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The Most Exciting Austin Neighborhoods for Dining in 2023, According to Food Experts

The best areas for restaurants and bars

A plate of a squash dish.
A squash dish from Elementary.
Chad Wadsworth
Erin Russell is associate editor of Eater Austin, a native Austinite, and a big fan of carbs.

As is the tradition as we near the end of 2023, 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 six:

What neighborhood were you most excited to dine in this year?

Darcie Duttweiler, freelance writer and Eater contributing writer

I’m a sucker for easy and free parking, so most of my dining choices usually revolve around that. I’m not going to pay $15 or more to park just to have dinner unless it’s a special occasion. What is this — L.A.? I live in North Loop, so I tend to stick close to home — with Epoch Coffee, Workhorse Bar, Drink.Well, Home Slice, and Foreign & Domestic all within walking distance — and Uchiko, Uncle Nicky’s, Monger’s, and more so very close by.

Nicolai McCrary, Austin staff writer, the Infatuation

I’ve been lucky enough to live right off Manor Road [Ed. note: Cherrywood, Blackland, and MLK neighborhoods] this year. We’ve had some great dining options for a while now — like Bird Bird Biscuit, Dai Due, and Abo Youssef, to name a few — but with the more recent additions of KG BBQ, La Santa Barbacha, Este, and Bar Toti on the same street (all spots that made our 2022 or 2023 best new restaurants lists), it’s getting harder and harder to convince me to use my car.

Chris Hughes, features editor, Texas Highways

South Austin.

Madeline Hollern, editor-in-chief, Austin Monthly

Some fun new spots popped up on South Lamar, like Elementary and El Raval.

Lenny Dewi, @eats_n_noods

No particular neighborhood in general, but I usually stay around North Austin because I think that’s where most of the good Asian food is.

Jane Ko, blogger, A Taste of Koko

East Austin: NADC, Trona, Fleet Coffee, Holiday, Mama Dearest, Uptown Sports Club, and Ezov. So many cool new spots.

Erin Russell, associate editor, Eater Austin

North Loop best loop. All the businesses in the former post office [Ed. note: First Light Books, Tiny Grocer, Bureau de Poste] have made me excited about my neighborhood all over again, even if it has made mailing things harder.

Nadia Chaudhury, editor, Eater Austin

I am a broken record, but I’ve been so happy that there’s so much more openings south of the river. We’ve got our go-to bars (Frazier’s, Little Drinks Lounge, Little Darlin’, Meanwhile Brewing, Fierce Whiskers), fun wine-ish destinations (Golden Hour, Underdog), really exciting new openings (Zoé Tong, Elementary/Hopscotch, El Raval, Nomade), and expansions of places I love (JewBoy on South Lamar, Radio Coffee in southeast Austin, Drinks Backyard, Ling Wu Asian Restaurant).

But also, Highland is really fantastic (see the Crescent guide).

Bird Bird Biscuit

1401 West Koenig Lane, , TX 78756 (512) 551-9820 Visit Website

Uptown Sports Club

1200 East 6th Street, , TX 78702 (512) 551-2013 Visit Website


1600 South 1st Street, , TX 78704 (512) 367-2441 Visit Website

JewBoy Sliders

1111 East 6th Street, , TX 78702 (512) 291-3358 Visit Website


2032 South Lamar Boulevard, , TX 78704 Visit Website

NADC Burger

85 Rainey Street, , TX 78701 Visit Website

Workhorse Bar

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

Dai Due

2406 Manor Road, , TX 78722 (512) 524-0688 Visit Website

Epoch Coffee

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


2538 Elmont Drive, , TX 78741 Visit Website


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


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


1812 East 12th Street, Austin, Texas 78702 Visit Website

Foreign & Domestic

306 East 53rd Street, , TX 78751 (512) 459-1010

Golden Hour

95 Roberts Street, , NC 28801 Visit Website

Abo Youssef

2101 Manor Road, , TX 78722 (512) 815-6804


5020 East 7th Street, , TX 78702 Visit Website

Bar Toti

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

Zoé Tong

1530 Barton Springs Road, Austin, Texas 78704 Visit Website

The Little Darlin'

6507 Circle South Road, , TX 78745 (512) 814-0999 Visit Website

Meanwhile Brewing

3901 Promontory Point Drive, , TX 78744 (512) 308-3659 Visit Website

Tiny Grocer

1718 South Congress Avenue, , TX 78704 (512) 520-5735 Visit Website

La Santa Barbacha

807 East 4th Street, , TX 78702 (737) 209-0455 Visit Website


3504 Montopolis Drive, Austin, Texas 78744 Visit Website

Little Drinks Lounge

3801 South Congress Avenue, , TX 78704 Visit Website

Bureau de Poste

4300 Speedway, Austin, Texas 78751 (512) 375-3320 Visit Website

Fleet Coffee

2427 WEBBERVILLE ROAD, Austin, TX 78702 512) 524-0142 Visit Website

Home Slice [North Loop]

501 East 53rd Street, Austin, Texas 78751 Visit Website

Ling Wu Asian Restaurant

7415 Southwest Parkway, Building 3 Suite 400, Austin, TX 78735

Nomade Cocina y Raw Bar

1506 South First Street, Austin, Texas 78704 Visit Website


2708 East Cesar Chavez Street, , TX 78702 (512) 305-1118 Visit Website


2026 South Lamar Boulevard, , TX 78704 (737) 349-9531 Visit Website

El Raval

1500 South Lamar Boulevard, , TX 78704 (512) 473-2211 Visit Website

Mama Dearest

515 Pedernales Street, Austin, Texas 78702 Visit Website

First Light Books

4300 Speedway, Austin, Texas 78751 Visit Website