5 Things You Must Order at the Bonneville
By Megan Giller
February 11, 2014
You may have walked right by the Bonneville and not even known it. The upscale New American restaurant is located in a popular area, downtown on Cesar Chavez, but for some reason (ahem, the landlord’s refusal to let them move the sign or trim the trees), it’s not as visible as, say, III Forks next door. But that hasn't prevented the New American restaurant from celebrating its one-year anniversary last month.
"New American" is one of those terms that's thrown all over the place. What does it mean here? “We take classic dishes and reconcept them slightly,” says Jennifer Costello, co-chef and co-owner with her husband, Chris Hurley. “You might find something Asian-inspired or Italian or Middle Eastern, but it will have a more approachable feel to it.” Costello and Hurley are the first to admit that they have been criticized for “not doing anything outrageous” and not making food in the Texas style. “At first people said the food needs to be spicier and we need to have barbecue or Tex-Mex,” Hurley told us. “But now they’re starting to embrace what we do.”
The Bostonians have also embraced what Austinites like. “They are very adventurous,” Costello said. “We’ve learned that you can push the envelope further than we might normally with the style of food that we do. They also love all things pickled.” On that note, this week you’ll find a new salad at the restaurant: pickled endive and beet. Plus they’re also launching a bar menu, with “noshy bites” like a Cuban sandwich, fried artichokes with a caper-lemon aioli, short rib nachos, dan dan noodles and hopefully a lamb pastrami sandwich. Here are five new dishes and cocktails you must try.