It’s hard to find traditional French food in Austin, but Justine’s hits the mark. The menu is short, and the food is very good - you can tell they’re trying hard to stick to the conventions of one of the most revered cuisines in the world. But the defining aspect of Justine’s is its outdoor patio, which is without question one of the best in town. Austinites love this patio - specifically, to get wasted on it - and the scene can distract from the fact that Justine’s is actually one of the city’s better French spots.
As a result, Justine’s is less of a restaurant and more of a hip bar scene. The old house it’s in is truly charming, complete with a Stevie Nicks-ish meets New Orleans atmosphere and an awesome beer garden. But cramming lots of drunk people into an old home create tons of noise that make it hard to hear a conversation. If you want a fun bar with hot people and really tasty French snacks, this is the place. If you want proper French food in a more refined environment, visit their sister restaurant Chez Nous.
You either love or hate this traditional French starter of snails doused in butter. Justine’s does it justice by keeping it simple and not f*cking up a good thing.
Despite the very high potential of seared scallops and spicy chorizo, this dish is just ok. Feel free to skip.
Mussels and duck fat fries are always a good option, and Justine’s has a strong showing of them.
Ripped from John Travolta’s famous line in Pulp Fiction, this decadent burger is topped with gruyere on a brioche bun. Despite not being totally French, it’s fantastic. If you’re paying sixteen dollars for a burger it better be good.