A bedroom decorated better than anything you’ve seen on Pinterest. A healthy homemade snack that actually doesn’t taste like soggy cardboard. A dinner party setup that would legitimately make Martha Stewart feel threatened. All things you’ll find on Camille Styles’ site and Instagram, which basically illustrate all facets of her excellent Austin life. If we’re being honest, they’re also the kinds of things that might occasionally make us roll our eyes. But because she does them so damn well, and without any hint of pretentiousness, we mostly just wish we could do them too.
And that’s exactly why she’s become one of Austin’s most beloved internet people (and also a bestselling author). Unsurprisingly, Camille knows her way around Austin’s best restaurants just as well as she knows her way around a DIY pillowcase. Here are her five favorite spots in town.
camille's "perfect for" picks
"A brunch spot where you can order the city’s best almond croissants and Vietnamese pho? Sign me up. I love almost everything on the menu at what is probably the most Instagrammed restaurant in Austin, and the unique fusion of cultural flavors means there’s something for everyone."
"My date night happy place is cozied up to the bar at Launderette with a bottle of Whispering Angel and the burrata with brown butter and black mission figs. Is it Friday yet? I love that this renovated East Austin laundromat doesn’t take itself too seriously; the Mediterranean-inspired small plates are more about fun than fine dining, but it still took home one of Food & Wine’s restaurants of the year in 2016. Don’t leave without sampling chef Rene Ortiz’s sticky brussels sprouts, or pastry chef Laura Sawicki’s legendary birthday cake ice cream sandwiches."
"Most people come to Austin expecting breakfast tacos and barbecue (don’t worry, we’ve got ya covered.) But what they don’t realize is that we also house two of the best, most innovative sushi restaurants in the country, sister restaurants Uchi and Uchiko helmed by chef Tyson Cole. Every dinner here is an adventure of innovative flavor combinations: salmon sashimi with kale and Asian pear, bigeye tuna with goat cheese and fuji apple, yellowtail with Thai chili and orange. Unexpected, yes — but it always works and never feels pretentious."
"The 16-top tables mean that Sway is the spot to go when you’re with a big group of friends who want to share some of the spiciest and most interesting food in the city. The modern Thai menu is adventurous without scaring off non-foodies, serving up the more familiar (Pad Thai) next to slightly bolder choices like the jungle curry made with wagyu beef, red chili, eggplant and coconut cream. Did I mention it’s spicy? Luckily you can cool things off with a Thai tea affogato when you’ve had enough."
"I legitimately don’t know how I’d live without Tacodeli. Where would we order lunch in for work meetings? Or eat breakfast when we’re hungover? Or satisfy our unending craving for the city’s best migas tacos? One of my favorite things about Tacodeli is that while it serves its fair share of queso, there are also plenty of healthy options on the menu. I love the Papadulce with sweet potatoes, corn, peppers, and toasted pepitas. Just get your taco fix before 3pm, because they shut down early."