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…

Bun Belly

Sep 22, 2015 By Texas Monthly

If you’re seeking a Vietnamese restaurant that’s authentic and economical, Bun Belly probably isn’t for you. But this small self-described “contemporary” place has the bonuses of a smart interior (blond bamboo paneling and “sputnik” lighting fixtures) and prices that are fine if you can handle $9 for a good-sized but…

Swift’s Attic

Sep 9, 2015 By Texas Monthly

With its exposed brick walls and steampunk-ish furnishings, cheeky Swift’s Attic is just right when you want something classier than bar food with your cocktails. Most plates are meant for sharing, an idea we quickly rejected because ours were so tasty. Strips of tender squid labeled as “fries” were in…

Lonesome Dove

Aug 24, 2015 By Texas Monthly

Taking up residence in the former Kenichi spot, this Fort Worth export surprises in its refreshingly low-key approach to decor, achieving what we’d call “classy Western”—no, it’s not an oxymoron—with banquettes covered in ivory cowhide, artfully placed antlers, and majestic taxidermy lit like oil paintings. The sound track is Johnny…


Aug 12, 2015 By Texas Monthly

For a changeup to the usual weekend brunch, we stopped in at this longtime Austin establishment for dim sum. Once you’re seated in the spacious dining room, adorned with bright paper lanterns, an array of friendly servers descends with bright red carts housing steamer baskets and plates filled with all…

CLOSED – Smokey Denmark’s Smoked Meats

Jul 16, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

Smokey Denmark’s has been known for making sausage in Austin for decades. Even up in North Texas, if you ask a barbecue joint where their hot links are from you’ll likely hear “Smokey Denmark.” While they have a storefront at their facility on East 5th Street, links from Smokey…

Terry Black’s Barbecue

Jan 15, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

It’s a good sign when the lean brisket is still juicy in the middle of the afternoon. The juiciness was evident on the cutting block where my order was deconstructed from hulking chunk of jet black brisket. As promised, they cook with all wood here (to the ire…

Kerlin BBQ

Jun 16, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

Kerlin BBQ is a solid barbecue contender, even in the extremely competitive market of Austin, Texas. 

Stiles Switch

May 3, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Sides and desserts are solid, and those who don’t have to go back to work can choose from six kinds of beer on tap or dozens of other selections in bottles.

Donn’s BBQ

May 3, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

2009: The exterior doesn’t look like much, and the interior is sparse as well, with large picnic tables for those eating in. Most of my fellow customers were ordering to-go just in time for dinner at home. Signs beside the menu let customers know that the popular menudo was now…

Lamberts Downtown Barbecue

May 3, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

Can a place that cooks its meat in a gas-burning rotisserie make really great ’cue? Well, the brown-sugar-and-coffee-rubbed brisket was delicious, the maple-and-coriander-encrusted pork ribs were tender, the pulled pork was perfect, and the chorizo-ish jalapeño hot links were unforgettable. Sides and desserts were extraordinary. A jícama-and-carrot slaw, in particular,…