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Food at Vixen’s wedding, including cheese pao, fish, and meats
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13 Hottest Restaurants in Austin, August 2019

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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 96th edition of the Eater Austin Heatmap, updated monthly to reflect the city’s freshest restaurants where people are flocking to right now. August sees the addition of Arrive East Austin Hotel’s two restaurants: Goan-Portuguese restaurant Vixen’s Wedding and Cajun restaurant Lefty’s Brick Bar.

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.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Yard Milkshake Bar

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3400 Esperanza Crossing
Austin, TX 78758

Over-the-top milkshakes and other sweet treats arrived in the Domain, courtesy of Alabama-based chain the Yard Milkshake Bar. The casual spot serves milkshakes in pints and quarts with lots of toppings, ice cream, and cookie dough scoops.

Yard Milkshake Bar’s milkshakes
Yard Milkshake Bar’s milkshakes
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2. DipDipDip Tatsu-Ya

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7301 Burnet Rd Ste 101
Austin, TX 78757
(512) 893-5561
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Upscale shabu-shabu (hot pot) restaurant DipDipDip Tatsu-ya on Burnet Road is the latest addition to the Tatsu-ya family. Diners cook meats, vegetables, and noodles tableside in pots of broth and add sauces to taste. There’s a full bar, too, and sleek dark decor from McCray & Co.

The cart at DipDipDip Tatsu-ya
The cart at DipDipDip Tatsu-ya
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3. Vamonos

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4807 Airport Blvd
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 474-2029
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Parkside Projects chef Shawn Cirkiel converted the former Spanish tapas restaurant into a neighborhood Tex-Mex spot in Hyde Park. The “ranch-style” menu was created with the help of Chris Martinez (Mi Cocina, El Arroyo, Taco Diner). There are with gooey enchiladas (plus optional eggs), grilled entrees like Gulf redfish and ribeye, and combination plates with flour tortillas.

A dish from Vamonos
A dish from Vamonos
Hayden Walker

4. Kyōten Sushiko

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4600 Mueller Blvd #1035
Austin, TX 78723
(512) 607-4404
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The stellar Japanese restaurant is back in the Mueller neighborhood with a new head chef, Sarah Cook. The omakase-only dinner in the intimate space spruced up with homey details features about 16 to 20 items per meal, including a whole bunch of thoughtful nigiri. Reservations are $150.

5. Vaquero Taquero

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104 E 31st St, Austin
TX 78705, United States
(512) 383-5582
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The new Hyde Park restaurant from the popular food truck serves street-style tacos, breakfast tacos, and quesadillas. Brothers Daniel and Miguel Cobos make ample use of the trompo for a classic al pastor.

The tables at Vaquero Taquero
The tables at Vaquero Taquero
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6. Mum Foods Deli

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2113 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722

The farmers market favorite opened up a physical deli and restaurant, albeit a temporary one (it’s staying open for about a year), on the former Eastside Cafe property. On deck are counter-service sandwiches filled with that ever-popular pastrami, turkey, or pimento cheese, among others; sides like salads, pickled vegetables, and chicken soup; plus breads from Swedish Hill’s Alex Manley and pastries by Madison Collins (yes, as a nod to the old Pork & Pie shop, there’s pie).

A pastrami sandwich at Mum Foods Deli
A pastrami sandwich at Mum Foods Deli
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7. Comedor

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501 Colorado St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 499-0977

The hotly anticipated restaurant from chefs Philip Speer and Gabe Erales is finally here. With a modern Mexican focus, the upscale restaurant in a stunning space features the chefs’ takes on Mexican dishes. Take the rich bone marrow with smoked butter and hoja santa-pecan gremolata served with a side of fresh tortillas, or the fun masa dumplings served with beans and mushrooms. Even better: Speer is back on his pastry game, which means inventive desserts like his play on tres leches cake topped with burnt meringue and doused in corn milk.

The bone marrow at Comedor
The bone marrow at Comedor
Nadia Chaudhury/EATX

8. Uroko

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1023 Springdale Rd
Austin, TX 78721

Kome co-owners Kayo Asazu and Takehiro Asazu joined forces with former Uchi chef Masazumi Saio for a three-in-one Japanese restaurant in East Austin with the Springdale General space. First, there is the casual, counter-service temaki (aka hand rolls) during the daytime. Then there’s the quick reservations-only omakase menu with 12 pieces for $65. And finally, there are weekly sushi classes.

