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Austin Restaurants Truly Keeping It Local, Mapped

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May is the height of the Central Texas spring growing season, which means it's a great time to enjoy Austin restaurants committed to sourcing locally. "Local" has become something of a marketing buzzword, obscuring the hard work done by many local chefs and restauranteurs to support small farms and provide superior quality to their customers.

Eater recently checked in with local farmers and ranchers to get their take on which restaurants in town are stocking the freshest seasonal and sustainable produce and meats. Here now is Eater's guide to some of the city's top restaurants who are supporting local. Don't see a favorite on the map? Hit up the comments or the tipline.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Greenhouse Craft Food

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1400 E Old Settlers Blvd
Round Rock, TX 78664
(512) 366-5567
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Think Texas comfort food with Texas ingredients. You'll be extra comforted by the fact that they keep out pesticides and antibiotics from their produce and meat.

2. Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery

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7020 Easy Wind Dr
Austin, TX 78752
(512) 452-2337
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In addition to sourcing locally for its menu, Black Star Co-op is also known nationally for its forward-thinking fair labor practices, which include a "living wage" and paid vacation for employees.

3. Workhorse Bar

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100 N Loop Blvd, Austin, TX 78751
Austin, TX 78751
Try the "Bastrop Burger," so named for the grass-fed beef from nearby Bastrop Cattle Company.

4. Olive &  June

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3411 Glenview Ave
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 467-9899
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Olive & June is the "slow" food mecca of the Shawn Cirkiel empire, which also includes Chavez, Parkside and Backspace. Check out executive chef Justin Rupp's Sunday night family dinners menu, which include hand-picked ingredients from places like Green Gate Farms.

5. Contigo Austin

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2027 Anchor Ln.
Austin, TX 78723
(512) 614-2260
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Owners Ben Edgerton and Andrew Wiseheart swear by Farm to Table for most of their local sourcing needs, which include rabbit from Countryside Farms for their Country Rabbit Pate and Rabbit & Dumplings.

6. The Carillon

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1900 University Ave
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 404-3655
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Expect to see executive chef Josh Watkins at the SFC farmers' markets on Saturdays, where he gets much of what you'll find on The Carillon's $50 four-course, pre-fixe menu. He names Dewberry Hills Farm, Countryside Farm and Richardson Farm as some of his top sources.

7. Josephine House

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1601 Waterston Ave
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 477-5584
Liz Baloutine of Seedlings Gardening runs the on-site gardens for all the McGuire Moorman properties, which also include Jeffrey's and Elizabeth Street Cafe. Josephine House also employs its own forager, Libbey Goldberg.

8. Wink

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1014 N. Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 482-8868
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One of the first restaurants in Austin to advocate for local sourcing, chef de cuisine and forager Eric Polzer has a long-standing relationship with east side's Boggy Creek Farm, who were recipients of Slow Food Austin's 2013 Snailblazer of the Year award.

9. Cafe Josie

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1200 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 322-9226
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A regular at many markets around town, Cafe Josie's Brandon Fuller is a favorite of the fine folks at Springdale Farm for his ingenuity and dedication to local. He also does a killer job making red curry magic out of the goat ribs from Windy Hill Farms.

10. Arro

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601 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 992-2776
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Arro, along with sister restaurants 24 Diner and Easy Tiger, source from more than 80 farms per year. The entire Elm restaurant group puts a big emphasis on supporting local business, which includes coffee roasted at Texas Coffee Traders, cheese sourced from Antonelli's Cheese Shop and beer brewed from Real Ale and Austin Beerworks.

11. Dai Due Butcher Shop

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Dai Due's Jesse Griffiths is 100% committed to local. Known for helping tame Texas' feral hog population, which he describes as "destructive, dangerous and delicious," Griffith also inspired HausBar Farm's Dorsey Barger to start her own urban farm.

12. Peché

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208 W. 4th St.
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 495-9669
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With seasonal items that change daily, they post the new menu to Facebook every afternoon. Expect fresh veggies from area farms, like Springdale and Johnson's Backyard Garden.

13. Driskill Grill

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604 Brazos St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 391-7162
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The Driskill sources from Texas Quail Farms for its signature dish Cornbread-Stuffed Texas Quail. You'll also find free-range wild boar, antelope or venison from Broken Arrow Ranch, which partners with more than 100 Central and South Texas ranchers to help maintain their wild game populations through a humane field harvesting system.

14. Hillside Farmacy

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1209 E 11th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 628-0168
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Chef Sonya Cote has become a bit of an icon of the local food movement in Austin and beyond. Her menu lists particular shout-outs to farm favorites Springdale, Richardson, JBG, Countryside, Rain Lily and HausBar.

