Austin Taco Project
500 E. Fourth, 512/682-2739
Lakeside restaurant in the LINE Hotel, presided over by Top Chef 10 winner Kristen Kish and her storied culinary flair.
111 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/478-2991
Geraldine’s, the restaurant tucked inside Hotel Van Zandt, doesn’t really reach its peak until the low stage near the kitchen lights up. It’s as intimate as Rainey Street’s Blackheart, but instead of cramming up against 30 people, you’re sitting at a table having the best ceviche of your life. Though only open since November 2015, its 260 seats are destined for local ubiquity from singer-songwriters, pop acts, and who knows what during SXSW.
605 Davis, 512/476-4755
The name nods to the goddess of the hearth for good reason – there's a custom, 20-foot hearth smack dab in the middle of the restaurant.
607 W. Third, 512/333-0737