7 Up-and-Coming Foodie Streets in AustinBy Megan Giller
July 25, 2014
Move over, SoCo. You’re old news compared to the ridiculous names of the new hot streets, like SoLa and LoBurn.
The drag near Rosedale has always been a place to find antiques and breakfast tacos, but nowadays there’s much more. We could live on chef Sarah McIntosh’s salted chocolate chip cookies at Epicerie and Fonda San Miguel’s queso fundido. Chef James Holmes’ second outpost of Lucy’s Fried Chicken tempts almost as much as the new Noble Sandwiches, and Torchy’s lives just down the street. Look for new openings like the Peached Tortilla’s brick-and-mortar coming soon.
Caffeinate at Thunderbird Coffee, grab a breakfast taco at El Chilito (or sit down at El Chile) and eat dinner with the folks at Eastside Café before grabbing a drink at the School House Pub. Pretty soon you’ll be able to eat at Dai Due’s brick-and-mortar restaurant and gorge on cupcakes at Sugar Mama’s next door.
East Sixth is known for its dive bars and mustaches as well as some pretty fancy cocktails. But East Seventh is getting its fair share of the action too, as far as food is concerned. Kebabalicious picked this area to open its first brick-and-mortar locale, WuWu Sushi and the Hightower rolled onto the street a while back, Vintage Heart Coffee promises to give you a buzz and longtime resident Casa Colombia keeps the Latin flair going.
This street is the stuff of Asian food dreams. Both Michi Ramen and Ramen Tatsu-Ya reside on North Lamar, as do a plethora of hole-in-the-wall Vietnamese places. Titaya’s revamped menu features dishes from now-closed Spin Modern Thai’s Ek Timrerk. Venture out of Asia-Pacific to Puerto Rican restaurant Chagos, which transplants can’t stop talking about. If you want to stay in Texas literally and figuratively, Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew will make your day.
The upside of being at the bottom of the South Congress and South Lamar drags is that you get some pretty cool restaurants. Try Winebelly, the vino bar and tapas restaurant from the Hai Ky team, as well as ABGB, which serves some mighty fine craft beer and pizza. Then there are old standbys like Habanero, where you’ll find enchiladas to take you back to your childhood.
This street pretty much crisscrosses the entire city, so let’s narrow it down: we're talking 45th Street all the way to Lamar. Just in those blocks you have Kome for sushi, House for New York-style pizza, Mrs. Johnson’s for donuts, Quality Seafood for fresh fish and Black Star Co-Op for craft beer and high-quality bar food. Chef Sean Cirkiel is planning a new restaurant too. Oh, and how can we forget In-N-Out Burger, which seems to have bewitched our city?
East Cesar Chavez
East Austin dominates the city in terms of cool quotient, and this street is no exception. Cenote offers good coffee and good food in a nice neighborhood environment, while down the street a bit Bufalina turns out some of the best Neapolitan pizza in the city. Meanwhile, Pelagic Fish Market, a market and restaurant, is slated to open in February at 2401 Cesar Chavez. Also, don’t miss quality trailers like Veracruz All-Natural for serious breakfast tacos.