Austin’s New Restaurant And Bar Openings

The new restaurant and bar openings in Austin you should know about.

Keeping track of every brand new restaurant and bar in Austin is enough to make you a little dizzy. Which is why we put together this guide to all the new restaurants and bars that seem like they have the most potential. Although keep in mind, for the ones we haven’t tried, we make no promises. Go forth and be a pioneer.

We’ll be regularly updating this guide, and adding a note whenever we review a spot, or add it to our guide to the best new restaurants in Austin, the Hit List. Got any tips? Hit us up at

May 2022

There’s a new location of Lou’s, this time on Barton Springs Road. Similar to the original location in East Austin, there’s a big patio and a menu with burgers, rotisserie chicken, and frozen custard. It’s from the same people behind June’s All Day and Elizabeth St Cafe.

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Papi’s is a small trailer selling hoagies in a parking lot near 12th and Chicon. The speciality is a classic Italian—with prosciutto, capicola, salami, and provolone—but there are also versions with roast beef, tuna, turkey, and tofu, all served on Easy Tiger bread. Whichever option you choose, you’ll want to try adding some of their spicy relish on top.

The people behind the much loved Eastside pasta trailer Patrizi’s opened a brick and mortar location in the Cuernavaca neighborhood in West Austin. The counter service restaurant serves breakfast (with panzerotti), lunch (with salads and sandwiches on house-made focaccia), and dinner, with no waiting in epic lines hopefully.

Maie Day is a new steakhouse-inspired restaurant at the South Congress Hotel (it’s replacing the previous restaurant Central Standard). The chef behind Olamaie is involved with the place, and the menu features steaks, shrimp cocktails, bloomin’ onions, and more.

April 2022

At the Hotel Magdalena in South Austin is the new pool bar Magdalena Bar. As you might expect, there’s natural wine, beer, and cocktails, including frozen pina coladas and strawberry palomas. There’s a small, tight menu of snacks, including carnitas tacos and a smashburger.

The owners of the East side trailer Nissi Vegmex opened a brick and mortar in Wooten right by Highland Lanes. It’s all vegan Mexican food using soy proteins, with a menu that includes tacos, flautas, and burritos. There are even birria tacos with consome, with their house-made soy birria.

Lo Salvaje is a new Mexican-inspired food truck at Desert Door Distillery in Driftwood. It’s from (in part) the chef at Dai Due, and as such, it involves some wild game. On the menu are wild boar guisada tacos, fried quail sandwiches, antelope/bacon burgers, and bunuelos.

The Mexican mini-chain Salsa Limon has six locations in Fort Worth and Dallas, and they recently expanded to Austin with a new restaurant on Guadalupe just north of campus. Expect tacos (some with crispy cheese), burritos, breakfast all day, margaritas, and their four signature salsas (tomatillo, jalapeno, piquin, and habanero).

Soon after opening their first brick and mortar location by the Domain, Rosen's Bagel Co. took over the downtown Salt & Time Cafe space on the northwest corner of Republic Square. There are breakfast bagel sandwiches and more lunch-y options like roast beef and chicken salad sandwiches.

Pecan Square Cafe is the latest spot from the restaurant group behind spots like Sammie’s, Perla’s, Lamberts, Pool Burger, and Clark’s Oyster Bar (it’s actually right behind Clark’s in Clarksville). Inspired by California restaurants like Zuni Cafe, Pecan Square Cafe has a rustic, simple, and seasonally-driven menu, with dishes like handmade pastas, wood-fired pizzas, and a whole roasted chicken for two. As one might expect, the attention to detail and design is high, the space is airy and light-filled, and it’s nearly booked out a month in advance (although they do reserve tables for walk-ins).

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Hotpot Alley

Perfect For:Big Groups

From the people behind Noodle Alley is Hotpot Alley, a new restaurant serving hotpot. On the border of Austin and Cedar Park, it’s one of the first hotpot restaurants in the area.

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Perfect For:Breakfast

Kerlin BBQ, one of our favorite barbecue spots in town, has long sold kolaches stuffed with smoked meats on weekends that regularly sell out (technically they’re klobasniky if you’re a stickler about terminology). And now they’ve opened a dedicated trailer to barbecue kolaches called Kerlaches. Find them in East Austin at 2505 Webberville Rd, in the same trailer park as Veracruz All Natural.

