This Guadalupe mainstay has been serving French-inspired pub fare and just about any craft brew (kombucha included) your heart desires since 2011. Seamlessly flowing from wooden communal benches near the bar to romantic nooks tucked behind black fringe and velour to a high-ceilinged screenwriting class meeting ground, the space is as accommodating as the menu and service. Order a sour beer and moules-frites.
When talking about foods that define the Southern culinary experience, you’ll likely receive a variety of opinions. But there’s nothing more Southern than a good biscuit – and Olamaie nails it. In fact, they’re so good there’s a whole tab on their website dedicated to biscuits. Once you get past the fluffy buttery perfection, the local-forward menu offers an upscale take on classics, including hush puppies, tomato pie, and sorghum-brined pork chops.
1610 San Antonio St.
Since 1981, Texas French Bread has been linking Austinites with European bistro culture. With fresh takes on recipes that savor of Mediterranean fare, there is sure to be a fresh-baked baguette alongside every dish for a bite of authenticity.
Vegetarians and spice lovers rejoice when they walk into the sumptuous, aromatic interior of the Clay Pit. Although sticklers for authenticity may disagree, this restaurant has elevated Indian cuisine for Austin. If you’re around for lunch, make sure to check out their buffet, where you can indulge for a very economical price. Inducted in 2018.
Once, on a first date in their original location off North MoPac, we may or may not have mistaken their oshibori (warm towel) as a complimentary facial, only to be gently guided by the angelic server to cleanse our hands before dinner. This is the kind of classy operation that is Musashino, which opened in 1993 and has become the origin story of several local superstars: Tyson Cole of Uchi/Uchiko/Loro; Kazo Fukumoto of his eponymous restaurant; Ramen Tatsu-ya’s owners/chefs Tatsu Aikawa and Takuya Matsumoto. The Tokyo-style restaurant, now in the former Fino spot in West Campus, is known for creating some of the most elegant pieces of Edomae-style sushi this side of Japan. In addition to an impossibly fresh, stunning traditional menu, they offer a wide assortment of modern twists, and an omakase option. After spending so much time in loungewear at home, we cannot think of a better reason to dust off the jacket and black dress than dining at this world-class establishment. Inducted in 2021.
2905 San Gabriel St. #200
The Detroit Tigers may be in a rebuilding phase this season (fingers crossed!), but this Detroit-style pizza has enraptured Austin since the Hunt brothers’ first trailer opened in 2011. The cheesy, crunchy, thick signature squares topped with just the right amount of marinara are to credit for their now legendary winning streak, but the thinner bar-style pies will also have you happy-heckling the kitchen. Don’t skip their bonkers pizza collaborations featuring special toppings like Garbo’s lobster, la Barbecue’s cold-smoked ham, and Michi’s ramen. And if you don’t end up with meatballs on your pizza (do it), grab the appetizer version before you succumb to all the cheese. Bonus points for a seriously solid gluten-free crust. Inducted in 2019.
3016 Guadalupe #100
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