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The New Austin Restaurants Local Dining Experts Were Most Excited About in 2022

Tacos that pay homage to the Rio Grande Valley, Egyptian barbecue, and more

A pair of hands pours an orangey salsa over one of three tacos sitting on a plate, with a plastic cup of beer beside it.
Tacos from Con Todo.
Sarah Natsumi Moore/Eater

As is the tradition as we near the end of 2022, Eater asked a trusted group of friends, industry types, and local bloggers for their takes on the past culinary year in Austin. All answers will be revealed before the year ends — cut, pasted, (mostly) unedited, and in no particular order. Question number one:

What were your regular go-to destinations in 2022? What newcomer on the scene excited you this year?

Chris Hughes, editor-in-chief, Austin Monthly
Un Mundo de Sabor, Casper Fermentables, Moreno BBQ, and Pedroso’s Pizza. I’m really excited about Con Todo. I feel like what Joseph Gomez is doing is being largely overlooked, which is criminal. Every detail is just so well-conceived and executed, particularly on his seasonal specials.

Darcie Duttweiler, freelance writer and Eater contributing writer
I ate at Birdie’s pretty much any chance I could get! I love their staples — the beef tartare with pecans is one of my favorites — but I also enjoy trying their seasonal vegetables. Plus, with a solid wine list, it’s easy to come back for more.

For newcomers, I’ve eaten at KG BBQ a bunch of times. Their lamb chops are simply divine, and I love their twist of Egyptian flavors on Texas barbecue. I also dream of the so-spicy-it-hurts-so-good jerk chicken at Canje.

Melanie Haupt, food editor, the Austin Chronicle
We’ve had a pretty steady Eldorado Cafe/Komé/Ramen Tatsu-ya/Home Slice/Eastside Pies rotation for the past two years. Our cars practically drive themselves there at this point.

Lenny Dewi, @eats_n_noods and Eater contributing writer
Just to name a few: Ros Niyom Thai, House of Three Gorges, Fresh Tofu, Pho Ha Noi, Chef Hong, Tan My, and more.

I was excited about Honey Pig opening! Also found out about Wee’s Cozy Kitchen, which is run by a Malaysian Auntie who goes by Auntie Wee. I love visiting her and eating her homecooked Malaysian food which is located in a gas station on campus. Ahhan Lao Kitchen is another one. We don’t have a lot of Laotian food here in Austin so it’s always exciting to see it grow.

Jane Ko, blogger, A Taste of Koko
Bulevar, Comedor, Kemuri Tatsu-ya, House of Three Gorges, Thai Fresh, El Chilito, and Bamboo House. I was very excited about Bamboo House — the Peking duck and thin beef slices with sauerkraut stew are so good.

Erin Russell, associate editor of Eater Austin
Go-tos: Birdie’s, Workhorse, Epoch, and Better Half. I also eat the breakfast sandwich at P. Terry’s an almost embarrassing amount. In terms of the 2022 openings, I think it was a pretty quiet year — although I am thrilled to see Grae Nonas at Bufalina, and there are a few exciting places I just haven’t had time to visit yet.

Nadia Chaudhury, editor of Eater Austin
Con Todo Con Todo Con Todo Con Todo (even though it opened in October 2021). There is a reason chef Joseph Gomez is on both Eater Nationa’s best new restaurants of the year and Eater Austin’s 2022 Eater Awards. The tacos are just phenomenal — simple yet flavorful yet texture-packed — and the fact that Gomez is drawing from his upbringing/home/community in the Rio Grande Valley region makes it that much better. He has a real sense of place-setting with his food in a way that’s fun, and, yes, delicious.

Another newcomer I’m excited about is Suerte’s seafood spinoff Este — the food was so good, and I am still thinking about the trout a la pulla that several people recommended to me.

As a general book and wine lover, I am still so happy that Vintage Bookstore and Wine Bar exists.

The omakase of Toshokan makes me remember why I love sushi so much.

And also, as a South Austin person, I am very thrilled that Bufalina reopened in East Austin.

And okay, this wasn’t a new-in-2022 place but the pure vibes of Outer Heaven Disco Club are fantastic.

My regular go-to's haven’t changed too much — hi Veracruz and Better Half and newly inducted Nixta — but scrolling through my Swarm, this is what I’ve got:

-South Asian at Jaipur Palace and Asiana

-the mushroom tacos at El Tacorrido

-easy co-working at Meanwhile Brewing (yes there are outlets around the outdoor stage area!)

-go-to easy drinks at Frazier’s (good corn dogs too), Little Drinks Lounge, Crow Bar (they should be reopening next year, yay), Little Darlin’, Ani’s Day & Night, and LoLo.

-the ridiculously amazing baked goods at Baklava House

-Usta Kababgy is still my Eid celebration spot

-I really enjoy Birdie’s for solo dinners

Nixta Taqueria

2512 East 12th Street, , TX 78702 Visit Website

Toshokan

807 East 4th Street, , TX 78702 Visit Website

Workhorse Bar

100 North Loop Boulevard East, , TX 78751 (512) 323-5700 Visit Website

Con Todo

10001 Metric Boulevard, , TX 78758

Better Half

406 Walsh Street, Austin, Texas 78703 Visit Website

Honey Pig BBQ [Austin]

11301 Lakeline Boulevard, Austin, Texas 78717 Visit Website

Este

2113 Manor Road, , TX 78722 (512) 522-4047 Visit Website

Outer Heaven Disco Club

1808 East 12th Street, , TX 78702 (702) 326-8976 Visit Website

P. Terry's

404 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704 (512) 473-2217 Visit Website

Epoch Coffee

221 West North Loop Boulevard, , TX 78751 (512) 454-3762 Visit Website

House of Three Gorges

8557 Research Boulevard, , TX 78758 (512) 953-8666 Visit Website

KG BBQ

3108 Manor Road, , TX 78723 (512) 586-9624 Visit Website

Bufalina

2215 East Cesar Chavez Street, , TX 78702 (512) 394-5337 Visit Website

Vintage Bookstore and Wine Bar

1101 East 11th Street, , TX 78702 (512) 551-9215 Visit Website

Birdie's

2944 East 12th Street, , TX 78702 Visit Website

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