Austin, Texas is a happenin' place — there's always live music playing somewhere, there's a chance you might run into Matthew McConaughey at the Belo Media Center, and new restaurants are always opening their doors to Austin foodies.
Recently, there has been a ton of new restaurants making their debut in Austin, so it can be hard to keep track of all of them. That's why this list is here to help you browse and pick which place to go for brunch, for date night, or if you're just looking for your next foodie adventure.
There's definitely not a shortage of Mexican restaurants in Austin, but you'll want to check out Grizzelda's for sure. Their beachy restaurant vibe paired with their delicious Mexican fare will have you feeling like you're eating lunch in Cabo.
Another food group Austin isn't lacking is barbeque, but EastSide Tavern sets itself apart. It's housed in a modern, rustic tavern and serves up craft beer and cocktails to accompany their delicious barbeque, like this HeartStopper Burger complete with a meat patty, bacon, sausage, brisket, pulled pork, and queso.
3. Old Thousand
Move over, Chinese takeout, there's a new contender in town. Located down the street from Franklin Barbecue, Old Thousand serves up casual Chinese-American fare that is sure to hit the spot when you're craving Chinese food (or when you're hungover). You can order it take-out, but we recommend dining in to get the full, funky experience.
Hand-tossed pizzas and a cold craft beer? We're there in a heartbeat. Elgin-based Aviator Pizza is headed to Austin to serve up delicious pies, both savory and sweet. After devouring lunch, indulge in a dessert pizza — cinnamon pecan is our favorite. If pizza isn't your thing (sounds fake, but ok) they also serve up chicken wings, sandwiches, and salads.
5. El Burro
Featuring a wraparound patio and open kitchen, El Burro is perfect if you're in the market for a Mexican brunch. From the team behind Vox Table (which is just around the corner from El Burro), you can expect Mexican small plates such as tacos, guac, and tasty margaritas.
If you're sad about Qui closing down, never fear. Paul Qui, culinary genius and winner of Top Chef, has opened this Japanese kitchen and sushi bar on East 6th Street. A highly social experience, Kuneho features four different spaces: sushi bar, main dining area, patio, and cocktail lounge.
The team behind Ramen Tatsu-ya has created a new Japanese restaurant, a Texas-styled izakaya. Izakaya is a type of Japanese bar that serves up small, inexpensive dishes and snacks to accompany alcoholic drinks — something we can definitely get into.
If you're obsessed with Insta like we are, The Factory is a MUST for major ~coffee shop vibes~. Indulge in homemade PopTarts and chicken and waffle sandwiches, or sip on their specialty drinks. However, be warned: they have a no-laptop policy and don't offer Wifi. Instead, they ask that you socialize and look up from your phone every once in a while.
9. Flower Child
Ring in 2017 and get that new year's resolution started at Flower Child, located at the Domain Northside. A health-oriented restaurant, Flower Child serves up custom salads, grain bowls, and soups that you can add protein to for extra fuel. Originally hailing from California, this cafe gives off serious beachy, bohemian vibes that'll make you feel at peace.
10. Beer Plant
Beer Plant is Austin's first vegan gastropub, two words you don't usually associate with each other. Serving up craft beers, wines, and cocktails with their plant-based menu, Beer Plant aims to show that you can eat well and healthy, without compromising one for the other. Who know that buffalo cauliflower wings were so delish?
Although their main focus is on cocktails and bar food, Revelry has debuted their new brunch menu with maple bourbon chicken lollipops and waffles, berry French toast, egg sandwiches, and many more. Pair it with a Bloody Mary or a mimosa for the ultimate brunch feast.
If you need a warm, inviting space to get work done or catch up with friends, Brentwood Social House is the cafe for you. They have a wide selection of teas and coffees, local-made English baked goods, and French-style quiches — some of their ingredients are even shipped from the UK to maintain the authenticity of the recipes.
Tillery is brand spankin' new to Austin — their grand opening was just a few days ago, and people are already fawning over their gorgeous open patio. Sip on cocktails or munch on delicious Mediterranean-inspired plates while you take in the gorgeous view of the river.
From Mexican to Asian to vegan, all these new restaurants have something that everyone will enjoy. It's a new year — expand your palate and try new things; you never know what might become your new favorite.