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Certified Open: Papalote, Schmidt Family Barbecue, Ramen Fukuya, and More

Many, many new bar and restaurant openings to check out.

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Papalote Taco House on 183.
Papalote Taco House on 183.
Papalote Taco House/Facebook
Nadia Chaudhury is the editor of Eater Austin covering food and pop culture, as well as a photographer, writer, and frequent panel moderator and podcast guest.

1) Papalote Taco House — The northwest Austin branch of the popular South Lamar taco joint opened last month. The same delicious cheap breakfast tacos and lunch specials are available.

[Photo: Schmidt Family Barbecue/Facebook]

2) Schmidt Family Barbecue — Schmidt Barbecue, from the family behind famed Lockhart destinations Smitty’s and Kreuz Market, opened its second restaurant out in Lakeway, taking over the previous Buster’s BBQ space. The first in Austin can be found in Bee Cave.

[Photo: Ramen Fukuya/Facebook]

3) Ramen Fukuya — A new ramen shop, Ramen Fukuya, took over the old Veggie Heaven spot on the Drag in late June. The namesake noodle bowl is made with chicken bone broth, and there’s the weekend-only seafood ramen.

[Photo: Pacific Rim Sushi & Yakitori Lounge/Facebook]

4) Pacific Rim Sushi and Yakitori — The yakitori sports bar opened in the old Dojo space on 183 and Burnet Road in June. Along with the skewered meats, seafood, and vegetables, there will be sushi, bento boxes, specials, drinks, karaoke, and many television screens to keep up with lots of sports.

[Photo: Rajib J./Yelp]

5) Saffron — Northwest Hills got a mix of Asian fusion with Himalayan, Nepalese, Indian, and Pakistani cuisines with the opening of Saffron in the spring. Momos, tandoori meats, and the intriguing Darjeeling green tea crème brulee are all on the menu. One Yelper vouched for the restaurant: "Inside and out, Saffron is easy to underestimate, but trust me—you have to check this place out."

[Photo: Billie Jean’s/Facebook]

6) Billie Jean’s Burger Pub — Food truck turned brick and mortar, the burger joint popped up on South Congress in late May. The array of burgers include the Moroccan, made with a blend of spices and herbs, fried egg, goat cheese, spinach, and harissa sauce.

[Photo: Almarah Mediterranean Cuisine/Facebook]

7) Almarah Mediterranean Cuisine — Austin got a slew of Mediterranean restaurants within the past two months. First, there’s the family-run Almarah in Cedar Park, which opened in June. The usual dishes are on the menu, like shawarma and kabob plates. One Yelper loved the hummus because "you can tell when something is handmade and fresh," adding, "Overall, the area was in desperate need of a quality restaurant."

[Photo: Slate/Facebook]

8) Slate — Next is former 219 West-turned-Slate on West Sixth, where small plates and entrees include grilled flatbreads, pizza fritas, and more. It’s open for lunch, dinner, and brunch, plus there’s a daily happy hour.

[Photo: Phoenician Reso-Cafe/Facebook]

9) Phoenician Resto-Cafe — Then there’s the Lebanese Phoenician Resto-Cafe along I-35 near Rainey Street, which opened in late June. Among the menu offerings is the $45 boat challenge, where a single diner who manages to eat six wraps and fried and drink a large soda within 45 minutes gets the meal for free.

[Photo: Mary Ann E./Yelp]

10) Halal Corner — Run by the same owners of Kismet Cafe down by campus, Halal Corner took over the old Boneheads spot up in Mueller in early July. For one Yelper, "The food is great, looks good, tastes good, smells good." He added, " If you like halal, Mediterranean food, or just food in general, you will like this place."

[Photo: Gypsy T./Yelp]

11) Saigon Cafe — Residents in Hudson Bend warmly welcomed the arrival of the Vietnamese and Thai Saigon Cafe, when it opened in mid-June. There’s pho, vermicelli bowls to curries and noodle dishes. One Yelper exclaimed, "These are authentic Vietnamese/Thai recipes that never fail to fill you up and satisfy!"

Papalote Taco House

13219 Research Boulevard, , TX 78750 (512) 840-0745 Visit Website

Billie Jean's Burger Pub

6501 S Congress Ave Suite 105, Austin, TX 78745 (512) 576-1358

The Halal Corner

1200 Barbara Jordan Boulevard, , TX 78723 (512) 480-0048 Visit Website


3616 Far West Boulevard, , TX 78731 (512) 241-1732 Visit Website

Pacific Rim Sushi & Yakitori Lounge

9070 Research Blvd Ste 305, Austin, TX 78758 (512) 458-8881 Visit Website

Fukuya Ramen

, Austin, TX (512) 831-5488

Slate Restaurant

612 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78701 (512) 474-2194

Saigon Cafe

, Hudson Bend, TX (512) 547-6608

Almarah Mediterranean Cuisine

12129 Ranch Road 620 North, , TX 78750 (512) 520-8169 Visit Website

Phoenician Resto Cafe

84 N Interstate 35 Frontage Rd, Austin, TX (512) 712-5904

Schmidt Family Barbecue

2125 Lohmans Crossing Road #400, Austin, TX 78734, USA