushi by Scratch and Pasta Bar, Wolf And Wheat is a bakery on East 6th Street. But here, instead of eating 18-20 bite-sized pieces of dessert over the course of a couple hours, you can expect to find ice cream, sourdough bread, cultured butters, and rotating daily pastries. 


Parked in the backyard of the new Austin Beerworks location in Sprinkle Valley, Yellow Bell Tacos is a trailer specializing in “Texas-inspired tacos” from the team behind Interstellar BBQ. That means you can expect to find excellent smoked meat like brisket and pulled lamb and  something called a “crispy dog”—a tortilla-wrapped hot dog, deep-fried and topped with crema and pico


From the teams behind Uchi and Uchiko comes Uchiba, an izakaya-esque restaurant located downtown. It’s not a new concept—the original location is in Dallas—meaning they had a little bit of time to fine-tune the menu, made up of a mixture of classic Uchi/Uchiko dishes, plus lots of yakitori, dumplings, and baos. This is also the only one of the Uchi restaurants that has a full bar, meaning you can get non wine- or sake-based cocktails. 


From the same team as the now-closed Llama Kid—and in the same space—Llama Queen is a Peruvian restaurant on East Cesar Chavez in a mostly-outdoor space. On the menu, expect to find the same ceviches and Peruvian classics, plus cocktails, beer, and wine. 


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In a former Hyde Park post office, Bureau De Poste is a French bistro from Top Chef contestant Jo Chan. The menu features mostly classic French dishes—with the occasional Texas twist—plus rotating daily specials like lobster frites and pork chops. 


Shh! Room bills itself as something of a speakeasy, in the loosest possible definition of the word. It’s also Austin’s first “mushroom drink lounge” to our knowledge. But operating within legal confines, that means many of the syrups and mix-ins are infused with lion’s mane mushroom, including an entire menu of NA offerings. There’s also a full bar with mushroom-free spirits and beers. 


After spending the last few years making and selling “Asian-inspired” flavors of chocolate bars, Kesshō has opened a food truck selling gelato versions of some of those same bars, including flavors like ube, hojicha, and “boba tea.” It’s located in South Austin, close to Oltorf and South First Street. 


The newest location of growing Austin mini-chain Fresa’s looks a lot like the other locations in Downtown and Bouldin Creek, meaning you can expect to find charcoal-grilled meats, served mostly in taco, bowl, and salad forms. There’s also a full bar with cocktails, beer, and wine, plus a variety of aguas frescas and teas. 


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ATX Cheeseburger

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Operating out of a Ghost Kitchen in South Austin, ATX Cheeseburger is the latest project from the team behind the now-closed food trailer, Texsueño. The menu features a few varieties of smashburger—including one with sichuan sauce—plus wings and tots. This is mostly a delivery and takeout operation, but there are also a few picnic tables on-site. 


Offering something of a “Texas-Indian” hybrid menu, Dosa Labs at The Domain is a trailer where you can get dishes like chicken tikka nachos, chicken saag naan pizzas, and mozzarella-and-jack cheese dosas. There are also more classic dishes available, including masala dosa, palak paneer, and chicken biriyani. 


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Muzzy’s Bagel

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If you’ve ever craved a late-night bagel after a night of bar-hopping, here’s your chance. Muzzy’s, near 12th and Chicon, offers late night hours from 10pm-3am on weekends. The rest of the week (starting Wednesday), it’s open in the mornings and afternoons, with a menu of classic bagels and bagel sandwiches, plus a bagel burger available during the late-night hours. 


Near 183 and Anderson Mill Road, Kuppanna is a large restaurant specializing in South Indian food. Catering to a lot of diets, you’ll find a non-vegetarian, vegetarian, and eggetarian menu, plus nearly a dozen varieties of dosa. 


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