Diner Bar is the new restaurant/bar from Savannah chef Mashama Bailey and co-founder/partner John O. Morisano located at the base of the new Thompson and Tommie Hotels in downtown Austin. The food is seasonal Southern meets Texas, and the menu includes dishes like chicken fried quail, foie gras and grits, seafood boudin, and whole grilled fish with salsa macha and fennel salsa verde.

From the people behind Olamaie and Little Ola’s Biscuits is the new food truck Gimme Burgers. Parked at the golf course Butler Pitch & Putt in South Austin, they’re serving things like smashburgers, fries, fried okra, and hot dogs.

March 2022

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Smoke Hounds BBQ

Perfect For:Lunch

Smoke Hounds BBQ is a new trailer serving brisket, pulled pork, and ribs. There are also sandwiches like the Chimi’Wich (chimichurri and brisket), as well as barbecue biscuit sandwiches for breakfast. Find them in South Austin at the new trailer park, South Shore Eatery.

On North Lamar, next door to a Maudie’s, there’s the new Mediterranean bakery/pastry shop Baklava House. There’s a whole variety of pastries, including baklava, barazek, knafeh, and maamoul. They also serve Manakish, the pizza-like Lebanese flatbread, with toppings like za'atar, muhammara, and cheese and spinach.

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The Grey Market


At the base of the new Thompson and Tommie Hotels in downtown Austin is The Grey Market from Savannah chef Mashama Bailey and co-founder/partner John O. Morisano. Operating as a Southern-inspired breakfast-y diner and casual lunch counter, there are also baked goods and grab-and-go dishes. Soon, The Grey Diner Bar, a more formal cocktail bar/restaurant, will open next door.

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Micklethwait Craft Meats


Micklethwait Craft Meats, one of our favorite barbecue spots in Austin, opened a new trailer serving BBQ, burgers, and tacos at the bar/live music venue Sagebrush on South Congress.

From the co-founder of Swift’s Attic and Wu Chow and a former Sushi|Bar chef comes Toshokan, a sushi counter in the Native Hostel in East Austin serving a $125 per person 14-course omakase. Reservations can be hard to get—they sold out immediately once they were released.

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Cali Tacos Please


Parked outside ​​Captain Quackenbush's Coffeehouse on Menchaca Road in South Austin is the trailer Cali Tacos Please. As you might guess from their name, they serve California-style tacos, nachos, mulitas, and a “Sumo Taco” that’s served on a cheese crisp “tortilla.”

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The Garden At The 704


The people behind The Garden—the Boston-inspired Italian restaurants in Georgetown and Bee Cave—have opened a new location in South Austin on South Lamar. They serve dishes like crab cakes, lobster rolls, housemade pasta, and Roman-style pizza.

There’s a new Hawaiian food truck in Anderson Mill called Shoyu Sugar, and they’re serving dishes like kalbi short ribs, shoyu sugar grilled chicken, and spam musubi. There’s also the “Kalua Nachos,” which are fried wonton chips topped with Hawaiian style roasted pork, a mango pico de gallo, and avocado crema.

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Meat & Bread


Meat & Bread is a Canadian mini-chain of shops with porchetta sandwiches as their specialty, and their first location state-side is in a particularly porchetta-less part of downtown Austin. There are also sandwiches with meatballs, Buffalo chicken, and peppercorn beef.

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Seeda Japanese Fusion


Seeda Japanese Fusion is a trailer out in Lago Vista serving dishes like teriyaki chicken, karaage, and takoyaki. They’re also serving fried tofu skewers and fish sticks.

Pasta|Bar is a new Italian restaurant in East Austin from the founders of Sushi|Bar. They’ve got a $165 13-course prix-fixe tasting menu served at a ten-seat chef’s counter. Despite the name, the menu only has four pasta dishes, with the remaining dishes “inspired by Texas Farmers’ Markets.”

February 2022

Plantain Bar started as a pop-up at the all-day coffee shop/bar Ani's Day & Night, and it was so successful that it launched as a full-fledged trailer. Calling itself “Puerto Rican fusion,” they serve dishes like tostones and arepas.

Located on the fourth floor of the upcoming Thompson and Tommie hotels downtown is Wax Myrtle’s, a new bar, club, pool, and restaurant with a big indoor/outdoor space. The menu leans American and Mediterranean, and the chef used to work at Perla’s and Aba.

