Eberly, the ambitious and long-awaited brainchild of former Stubb's co-owners John Scott and Eddy Patterson, fully debuted in mid-October, bringing a contemporary American menu to South Lamar. Named after local historical legend Angelina Eberly, (credited with helping to secure Austin as the state capital) the for-now evening destination is made up of a collection of dining and drinking spaces. Read on for the early word on the four-concept (bar, study, dining room, and rooftop lounge) hot spot.
The food and drinks — Eberly’s kitchen, lead by executive chef Jim Tripi (who previously oversaw the kitchen at the Spanish Oaks Golf Club), “incorporates American classics with a modern twist,” described the Chronicle. The bar menu offers charcuterie and cheese plate, ceviche, pizza, and more. Meanwhile on dining room’s menu, you’ll find many of those and more including sea bass, braised short ribs, and steak and frites entrees.
Formerly the pastry chef for McGuire Moorman Hospitality, Natalie Gazui oversees the bread and pastry program, “which includes intricate yet playful desserts,” like the composed raspberry peanut butter and jelly dish, reported Zagat’s Veronica Meewes. Tasting Table included the baklava brioche on its must-try list.
The space — Co-owners Michael Dickson and Mickie Spencer (who is also responsible for former East Side Showroom, now Ah Sing Den) are behind Eberly’s show-stopping design. It is comprised of four spaces — The Cedar Tavern, a study, dining room, and rooftop lounge — bound together by shared design elements. “A mix of Victorian and mid-century modern, Eberly embellishes its design with elaborate plaster pieces and custom tile work,” summarized the Chronicle, adding, “The flow is supposed to represent different transitions during the day,” with daytime hours coming soon.
The Cedar Tavern houses the star of Eberly — a revamped mahogany bar, which traveled all the way from New York. The physical bar is from the once-beloved Cedar Tavern, which hosted legendary creatives of the 1960s such as Bob Dylan, Jackson Pollock, and Jack Kerouac. (Perhaps that explains the multiple Yelpers who warned about the high noise level in the tavern?)
The service — While prices themselves weren’t flagged by reviewers, the level of service not living up to the prices was a shared concern for a handful of Yelpers. Alison L. explained, “Service was a mess from the host to the timing, but they were generous enough to treat us to complimentary dessert.”
The overall experience — With its wow-worthy design, legendary mahogany bar, and expert management, Eberly “is certain to become another Austin classic,” Meewes predicted.
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- First Look: Eberly Launches on South Lamar [Zagat]
- First Look: Eberly [Chronicle]
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