There’s an intensity about Apis that sets them apart from other destination restaurants. For one, they are working to have complete control over their ingredients, from the vegetables they harvest to the proteins they raise. But don’t think for all that exactitude they can’t have a good time. Witness the liquid nitrogen shots that often cap off their feasts.
Buenos Aires Cafe is run by two generations of women, chef Reina Morris and Paola MG Smith. Together, they are our favorite mother-daughter pair since Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher, serving tender, flaky empanadas, beautiful meats de la parrilla, and delectable pisco sours.
Everything from the luxurious crudo plate to the legendary cheeseburger sets this landlocked seafood wonder apart. The oysters are, of course, truly excellent, like PEI Malpeques and Umamis from Rhode Island. They also have $5 happy hour martinis, for when you want to pretend to be Dorothy Parker on the cheap.
Laverne and Shirley, Mulder and Scully, Wolfgang and Cassie, Fabi and Rosi: Well-paired duos (even if only fictional nomenclature) do great things. This West Austin Eurocentric fine-dining hot spot celebrates scratch cooking, sourced from the best parts of Texas. From bone marrow dumplings to Black Forest mushroom ravioli, every bite is delectable.
Think of Josephine as the Madewell to Jeffrey’s preppier J. Crew. Everything feels breezy and casual, from the cottage setting to the Monday steak frites nights. It all adds up to an effortless neighborhood experience, as easy as an espadrille dangling off a toe.
Although the little purple house on West Sixth bills itself as a dessert bar, the dinner menu is equally boastworthy, with dishes like seared sea scallops with sunchoke pudding and charred broccoli with burnt lemon. The cocktail menu is a stunner too, with adventurous drinks using lime foam and pipe smoke. We couldn’t think of a more appropriate name for one of our favorite places to grab one last drink before calling it a night.
You’ll feel like Diane Lane looking out from your fantasy Tuscan villa when you dine al fresco at this Neapolitan pizza purveyor’s spot on the Pedernales. Robust sauce and interesting ingredients make this pizza worth the drive, and their wild boar salumi is a must.