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Where to Eat Now 2014

No. 5 Arro


Photograph by Jody Horton

“Gargantuan” hardly begins to describe the amphibians that have selflessly given their all to fill the platters of buttery, supersized fried frogs’ legs at Arro. Open eight months, this airy, sun-drenched downtown Austin restaurant has been beguiling longtime Francophiles and novices alike with its modern interpretations of French bistro classics. Some dishes have just enough of an American accent to make the locals feel at home, like pepper-crusted antelope medallions on a spectacular bed of sautéed vegetables, farro, and exquisite wild mushrooms. Others are Gallic all the way, such as the mussels sided by herb-sprinkled frites, which will take you back to the sidewalk cafe you discovered in Montmartre when you were young and foolish. Chef-owners Drew and Mary Catherine Curren, of 24 Diner and Easy Tiger Bake Shop & Beer Garden, can’t be making that much money on Arro’s incredibly priced $25 three-course prix-fixe dinner. But they undoubtedly know that like all bargains, it’s a gateway drug that leads to the serious stuff. Once you’re hooked, you’ll be back. Again, and again, and again. Opened July 20, 2013. 601 W. 6th (512-992-2776). D 7 days. $$–$$$ 

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