Hottest Restaurants in Austin

From farm-to-table Italian to the city's first food hall
February 21, 2018
by Zagat Staff

Get ready to make reservations or get in line early. Our monthly hottest restaurants update highlights Austin's hippest dining destinations, from contemporary Peruvian to a casual counter-service concept from one of the city's top restaurants. Here are 10 spots to try right now. 

New American · Downtown

This downtown counter from the team behind Emmer & Rye (one of Bon Appétit's best restaurants) continues their dedication to farm-to-table and seasonal sourcing. Superfood lattes, burritos and kolaches are on the breakfast menu and lunch and dinner offerings include sandwiches and bowls with clever names and creative ingredient combinations like squash and avocado salad.
Ramen · Downtown

This contemporary counter at the downtown Fareground food hall from the team behind Kome and Daruma Ramen combines elements from both restaurants' menus. Their offerings include sushi rolls, snacks like chicken karaage and shumai, along with nigiri and customizable ramen - both vegetarian and whole chicken.
Contigo Fareground
American · Downtown

“A cool place with unique eats” say fans of this eatery serving new American eats with “creative menu items." Their Mueller location is an eclectic spot where diners come together via “family-style seating” at picnic tables in a mostly outdoor, “dog-friendly” setting strung with twinkle lights while the Fareground location is counter serve with a short menu of rotisserie chicken, burgers, salads and wings.
Colleen's Kitchen
Southern American · Mueller

With black and white striped awnings, white subway tile and bold emerald accents, this cafe in Mueller manages to be both familiar and stylish. Southern staples like fried chicken, mashed potatoes and country ham dominate the menu and their two bars are serving crafty cocktails, beer and wine. PS They also have sidewalk seating.
Intero Restaurant
Italian · East Austin

A large wooden bar dominates the interior of this contemporary Italian spot on Cesar Chavez with expansive patio and functional herb gardens. The menu rotates weekly and features freshly made pasta, locally grown farm-to-table produce and meaty dishes made with an eye toward whole animal usage.

This Manor road Peruvian spot is light and bright with bold colors and textiles against simple white walls. Seafood dominates the menu but meats and thoughtfully-prepared vegetable dishes are on offer along with a full bar and craft cocktails. PS Many Pisco-based drinks.
Hummus Among Us ATX
Mediterranean · East Austin

This bright red food truck makes the rounds - moving between their truck park and pop-ups at local bars - serving Eastern Mediterranean food. Hummus features prominently, with additions like shawarma-spiced brisket and souvlaki marinated chicken, but diners can also find traditional Mizrahi Jewish sandwiches and Jerusalem nachos.
La Matta
Sandwich · East Austin

With it's airy feel, open shelving stacked with homemade bread and turquoise and yellow seating indoors and out, this casual sandwich stop feels like an Italian sidewalk cafe. Paninis are on the menu along with charcuterie boards, colorful salads and house-made mozzarella. PS Check their soccer game watch schedule.
Le Politique
French · Downtown · $$$

Floor-to-ceiling curtains shield diners from the busy outside world in this bright French brasserie, café and patisserie in downtown Austin. The menu is classic French with seafood and meats along with decadent desserts and a thoughtful wine list.
Batch Craft Beer & Kolaches
Bakery · Mueller

Exposed beams, limestone walls and lots of natural light give this bakery, taproom and retail store a homey stay-awhile vibe. Beer and baking are the thing here with craft beer available on draft and in the bottle along with sweet and savory Czech-style kolaches. P.S. Check out their weekly collaborations with other local businesses.