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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.

Noble Pig

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The Item: Cocoa Krispie CookiePastry 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."

Lucy's Fried Chicken

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

Epicerie

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

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.”

Contigo Austin

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The Item: Pigs in a BlanketChef Andrew Wiseheart's Take: “These are something I ate every Christmas as a kid.”

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

Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden

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The Item: Pizza Bagel BitesOwner 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."

Noble Pig

The Item: Cocoa Krispie CookiePastry 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."

Lucy's Fried Chicken

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

Epicerie

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

Uchiko

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.”

Contigo Austin

The Item: Pigs in a BlanketChef Andrew Wiseheart's Take: “These are something I ate every Christmas as a kid.”

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

Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden

The Item: Pizza Bagel BitesOwner 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."

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