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Sausages from Koko’s.
Mackenzie Smith Kelley

The Hottest New Restaurants in Austin, January 2022

Bavarian sausages, Indian pizza, and Japanese specialties

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Sausages from Koko’s.
| Mackenzie Smith Kelley

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 has revamped its monthly heatmap (now in its 119th iteration) to highlight a mix of exciting restaurants, trucks, and food services open right now.

This January update adds German restaurant Koko’s Bavarian, pizzeria Curry Pizza House, the second location of Oasthouse Kitchen + Bar, and Japanese grocery store Asahi Imports.

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.

As with all businesses, be sure to call ahead to make sure each restaurant is still open or if there are updates on current offerings and service models, as things are changing constantly. Wear a mask, tip well, and if you’re ordering delivery, try to order directly from the restaurants themselves.

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.

1. Curry Pizza House

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1335 E Whitestone Blvd T-130
Cedar Park, TX 78613
(512) 528-5219
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Bay Area chain Curry Pizza House opened its first Texas location in Cedar Park in December 2021. The fast-casual restaurant serves pizza with South Asian toppings (think: aloo chaat pizza) alongside more traditional ones (cheese, pepperoni). Curry Pizza House is open for dine-in, to-go, and delivery via third-party apps.

Pizza from Curry Pizza House.
Pizza from Curry Pizza House.
Curry Pizza House

2. Taco Palenque Round Rock

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130 Louis Henna Blvd
Round Rock, TX 78664
(512) 243-6553
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South Texas taco chain Taco Palenque opened its first Austin-area location in November 2021, with an all-hours drive-thru up in Round Rock. The taco shop is known for its pirata taco — filled with fajitas, refried beans, and cheddar cheese — but also offers plates like chilaquiles, burritos, fideo, and more. It’s open for to-go service.

Pirata from Taco Palenque
Pirata from Taco Palenque
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3. Con Todo

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10001 Metric Blvd
Austin, TX 78758

Joseph Gomez’s taco truck Con Todo pays homage to his Rio Grande Valley roots with tacos like barbacoa and carne asada, chorizo quesadillas, wheat chicharrones, and buñuelos. The truck opened at Celis Brewery’s new outdoor space in October 2021.

4. Birdie's

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2944 E 12th St Unit A
Austin, TX 78702

East side newcomer and Eater Award winner Birdie’s is a wine bar with seasonal European fare like pastas, panisse (fried chickpea flour sticks), and steak since July 2021. Birdie’s is open for indoor and outdoor dining, and is counter-service walk-in only.

Four lightly tan fried sticks stacked with a pile of fluffy shaved cheese and black pepper on a white plate.
The panisse at Birdie’s
Nadia Chaudhury/Eater Austin

5. Favorite Pizza

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801 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 478-4136
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This casual pizzeria from fancy local hospitality chain McGuire Moorman Lambert opened in August 2021, serving whole pizzas and late-night slices. Favorite focuses on New York-style pizza (complete with an entire wall of the restaurant dedicated to the New York Mets), like clam pizza. There are also subs, salads, gelato, and a full bar. It’s open for dine-in and takeout.

A pie from Favorite Pizza
A pie from Favorite Pizza
Favorite Pizza

6. Mason's Famous Lobster Rolls

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200 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 428-4006
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Fast-casual seafood chain Mason’s landed in downtown Austin in September 2021 with all things lobster: lobster rolls, lobster mac and cheese, lobster grilled cheese, lobster salads, etc, plus beer and wine to drink. The restaurant, which is planning another location in Austin, sources its lobster from Maine. Mason’s is counter-service with patio dining available and delivery from third-party apps.

A lobster roll from Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls
A lobster roll from Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls
Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls [Official]

7. Cafe Nenaí

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1614 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

South American cafe Cafe Nenaí opened its second location on East Sixth Street in October 2021. For now, it will serve the same menu of coffee drinks, pastries, and sandwiches as the original location on Montopolis, but the cafe will soon roll out to-go Paraguayan dishes like vori vori (chicken soup with cheese balls) and rice dishes.

8. Canje

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1914 E 6th St ste c
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 706-9119
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Canje, the highly anticipated Caribbean restaurant from the Emmer & Rye group, opened in October 2021 with wild boar pepper pot, Guyanese-style roti, cocktails, and more. Executive chef Tavel Bristol-Joseph, who is Guyanese, also shows off his pastry skills with desserts like passion fruit flan. The East Sixth restaurant is open for indoor dining with a patio available.

A spread from Canje
A spread from Canje
Canje [Official]

9. Tiki Tatsu-Ya

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1300 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 772-3700
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After three years of anticipation, the Tatsu-ya family’s tiki bar finally opened in October 2021. The decor, which co-owner Tatsu Aikawa compared to Disneyland, combines elements of a pirate ship, a rum cave, and a secluded beach. Expect tropical cocktails and food, with items like spam on the half shell and crab langoon. Tiki Tatsu-ya is open for indoor dining.