Hand rolls from Uroko
Hand rolls from Uroko
Courtney Pierce/EATX

9. East Austin Hotel

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1108 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
(737) 205-8888
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The hotel on East Sixth Street has three restaurants: The Upside (which has a rooftop patio), casual Pool Bar by the hotel’s pool, and Sixth & Waller, an all-day international restaurant. All serve cocktails and a similar menu of comfort food like a burger, nachos, and a mango cream pie.

Chilicano Buck from The Upside at the East Austin Hotel
Chilicano Buck from The Upside at the East Austin Hotel
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10. TLV

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111 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701

Fareground’s latest stall comes courtesy chef Berty Richter, of the beloved food truck Hummus Among Us. The Israeli dishes include hummus platters, sandwiches with falafel, and sweet doughnuts.

Hummus from TLV
Hummus from TLV
TLV [Official]

11. Vixen's Wedding

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1813 A E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
(737) 242-7555
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Arrive East Austin Hotel’s main restaurant, Vixen’s Wedding serves Goan-Portuguese fare, highlighting the region’s spices and citrus. The upscale restaurant’s gorgeous interior has a somewhat nautical theme, with bright colors, nets, and unique lamp fixtures. Behind the restaurant are Lenoir chefs Jessica Maher and Todd Duplechan.

Vindaloo ribs from Vixen’s Wedding
Vindaloo ribs from Vixen’s Wedding
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12. Lefty's Brick Bar

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1813 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
(737) 242-7550
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Arrive East Austin Hotel’s more casual bar restaurant, Lefty’s, reflects chef Todd Duplechan’s upbringing in the Dallas suburb of Richardson, and the city’s Vietnamese, Indian, and Cajun influences. That means combinations like banh boys (like Gulf shrimp with nuoc leo) as well as boozy sno-ball drinks and ice cream sandwiches.

Banh mi boy and boudin balls at Lefty’s Brick Bar
Banh mi boy and boudin balls at Lefty’s Brick Bar
Courtney Pierce/EATX

13. Oseyo

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1628 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 368-5700
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Oseyo (which means “welcome to my home”) offers Korean dishes inspired by owner Lynn Miller’s mother, who worked with the chefs to adapt her recipes for the restaurant. This includes a grilled short rib, rice and noodle bowls, and lots of banchan (side dishes). The stylish restaurant serves cocktails, too.

Oseyo’s banchan
Oseyo’s banchan
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1. The Yard Milkshake Bar

3400 Esperanza Crossing, Austin, TX 78758
Yard Milkshake Bar’s milkshakes
Yard Milkshake Bar’s milkshakes
Yard Milkshake Bar/Facebook

Over-the-top milkshakes and other sweet treats arrived in the Domain, courtesy of Alabama-based chain the Yard Milkshake Bar. The casual spot serves milkshakes in pints and quarts with lots of toppings, ice cream, and cookie dough scoops.

3400 Esperanza Crossing
Austin, TX 78758

2. DipDipDip Tatsu-Ya

7301 Burnet Rd Ste 101, Austin, TX 78757
The cart at DipDipDip Tatsu-ya
The cart at DipDipDip Tatsu-ya
Courtney Pierce/EATX

Upscale shabu-shabu (hot pot) restaurant DipDipDip Tatsu-ya on Burnet Road is the latest addition to the Tatsu-ya family. Diners cook meats, vegetables, and noodles tableside in pots of broth and add sauces to taste. There’s a full bar, too, and sleek dark decor from McCray & Co.

7301 Burnet Rd Ste 101
Austin, TX 78757

3. Vamonos

4807 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78751
A dish from Vamonos
A dish from Vamonos
Hayden Walker

Parkside Projects chef Shawn Cirkiel converted the former Spanish tapas restaurant into a neighborhood Tex-Mex spot in Hyde Park. The “ranch-style” menu was created with the help of Chris Martinez (Mi Cocina, El Arroyo, Taco Diner). There are with gooey enchiladas (plus optional eggs), grilled entrees like Gulf redfish and ribeye, and combination plates with flour tortillas.

4807 Airport Blvd
Austin, TX 78751

4. Kyōten Sushiko

4600 Mueller Blvd #1035, Austin, TX 78723

The stellar Japanese restaurant is back in the Mueller neighborhood with a new head chef, Sarah Cook. The omakase-only dinner in the intimate space spruced up with homey details features about 16 to 20 items per meal, including a whole bunch of thoughtful nigiri. Reservations are $150.

4600 Mueller Blvd #1035
Austin, TX 78723

5. Vaquero Taquero

104 E 31st St, Austin, TX 78705, United States
The tables at Vaquero Taquero
The tables at Vaquero Taquero
Robert Jacob Lerma/EATX

The new Hyde Park restaurant from the popular food truck serves street-style tacos, breakfast tacos, and quesadillas. Brothers Daniel and Miguel Cobos make ample use of the trompo for a classic al pastor.

