Top 10 Restaurants That Just Don't Get Enough Love
By Rachel Feit, Fri., Jan. 1, 2016
1) Fabi + Rosi
Elegant decor: check. Exceptional continental cuisine: check. Reasonable prices: check. Why don't you have reservations already?
This midtown wine bar's Tinder profile might read something like this: Snuggle with me in dark corners, dive into billowy truffle mac and cheese, buttermilk fried quail, and other guilty pleasures.
3) Cafe Josie
The restaurant that hides in plain sight. From their grilled shrimp with blue-corn grits to the blackberry ginger crisp, you won't find a better place for a business power lunch or a first date.
4) Black Star Co-op
Tuck in for a game of Scrabble and a homebrew at this loungy pub that keeps it local with Gulf coast fish and chips and Texas-sourced meats for their sandwiches and burgers.
5) Stiles Switch
Leave Franklin and la Barbecue to the tourists. Real Austinites know that great local brew and 'cue can also be found in this North Austin restaurant – and without the line.
6) Alborz Persian Cuisine
Smile and say, "Ghormeh Sabzi." Alborz's kebabs and luscious stews continue to do their best to thaw American-Middle Eastern relations.
Small plates with big flavors best define Winebelly's approach to food. Braised pork shank with rye spaetzle, anyone?
8) El Alma
The rooftop view of Downtown feels so urban. But it's Alma Alcocer-Thomas' affordable, modern Mexican cooking that is this restaurant's siren song.
This elegant wine and cheese shop next to Barley Swine has blossomed into a serious restaurant serving crowd-pleasing bistro fare that doesn't break the bank.
10) Papalote Taco House
Whether it's cauliflower, pork in pumpkin-seed mole, or slow-stewed chipotle beef and plantains, Papalote's tacos are the genuine article.