January 2022

Kinfolk is a cocktail bar that opened in the historic cellar of Moonshine Patio & Grill in downtown Austin. The 150 year old cellar dates back to Prohibition, and it has a pretty extensive library of rare and high-end spirits, plus classic cocktails. Food-wise there are charcuterie and cheese boards.

photo credit: Nicolai McCrary

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The Sandwich Lab

Perfect For:Lunch

Located inside St. Elmo’s Spokesman Coffee, The Sandwich Lab is a new project from the folks behind the bakery Thoroughbread. The daily menu features five sandwiches—including ones with house-smoked brisket and pork shoulder—plus a few vegan/vegetarian options each day. As you can probably guess, the bread on the sandwiches is excellent.

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Pho Craft

Perfect For:Lunch

Finally bringing pho to East Austin, Pho Craft is a Vietnamese restaurant from the folks behind Pho Taison, located in a renovated airstream trailer near Airport and Oak Springs Dr. The menu mostly features vermicelli bowls, banh mi, and, of course, pho. There’s plenty of outdoor seating, plus a small “rooftop” patio on the building it’s parked next to.

From the people behind the trailer Mi Trailita on Manor Road in Windsor Park, the maker of some of our favorite breakfast tacos and tortas in town, is their new brick and mortar, Mi Trailita Y Mas. It’s just further up Manor Road in a strip mall. They’re serving the same breakfast and lunch tacos, tortas, quesadillas, gorditas, but the “y mas” means an expanded menu that includes things like burritos, flautas, enchiladas, and chile rellenos  (including dinner).

Originally started as a pop-up shop, Rosen’s Bagel Co. started selling bagels at Brew and Brew, and eventually the bagels could be found at businesses all over town, including Alta’s Cafe, Barrett’s Coffee Roasters, Biderman’s, Brooklyn Breakfast Shop, Patika, Royal Blue Grocery, Big City Bagels, Whole Foods Market, Jo’s Coffee, and many more. Now they’ve finally opened their very own brick and mortar location on Burnet Road, right by the Domain.

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La Santa Barbacha

Perfect For:Lunch

La Santa is a new trailer at the Native Hostel in East Austin, and their speciality is barbacoa. So much so that they serve breakfast tacos with barbacoa (including migas), barbacoa chilaquiles, and QuesaBarbacha (essentially a quesabirria taco but with barbacoa).

December 2021

Samy Sazon is a food truck parked in the same trailer park as Veracruz on Webberville Road in East Austin. The short but sweet menu includes tacos with carne asada, al pastor, chicken tinga, shrimp a la mexicana, and birria (with consome, of course). You can get the tortillas soft or semi-crispy.

On Cesar Chavez in East Austin is the new Peruvian restaurant Llama Kid, using local ingredients to make classics like lomo saltado and pollo a la brasa, as well as Nikkei (Peru meets Japan) dishes like ceviches and chifa (Peru meets China) specialties like arroz chaufa. The chef Diego Ysrael Sanchez is Peruvian, and he has cooked in New York for 15 years, and has experience working under chefs like Gaston Acurio and Daniel Boulud.

Over at Oskar Blues Brewery on Metric Blvd. is Daygo's San Diego Taco Shop, the latest California-style Mexican food trailer to hit Austin. They had a brief period of operation before the world shut down, but just reopened their doors again recently. As the name implies, the focus here is on San Diego-style tacos. For the uninitiated, that means lots of carne asada and fries in just about every configuration you can think of (you can also get them with chicken). Get the California Burrito to try a San Diego classic, or the Daygo Fries (carne asada loaded fries) for something a bit more shareable.

Koko’s Bavarian is a German-style brewery and beer garden in East Austin (it’s where The Brewer’s Table used to be). The menu was developed by Texas chef Tim Love (behind many restaurants, including Lonesome Dove downtown) and you can expect things like pretzels, sausages, fries, and German dishes like schnitzel. There are German and local beers on tap, which you can get in a giant glass boot if that’s something you’re into.

Dough Squad is a new food truck parked at Hopsquad Brewing Company in North Austin’s brewery district, and as you might guess from the name, they serve pizza. The style is Neapolitan-inspired, with options that include the Tom Garlicchio—it comes with red sauce, garlic confit, fried capers, and parsley.

