Best Thing We Ate

12 Tomato Dishes You Need to Try This Summer in Austin

By Veronica Meewes  |  July 10, 2015

Nothing spells summer like ripe, juicy tomatoes, and Austin chefs are utilizing them in a variety of delicious, creative ways. Here are 12 of our favorite fresh-picked dishes.

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    Veggie "BLT" Sausage at Banger's Sausage House and Beer Garden

    This creation begins with a crushed and sundried tomato sausage and is finished with cheese curds, a smear of onion aïoli, field greens and slices of fresh tomato. Vegetarians will relish the umami flavor packed into the dehydrated shiitake "bacon" spilling out of the bun.

    79 Rainey St.; 512-386-1656

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    Fried Green Tomatoes With Smoked Shrimp at épicerie

    ​Chef Sarah McIntosh strikes again with an elegant, flavorful interpretation of the food she grew up with in Louisiana. These delicately fried green tomatoes are topped with pickled veggies (bell peppers and okra) and pepped up by a streak of spicy rémoulade.

    2307 Hancock Dr.; 512-371-6840

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    Heirloom Tomato Salad With Grilled Brun-uusto at Swift's Attic

    Local heirlooms are the star of this salad created by chef Zac Northcutt, and they're only enhanced by shaved red onions, croutons, pomegranate vinaigrette and an earthy grilled Brun-uusto cheese.

    315 Congress Ave.; 512-482-8842

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    Tomato, Burrata and Watercress Salad at Juliet

    Barton Spring Road's latest restaurant addition is serving up a refreshing take on a traditional tomato mozzarella salad. This one features B5 Farm tomatoes, burrata, watercress and, to amp up the flavor even more, a tomato water.

    1500 Barton Springs Rd.; 512-479-1800

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    Tomato, Machacado and Cricket Salad at Dai Due

    If you're in the market for a one-of-a-kind tomato salad, look no further than this take at Dai Due, featuring plump cherry tomatoes, bits of dried beef called machacado and – wait for it – added protein from crunchy seasoned crickets.

    2406 Manor Rd.; 512-524-0688

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    Carne Apache at El Naranjo

    ​This savory dish features super-thin slices of sirloin strip and tomatoes drizzled with olive oil, lime juice and chile piquin, topped with fresh mixed greens and crunchy corn tostadas.

    85 Rainey St.; 512-474-2776

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    Tomato Tart at Eden East

    The spectrum of tomatoes in a flaky tart crust is just one example of the weekly specials that chef Sonya Cote creates using the bounty of produce on-site at Springdale Farms (plus other local sources). Although the restaurant changes its menu depending on what's available, you can expect a vast array of tomato-centric dishes at Eden East this summer, until the team takes off for a stint in Rhode Island in late August!

    755 Springdale Rd.; 512-428-6500

  • Heirloom Tomatoes With Pappadam at Lenoir

    Lenoir's wine happy hour in the back garden features many light and flavorful treats just like this dish. Heirloom rounds are served over ras el hanout yogurt, then crowned with a crisp pappadam and sprinkled with chiles.

    1807 S. First St.; 512-215-9778

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    Tomato Corn Salad at Odd Duck

    Consider this summer in a bowl: chopped tomatoes tossed with corn, peaches and slivers of jalapeño are sprinkled generously with fresh goat cheese for a balance of savory, sweet, spice and salt.

    1201 S. Lamar Blvd.; 512-433-6521

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    Watermelon Tomato Salad at Searsucker

    In Searsucker's take on a summer classic, mixed heirloom tomatoes, chunks of fresh watermelon and housemade buttermilk ricotta are tossed in a zesty serrano watermelon vinaigrette, then sprinkled with smoked sea salt.

    415 Colorado St.; 512-394-8000

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    Tomato Basil Pie at Jack Allen's Kitchen

    The quichelike tomato pie, packed with basil and cheddar, Monterey Jack and Parmesan cheeses, became a fast classic at Jack Allen's Kitchen, where it can be found on their epic brunch buffet.

    Multiple locations

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    Tomato and Cucumber at TRACE

    TRACE gives their tomato and cucumber salad flair with the addition of goat feta, dill, olive croutons and sherry vinaigrette.

    200 Lavaca St.; 512-542-3660