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New Restaurant

This little counter-service restaurant on the corner of 12th and Harvey has a gourmet menu of French- and Italian-influenced American food that hits the mark for quality. Family-run, Birdie’s has a perfectly Austin combination of a luxe menu, a lovingly curated wine list, and a sleek space with a roomy patio perfect for relaxed upscale dining.

2944 E. 12th Ste. A

Established Restaurant

The New American, farm-to-table brilliance of Odd Duck, begun as a food trailer on a barren South Lamar lot by brothers Dylan and Bryce Gilmore in 2010, has shone steadily in its posh, glass-walled digs since 2014, bringing an ever-changing menu of locally sourced viands cheffed up to lip-smacking perfection.

Odd Duck
1201 S. Lamar

photo by Jana Birchum

photo by John Anderson


This affable, gregarious native of Torreón, Mexico, moved to Austin in 2009 and honed his prodigious skills at Launderette, La Condesa, and Uchiko before opening Suerte with Sam Hellman-Mass in 2018, drawing flavor-drunk raves from our critics – and the general public, Eater Austin, Food & Wine, and The New York Times.

1800 E. Sixth


A true Cinderella story, Nuñez worked his way up through the ranks, over the course of 10 years, from dishwasher to server assistant to sous-chef at one of Austin’s premier restaurants. As sous, Nuñez oversees the output of the multiple Best of Austin award-winning restaurant’s gorgeously delicious seasonal fare. We have a feeling his ascendancy isn’t over yet.

Odd Duck
1201 S. Lamar

photo by Jana Birchum

photo by Jana Birchum

Pastry Chef

This Lubbock native and second-generation restaurant worker has been elevating her “perfect-bite” desserts at Uchi since 2015. Now Quant oversees the pastry programs at Uchiko and Uchi Denver, and serves as head pastry chef for Hai Hospitality (which includes Loro and Dallas outpost Uchiba), making her a state pastry champion, of sorts.

801 S. Lamar

Most Missed/Dearly Departed

Austin voted with their hearts and lifted up Texas French Bread as “most missed.” The good news is, their knee-buckling baked goods, made with organic heirloom Texas wheat, pressed on the giant stone wheels at Barton Springs Mill, are not gone. Texas French Bread’s treats can still be obtained at local farmers' markets, and will come soon to Farmhouse Delivery. The historic brick building may be lost to fire, but for now, we still have the bread.

Texas French Bread

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