15. Eastside Pies

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1401 Rosewood Ave
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 524-0933
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This quintessentially Austin pizzeria with three locations tops their thin-crust pies with produce and meats from Bastrop Cattle Company, Boggy Creek Farm, Johnson's Backyard Garden, Springdale Farm, Tecolote Organic Farm and Urban Roots.

16. QUI Restaurant

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1600 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 436-9626
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In addition to sourcing from HausBar, Johnson’s Backyard Garden and Farm to Table, Qui also works regularly with Urban Roots, a youth development organization that uses sustainable agriculture to transform the lives of young people and increase access to healthy food in Austin.

17. Salt & Time

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1912 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 524-1383
Not only is this east 7th butcher shop the source of the fresh-cut local meat that stocks Austin institutionts Qui, Franklin's and Contigo, they're open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday and brunch on weekends. Meats come from nearby sustainable ranches, dairy from Mill-King Market & Creamery and vegetables from local urban farms like Springdale.

18. Bufalina

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1519 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 524-2523
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Recently nominated as an Eater Young Guns Semi-Finalist, Owner Steven Dilley picks up his salad fixin's from nearby Boggy Creek Farm. The Neapolitan pizzas are, obviously, also worth checking out.

19. Eden East at Springdale Farm

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755 Springdale Road
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 428-6500
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They're located in the front yard of one of Austin's beloved urban farms. Any closer to the source, and you'd be eating straight out of the dirt.

20. Justine's Brasserie

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4710 E 5th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 385-2900
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Tucked away on the east side, this classy little French bistro-house will romance you with its Austin-grown charm and ingredients.

21. Odd Duck

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1201 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
There's not enough room here to list the more than two dozen small farms that help create chef Bryce Gilmore's dishes like "Carrots roasted in hay, goat feta, pistachio crumb" or "Andouille, cornmeal pancake, coffee mayonnaise." You'll have to take Eater's word for it, or just check out their web site for the full list.

22. Snack Bar

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1224 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 445-2626
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Snack Bar proudly supports a number of local purveyors, such as Animal Farm, Farm to Table and G & S Orchards, for everything from its Farm Salads to Vermicelli Bowls.

23. Barley Swine

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2024 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 394-8150
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2014 James Beard finalist Bryce Gilmore has helped bring local sourcing into the forefront of the Austin food conversation. His list of providers include Springfield Farms, Phoenix Farms, Milagro Farms, Swede Farm, Brazos Valley and Twin County Dorpers, among many, many, many others.

24. Thai Fresh

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909 W Mary St
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 494-6436
Many restaurants claim to have the freshest ingredients, but Thai Fresh actually delivers. They also offer antibiotic- and hormone-free meat from Dewberry Hill Farms, Bell and Evans, Peach Creek Farm, Richardson Farm, Loncito and Bastrop Cattle Company.

25. Lenoir

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1807 S. 1st St.
Austin, TX 78704
Husband and wife team Todd Duplechan and Jessica Maher source locally almost exclusively for a seasonal menu that runs $38 for three courses and changes weekly.

26. Whip In Convenience Store & Pub

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1950 S Interstate 35
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 442-5337
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Austin's original dhaba pub, Whip In conveniently lists current farm and ranch providers on their chalkboard of rotating specials and menu items, which include Whip-Indianized Nachos featuring Austin Slow Burn queso.

27. Jack Allen's Kitchen

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7720 W Highway 71
Austin, TX 78735
(512) 852-8558
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Their slogan says it all. "Local in source. Texan in spirt." But in case you're curious for more, those sources include Amador Farms, Milagro Farm, Dos Lunas, Oak Hill Farms, Simmons Family Farms and Two Happy Children Farm.

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1. Greenhouse Craft Food

1400 E Old Settlers Blvd, Round Rock, TX 78664
Think Texas comfort food with Texas ingredients. You'll be extra comforted by the fact that they keep out pesticides and antibiotics from their produce and meat.
1400 E Old Settlers Blvd
Round Rock, TX 78664

2. Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery

7020 Easy Wind Dr, Austin, TX 78752
In addition to sourcing locally for its menu, Black Star Co-op is also known nationally for its forward-thinking fair labor practices, which include a "living wage" and paid vacation for employees.
7020 Easy Wind Dr
Austin, TX 78752

3. Workhorse Bar

100 N Loop Blvd, Austin, TX 78751, Austin, TX 78751
Try the "Bastrop Burger," so named for the grass-fed beef from nearby Bastrop Cattle Company.
100 N Loop Blvd, Austin, TX 78751
Austin, TX 78751

4. Olive &  June

3411 Glenview Ave, Austin, TX 78703
Olive & June is the "slow" food mecca of the Shawn Cirkiel empire, which also includes Chavez, Parkside and Backspace. Check out executive chef Justin Rupp's Sunday night family dinners menu, which include hand-picked ingredients from places like Green Gate Farms.
3411 Glenview Ave
Austin, TX 78703

