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Mexican Garden

Feb 3, 2017 By Texas Monthly

This new sister restaurant of the popular Italian Garden is a welcome addition to downtown. With a traditional menu of Mexican and Tex-Mex favorites, everyone will find something to enjoy. A surprise hit at our table was the queso fundido, the warm, stretchy cheese perfect for dipping tortillas in. For…

Authentic New York Pizza

Nov 16, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Sometimes you just need a pizza. In Corpus, your best bet comes courtesy of Authentic New York Pizza, owned by Brooklyn transplant Alan Kruger. This bustling, no-frills joint offers all the expected toppings, plus others that range from good to weird, like barbecued brisket and penne pasta. The house-made sauce…

Café Italia [West]

Nov 16, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Grab a bottle (or two) at nearby Wine Attitude, then make your way to Café Italia, where delicious sourdough-crusted pizzas await. Start with the seasonal wood-roasted vegetables (grown locally, of course); the fennel and eggplant are especially good. Then try the Bianco, a white pizza that boasts mozzarella, ricotta, Parmigiano…

Pepper Twins

Nov 8, 2016 By Texas Monthly

How can we not love this new Cooking Girl spin-off when dishes have names like Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Fish Swimming in Pickle, and Tofu Smiles With Wood Ear? Plus, the setting is bright and cheery, the staff able and obliging, and the food fresh and well sourced (Berkshire pork,…

Tacodeli

Sep 30, 2016 By Texas Monthly

The place where it all started, the original location on Spyglass, has been spiffed up with new tables and a more logical layout (which somehow makes it feel bigger). It’s arguably now the premier Austin Tacodeli location for chilling under the trees on a weekend morning, as bed-headed couples roll…

Pepper Twins

Aug 18, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Inner-city fans of fiery Szechuan peppers can forgo the freeway foray out Bellaire Boulevard. In the heart of Montrose (on Fairview, no less), sisters Yunan Yang and Lily Luo are dishing up authentic, lip-tingling fare from organic ingredients. Go early, hunt for a parking spot, then dive into a bowl…

Jazz Cafe

Aug 16, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Our favorite funky little cave epitomizes a neighborhood hangout. Long on quirky characters and big flavors, the dive has cultivated a loyal following for exceptional sandwiches like the Green Gobbler, piling thickly sliced turkey breast and mozzarella on a dill roll with avocado and red onion slices. The Greek salad…

Brunch Club

May 24, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Brunch isn’t just for weekends anymore. This new cafe offers up fancy egg dishes, salads, sandwiches, and varied entrées seven days a week. For a twist on the traditional eggs Benedict, try the Rob Benny: poached eggs topping grilled asparagus, smoked pork loin, and savory bread pudding, all covered in…

Gogo Gumbo

Apr 21, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Let the good times roll at this little seafood kitchen in Boyd. This fine establishment is loaded with character, and everything is made from scratch under the keen watch of owner and chef Kraig Thome. We started with the tangy shrimp and crab gumbo, then jumped right into the pan-fried…

Tutu’s Burgers

Nov 22, 2015 By Texas Monthly

A bar and nightly live music keep things hopping at this east-side burger joint. Burgers are large enough to share, and the never-frozen, ground-fresh-daily beef and lamb are the best-flavored meat in town. Breakfast burgers include bacon and fried or scrambled eggs atop a juicy patty, and one of our…