Another new spot adhering to the locavore aesthetic is Barley Swine (2024 S. Lamar, 917-8425, www.barleyswine.com), the latest venture from second-generation Austin chef Bryce Gilmore, who also runs Odd Duck Farm to Trailer. As the quirky name implies, Gilmore's main focus at his new brick-and-mortar eatery will be locally raised pork and Austin craft-brewed beer. But his menu will also include other meats and fish, some nationally respected microbrews, and a small, mostly domestic wine list. Look for shared plates, communal dining tables, and Austin's first large bottle format beer service. The cozy, 35-seat space with rustic decor and an open kitchen will be open 5pm-midnight, Monday through Saturday, beginning Wednesday, Dec. 29. Gilmore has a special tasting menu planned for New Year's Eve.
Not all the new-restaurant excitement is happening in the Central city, however. The opening of a modern, casual restaurant designed to embrace Austinites' love of the outdoors was celebrated last week in far North Austin, as well. Zed's (501 Canyon Ridge Dr., 339-9337, www.zeds.bz) sits on three wooded acres with a pond and a hike-and-bike trail in the Tech Ridge development near Parmer Lane and I-35. The eatery boasts a Michael Hsu design, with scenic vistas, expansive all-weather decks, and a distinctive, indoor-outdoor water feature by Pape-Dawson Engineers. The Zed's menu offers cuisines of the American South and Southwest with a definite Austin flair. The restaurant serves lunch, dinner, and late-night fare with full bar service. Look for an acoustic music lineup sometime in 2011.
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