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Japanese sandwiches from Choo Sando.
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The Hottest New Restaurants in Austin, September 2022

Japanese sandwiches, vegan Oaxacan food, and Cuban sandwiches

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Japanese sandwiches from Choo Sando.
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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 127th iteration), highlighting a mix of exciting restaurants, trucks, and food services open right now.

This August update adds Cubano truck Oye Chico, vegan daytime cafe and nighttime Oaxacan restaurant Tellus, and Japanese sandwich and omakase shop Choo Sando.

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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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Honey Pig Restaurant

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East Coast Korean barbecue chain Honey Pig opened its first Austin location in July. The restaurant features grill-it-yourself brisket, and bulgogi, with other dishes like noodles, soups, and bibimbap to round out the menu. Honey Pig is open for indoor dine-in services.

Delucca Gaucho Pizza & Wine Austin

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The Dallas-Fort Worth mini-chain made its way into Austin with its all-you-can-eat Brazilian pizza in July. The toppings are internationally wide-ranging, from chicken tikka masala to Mexican elotes to halal Buffalo chicken, plus dessert ones like a guava-mascarpone pie. There are indoor dine-in services.

A plate of four varied pizza slices, meatballs, and a green salad.
Slices of pizza at Delucca Gaucho Pizza & Wine.
Delucca Gaucho Pizza & Wine

Bamboo House

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The mega-popular Houston Chinese restaurant made its Austin debut in July, bringing along its ever-so-famous crispy Peking duck, plus other Sichuan specialties, to the Crestview neighborhood. Takeout orders can be placed online, and there are indoor dine-in services.

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 was previously 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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Tellus Joe/Tellus

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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 new 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

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.

La Plancha

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The new Mexican street food restaurant in Blackland is all about tortas since July, with barbacoa, vegan quinoa-black bean patties, fried chicken, and even eggs. The menu is rounded out with tacos and quesadillas. To-go orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Oye Chico

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This truck that opened outside outside Better Half in August serves three things: Cuban sandwiches, cafecito, and cafe con leche. The truck comes from Carlos Suarez who had owned El Tigre Coffee.

Local Foods

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Houston cafe Local Foods expanded to its permanent location in downtown Austin in June after an extended pop-up. The cafe serves sandwiches, salads, beer, wine, and more. Local Foods is open for dine-in and carryout; takeout orders can be placed online.

A pile of sandwiches.
Sandwiches from Local Foods.
Julie Soefer

Dean's Italian Steakhouse

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The sleek, loungey steakhouse opened on the ground floor of the JW Marriott hotel in June. It offers hearty handmade pasta, fresh seafood like crab legs, and, of course, high-end steaks. Dean’s is open for indoor dining and has a patio as well.

Casper Fermentables

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Farmers market staple Casper Fermantables opened a fast-casual deli and store in Sunset Valley in June. The store serves bagel sandwiches, focaccia avocado toast, kombucha, and other fermented goods. There are indoor dine-in areas.

Side Eye Pizza

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One of the founders of pizza truck Dough Boys (RIP) is continuing his pizza legacy with Side Eye, which opened in July. Side Eye offers Neapolitan pizza from a wood-burning oven, including creations like the Hippie, which features Italian sausage, kale, cipollini onions, fontina, white sauce, and spicy Calabrian peppers. The pizza truck even has a vegan cheese option. Outdoor and indoor dining is available at Meanwhile Brewing, takeout orders can be placed online.

A pizza pie topped with pepperoni slices, sliced round onions, sliced green olives, and globs of white cheese and red sauce.
PIzza from Side Eye.
Kayla Burton

Honey Pig Restaurant

East Coast Korean barbecue chain Honey Pig opened its first Austin location in July. The restaurant features grill-it-yourself brisket, and bulgogi, with other dishes like noodles, soups, and bibimbap to round out the menu. Honey Pig is open for indoor dine-in services.

Delucca Gaucho Pizza & Wine Austin

A plate of four varied pizza slices, meatballs, and a green salad.
Slices of pizza at Delucca Gaucho Pizza & Wine.
Delucca Gaucho Pizza & Wine

The Dallas-Fort Worth mini-chain made its way into Austin with its all-you-can-eat Brazilian pizza in July. The toppings are internationally wide-ranging, from chicken tikka masala to Mexican elotes to halal Buffalo chicken, plus dessert ones like a guava-mascarpone pie. There are indoor dine-in services.

A plate of four varied pizza slices, meatballs, and a green salad.
Slices of pizza at Delucca Gaucho Pizza & Wine.
Delucca Gaucho Pizza & Wine

Bamboo House

The mega-popular Houston Chinese restaurant made its Austin debut in July, bringing along its ever-so-famous crispy Peking duck, plus other Sichuan specialties, to the Crestview neighborhood. Takeout orders can be placed online, and there are indoor dine-in services.

Choo Sando

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

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 was previously 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

Tellus Joe/Tellus

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

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.

La Plancha

The new Mexican street food restaurant in Blackland is all about tortas since July, with barbacoa, vegan quinoa-black bean patties, fried chicken, and even eggs. The menu is rounded out with tacos and quesadillas. To-go orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Oye Chico

This truck that opened outside outside Better Half in August serves three things: Cuban sandwiches, cafecito, and cafe con leche. The truck comes from Carlos Suarez who had owned El Tigre Coffee.

Local Foods

A pile of sandwiches.
Sandwiches from Local Foods.
Julie Soefer

Houston cafe Local Foods expanded to its permanent location in downtown Austin in June after an extended pop-up. The cafe serves sandwiches, salads, beer, wine, and more. Local Foods is open for dine-in and carryout; takeout orders can be placed online.

A pile of sandwiches.
Sandwiches from Local Foods.
Julie Soefer

Dean's Italian Steakhouse

The sleek, loungey steakhouse opened on the ground floor of the JW Marriott hotel in June. It offers hearty handmade pasta, fresh seafood like crab legs, and, of course, high-end steaks. Dean’s is open for indoor dining and has a patio as well.

Casper Fermentables

Farmers market staple Casper Fermantables opened a fast-casual deli and store in Sunset Valley in June. The store serves bagel sandwiches, focaccia avocado toast, kombucha, and other fermented goods. There are indoor dine-in areas.

Side Eye Pizza

A pizza pie topped with pepperoni slices, sliced round onions, sliced green olives, and globs of white cheese and red sauce.
PIzza from Side Eye.
Kayla Burton

One of the founders of pizza truck Dough Boys (RIP) is continuing his pizza legacy with Side Eye, which opened in July. Side Eye offers Neapolitan pizza from a wood-burning oven, including creations like the Hippie, which features Italian sausage, kale, cipollini onions, fontina, white sauce, and spicy Calabrian peppers. The pizza truck even has a vegan cheese option. Outdoor and indoor dining is available at Meanwhile Brewing, takeout orders can be placed online.

A pizza pie topped with pepperoni slices, sliced round onions, sliced green olives, and globs of white cheese and red sauce.
PIzza from Side Eye.
Kayla Burton

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