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The Hottest Restaurants in Austin Right Now, November 2017

Where to eat in the capital of Texas

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Filipino dishes from Be More Pacific
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Tipsters, readers, friends, and family of Eater Austin always want to know: Where should I eat right now? What are the buzziest new restaurants? What haven't I heard of yet? What's everyone talking about?

To answer those questions, behold the 77th edition of the Eater Austin Heatmap, updated monthly to reflect the city’s freshest restaurants where people are flocking to right now. Last month brought a whooping six new places: Peruvian restaurant Yuyo, Filipino Be More Pacific, Asian fast-casual 101 by Teahaus, South Lamar’s Soto expansion, and burger and tiki spot Pool Burger.

To see which places were previously on the heatmap, visit the archive. For a look at Austin’s most essential restaurants, take a look at the Eater 38 map, which highlights the city’s reliable dining offerings. Then there are the city’s newest cocktail spots, beer bars, brunch restaurants, tacos, burgers, and pizza.

Please note that the numbers are geographic from north to south; not rankings.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Veracruz All Natural

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9003 Waterford Centre Blvd Ste 180
Austin, TX 78758
(512) 363-5917
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Finally: Austin’s best taco truck opened its first Austin-proper restaurant up in North Burnet. Along with the beloved and new tacos (migas, chicken milanesa), the restaurant dishes up chilaquiles, enchiladas, and open-face tacos, along with coffee from Machine Head Coffee.

Veracruz All Natural Robert J. Lerma/EATX

2. Be More Pacific

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7858 Shoal Creek Blvd
Austin, TX 78757

Chefs/owners Giovan Cuchapin and Mark Pascual found a forever-home for their Filipino food truck in North Shoal Creek. Dishes like lumpia, adobo, kare kare, and ube ice cream sundaes made with Amy's Ice Cream, can be found during counter service lunch and table service dinner. For evening meals, people can opt for the family-style Kamayan dinners with off-menu items like whole fried fish and stuffed squid.

Courtney Pierce/EATX

3. 101 By Tea Haus

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6929 Airport Blvd #132
Austin, TX 78752

Tea Haus’ newest restaurant tackles fast casual Asian cuisine out in Highland. The Airport Boulevard restaurant's menu serves as an exploration of the continent, from Taiwanese beef noodles to Korean chicken wings to Japanese curry cutlets. The counter service space also mixes up cocktails and offers pastries.

4. Batch Craft Beer & Kolaches

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3220 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78723

Kolache’s the word at Batch, where the savory and sweet Czech pastries are filled with Micklethwait Craft Meats barbecue, cheese, fruits, nuts, meringues, and more. The MLK shop also features an extensive beer program with over 400 different bottles and cans to drink onsite or bring home.

Batch Courtney Pierce/EATX

5. Yuyo

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1900 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722

The Peruvian restaurant from the El Chile Group focuses on true South American classics in Cherrywood. Chef Maribel Rivero dishes out cebiches, skewers, sweet potato doughnuts, and more in the bright space along Manor Road, served alongside pisco sours and gin and tonics.

6. Pool Burger

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2315 Lake Austin Blvd
Austin, TX 78703

McGuire Moorman Hospitality Group and Deep Eddy Cabaret ventured into the food truck world with its latest venture near Deep Eddy Pool out in West Austin. Pool Burger’s menu is simple: a whole bunch of burgers from simple to loaded (take the Blue Hawaiian, topped with grilled pineapple slices, bacon, crumbled blue cheese, and Thousand Island dressing), a salad with a lot of mix-ins, and soft serve ice cream. It all pairs well with the tiki cocktail offerings too.

Chad Wadsworth

7. Holy Roller

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509 Rio Grande St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 502-5119
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Callie Speer’s brunch-obsessed diner with punk rock vibes is here, serving her takes on comfort food all day long in downtown Austin. This means expected diner fare with twists, like migas kolache, a burger topped with shaved ham and hash browns, and pie filling served with crust chips, plus pastries from chef Britt Castro (that giant cookie will last for days). The cocktails are just as good, especially since Jen Keyser is involved. The kickass all-female team doesn’t hurt, either.

