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Austin's Best Wintertime Restaurants, Mapped

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The temperatures may mercifully be back in the 70's this week, but nights are still chilly, and the Arctic cold will surely return before Austin's sacred time of renewal, SXSW. Eater asked readers for the best bets for winter and holiday dining, and they shared their picks for comfort food, soup spots, and fireplaces. This guide is best paired with a night out of hot boozy drinks.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Szechuan House

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11005 Burnet Rd Ste 100
Austin, TX 78758
(512) 832-8989
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This relative newcomer to Austin's Chinese dining scene offers hard-to-find szechuan specialities and some of the friendliest service in town. Warm up with fish in fiery sauce and some hot tea.

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2. Ramen Tatsu-ya

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8557 Research Blvd, #126
Austin, TX 78758
(512) 834-8810
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Ramen is a cold-weather food, and Tatsu-Ya sweetens the deal for waiting in line with heaters and complimentary tea.

3. Bartlett's

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2408 W. Anderson Ln.
Austin, TX 78757
(512) 451-7333
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One commenter recommends this Allendale steakhouse for its "cozy atmosphere and great prime rib."

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4. 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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Yes, Austin's incredible barbecue scene boasts a number of spots worth braving the elements for. But Stiles Switch features extremely fine barbecue inside, and at the moment they're running a 12 Days of smoked meats to get into the wintery holiday season.

5. Contigo Austin

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2027 Anchor Ln.
Austin, TX 78723
(512) 614-2260
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Contigo's seating is mostly outdoors, but they've installed a tent this year, complete with fire pit. Plus they offer blankets and a full hot toddy menu. Basically, all the toastiness.

6. Haymaker

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2310 E. Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722
(512) 243-6702
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This Manor Road newcomer is already a certified hit. Their midwestern-inspired grub is a perfect fit for cold weather, and they boast an impressive beer selection. While they do have outdoor seating, their indoor space is huge, and features thirteen screens for weekend spectating.

7. Gourmands Neighborhood Pub

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2316 Webberville Rd
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 610-2031
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This under-the-radar neighborhood pub features an inviting space, a great beer selection, and lots of 'fat' sandwiches and soups. Like, broccoli beer cheese in a bread bowl soups.

8. Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden

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81 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 386-1656
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Sausage and beer were first paired together in Germany, and Germany is hella cold. Bangers keeps things interesting with wild and playful seasonal sausages - they're running a series of holiday specials right now to keep things festive.

9. Russian House

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307 E 5th St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 248-5442
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Did you know it's very cold in Russia? It's very cold in Russia. Which means they have a cuisine developed to warm you to the bone. Enjoy their cozy dining room and sip enough vodka to make the walk back to the car, or the bike ride home, painless.

10. Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill

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303 Red River St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 236-9599
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Comfort food on the menu and three fireplaces make for a perfect winter evening.

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11. Paggi House

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200 Lee Barton Dr
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 473-3700
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Paggi House is known for their patio, but they also have a fireplace inside for cozy winter dining.

12. Elizabeth St. Café

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1501 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 291-2881
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If you must wait outside one perpetually-packed Austin restaurant that does not accept reservations, make it Elizabeth Street. Their outdoor heaters actually legitimately keep you warm, and the pho takes care of the rest.

13. Papalote Taco House

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2803 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 804-2474
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Many of Austin's finest tacos are served out of a trailer or a storefront. Papalote is the sleeper taco hit of South Austin, and they've got an indoor space.

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14. Jack Allen's Kitchen

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7720 W Highway 71
Austin, TX 78735
(512) 852-8558
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A restaurant that has a menu section entitled "chicken fried anything" is an instant winter classic. The large inviting space means there's rarely a wait. They also have a branch in Round Rock.

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1. Szechuan House

11005 Burnet Rd Ste 100, Austin, TX 78758
This relative newcomer to Austin's Chinese dining scene offers hard-to-find szechuan specialities and some of the friendliest service in town. Warm up with fish in fiery sauce and some hot tea.

[Photo: Sisyphus/UrbanSpoon]

11005 Burnet Rd Ste 100
Austin, TX 78758

2. Ramen Tatsu-ya

8557 Research Blvd, #126, Austin, TX 78758
Ramen is a cold-weather food, and Tatsu-Ya sweetens the deal for waiting in line with heaters and complimentary tea.
8557 Research Blvd, #126
Austin, TX 78758

3. Bartlett's

2408 W. Anderson Ln., Austin, TX 78757
One commenter recommends this Allendale steakhouse for its "cozy atmosphere and great prime rib."

[Photo: Thomas G./Yelp]

2408 W. Anderson Ln.
Austin, TX 78757

4. Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew

6610 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78757, Austin, TX 78757
Yes, Austin's incredible barbecue scene boasts a number of spots worth braving the elements for. But Stiles Switch features extremely fine barbecue inside, and at the moment they're running a 12 Days of smoked meats to get into the wintery holiday season.
6610 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78757
Austin, TX 78757

5. Contigo Austin

2027 Anchor Ln., Austin, TX 78723
Contigo's seating is mostly outdoors, but they've installed a tent this year, complete with fire pit. Plus they offer blankets and a full hot toddy menu. Basically, all the toastiness.
2027 Anchor Ln.
Austin, TX 78723

6. Haymaker

2310 E. Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722
This Manor Road newcomer is already a certified hit. Their midwestern-inspired grub is a perfect fit for cold weather, and they boast an impressive beer selection. While they do have outdoor seating, their indoor space is huge, and features thirteen screens for weekend spectating.
2310 E. Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722

7. Gourmands Neighborhood Pub

2316 Webberville Rd, Austin, TX 78702
This under-the-radar neighborhood pub features an inviting space, a great beer selection, and lots of 'fat' sandwiches and soups. Like, broccoli beer cheese in a bread bowl soups.
2316 Webberville Rd
Austin, TX 78702

8. Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden

81 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701
Sausage and beer were first paired together in Germany, and Germany is hella cold. Bangers keeps things interesting with wild and playful seasonal sausages - they're running a series of holiday specials right now to keep things festive.
81 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701

9. Russian House

307 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78701
Did you know it's very cold in Russia? It's very cold in Russia. Which means they have a cuisine developed to warm you to the bone. Enjoy their cozy dining room and sip enough vodka to make the walk back to the car, or the bike ride home, painless.
307 E 5th St
Austin, TX 78701

10. Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill

303 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701
Comfort food on the menu and three fireplaces make for a perfect winter evening.

[Photo: Sara M./Yelp]

303 Red River St
Austin, TX 78701

11. Paggi House

200 Lee Barton Dr, Austin, TX 78704
Paggi House is known for their patio, but they also have a fireplace inside for cozy winter dining.
200 Lee Barton Dr
Austin, TX 78704

12. Elizabeth St. Café

1501 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704
If you must wait outside one perpetually-packed Austin restaurant that does not accept reservations, make it Elizabeth Street. Their outdoor heaters actually legitimately keep you warm, and the pho takes care of the rest.
1501 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704

13. Papalote Taco House

2803 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
Many of Austin's finest tacos are served out of a trailer or a storefront. Papalote is the sleeper taco hit of South Austin, and they've got an indoor space.

[Photo: Tara M./Yelp]

2803 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

14. Jack Allen's Kitchen

7720 W Highway 71, Austin, TX 78735
A restaurant that has a menu section entitled "chicken fried anything" is an instant winter classic. The large inviting space means there's rarely a wait. They also have a branch in Round Rock.
7720 W Highway 71
Austin, TX 78735

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