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Austin's 18 Most Underrated Restaurants, 2015

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Austin's restaurant scene boasts a number of certified stars, from Franklin Barbecue to Uchi. Meanwhile, beloved neighborhood haunts, remarkably delicious hidden gems, and other worthy dining destinations don't get the love they deserve. Here's Eater readers' updated guide to Austin's most underrated restaurants. See a favorite missing? Hit the comments or the tipline.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Fabi + Rosi

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509 Hearn St
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 236-0642
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This romantic little west side European restaurant consistently tops readers' recommendations for hidden gems. It's a collaborative effort between German-born chef Wolfgang Murber and his Austinite wife, Cassie.

2. Freedmens

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2402 San Gabriel St
Austin, TX 78705

Freedmen's is a more upscale take on the usual beers-and-brisket scene dominating Austin barbecue. Pitmaster Evan LeRoy is turning out quality meats along with smoked sides and even desserts at this West Campus joint, housed in a historic 19th century building.

3. Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew

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6610 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78757
Austin, TX 78757
(512) 380-9199
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More barbecue? Yes please: Stiles Switch pitmaster Lance Kirkpatrick doesn't yet have the immediate name recognition of a Franklin or a Mueller, but for those of us who don't have a couple hours to spend in line this summer, Stiles Switch is the destination of choice for barbecue, local beer and blessed indoor seating.

4. Andiamo Ristorante Italiano

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2521 Rutland Dr
Austin, TX 78758
(512) 719-3377
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Andiamo's the kind of neighborhood Italian restaurant that's as perfect for those milestone celebrations as it is a weeknight respite from the kitchen. The owner often consults with her mother in Italy when creating new recipes.

5. El Mesón

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2038 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 442-4441
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El Meson stands out in a city veritably teeming with Mexican options. Grab a breakfast taco from the Burleson Road location, or sit and stay awhile on South Lamar ... and don't skimp on eating all the salsa.

6. Texas French Bread

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2900 Rio Grande St
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 499-0544
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Texas French Bread is so much more than French bread: it's a fantastic sandwich stop at lunch, but dinner is where they shine. The restaurant has recently added a killer new patio, too.

7. Enoteca Vespaio

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1610 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 441-7672

Many diners don't consider Italian food one of Austin's strong suits, but Enoteca Vespaio turns out top-notch pastas and classic Italian dishes on South Congress.

8. drink.well.

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207 E 53rd St
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 614-6683
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North Loop neighborhood bar Drink.Well focuses on American-made beer, wine and spirits, and their small but mighty menu compliments their crafty drinks perfectly.

9. Bartlett's

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2408 W. Anderson Ln.
Austin, TX 78757
(512) 451-7333
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Bartlett's gives classic American food—burgers, sandwiches, grilled fish and the like—the attention it deserves in an upscale but casual setting that's great for dinner with the family.

10. Little Deli & Pizzeria

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7101 Woodrow Ave
Austin, TX 78757
(512) 467-7402
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Little Deli lives up to its name in terms of physical size, but their New York-style pizza's a big deal, and the subs are not to be trifled with, either. (Vegetarians: turn your attention to the roasted eggplant.) Sit outside for a taste of the old-school Austin vibe in this tucked-away neighborhood spot.

11. Cafe Malta

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3421 W William Cannon Dr
Austin, TX 78745
(512) 853-9584

This South Austin Tex-Med restaurant has the feel of a European bistro, but the friendliness of a Texas diner.

12. Snack Bar

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1224 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 445-2626

This South Congress diner is the ideal respite from an afternoon of shopping at the strip's vintage stores, and a brunch hotspot if you're hungry for some people-watching.

13. Tomodachi Sushi

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4101 W Parmer Ln Ste E
Austin, TX 78727
(512) 821-9472
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This far north sushi restaurant has been turning out crowd-pleasing sushi both traditional and fusion for almost a decade. The friendly service in the small restaurant is a major plus.

14. Henri's

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2024 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 442-3373
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From the outside it looks like a wine and cheese bar, but Henri's serves lunch, dinner, and brunch, plus a menu of afternoon snacks. The warm, inviting space is perfect for a casual meal with a great glass (or bottle) of wine. The space is temporarily shuttered because of a fire. [Photo: Henri's/Facebook

15. Billy's On Burnet

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2105 Hancock Dr
Austin, TX 78756
(512) 407-9305
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With all the change going down on the Burnet Road corridor, now is the prefect time to revisit Billy's. 30 taps of craft beer, burgers, and a serious vegetarian menu makes them an Austin classic. [Photo: Craft Austin]

16. Barlata

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1500 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 473-2211
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Austin is awash in small plates, but few of them are actually traditional tapas. Barlata offers Spanish-style tapas and several paelas in a buzzy atmosphere.

17. Evangeline Cafe

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8106 Brodie Ln
Austin, TX 78745
(512) 282-2586
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This charming Cajun restaurant in South Austin is a hub of "truly legit" Cajun food according to one reader. They also offer lots of great live music. [Photo: Paul D./Yelp

18. Cafe Java

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11900 Metric Blvd
Austin, TX 78758
(512) 339-7677
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A certified crowd-pleaser in way north Austin, Cafe Java serves salads, sandwiches, and big heaps of pancakes to an appreciative neighborhood.

