In many circles, deviled eggs are a long-standing signature party food. The deli delights are however increasingly making a mark on restaurant menus across Austin. Like mac and cheese, it's one of those classic comfort foods that have been the recipient of a widespread makeover in recent years.
Traditionally, the semi-orbs are filled with a mixture of yolks, mayonnaise, ground mustard, and sometimes a sprinkling of paprika for garnish. This Eater guide of bite-size snacks ranges from subtle to refined to downright playful. From the elegant truffled take at Jeffrey’s to the bold and colorful version at Central Standard, these aren’t your grandmother's recipes.
While this old-school dish is still celebrated as a simple affair with slight variations at some Austin restaurants, others are pushing boundaries pairing the light-as-air fillings with caviar, prosciutto, and more. Iterations like Fixe’s stay close to the dish’s Southern roots with additions like pickled vegetables and ham. Lucy’s Fried Chicken takes it to another level by deep frying the eggs and serving with a dipping sauce. Other versions — such as Lenior’s, which comes dressed with nori and Korean chili powder — find global inspiration.
And no, you’re right. Deviled eggs aren’t hard to make at home. But when they taste this good at your favorite places around town — why bother making them at home?
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