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BBQ Ramen Tatsu-ya’s Texas Torisho bowl.
Jody Horton

The Hottest New Restaurants in Austin, November 2022

New American fare with rooftop views, barbecue-filled ramen, and two burger options

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BBQ Ramen Tatsu-ya’s Texas Torisho bowl.
| Jody Horton

Readers of Eater usually have the same question: Where should I eat right now? Amid the pandemic, the Austin restaurant scene remains as exciting as ever, as new places have continued to open. With all of this in mind, Eater is updating its monthly heatmap (now in its 129th iteration), highlighting a mix of exciting restaurants, trucks, and food services open right now.

This October update adds the scenic Nido at the Loren hotel, BBQ Ramen Tatsu-ya, Westlake pizzeria Baldinucci, wagyu burger pop-up Not a Damn Chance, casual east side spot Industry, and new food truck Jewboy Sliders.

Know of something new and exciting that should be on our radar? Email the Eater Austin team at austin@eater.com. To see which places were previously on the heatmap, visit the archive. For a look at Austin’s outstanding dining destinations, check out the Eater 38 map.

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.

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Choo Sando

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Japanese sushi and sandwich pop-up Choo Sando opened a permanent shop in Brentwood in August. The shop offers to-go sandwiches like tamago (Japanese-style egg salad), lobster, or fruit sandwiches, as well as omakase by preorder. Chef Dong Ho Choo previously worked at Haru Sushi.

A box of four kinds of Japanese sandwiches on a blue table with ribbon next to it that says Choo Sando
A sandwich from Choo Sando
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Ahhan Lao Kitchen

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Ahhan Lao Kitchen opened in North Loop ghost kitchen hub 5610 Food Co. in August. Aiming to serve dishes true to those found in Lao home kitchens, the restaurant offers seen savan (beef jerky), kua mee (fried thin soy noodles served with bean sprouts, scallions, shredded eggs, and meat), and sakoo yat sai (tapioca dumplings) — with the option to make dishes very spicy. Pickup and delivery orders can be placed online.

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Vegan restaurant the Beer Plant turned its next-door cafe into a coffee shop during the day and a Oaxacan restaurant at night in August. The vegan cafe will serve dishes like breakfast tacos and biscuit breakfast sandwiches during the day and tylayudas, cauliflower steaks with carrot mole, and aguachile in the evening. There are indoor dine-in services.

A big slice of cauliflower covered in herbs next to an orange sauce on a blue plate.
Cauliflower from Tellus
Tellus

BBQ Ramen Tatsu-Ya

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The latest venture from the Tatsu-ya group is a barbecue and ramen spot in the former Contigo space in the MLK neighborhood, which opened in October. The restaurant serves ramen that makes use of smoked meats and non-ramen dishes like smoked beef tallow gyoza and pimento cheese. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

A bowl of ramen with meats.
The Nibo Nibo bowl from BBQ Ramen Tatsu-ya.
Jody Horton

The Texas barbecue spot with Egyptian influences finally opened a permanent location on Manor Road in October. Look for lamb bacon ribs, grilled chicken kebabs, pink potato salad, and bowls. Takeout orders can be placed online. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas at host site Oddwood Brewing.

The Mexican seafood spot from the Suerte team, including lauded chef Fermín Núñez, opened in October in the former home of Eastside Cafe (and yes, the restaurant uses the on-site garden). Dishes include charcoal-cooked oysters, fried fish tacos on corn tortillas, and grilled shrimp. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

A plate of red raw fish and olive oil and sliced avocados and thin crispies.
A dish from Este.
Este

Ensenada

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For a taste of Ensenada, Mexico, head to the bright Chestnut truck. Co-owners and mother-and-daughter team Liz Everett and Stephanie Everett Martin are slinging out all sorts of seafood-filled treats, from fried fish and shrimp tacos to cócteles de camarones to ceviche tostadas since June. There are outdoor dine-in areas.

Baldinucci Pizza Romana

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The second location of the pizzeria serving New York and Roman styles landed in Westlake in October. In addition to pizzas, this location of Baldinucci offers new panini, indoor dining, and gelato.

Wooden boards with two kinds of thin-crust pizza, rolled involtini, and a piece of pizza with garlic knots, with the baldinucci menu in the middle and a glass of water
Dishes from Baldinucci
Baldinucci Pizza Romana

JewBoy Sliders

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JewBoy took over the food truck slot at Violet Crown Social Club on East Sixth in October, offering sliders, mini-latkes, fries, and queso. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas courtesy of its host bar. Takeout orders can be placed online.

Two stacks of two slider burgers.
Sliders from JewBoy
JewBoy Sliders

Nido at The Loren at Lady Bird Lake

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Nido, the restaurant at the new lakeside the Loren, opened in October with sweeping views of the downtown skyline. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with dishes like duck breast, ricotta gnudi, and squash beignets. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Industry

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The second location of fast-casual eatery Industry opened on East Fifth this October. The restaurant comes from Cody Taylor, the former owner of Cafe Josie and Harlan Scott, a restaurant consultant, and serves all-day fare like burgers, queso, and smoked meats and vegetables. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Three metal bowls, two with fries and the other with corn.
Dishes from Industry.
Industry

Not a Damn Chance Burger

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Sushi by Scratch chef Phillip Frankland Lee and skateboarder Neen Williams collaborated on this burger pop-up at Idle Hands on Rainey Street, which opened in October. It serves a simple menu of a double-patty Wagyu smash burger and fries. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Burgers sitting on a wooden board with melty cheese.
Burgers from Not a Damn Chance.
Not a Damn Chance

The Vietnamese comfort food truck from former Foreign & Domestic chef Bianca Frasier opened in front of Gibson Bar in September. It serves Southern-Vietnamese fusion dishes like fried catfish with fresh herbs, rice bowls and bao, and thit kho (pork belly braised in coconut milk with hardboiled eggs). Takeout orders can be placed online. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Two steamed buns with fried meat and carrots and scallions in it on a white plate.
Bao from Bisous.
Bisous

Proud Mary Coffee

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Australian all-day cafe Proud Mary opened in South Austin in September, serving ricotta pancakes, avocado toast, and excellent coffee. There are outdoor and indoor dine-in services.

