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First Look: Mattie's Grows New South Austin Roots

Green Pastures reopens with a brand-new dining concept
March 21, 2017
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by Veronica Meewes

The gist: After closing for a year-long remodel last spring, Austin's iconic Green Pastures has reopened, now under the ownership of Austin developer Greg Porter and partner Jeff Trigger, the president of La Corsha Hospitality Group (Second Bar & Kitchen, Boiler Nine). The historic Victorian home, which is tucked away in central South Austin, has introduced a new dining concept, Mattie's, and expanded into multiple rooms for big and small events. The kitchen is led by executive chef Joshua Thomas, who began his culinary career under Eric Ripert at Le Bernardin (which has topped Zagat's New York dining list for eight years running). Thomas also held the executive sous-chef position at Devi NYC, where he and his team earned acclaim before moving to Austin and opening the (now closed) Chaat Shop food trailer. Mattie's is named after school teacher Martha “Mattie” Miner Faulk, who originally owned the house with her husband (and a famous local judge) Henry Faulk.


Credit: Veronica Meewes


Credit: Veronica Meewes

The food: With the help of sourcing specialist Valerie Broussard, Thomas uses all natural meats, sustainable seafood, local produce and hormone-free dairy to craft a menu that exudes the soul of the South while maintaining a vibrant balance. Satisfyingly crunchy fried chicken comes with baby spinach, pickled onions and a chipotle-yogurt dressing. Pan-seared ruby red trout is accompanied by Sea Island red bean ragout and braised greens with hazelnuts and brown butter. Starters and sides include healthier options like a farmhouse salad with fennel relish and kale salad with bacon, shaved Brussels sprouts, dates, crispy shallots and yogurt-honey dressing. Thomas’ affinity for Indian cuisine shines through in unexpected dishes like crispy okra chips with herbs and masala, tamarind chile cauliflower and a coconut curry chickpea rice bowl. Longtime fans of Green Pastures will be happy to know its famous Sunday brunch will soon relaunch.


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The drinks: La Corsha's beverage director Jason Stevens and wine director Paula Rester collaborated on the beverage program, which includes beer selections from innovative breweries like Funkwerks and TO ØL, plus a diverse wine list and signature cocktails like the Rosabella (Beefeater and St. George gins, raspberry, cardamom, lime) and the Green Pastures julep (Woodford Reserve bourbon, peach roiibos brandy, spearmint). Seasonal punch (currently gin, Earl Grey, ginger, grapefruit, rosemary) may be ordered by the tea pot or bowl, and a bourbon and rum milk punch, also available by the dainty cup or carafe, is equally good as an apéritif or dessert.


Credit: Nick Simonite

The space: Though the South Austin home dates back to 1893, it has a history of hosting social gatherings since 1946, and Mattie's harkens back to the midcentury era with carefully selected antique furniture, rugs and original artwork plus a smart soundtrack featuring greats like Ray Charles and Sam Cooke. With the help of Clayton & Little Architects, Joel Mozersky Design and FÖDA Studio, the stunning Victorian home was refurbished to its original grandeur, and each room has been reimagined with carefully curated colors and textures. While the downstairs bar pairs airy sea-foam green walls with dark wood furniture, the main dining room welcomes diners with dusty blue and warm mauve accents. Four additional spaces (Marion Hall, The Pavilion, The Table Royal and The Mezzanine) can accommodate special events with anywhere from 10 to 350 guests. The spacious patio, which is lit by twinkling lights, offers plenty of outdoor seating and will soon feature live music on weekends. And, most importantly, the iconic Green Pastures peacocks still roam the oak-shaded property in all their jewel-tone glory. You can enjoy them even more next year, when a 99-room boutique hotel called The Faulk is set to debut here. 


Credit: Nick Simonite

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