Jan 20, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Edith Wharton devotees (or those who find the reclaimed-wood trend just a bit twee) might see this secreted dining room as a revelation—beautiful high ceilings, velvet banquettes, and cheeky framed nudes on the gallery walls. The space is hushed; we were almost the lone table. The food aspires to be…


Dec 8, 2015 By Texas Monthly

Tucked downstairs at the Four Seasons, with a view of the patio and lawn, this proper but not intimidating dining room should be on your radar. Expense accounts are easily indulged here, and you will always see local and visiting power brokers sizing up the impressive wine list.


Nov 16, 2015 By Texas Monthly

It’s hard to remember the days when Musashino was the premier, albeit almost only, sushi spot in town. It’s where Tyson Cole (who went on to found the Uchi empire) and Kazu Fukumoto learned to slice fish, and now Fukumoto has his own spot. As you’re heralded by greetings, you’ll…


Oct 21, 2015 By Texas Monthly

This unpretentious South Austin spot, its walls adorned with pithy wine quotes and artsy empty frames, has a great neighborhood feel. A cozy L-shaped interior leads to a perfect wine-drinking patio out back, where you can sample small(ish) plates from the Mediterranean-inflected menu, like blistered shishito peppers under a snowy…

La Barbecue

Oct 6, 2015 By Texas Monthly

While some spend their Saturday mornings seeking the must indulgent brunch, others line up here. The crowd can be monumental, but if you get there 30 minutes to an hour before La B opens, at 11, you’ll find a veritable bucket of gold at the end of the rainbow. Brisket…

Michi Ramen [South]

Oct 5, 2015 By Texas Monthly

Ramen noodles may never compete with pizza, but new food-delivery apps have made it possible to enjoy almost any restaurant meal in your pajamas. Michi’s new south location is capitalizing on this trend; it’s takeout or delivery only. It also thumbs its nose at the competition, because there are no…


Sep 22, 2015 By Texas Monthly

What’s in a name? Lovely Juliet is the long-awaited descendant of Romeo’s, which served up plates of solid Italian-American food in this location for years. Although the space, with its comfortably chic patio and mid-century-style furniture, offers a fresh update of the physical surroundings, clumsy service and underwhelming food kept…