One of the original Austin restaurants that brought well-executed dining to a casual setting, Parkside (part of celebrated chef Shawn Cirkiel’s hospitality empire) has long been the outlier on its shot-bar section of Sixth Street. From the selection of chilled seafood, we chose a raw platter of East coast oysters—our faves from PEI—and shot glasses filled with different ceviches, including a clever popcorn-topped version. As for meat, it is hard to pass up the superlative slabs of roasted bone marrow, some of the best in town. Steak tartare paired with crispy, garlicky french fries exemplifies the bistro menu. Although usually too full for dessert, we found enough room for the chocolate semifreddo with a subtle peanut butter ice cream center and were glad to be heading off to bed as the rest of the street was just starting to wake up.
Cuisine: New American