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Texas Sushiko


Located at Texas Saké Company in South Austin in the St. Elmo area, Texas Sushiko is a trailer from the people behind the in-home omakase service Tare. They’re doing taco-style hand rolls, held in custom wood holders. And while they have a set menu, they sometimes have specials thanks to their omakase dinners—recently there were Alba white truffles available as an add-on.


Happy Rito is a Vietnamese-Cajun restaurant in the Lakeline Plaza shopping center by H-Mart in Cedar Park. They serve a variety of po’boy sandwiches and seafood baskets, as well as gumbo, potstickers, and eggrolls. They’re also doing snow crab, shrimp, and crawfish boils, too.

Inspired by Texas icehouses, Saddle Up is a neighborhood market and beer garden housed in a vintage bungalow in East Austin from the people behind the excellent barbecue trailer Micklethwait Craft Meats. Conveniently, it’s right next door, so during the day you can get lunch from Micklethwait, and at night you can get dinner from their Taco Bronco trailer. Saddle Up serves as kind of a convenience store, selling all sorts of Texas essentials, including six packs of beer, bottles of wine, coffee, pastries (including kolaches), soft-serve, grab-and-go sandwiches, and Micklethwait’s legendary bread.


Canje is a contemporary Guyanese and Caribbean restaurant in East Austin led by executive chef Tavel Bristol-Joseph. On the menu are dishes like roti, jerk chicken, and curry wagyu beef. Born and raised in Georgetown, Guyana, Bristol-Joseph is the executive pastry chef and co-owner of Emmer & Rye, Hestia, TLV, and Henbit, so dessert is a must at Canje. Additionally, Canje’s beverage director was brought over from their other spot Kalimotxo, so definitely order some cocktails, too.

Choo Sando is a new operation from chef Dong Ho Choo, formerly of Haru Sushi, with delivery Japanese sandos made with soft and pillowy milk bread, Options including katsu, tamago, and fruit with whipped cream. Choo Sando is self-proclaimed as Austin’s “first Japanese sandwich shop” — while there have been spots that sell Japanese sandos (among other things), this does in fact appear to be the first operation 100% dedicated to them. It’s online only, with pickup times and locations all over Austin.

You might have heard about Ramen 512 and their pop-ups that regularly sold out. Yes, the ramen was that good. For a while in 2020, it even operated as a ghost kitchen. But now chef/owner Vinh Thai has opened a fully functional brick-and-mortar restaurant in Cedar Park serving “ramen-inspired ramen.” Options include shoyu, tonkotsu, and tantanmen, and you can also get it spicy.

Inside the bar/coffee shop Wright Bros. Brew & Brew in East Austin is the new hoagie shop Destroyer Sandwiches. The short menu features hot sandwiches like the Cheesy Ham (it might surprise you that it has both ham and melty cheese) and cold sandwiches like a classic Italian (that bravely comes with not one, but two types of salami). Make sure to get the spicy peppers add-on.

Parked at Radio Coffee & Beer in South Austin is the new trailer Briscuits. As you might intuit from the name, they serve barbecue and biscuits. During the day they serve biscuit sandwiches, with options including a brisket, egg, and cheese; brisket and strawberry jelly; and fried chicken with pickles and honey mustard. Starting at 4pm, while they still serve a couple of biscuit sandwiches, the menu takes a more smoked meat bent, with baby back ribs, quarter smoked chicken, and Frito pie.

Con Todo, in the newly-expanded patio at Celis Brewery in North Austin, serves Rio Grande Valley-style tacos, somewhat of a rarity in Austin. The tacos are made with homemade corn tortillas, including options like alambre, barbacoa, and queso flameado. Homemade flour tortillas make an appearance on specials like piratas, too.

The focus at Smokin Banh Mi is Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches and vermicelli bowls, often with smoked meats. While they do serve a traditional cold cut banh mi, there’s a variety of influences at play here, including Korean (with a bulgogi banh mi), Cajun (with a Viet-Cajun-marinated grilled pork banh mi), and Peruvian (a smoked chicken banh mi with a spicy cilantro lime aioli). But if you’re looking for smoked brisket, make sure to come on the weekend. You’ll find them at the 5000 Burnet trailer park in Rosedale.

Located at the newish Fierce Whiskers Distillery in South Austin, Char ATX does chargrilled Texas-inspired yakitori, which means skewers of things like boneless chicken thigh, pork belly, bacon-wrapped shishito peppers, and cabbage in a Filipino-spiced coconut vinegar. They also offer specials like black pepper-crusted prime rib roast.

