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7 Restaurants Reinterpreting Childhood Favorites

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Childhood-inspired food is a big trend at the moment, and these seven Austin restaurants are using chef's childhood food memories as jumping-off points. Childhood junk food obsessions are especially popular, with haute tater tots and revamped pizza bites showing up at Epicerie and Banger's respectively. Nostalgia is an especially big trend in pastry, as this earlier CultureMap interview notes, and several pastry chefs weigh in below.

Eater readers, are you into this haute childhood trend?


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Noble Pig

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11815 620 N., Suite 4
Austin, TX 78750
(512) 382-6248
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The Item: Cocoa Krispie Cookie

Pastry Chef Lindsay O’Rourke's take: "I would find the biggest bowl in my mom’s kitchen and fill it to the brim with my favorite cereal. Or eat an entire bag of miniature marshmallows, without realizing what I had done. With both cereal and marshmallows being my childhood comfort foods, I've managed to incorporate them into my daily cookies."

2. Lucy's Fried Chicken

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5408 Burnet Rd
Austin, TX 78756
(512) 514-0664
The Item: Chicken Spaghetti

Chef James Holmes's take: “My mom always made that for me when I was sick.”

3. Epicerie

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2307 Hancock Dr
Austin, TX 78756
(512) 371-6840
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The Item: BLT & Tots

Chef Sarah McIntosh's take: "Roller blading into the sunset with my after school snack of BLT & Tots."

4. Uchiko

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4200 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78756
(512) 916-4808
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The Item: the Uchiko "potato salad"

Chef de Cuisine Page Pressley's take: “My grandfather would make potato salad every Sunday. It's actually one of the first things I learned how to cook.”

5. Contigo Austin

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2027 Anchor Ln.
Austin, TX 78723
(512) 614-2260
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The Item: Pigs in a Blanket

Chef Andrew Wiseheart's Take: “These are something I ate every Christmas as a kid.”

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6. Trace

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200 Lavaca St
Austin, TX 78701
The Item: PB&J

Pastry Chef Janina O'Leary's Take: "My style is taking old school techniques and using them while creating desserts that remind you of childhood."

7. Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden

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81 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 386-1656
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The Item: Pizza Bagel Bites

Owner Ben Seigel's take: "It sounds funny but there is just something so nostalgic and comforting about those little pizza bagel bites. Every time I eat one it brings me back to the days when my mom would fix me a quick after school snack."

1. Noble Pig

11815 620 N., Suite 4, Austin, TX 78750
The Item: Cocoa Krispie Cookie

Pastry Chef Lindsay O’Rourke's take: "I would find the biggest bowl in my mom’s kitchen and fill it to the brim with my favorite cereal. Or eat an entire bag of miniature marshmallows, without realizing what I had done. With both cereal and marshmallows being my childhood comfort foods, I've managed to incorporate them into my daily cookies."

11815 620 N., Suite 4
Austin, TX 78750

2. Lucy's Fried Chicken

5408 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78756
The Item: Chicken Spaghetti

Chef James Holmes's take: “My mom always made that for me when I was sick.”

5408 Burnet Rd
Austin, TX 78756

3. Epicerie

2307 Hancock Dr, Austin, TX 78756
The Item: BLT & Tots

Chef Sarah McIntosh's take: "Roller blading into the sunset with my after school snack of BLT & Tots."

2307 Hancock Dr
Austin, TX 78756

4. Uchiko

4200 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78756
The Item: the Uchiko "potato salad"

Chef de Cuisine Page Pressley's take: “My grandfather would make potato salad every Sunday. It's actually one of the first things I learned how to cook.”

4200 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78756

5. Contigo Austin

2027 Anchor Ln., Austin, TX 78723
The Item: Pigs in a Blanket

Chef Andrew Wiseheart's Take: “These are something I ate every Christmas as a kid.”

[Photo: Contigo/Facebook]
2027 Anchor Ln.
Austin, TX 78723

6. Trace

200 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701
The Item: PB&J

Pastry Chef Janina O'Leary's Take: "My style is taking old school techniques and using them while creating desserts that remind you of childhood."

200 Lavaca St
Austin, TX 78701

7. Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden

81 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701
The Item: Pizza Bagel Bites

Owner Ben Seigel's take: "It sounds funny but there is just something so nostalgic and comforting about those little pizza bagel bites. Every time I eat one it brings me back to the days when my mom would fix me a quick after school snack."

81 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701

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