Choo Sando

Japanese sushi and sandwich pop-up Choo Sando opened a permanent shop in Brentwood in August. The shop offers to-go sandwiches like tamago (Japanese-style egg salad), lobster, or fruit sandwiches, as well as omakase by preorder. Chef Dong Ho Choo previously worked at Haru Sushi.

A box of four kinds of Japanese sandwiches on a blue table with ribbon next to it that says Choo Sando
A sandwich from Choo Sando
Finddeliciousfood

Ahhan Lao Kitchen

Ahhan Lao Kitchen opened in North Loop ghost kitchen hub 5610 Food Co. in August. Aiming to serve dishes true to those found in Lao home kitchens, the restaurant offers seen savan (beef jerky), kua mee (fried thin soy noodles served with bean sprouts, scallions, shredded eggs, and meat), and sakoo yat sai (tapioca dumplings) — with the option to make dishes very spicy. Pickup and delivery orders can be placed online.

Tellus Joe/Tellus

Vegan restaurant the Beer Plant turned its next-door cafe into a coffee shop during the day and a Oaxacan restaurant at night in August. The vegan cafe will serve dishes like breakfast tacos and biscuit breakfast sandwiches during the day and tylayudas, cauliflower steaks with carrot mole, and aguachile in the evening. There are indoor dine-in services.

A big slice of cauliflower covered in herbs next to an orange sauce on a blue plate.
Cauliflower from Tellus
Tellus

BBQ Ramen Tatsu-Ya

The latest venture from the Tatsu-ya group is a barbecue and ramen spot in the former Contigo space in the MLK neighborhood, which opened in October. The restaurant serves ramen that makes use of smoked meats and non-ramen dishes like smoked beef tallow gyoza and pimento cheese. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

A bowl of ramen with meats.
The Nibo Nibo bowl from BBQ Ramen Tatsu-ya.
Jody Horton

KG BBQ

The Texas barbecue spot with Egyptian influences finally opened a permanent location on Manor Road in October. Look for lamb bacon ribs, grilled chicken kebabs, pink potato salad, and bowls. Takeout orders can be placed online. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas at host site Oddwood Brewing.

Este

The Mexican seafood spot from the Suerte team, including lauded chef Fermín Núñez, opened in October in the former home of Eastside Cafe (and yes, the restaurant uses the on-site garden). Dishes include charcoal-cooked oysters, fried fish tacos on corn tortillas, and grilled shrimp. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

A plate of red raw fish and olive oil and sliced avocados and thin crispies.
A dish from Este.
Este

Ensenada

For a taste of Ensenada, Mexico, head to the bright Chestnut truck. Co-owners and mother-and-daughter team Liz Everett and Stephanie Everett Martin are slinging out all sorts of seafood-filled treats, from fried fish and shrimp tacos to cócteles de camarones to ceviche tostadas since June. There are outdoor dine-in areas.

Baldinucci Pizza Romana

The second location of the pizzeria serving New York and Roman styles landed in Westlake in October. In addition to pizzas, this location of Baldinucci offers new panini, indoor dining, and gelato.

Wooden boards with two kinds of thin-crust pizza, rolled involtini, and a piece of pizza with garlic knots, with the baldinucci menu in the middle and a glass of water
Dishes from Baldinucci
Baldinucci Pizza Romana

JewBoy Sliders

JewBoy took over the food truck slot at Violet Crown Social Club on East Sixth in October, offering sliders, mini-latkes, fries, and queso. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas courtesy of its host bar. Takeout orders can be placed online.

Two stacks of two slider burgers.
Sliders from JewBoy
JewBoy Sliders

Nido at The Loren at Lady Bird Lake

Nido, the restaurant at the new lakeside the Loren, opened in October with sweeping views of the downtown skyline. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with dishes like duck breast, ricotta gnudi, and squash beignets. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Industry

The second location of fast-casual eatery Industry opened on East Fifth this October. The restaurant comes from Cody Taylor, the former owner of Cafe Josie and Harlan Scott, a restaurant consultant, and serves all-day fare like burgers, queso, and smoked meats and vegetables. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Three metal bowls, two with fries and the other with corn.
Dishes from Industry.
Industry

Not a Damn Chance Burger

Sushi by Scratch chef Phillip Frankland Lee and skateboarder Neen Williams collaborated on this burger pop-up at Idle Hands on Rainey Street, which opened in October. It serves a simple menu of a double-patty Wagyu smash burger and fries. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Burgers sitting on a wooden board with melty cheese.
Burgers from Not a Damn Chance.
Not a Damn Chance

Bisous

The Vietnamese comfort food truck from former Foreign & Domestic chef Bianca Frasier opened in front of Gibson Bar in September. It serves Southern-Vietnamese fusion dishes like fried catfish with fresh herbs, rice bowls and bao, and thit kho (pork belly braised in coconut milk with hardboiled eggs). Takeout orders can be placed online. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Two steamed buns with fried meat and carrots and scallions in it on a white plate.
Bao from Bisous.
Bisous

Proud Mary Coffee

Australian all-day cafe Proud Mary opened in South Austin in September, serving ricotta pancakes, avocado toast, and excellent coffee. There are outdoor and indoor dine-in services.

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