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Filipino dishes from Be More Pacific
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The Hottest Restaurants in Austin Right Now, November 2017

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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.

Veracruz All Natural

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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

Be More Pacific

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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.

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101 By Tea Haus

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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.

Batch Craft Beer & Kolaches

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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

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.

Pool Burger

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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.

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Holy Roller

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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

Le Politique

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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

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.

Pitchfork Pretty

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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

Aviary Wine & Kitchen

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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

El Chipirón

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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

Phoebe's Diner

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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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Veracruz All Natural

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.

Veracruz All Natural Robert J. Lerma/EATX

Be More Pacific

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.

Courtney Pierce/EATX

101 By Tea Haus

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.

Batch Craft Beer & Kolaches

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.

Batch Courtney Pierce/EATX

Yuyo

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.

Pool Burger

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.

Chad Wadsworth

Holy Roller

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.

Holy Roller Robert J. Lerma/EATX

Le Politique

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.

Le Politique Wynn Myers

Soto

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.

Pitchfork Pretty

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.

Pitchfork Pretty dining room Nadia Chaudhury/EATX

Aviary Wine & Kitchen

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.

Aviary Wine & Kitchen Robert J. Lerma/EATX

El Chipirón

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.

Jamon at El Chipiron Courtney Pierce/EATX

Phoebe's Diner

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.

Phoebe’s Diner Phoebe’s Diner/Official

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