The gastropub, as ubiquitous as skinny jeans, has a new iteration in north central Austin, creating a hipster food node with nearby Foreign & Domestic. The comfy mid- century-styled space demands that you order one of the cheeky cocktails, but there’s also wine and craft beer (or Coors Light, on a list entitled “We Don’t Judge”). Menu items are more elevated than the usual sponges with which to soak up drink, like pickled eggs, subtly vinegary and enhanced by a hot paprika sprinkle. The brussels sprouts bored us, but soft pillows of grit cakes topped with an intense crawfish gastrique were surprisingly fine. The burger, with house-cured pickles and a subtly sweet bun, is great, but Crack and Cheese, orecchiette pasta with sprinkles of duck cracklings in cheese sauce, was grainy and less than addictive.

City: Austin


Drinks: Bar

Price: $-$$


Address: 207 E. 53rd, Austin, TX, 78751

Hours: D Tue-Sun.

Phone: 512-614-6683

Website: www.drinkwellaustin.com/

Last updated: December 31, 1969