5. Contigo Austin

2027 Anchor Ln., Austin, TX 78723
Owners Ben Edgerton and Andrew Wiseheart swear by Farm to Table for most of their local sourcing needs, which include rabbit from Countryside Farms for their Country Rabbit Pate and Rabbit & Dumplings.
2027 Anchor Ln.
Austin, TX 78723

6. The Carillon

1900 University Ave, Austin, TX 78705
Expect to see executive chef Josh Watkins at the SFC farmers' markets on Saturdays, where he gets much of what you'll find on The Carillon's $50 four-course, pre-fixe menu. He names Dewberry Hills Farm, Countryside Farm and Richardson Farm as some of his top sources.
1900 University Ave
Austin, TX 78705

7. Josephine House

1601 Waterston Ave, Austin, TX 78703
Liz Baloutine of Seedlings Gardening runs the on-site gardens for all the McGuire Moorman properties, which also include Jeffrey's and Elizabeth Street Cafe. Josephine House also employs its own forager, Libbey Goldberg.
1601 Waterston Ave
Austin, TX 78703

8. Wink

1014 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78703
One of the first restaurants in Austin to advocate for local sourcing, chef de cuisine and forager Eric Polzer has a long-standing relationship with east side's Boggy Creek Farm, who were recipients of Slow Food Austin's 2013 Snailblazer of the Year award.
1014 N. Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78703

9. Cafe Josie

1200 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78703
A regular at many markets around town, Cafe Josie's Brandon Fuller is a favorite of the fine folks at Springdale Farm for his ingenuity and dedication to local. He also does a killer job making red curry magic out of the goat ribs from Windy Hill Farms.
1200 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78703

10. Arro

601 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78701
Arro, along with sister restaurants 24 Diner and Easy Tiger, source from more than 80 farms per year. The entire Elm restaurant group puts a big emphasis on supporting local business, which includes coffee roasted at Texas Coffee Traders, cheese sourced from Antonelli's Cheese Shop and beer brewed from Real Ale and Austin Beerworks.
601 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78701

11. Dai Due Butcher Shop

Austin, TX
Dai Due's Jesse Griffiths is 100% committed to local. Known for helping tame Texas' feral hog population, which he describes as "destructive, dangerous and delicious," Griffith also inspired HausBar Farm's Dorsey Barger to start her own urban farm.

12. Peché

208 W. 4th St., Austin, TX 78701
With seasonal items that change daily, they post the new menu to Facebook every afternoon. Expect fresh veggies from area farms, like Springdale and Johnson's Backyard Garden.
208 W. 4th St.
Austin, TX 78701

13. Driskill Grill

604 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701
The Driskill sources from Texas Quail Farms for its signature dish Cornbread-Stuffed Texas Quail. You'll also find free-range wild boar, antelope or venison from Broken Arrow Ranch, which partners with more than 100 Central and South Texas ranchers to help maintain their wild game populations through a humane field harvesting system.
604 Brazos St
Austin, TX 78701

14. Hillside Farmacy

1209 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702
Chef Sonya Cote has become a bit of an icon of the local food movement in Austin and beyond. Her menu lists particular shout-outs to farm favorites Springdale, Richardson, JBG, Countryside, Rain Lily and HausBar.
1209 E 11th St
Austin, TX 78702

15. Eastside Pies

1401 Rosewood Ave, Austin, TX 78702
This quintessentially Austin pizzeria with three locations tops their thin-crust pies with produce and meats from Bastrop Cattle Company, Boggy Creek Farm, Johnson's Backyard Garden, Springdale Farm, Tecolote Organic Farm and Urban Roots.
1401 Rosewood Ave
Austin, TX 78702

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16. QUI Restaurant

1600 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
In addition to sourcing from HausBar, Johnson’s Backyard Garden and Farm to Table, Qui also works regularly with Urban Roots, a youth development organization that uses sustainable agriculture to transform the lives of young people and increase access to healthy food in Austin.
1600 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

17. Salt & Time

1912 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702
Not only is this east 7th butcher shop the source of the fresh-cut local meat that stocks Austin institutionts Qui, Franklin's and Contigo, they're open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday and brunch on weekends. Meats come from nearby sustainable ranches, dairy from Mill-King Market & Creamery and vegetables from local urban farms like Springdale.
1912 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702

18. Bufalina

1519 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
Recently nominated as an Eater Young Guns Semi-Finalist, Owner Steven Dilley picks up his salad fixin's from nearby Boggy Creek Farm. The Neapolitan pizzas are, obviously, also worth checking out.
1519 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

19. Eden East at Springdale Farm

755 Springdale Road, Austin, TX 78702
They're located in the front yard of one of Austin's beloved urban farms. Any closer to the source, and you'd be eating straight out of the dirt.
755 Springdale Road
Austin, TX 78702

20. Justine's Brasserie

4710 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78702