Tiki Tatsu-ya is the latest spot from the Tatsu-ya team, the restaurant group behind some of our favorite spots like Kemuri, Dipdipdip, and Ramen Tatsu-ya. Blending Polynesian, Hawaiian, and Japanese influences, it’s a super-immersive tropical tiki bar with an extensive drinks list and a menu that spans everything from foie gras musubi to taro tots to housemade spam on the halfshell.

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Cafe Nenaí


The mother-and-daughter team behind the Latin American bakery Cafe Nenaí in Montopolis opened a second location on East 6th Street next door to The Liberty. For now, they’ll serve the same menu as the original—including empanadas, pastries, sandwiches, and coffee—but they plan on expanding with new lunch and dinner options.

The popular East Side buttermilk biscuit sandwich spot Bird Bird Biscuit opened a second location, taking over the Thunderbird Coffee space on West Koenig Lane in Brentwood. The menu at the new location is the same as the original, including sandwiches like the Queen Beak with a spicy breaded chicken breast.


In the Crescent Shopping center in Highland—right by the grocery store 99 Ranch and Steamies Dumplings—is the newest Korean barbecue spot in Austin, K BBQ. You can get a combo or go all-you-can-eat with differently priced tiers, and because we live in the future, all the meat is brought out via a robot.

Vaquero Taquero by campus makes some of our favorite breakfast tacos in Austin—their al pastor tacos off the trompo are excellent, too—and now they’ve opened a second location downtown on Sabine St, right off Dirty 6th and a mere block away from the dive bar Casino El Camino. They’re open late to feed the bar crowds, and unlike their campus location, there’s a full bar so you can get margaritas.

Kiin Di, which means “eating good” in Thai, is a new trailer parked at Corner Bar on South Lamar serving Thai food like roti with a turmeric curry sauce, Thai-style fried chicken, and an “old school” pad Thai. There’s also a dish called Killer Noodles, which consists of spicy stir-fried ramen noodles that are topped with fried pork belly and a fried egg.


From the people behind the Italian restaurant Red Ash, J. Carver’s is a new steakhouse downtown with an oyster bar and plenty of wood-grilled steaks. You can get roasted beef marrow bones here, as well as escargot baked in pastry-covered crocks. This is also the kind of place where you can top a 50-day dry-aged steak with foie gras or a Maryland crab-stuffed half lobster. Or both?

Located in downtown food hall Fareground, Little Wu is from the team that brought us Wu Chow. The stand serves Lamian Chinese noodle bowls and a variety of handmade dumplings and potstickers.

From the restaurant group behind spots like June’s, Elizabeth Street Cafe, and Swedish Hill comes Favorite Pizza on West 6th Street. It’s a NYC-style pizza place—complete with tons of New York Mets baseball memorabilia—serving whole pies, big slices, subs, beer, wine, and cocktails. You can also get the caesar salad and the tiramisu that they serve next door at their sister restaurant Sammie’s.

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Little Ola's Biscuits


As a pandemic pivot, the people at Olamaie launched a pop-up biscuit-based takeout business called Little Ola’s, and now they’ve found it a permanent home in a brick-and-mortar location in Wells Branch. Open for breakfast and lunch, there are options like a sausage, egg, and cheese biscuit, or fried chicken biscuits. They also have hand pies and cinnamon rolls.

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Cash Cow Burgers


After constantly selling out of the smoked burgers as a Thursday special at Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ, chef/owner Miguel Vidal opened a food truck completely dedicated to it in Buda called Cash Cow Burger Co. The food truck is located at the Memorial Miniature Golf & World War II Museum, though you don’t need to play to eat.

Drawing inspiration from Sinaloa, the northern Mexican state with hundreds of miles of coastline, Seareinas is a new seafood restaurant in the St. John’s neighborhood serving dishes like ceviche, tostadas, and Mexican sushi (yes, this is a thing). It’s from the people behind scene-y restaurants like Gabriela’s and Taquero Mucho, so expect lots of neon, margaritas, and live music.

Longtime Mexican restaurant Curra’s Grill on East Oltorf in South Austin opened a new location on Duval Street in Hyde Park (where Mother’s Cafe used to be). The new spot also serves their classic avocado margarita, as well as popular dishes including cochinita pibil, chiles rellenos, and huevos a la Mexicana. There are plans to run a golf cart service delivering margaritas and food, which is something we can definitely get behind and makes us want to move to Hyde Park.

