North and Northwest

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While Austin isn’t exactly suffering from a dearth of brisket, good corned beef can be hard to come by in these parts. And chopped liver? Fuggedaboutit! That’s why we were so excited to welcome newcomer Bider­man’s, serving up Jewish deli classics with Texan flair.

3742 Far West Blvd. #101

Korean barbecue is a multisensory experience, and from the moment you sniff the meat fat and sweet, chile-laden air at Charm, you know you’ve come to the right place. Of course, the grilled dishes are fabulous, but the menu is packed with not-to-be-missed stunners like cold buckwheat noodles with raw stingray and egg.

1200 W. Howard

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photo by John Anderson

Mainers know lobster rolls, and Garbo’s is owned by Mainers. This food truck (yes, their brick-and-mortar is stellar, too) blurred the Mason-Dixon line, making Austin forget the days when New Englanders kept that buttery crustacean all to themselves. The only question now is: butter or mayo?


Hanabi’s sushiya (soon to be rebranded as Haru Sushi) presents the freshest sashimi in the most exquisite platings, especially if you splurge with the omakase. The hotate crudo and the blackened pepper tuna salad with goat cheese are also very smart decisions.

9503 Research #500

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Photo by John Anderson

This healthy fast-casual spot partners with local farmers and vendors that offer customers options that leave them fulfilled inside and out. Order one of their signature warm bowls or build your own with energizing ingredients like hand-line caught wild ahi tuna, crispy chickpeas, and black forbidden rice.

9828 Great Hills Trl. #300

After years anchoring the Georgetown dining scene, Nancy’s Sky Garden has finally brought its Asian-inspired fare to Northeast Austin. Open for weekday breakfast and lunch, Nancy’s offers fresh soups, fruit and veggie plates with added protein, and poke bowls. A no-brainer for a fast, healthy workday lunch.


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Austin’s first dedicated Nepalese menu? Yes, which means that the buffet of this blink-and-you’ll-miss-it eatery in a strip mall is loaded with deep goodness from several regions of India and China, but it’s all we can do to not fill up on endless rounds of that OMG rosemary & cheese naan.

3616 Far West Blvd.

Thanks to sisters and co-owners Reyna and Maritza Vazquez, households across the country know what a migas taco is – and that the best one is in Austin. The crunchy, homemade tortilla chips and smoky salsa will tide you over while waiting for the main event. You should probably drink a watermelon agua fresca, too.


Photo by John Anderson

Photo by John Anderson

From the moment you spot the rows of roasting ducks hanging in the foyer, you know Din Ho is here to party. This northern mall Chinese favorite would earn their place in the hall of fame for their whole roasted pig alone, but, honestly, you can’t go wrong with the pea shoots either. Inducted in 2018.

8557 Research #116


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