Austin

Cover 3

Jul 25, 2016 By Texas Monthly

When Cover 3’s north location opened several years ago, its menu far exceeded what was required even for an upscale sports bar. Since then it has become a solid neighborhood destination, with the likes of ahi tuna with udon noodles and snap pea salad, calamari with fried artichokes, jerk shrimp…

Irene’s

Jun 8, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Boy, this place has got Austin’s number. Which is not surprising, considering it’s the latest venture from the same empire that birthed Easy Tiger and Italic. Inside the smartly designed cafe/saloon or out back under the towering pecan trees, romper-clad young women and blue-shirted bros (this place is just steps…

Vinaigrette

May 24, 2016 By Texas Monthly

The build-out of the former Tree House Italian Grill is as fresh as the leafy comestibles that make up the bulk of the menu; blond-wood tables anchored by bright red chairs, vaulted white ceilings, and, best of all, a wall of windows framing the giant oak tree on the patio.

Otoko

Apr 5, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Head chef Yoshi Okai is now the ringmaster at Otoko, while celebrated executive chef Paul Qui completes drug rehab following being arrested for assault, a charge he denies. Live and in person most nights, Yoshi helped design the breathlessly anticipated 20-course tasting menu, served at a 12-person counter in an…

L’Estelle House

Apr 5, 2016 By Texas Monthly

This small courtyard stop adjacent to the Drafting Room may just be the best-kept secret on Rainey. Simple tables line the pebbled courtyard for perfect al fresco dining. Guests need simply walk up to the sliding glass window at the front and place their order. If it’s early—and during brunch…

Clark’s Oyster Bar

Apr 4, 2016 By Texas Monthly

There’s always a cheerful buzz at this stylish neighborhood spot. After devouring a few briny favorites on the half shell, we savored a Texas-size wedge salad with thick-cut bacon and savory blue cheese. Sadly, the dressing was a little heavy-handed; same with the New England–style lobster roll, which was chock-full…

Nightcap

Mar 9, 2016 By Texas Monthly

The exterior of this vintage cottage has been painted a deep aubergine; inside, it’s sleekly updated. While the name suggests late-night desserts and cocktails, don’t overlook the rest of the menu. Silken sweet-potato bisque was vibrantly spiced with Thai curry and red pepper. Seared salmon, though a bit too done,…

Bufalina Due

Mar 9, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Newly fashionable NoBu scored the second location of this East Austin favorite; the cinder block and concrete space is almost stark, the decor limited to stacks of cardboard pizza boxes, orderly rows of wine bottles and glasses, and simple wood tables packed with your fellow diners (many of them pint-size).

Central Standard

Feb 9, 2016 By Texas Monthly

This South Congress Hotel eatery scores big for atmosphere, with tall ceilings, hypnotic teal-colored tiles, and gilded accents. Crisp uni-butter toast whetted our appetites for a lively wedge salad with candied kumquats and blue cheese and heavenly grilled lamb kebabs in a creamy dill sauce with garlicky braised garbanzo beans.

Chez Nous

Jan 21, 2016 By Texas Monthly

A fixture in the ever-changing landscape of Dirty Sixth, Chez Nous has seen countless businesses come and go while resolutely staying exactly the same (popcorn ceiling, potted ivies, posters of Gallic scenes). Fresh bread and a giant square of butter prepare lunchtime diners for croque-monsieurs and -madames and made-in-house pâtés.