104 E 31st St, Austin
TX 78705, United States

6. Mum Foods Deli

2113 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722
A pastrami sandwich at Mum Foods Deli
A pastrami sandwich at Mum Foods Deli
Courtney Pierce/EATX

The farmers market favorite opened up a physical deli and restaurant, albeit a temporary one (it’s staying open for about a year), on the former Eastside Cafe property. On deck are counter-service sandwiches filled with that ever-popular pastrami, turkey, or pimento cheese, among others; sides like salads, pickled vegetables, and chicken soup; plus breads from Swedish Hill’s Alex Manley and pastries by Madison Collins (yes, as a nod to the old Pork & Pie shop, there’s pie).

2113 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722

7. Comedor

501 Colorado St, Austin, TX 78701
The bone marrow at Comedor
The bone marrow at Comedor
Nadia Chaudhury/EATX

The hotly anticipated restaurant from chefs Philip Speer and Gabe Erales is finally here. With a modern Mexican focus, the upscale restaurant in a stunning space features the chefs’ takes on Mexican dishes. Take the rich bone marrow with smoked butter and hoja santa-pecan gremolata served with a side of fresh tortillas, or the fun masa dumplings served with beans and mushrooms. Even better: Speer is back on his pastry game, which means inventive desserts like his play on tres leches cake topped with burnt meringue and doused in corn milk.

501 Colorado St
Austin, TX 78701

8. Uroko

1023 Springdale Rd, Austin, TX 78721
Hand rolls from Uroko
Hand rolls from Uroko
Courtney Pierce/EATX

Kome co-owners Kayo Asazu and Takehiro Asazu joined forces with former Uchi chef Masazumi Saio for a three-in-one Japanese restaurant in East Austin with the Springdale General space. First, there is the casual, counter-service temaki (aka hand rolls) during the daytime. Then there’s the quick reservations-only omakase menu with 12 pieces for $65. And finally, there are weekly sushi classes.

1023 Springdale Rd
Austin, TX 78721

9. East Austin Hotel

1108 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
Chilicano Buck from The Upside at the East Austin Hotel
Chilicano Buck from The Upside at the East Austin Hotel
East Austin Hotel [Official]

The hotel on East Sixth Street has three restaurants: The Upside (which has a rooftop patio), casual Pool Bar by the hotel’s pool, and Sixth & Waller, an all-day international restaurant. All serve cocktails and a similar menu of comfort food like a burger, nachos, and a mango cream pie.

1108 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

10. TLV

111 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701
Hummus from TLV
Hummus from TLV
TLV [Official]

Fareground’s latest stall comes courtesy chef Berty Richter, of the beloved food truck Hummus Among Us. The Israeli dishes include hummus platters, sandwiches with falafel, and sweet doughnuts.

111 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701

11. Vixen's Wedding

1813 A E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
Vindaloo ribs from Vixen’s Wedding
Vindaloo ribs from Vixen’s Wedding
Courtney Pierce/EATX

Arrive East Austin Hotel’s main restaurant, Vixen’s Wedding serves Goan-Portuguese fare, highlighting the region’s spices and citrus. The upscale restaurant’s gorgeous interior has a somewhat nautical theme, with bright colors, nets, and unique lamp fixtures. Behind the restaurant are Lenoir chefs Jessica Maher and Todd Duplechan.

1813 A E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

12. Lefty's Brick Bar

1813 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
Banh mi boy and boudin balls at Lefty’s Brick Bar
Banh mi boy and boudin balls at Lefty’s Brick Bar
Courtney Pierce/EATX

Arrive East Austin Hotel’s more casual bar restaurant, Lefty’s, reflects chef Todd Duplechan’s upbringing in the Dallas suburb of Richardson, and the city’s Vietnamese, Indian, and Cajun influences. That means combinations like banh boys (like Gulf shrimp with nuoc leo) as well as boozy sno-ball drinks and ice cream sandwiches.

1813 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

13. Oseyo

1628 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
Oseyo’s banchan
Oseyo’s banchan
Carli Rene/Inkedfingers

Oseyo (which means “welcome to my home”) offers Korean dishes inspired by owner Lynn Miller’s mother, who worked with the chefs to adapt her recipes for the restaurant. This includes a grilled short rib, rice and noodle bowls, and lots of banchan (side dishes). The stylish restaurant serves cocktails, too.

1628 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

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