Besides being the “music capital of the world” Austin is also an excellent place to enjoy a great meal and there are a wide variety of excellent restaurants that you can enjoy a meal on a regular basis including the following NEW restaurants which are set to open in the coming weeks.
Location: 2115 South Lamar Boulevard, South Austin
Key Players: chef/owner Tyson Cole, pitmaster Aaron Franklin, chef James Dumapit, chef Jack Yoss, pitmaster Bram Tripp, Hai Hospitality
It’s finally here: Texas barbecue meets Asian-influenced smoked dishes from two of Austin’s best chefs, Tyson Cole and Aaron Franklin. The restaurant is a new approach for both Cole and Franklin: this is the former’s first foray into casual service (people will place their orders at the bar and seat themselves), and for the latter, he gets to experiment with different flavors like bright acids, spices, and sweets (take the brisket which is served with a sweet chili sauce or the smoked turkey breast paired with apricot gastrique).
Sour Duck Market
Location: 1814 Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, Central East Austin
Key Players: chef/owner Bryce Gilmore, partner Dylan Gilmore, chef Mark Buley, partner Jason James, chef Zechariah Perez, chef pastry chef Ashley Whitmore
Another decidedly casual restaurant from finer dining chef Bryce Gilmore and the Barley Swine/Odd Duck team, Sour Duck (get it?) is part-bakery, part-quick-service cafe, and part-bar. On deck are house-made breads, inventive kolaches, draft cocktails, and smoked meats, all with that local touch, as per usual.
The Brewer’s Table
Location: 4715 East 5th Street, Govalle
Key Players: Jake Maddux, executive chef Zach Hunter, head brewer Drew Durish, head baker Sandeep Gyawali, general manager Zach Sawyer, beverage director Brandy Compton, sous chefs Karsten Spieth and Jaime Hernandez
Another one seemingly long in the works, the East Side restaurant and brewery is all about beer and food made with beer ingredients courtesy of founder Jake Maddux and his team, i.e. hops in food, vegetables in beer. There’s the wood-fermented beer program courtesy of former Live Oak Brewing brewer Drew Durish and seasonal food from Zach Hunter.
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