19. Winebelly

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519 W Oltorf St
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 487-1569
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20. Buenos Aires Cafe, Este

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1201 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 382-1189
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1. Fabi + Rosi

509 Hearn St, Austin, TX 78703

This romantic little west side European restaurant consistently tops readers' recommendations for hidden gems. It's a collaborative effort between German-born chef Wolfgang Murber and his Austinite wife, Cassie.

509 Hearn St
Austin, TX 78703

2. Freedmens

2402 San Gabriel St, Austin, TX 78705

Freedmen's is a more upscale take on the usual beers-and-brisket scene dominating Austin barbecue. Pitmaster Evan LeRoy is turning out quality meats along with smoked sides and even desserts at this West Campus joint, housed in a historic 19th century building.

2402 San Gabriel St
Austin, TX 78705

3. Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew

6610 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78757, Austin, TX 78757

More barbecue? Yes please: Stiles Switch pitmaster Lance Kirkpatrick doesn't yet have the immediate name recognition of a Franklin or a Mueller, but for those of us who don't have a couple hours to spend in line this summer, Stiles Switch is the destination of choice for barbecue, local beer and blessed indoor seating.

6610 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78757
Austin, TX 78757

4. Andiamo Ristorante Italiano

2521 Rutland Dr, Austin, TX 78758

Andiamo's the kind of neighborhood Italian restaurant that's as perfect for those milestone celebrations as it is a weeknight respite from the kitchen. The owner often consults with her mother in Italy when creating new recipes.

2521 Rutland Dr
Austin, TX 78758

5. El Mesón

2038 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

El Meson stands out in a city veritably teeming with Mexican options. Grab a breakfast taco from the Burleson Road location, or sit and stay awhile on South Lamar ... and don't skimp on eating all the salsa.

2038 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

6. Texas French Bread

2900 Rio Grande St, Austin, TX 78705

Texas French Bread is so much more than French bread: it's a fantastic sandwich stop at lunch, but dinner is where they shine. The restaurant has recently added a killer new patio, too.

2900 Rio Grande St
Austin, TX 78705

7. Enoteca Vespaio

1610 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

Many diners don't consider Italian food one of Austin's strong suits, but Enoteca Vespaio turns out top-notch pastas and classic Italian dishes on South Congress.

1610 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

8. drink.well.

207 E 53rd St, Austin, TX 78751

North Loop neighborhood bar Drink.Well focuses on American-made beer, wine and spirits, and their small but mighty menu compliments their crafty drinks perfectly.

207 E 53rd St
Austin, TX 78751

9. Bartlett's

2408 W. Anderson Ln., Austin, TX 78757

Bartlett's gives classic American food—burgers, sandwiches, grilled fish and the like—the attention it deserves in an upscale but casual setting that's great for dinner with the family.

2408 W. Anderson Ln.
Austin, TX 78757

10. Little Deli & Pizzeria

7101 Woodrow Ave, Austin, TX 78757

Little Deli lives up to its name in terms of physical size, but their New York-style pizza's a big deal, and the subs are not to be trifled with, either. (Vegetarians: turn your attention to the roasted eggplant.) Sit outside for a taste of the old-school Austin vibe in this tucked-away neighborhood spot.

7101 Woodrow Ave
Austin, TX 78757

11. Cafe Malta

3421 W William Cannon Dr, Austin, TX 78745

This South Austin Tex-Med restaurant has the feel of a European bistro, but the friendliness of a Texas diner.

3421 W William Cannon Dr
Austin, TX 78745

12. Snack Bar

1224 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

This South Congress diner is the ideal respite from an afternoon of shopping at the strip's vintage stores, and a brunch hotspot if you're hungry for some people-watching.

1224 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

13. Tomodachi Sushi

4101 W Parmer Ln Ste E, Austin, TX 78727

This far north sushi restaurant has been turning out crowd-pleasing sushi both traditional and fusion for almost a decade. The friendly service in the small restaurant is a major plus.

4101 W Parmer Ln Ste E
Austin, TX 78727

14. Henri's

2024 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

From the outside it looks like a wine and cheese bar, but Henri's serves lunch, dinner, and brunch, plus a menu of afternoon snacks. The warm, inviting space is perfect for a casual meal with a great glass (or bottle) of wine. The space is temporarily shuttered because of a fire. [Photo: Henri's/Facebook

2024 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

15. Billy's On Burnet

2105 Hancock Dr, Austin, TX 78756

With all the change going down on the Burnet Road corridor, now is the prefect time to revisit Billy's. 30 taps of craft beer, burgers, and a serious vegetarian menu makes them an Austin classic. [Photo: Craft Austin]

2105 Hancock Dr
Austin, TX 78756

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16. Barlata

1500 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

Austin is awash in small plates, but few of them are actually traditional tapas. Barlata offers Spanish-style tapas and several paelas in a buzzy atmosphere.

1500 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

17. Evangeline Cafe

8106 Brodie Ln, Austin, TX 78745

This charming Cajun restaurant in South Austin is a hub of "truly legit" Cajun food according to one reader. They also offer lots of great live music. [Photo: Paul D./Yelp

8106 Brodie Ln
Austin, TX 78745

18. Cafe Java

11900 Metric Blvd, Austin, TX 78758

A certified crowd-pleaser in way north Austin, Cafe Java serves salads, sandwiches, and big heaps of pancakes to an appreciative neighborhood.

11900 Metric Blvd
Austin, TX 78758

19. Winebelly

519 W Oltorf St, Austin, TX 78704
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519 W Oltorf St
Austin, TX 78704

20. Buenos Aires Cafe, Este

1201 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702

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1201 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

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