Two Texas restaurants were featured in Bon Appetit’s list of the top ten best new restaurants in the nation. This follows the magazine’s announcement of the top fifty best new restaurants in the nation last week, which included six Texas eateries: The Pass & Provisions, Jeffrey’s and Josephine House, Ramen Tatsu-Ya, Sway, Spoon Bar & Kitchen, and FT33.
You can tell the old customers from the new ones the minute they walk in. The new ones seem a little hesitant as they wait to be shown to one of the four revamped rooms, gazing with open curiosity at the storied restaurant that was, in its heyday, the undisputed king of Austin dining. The old-timers—the ones who’ve been coming here since Jeffrey’s began as a little French bistro in the funky Clarksville neighborhood in 1975—march in like they own the joint.
This week was Rebecca Meeker’s last at Congress. The former chef de cuisine has left David Bull’s restaurant to become a chef and project manager for Larry McGuire’s and Tommy Moorman’s growing restaurant enterprise.
“I’m very excited for the opportunity to work with Larry and his team,” Meeker told Texas Monthly. “They’re extremely creative and I truly admire the work they’ve done so far.”
Thirty-year-old Larry McGuire, Austin’s most prolific high-quality restaurateur, sits down to lunch at his newest restaurant, Josephine House in the capital’s central Clarksville neighborhood. With impeccably clean hands, he straightens his Rag & Bone shawl collar cardigan before placing a crisp napkin into his lap. Josephine House opened last month, and its dining room, with white-washed wood-paneled walls and marble counters, is already packed with neighbors and food aficionados.