Holy Roller Robert J. Lerma/EATX

8. Le Politique

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110 San Antonio St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 580-7651
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The giant downtown French brasserie is the place to hunker down with perfectly executed comforting fare from the the half-roasted chicken served with gooey cheese potatoes to the layered crepe cake. The bright restaurant works well for a quick lunchtime meal or a leisurely dinner. Look out for next-door bakery opening sometime soon.

Le Politique Wynn Myers

9. Soto

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1100 S Lamar Blvd #2115
Austin, TX 78704

For Cedar Park Japanese restaurant’s South Austin location, Soto decided to focus more on sushi and higher-end options. The nigiri, sashimi, and roll array makes use of fresh fish, truffles, uni, shiso, foie gras, and more. Plus there are other non-sushi items like gyoza, barbecue pork ribs, and uni pasta.

10. Pitchfork Pretty

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2708 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

Pitchfork Pretty chef Max Snyder draws inspiration from the Hill Country for the stunning East Cesar Chavez restaurant, which means comforting spaetzle, smoked beef ribs and tongue, lemon ice box pie, and a particularly good fried chicken that happens to be gluten-free, too. Weekday breakfast is all about bagels and morning sandwiches.

Pitchfork Pretty dining room Nadia Chaudhury/EATX

11. Aviary Wine & Kitchen

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2110 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 916-4445
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The furniture shop/wine bar transformed into a full-on restaurant serving what it does best. Wine comes first, but food isn’t an afterthought. The wine region-inspired dishes range from cheese and charcuterie, pastas, mussels, to sharable fish, chicken, and beef. Desserts aren’t to be missed, either, especially with former Lenoir pastry chef Thomas Calhoun heading the entire kitchen.

Aviary Wine & Kitchen Robert J. Lerma/EATX

12. El Chipirón

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2717 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

Spain comes to Austin in the form of this tapas and pinchos restaurant from Pablo Gomez, with plates with potatoes, octopus, ham, mushrooms, and more for dinner, all on South Lamar. The gin and tonic lineup is worth a wander too.

Jamon at El Chipiron Courtney Pierce/EATX

13. Phoebe's Diner

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533 W Oltorf St
Austin, TX 78704

From wine bar and tapas spot Winebelly comes Phoebe’s Diner, helmed by chef Camden Stuerzenberger. The smoke-inspired Texas diner whips out smoked pork ribs, brisket, and beets, along with buttermilk pancakes, cracked pepper biscuits, breakfast puffy tacos, and much more in a ’50s-inspired setting in South Austin.

Phoebe’s Diner Phoebe’s Diner/Official

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1. Veracruz All Natural

9003 Waterford Centre Blvd Ste 180, Austin, TX 78758
Veracruz All Natural Robert J. Lerma/EATX

Finally: Austin’s best taco truck opened its first Austin-proper restaurant up in North Burnet. Along with the beloved and new tacos (migas, chicken milanesa), the restaurant dishes up chilaquiles, enchiladas, and open-face tacos, along with coffee from Machine Head Coffee.

9003 Waterford Centre Blvd Ste 180
Austin, TX 78758

2. Be More Pacific

7858 Shoal Creek Blvd, Austin, TX 78757
Courtney Pierce/EATX

Chefs/owners Giovan Cuchapin and Mark Pascual found a forever-home for their Filipino food truck in North Shoal Creek. Dishes like lumpia, adobo, kare kare, and ube ice cream sundaes made with Amy's Ice Cream, can be found during counter service lunch and table service dinner. For evening meals, people can opt for the family-style Kamayan dinners with off-menu items like whole fried fish and stuffed squid.

7858 Shoal Creek Blvd
Austin, TX 78757

3. 101 By Tea Haus

6929 Airport Blvd #132, Austin, TX 78752

Tea Haus’ newest restaurant tackles fast casual Asian cuisine out in Highland. The Airport Boulevard restaurant's menu serves as an exploration of the continent, from Taiwanese beef noodles to Korean chicken wings to Japanese curry cutlets. The counter service space also mixes up cocktails and offers pastries.

6929 Airport Blvd #132
Austin, TX 78752

4. Batch Craft Beer & Kolaches

3220 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78723
Batch Courtney Pierce/EATX

Kolache’s the word at Batch, where the savory and sweet Czech pastries are filled with Micklethwait Craft Meats barbecue, cheese, fruits, nuts, meringues, and more. The MLK shop also features an extensive beer program with over 400 different bottles and cans to drink onsite or bring home.

