Tipsters, readers, friends, and family of Eater Austin always want to know: Where should I eat right now? What are the buzziest new restaurants? What haven't I heard of? What's everyone talking about?
To answer those questions, behold the 53rd edition of the Eater Austin Heatmap, updated monthly to reflect the city’s freshest restaurants within the past six months. November bringsBlue Cat Cafe,Juniper,Voodoo Doughnut, andWu Chow. To see which places used to be on the list,visit the archive.
Please note that the numbers are geographic; not rankings.
For Parkside Project’s newest restaurant, chef Shawn Cirkiel decided to focus on Spain with tapas in Hyde Park. The array of cured meats and cheese, with classic dishes like the tortillas and croquettes all pair well with the Spanish wine list.
Photo Credit: Robert J. Lerma/EATX 4807 Airport Blvd Austin, TX 78751Visit website (512) 474-2029 Tapas Restaurant
Soup dumplings are finally here with the debut of Wu Chow from the Swift’s Attic team. The dinner menu features modern Chinese dishes like Sichuan braised eggplant, Shanghai rice cakes, wontons. The bar also serves a tiki-style cocktail menu. Lunch and dim sum service isn’t quite available right now, but it’s coming soon.
Photo Credit: Robert J. Lerma/EATX 500 W 5th St Austin, TX 78701Visit website Chinese Restaurant
Cats, cats, and more cats can be found over at Austin’s very first cat cafe, which opened this month after a successful Kickstarter campaign earlier this year. Work, play, and potentially adopt a cat inside the cafe, and order food and coffee from the vegan food truck parked right outside.
The Northern Italian newcomer from Uchi alum Nicholas Yanes also opened last month. Expect modern takes on classic dishes, sweets from pastry chef Kerstin Bellah, and a a gin-focused cocktail menu. Don’t miss out on the puffy potatoes.
Photo Credit: Robert J. Lerma/EATX 2400 E Cesar Chavez St Ste 304 Austin, TX 78702Visit website (512) 436-3291 Italian Restaurant
Austin's freshest Italian option, can be found on Barton Springs. Run by former Asti chef Jacob Weaver, the menu focuses on an approachable modern take on Italian with housemade pastas and bread, plus wood-fired pizza. The early happy hour with half-off rose is a must.
Photo Credit: Robert J. Lerma/EATX 1500 Barton Springs Rd Austin, TX 78704Visit website (512) 479-1800 Italian Restaurant
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