The fabulous five men of Netflix’s Queer Eye have landed in Austin to film their sixth season, as announced, appropriately, with an El Arroyo sign. In times like these, the pure joy that is Bobby Berk, Jonathan Van Ness, Karamo Brown, Tan France, and Antoni Porowski are a welcome sight — but the real question is, where will they eat?
In each episode of Queer Eye, food and wine expert Antoni Porowski teaches the makeover subject how to cook (well, in some cases, prepare) a dish. Based on pure conjecture, here are some Austin institutions we expect to see pop up during the show:
The Roosevelt Room: It’s hard to think of a better place to learn how to make a cocktail than from the experts at this supremely stylish downtown bar — which, in fact, hosts cocktail-making classes. The fact that co-owner Justin Lavenue was on the cover of GQ after winning Bombay Sapphire’s Most Imaginative Bartender of North America probably doesn’t hurt.
Valentina’s Tex Mex Barbecue: Because it’s Austin, there will definitely be a taco stop. While barbecue likely takes too much time and attention for a Queer Eye subject (or a 10-minute segment, for that matter), the great breakfast tacos here may be a good learning experience. Torchy’s is another strong possibility.
Olamaie: Inevitably, someone will want to learn a dish his or her Southern grandmother made, and chef Michael Fojtasek is the Austin go-to for that. Just don’t expect him to reveal his famed biscuits recipe.
La Condesa: If you’re going to teach someone how to make guacamole, you might as well learn it from the experts — no sour cream.
Cheer Up Charlie’s: This laid-back, LGBTQ-friendly patio bar, which uses fresh juices and kombucha in their cocktails, and accompanying vegan food truck Arlo’s, embody both the spirit of the city and the show. It would not be a surprise to see the Fab Five let their hair down here (except Tan, whose hair is always impossibly coiffed).
Wherever the Fab Five end up, we hope they enjoy Austin — and allow their makeovers to keep it a little bit weird.