3220 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78723

5. Yuyo

1900 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722

The Peruvian restaurant from the El Chile Group focuses on true South American classics in Cherrywood. Chef Maribel Rivero dishes out cebiches, skewers, sweet potato doughnuts, and more in the bright space along Manor Road, served alongside pisco sours and gin and tonics.

1900 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722

6. Pool Burger

2315 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703
Chad Wadsworth

McGuire Moorman Hospitality Group and Deep Eddy Cabaret ventured into the food truck world with its latest venture near Deep Eddy Pool out in West Austin. Pool Burger’s menu is simple: a whole bunch of burgers from simple to loaded (take the Blue Hawaiian, topped with grilled pineapple slices, bacon, crumbled blue cheese, and Thousand Island dressing), a salad with a lot of mix-ins, and soft serve ice cream. It all pairs well with the tiki cocktail offerings too.

2315 Lake Austin Blvd
Austin, TX 78703

7. Holy Roller

509 Rio Grande St, Austin, TX 78701
Holy Roller Robert J. Lerma/EATX

Callie Speer’s brunch-obsessed diner with punk rock vibes is here, serving her takes on comfort food all day long in downtown Austin. This means expected diner fare with twists, like migas kolache, a burger topped with shaved ham and hash browns, and pie filling served with crust chips, plus pastries from chef Britt Castro (that giant cookie will last for days). The cocktails are just as good, especially since Jen Keyser is involved. The kickass all-female team doesn’t hurt, either.

509 Rio Grande St
Austin, TX 78701

8. Le Politique

110 San Antonio St, Austin, TX 78701
Le Politique Wynn Myers

The giant downtown French brasserie is the place to hunker down with perfectly executed comforting fare from the the half-roasted chicken served with gooey cheese potatoes to the layered crepe cake. The bright restaurant works well for a quick lunchtime meal or a leisurely dinner. Look out for next-door bakery opening sometime soon.

110 San Antonio St
Austin, TX 78701

9. Soto

1100 S Lamar Blvd #2115, Austin, TX 78704

For Cedar Park Japanese restaurant’s South Austin location, Soto decided to focus more on sushi and higher-end options. The nigiri, sashimi, and roll array makes use of fresh fish, truffles, uni, shiso, foie gras, and more. Plus there are other non-sushi items like gyoza, barbecue pork ribs, and uni pasta.

1100 S Lamar Blvd #2115
Austin, TX 78704

10. Pitchfork Pretty

2708 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
Pitchfork Pretty dining room Nadia Chaudhury/EATX

Pitchfork Pretty chef Max Snyder draws inspiration from the Hill Country for the stunning East Cesar Chavez restaurant, which means comforting spaetzle, smoked beef ribs and tongue, lemon ice box pie, and a particularly good fried chicken that happens to be gluten-free, too. Weekday breakfast is all about bagels and morning sandwiches.

2708 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

11. Aviary Wine & Kitchen

2110 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
Aviary Wine & Kitchen Robert J. Lerma/EATX

The furniture shop/wine bar transformed into a full-on restaurant serving what it does best. Wine comes first, but food isn’t an afterthought. The wine region-inspired dishes range from cheese and charcuterie, pastas, mussels, to sharable fish, chicken, and beef. Desserts aren’t to be missed, either, especially with former Lenoir pastry chef Thomas Calhoun heading the entire kitchen.

2110 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

12. El Chipirón

2717 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
Jamon at El Chipiron Courtney Pierce/EATX

Spain comes to Austin in the form of this tapas and pinchos restaurant from Pablo Gomez, with plates with potatoes, octopus, ham, mushrooms, and more for dinner, all on South Lamar. The gin and tonic lineup is worth a wander too.

2717 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

13. Phoebe's Diner

533 W Oltorf St, Austin, TX 78704
Phoebe’s Diner Phoebe’s Diner/Official

From wine bar and tapas spot Winebelly comes Phoebe’s Diner, helmed by chef Camden Stuerzenberger. The smoke-inspired Texas diner whips out smoked pork ribs, brisket, and beets, along with buttermilk pancakes, cracked pepper biscuits, breakfast puffy tacos, and much more in a ’50s-inspired setting in South Austin.

533 W Oltorf St
Austin, TX 78704

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