Chef/owner Yeni Rosdiyani started Yeni’s Fusion as an Instagram-based pop-up doing Indonesian street food, and it has since grown into a fully functioning trailer at The Aristocrat Lounge in Brentwood. The menu includes bakso soup with meatballs and giant beef ribs, bubur ayam (chicken porridge), and rendang (a rice bowl with beef curry). The “fusion” that happens here is incorporating Mexican and Texan ingredients into Indonesian dishes, like the empal gentong, a coconut cream soup that’s served with smoked brisket.

The restaurant group behind Sushi | Bar operates a similar concept out in Los Angeles serving a 17-course sushi omakase. In late 2020, it was a pop-up inside the private dining room of East Austin restaurant Bento Picnic, and after finding success partially because of an endorsement by the new Austinite Joe Rogan, they made it a permanent restaurant in August 2021. Reservations can be hard to come by, with a pretty long waitlist.


Birdie’s is a walk-in only neighborhood wine bar and restaurant in East Austin—the chef and owners are New York City restaurant vets. The menu is on the short side, seasonally-minded, and inspired by France and Italy. On it you’ll find dishes like beef tartare with pecans, duck confit rillete, and rotating handmade pastas. The dining room is small and charming, and the dog-friendly patio out back is big and spacious. The wine list is a mix of new and classic producers, and for dessert there’s soft serve and a Sicilian-inspired chocolate chip cookie.

Originally launched as an itinerant pop-up serving sliders and fries, Fat City Stacks has found a permanent home at the dog park/bar Yard Bar in Allandale on Burnet Road. On the menu are sliders, a fried chicken version made with togarashi ranch, crinkle fries, soft-serve ice cream, and floats.

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Keepers Coastal Kitchen

Keepers Coastal Kitchen is a new casual seafood restaurant in South Austin from the team behind places like District Kitchen and Oasthouse. The fish here is sustainably caught, and the menu includes a variety of Viet-Cajun seafood boils, po’ boys, tacos, and lobster rolls.

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Zeds Real Fruit Ice Cream


The Portland-based ice cream shop Zeds Ice Cream opened a new location in Austin. They serve New Zealand-inspired blended-to-order fruit ice cream. There’s a walk-up window and outdoor seating. Find them in East Austin.


1417 is a new restaurant in Bouldin Creek in the space where Sway used to be on South 1st. The menu leans French, so there are dishes like a duck confit crepe, fried raclette cheese, and steak frites. They also do caviar and oysters.

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Kapatad Kitchen and Cafe

This new Filipino restaurant is located on Far West Boulevard, taking over The Hao-Q Asian Kitchen Restaurant space (they’re even keeping some of the Chinese dishes). The Filipino side of the menu is broad, including sizzling pork sisig, lechon kawali, beef kare-kare, pancit bihon, lumpiang Shanghai, and crispy pata.

Mama Fried is a new food truck at the far south Austin bar Armadillo Den serving fries in their many splendid varieties—crinkly, curly, and waffle. You can get the fries seasoned, you can get them with dips, and you can get them loaded with chili, barbacoa, or pulled pork. And since Mama Fried was created by the team at the new-school barbecue truck Leroy & Lewis, you can count on the smoked meats to be excellent.

Los Danzantes ATX is a new Mexican food truck parked at the music venue/bar The Far Out Lounge on South Congress serving birria tacos with consome, Oaxacan tlayudas, and quesadillas on homemade corn tortillas. Also: c​hoco-flan.


From the restaurant group behind spots like Clark’s and Jeffrey’s comes their newest project. Taking inspiration from old-school red sauce Italian-American restaurants like Dan Tana’s in Los Angeles, Sammie’s is more of a deluxe experience where the waiters wear red suits and ties, the pastas are all handmade, and the chicken parmigiana is bigger than your head.

De Nada Cantina is a new East Side taqueria from the Sawyer & Co team. The restaurant has a tight menu of tacos like barbacoa, carnitas, shrimp, and roasted sweet potatoes with chimichurri, all served on handmade blue corn tortillas. There are also crispy tacos with beef and mushroom picadillo options. There’s a pretty elaborate cocktail menu here as well, with drinks ranging from margaritas to frozen sangria to palomas.

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