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Justine’s

Justine’s sits on a lonely stretch of East Austin road, amid a cluster of auto body shops, its presence announced by a flash of red neon proclaiming “brasserie.” Inside are the de rigueur long bar, pressed-tin ceiling, close-set tables and bistro chairs; adding a touch of cabaret are luxe chandeliers, velvet drapes, lipstick-red walls adorned with oil paintings, and servers decked out in cheetah-patterned body suits, cowboy hats, shirts unbuttoned to the navel, and other boldly fashionable get-ups that would look right at home in a David Lynch film. But all the bacchanalian drama belies the comforting familiarity of a menu populated with items like steak frites, duck confit, and a burger (a Royale With Cheese, no less). Finely crafted cocktails pair beautifully with pristine tuna tartare revved up with microgreens and slivers of red radish. A hearty red wine plays nicely with a perfectly prepared pepper-crusted steak with fries or a giant pork chop with creamy potatoes au gratin. And it’s all best followed by a couple of glasses of amaro and a generous portion of appropriately decadent crème brûlée. In fine French style, Justine’s is open till 2 a.m. As they put it, “When you think you’ve gone too far, keep going.”

City: Austin

Cuisine:

Drinks: Bar

Price: $$$

Rating: ★★★

Address: 4710 E. 5th, Austin, TX, 78702

Hours: Dinner Wed–Mon.

Phone: 512-385-2900

Website: www.justines1937.com

Last updated: June 20, 2019