A glass globe cocktail with colorful straws and steam is pouring out of the base.
The  the S.O.S. Stranded on Saturn cocktail
Nicolai McCrary/Eater Austin

10. Koko’s Bavarian

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4715 E 5th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 428-4177
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This East Austin restaurant that opened in December 2021 serves sausages, schnitzel, pretzels, and other Bavarian specialties alongside an impressive selection of beer to enjoy in its spacious indoor or outdoor areas. Even better, it can boast an actual Bavarian prince as a co-founder. Koko’s Bavarian is open for dine-in services.

A table of metal trays with hot dog sandwiches, pretzels, and condiment containers.
Dishes from Koko’s.
Mackenzie Smith Kelley

11. Asahi Imports

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3005 S Lamar Blvd Suite B-105B
Austin, TX 78704

Japanese grocery story Asahi Imports expanded to a second, larger location in Barton Hills in December 2021. In addition to an inventory of over 30,000 items, the store serves bento boxes, onigiri, and other prepared foods.

12. Oasthouse Kitchen + Bar

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5701 W Slaughter Ln D
Austin, TX 78749
(512) 284-7600
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Gastropub oasthouse Kitchen + Bar opened its second location in South Austin in December 2021. Owned by brothers chef Amir Hajimalek and Ali Hajimaleki (District Kitchen + Cocktails, pizzeria Shortie’s, seafood restaurant Keepers Coastal Kitchen, and upcoming Persian restaurant Roya), Oasthouse focuses on hearty fare like steaks, pasta, salads, and sausages.

1. Curry Pizza House

1335 E Whitestone Blvd T-130, Cedar Park, TX 78613
Pizza from Curry Pizza House.
Pizza from Curry Pizza House.
Curry Pizza House

Bay Area chain Curry Pizza House opened its first Texas location in Cedar Park in December 2021. The fast-casual restaurant serves pizza with South Asian toppings (think: aloo chaat pizza) alongside more traditional ones (cheese, pepperoni). Curry Pizza House is open for dine-in, to-go, and delivery via third-party apps.

1335 E Whitestone Blvd T-130
Cedar Park, TX 78613

2. Taco Palenque Round Rock

130 Louis Henna Blvd, Round Rock, TX 78664
Pirata from Taco Palenque
Pirata from Taco Palenque
Taco Palenque/Facebook

South Texas taco chain Taco Palenque opened its first Austin-area location in November 2021, with an all-hours drive-thru up in Round Rock. The taco shop is known for its pirata taco — filled with fajitas, refried beans, and cheddar cheese — but also offers plates like chilaquiles, burritos, fideo, and more. It’s open for to-go service.

130 Louis Henna Blvd
Round Rock, TX 78664

3. Con Todo

10001 Metric Blvd, Austin, TX 78758

Joseph Gomez’s taco truck Con Todo pays homage to his Rio Grande Valley roots with tacos like barbacoa and carne asada, chorizo quesadillas, wheat chicharrones, and buñuelos. The truck opened at Celis Brewery’s new outdoor space in October 2021.

10001 Metric Blvd
Austin, TX 78758

4. Birdie's

2944 E 12th St Unit A, Austin, TX 78702
Four lightly tan fried sticks stacked with a pile of fluffy shaved cheese and black pepper on a white plate.
The panisse at Birdie’s
Nadia Chaudhury/Eater Austin

East side newcomer and Eater Award winner Birdie’s is a wine bar with seasonal European fare like pastas, panisse (fried chickpea flour sticks), and steak since July 2021. Birdie’s is open for indoor and outdoor dining, and is counter-service walk-in only.

2944 E 12th St Unit A
Austin, TX 78702

5. Favorite Pizza

801 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78703
A pie from Favorite Pizza
A pie from Favorite Pizza
Favorite Pizza

This casual pizzeria from fancy local hospitality chain McGuire Moorman Lambert opened in August 2021, serving whole pizzas and late-night slices. Favorite focuses on New York-style pizza (complete with an entire wall of the restaurant dedicated to the New York Mets), like clam pizza. There are also subs, salads, gelato, and a full bar. It’s open for dine-in and takeout.

801 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78703

6. Mason's Famous Lobster Rolls

200 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701
A lobster roll from Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls
A lobster roll from Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls
Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls [Official]

Fast-casual seafood chain Mason’s landed in downtown Austin in September 2021 with all things lobster: lobster rolls, lobster mac and cheese, lobster grilled cheese, lobster salads, etc, plus beer and wine to drink. The restaurant, which is planning another location in Austin, sources its lobster from Maine. Mason’s is counter-service with patio dining available and delivery from third-party apps.

200 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701

7. Cafe Nenaí

1614 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702

South American cafe Cafe Nenaí opened its second location on East Sixth Street in October 2021. For now, it will serve the same menu of coffee drinks, pastries, and sandwiches as the original location on Montopolis, but the cafe will soon roll out to-go Paraguayan dishes like vori vori (chicken soup with cheese balls) and rice dishes.

1614 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

8. Canje

1914 E 6th St ste c, Austin, TX 78702
A spread from Canje
A spread from Canje
Canje [Official]

Canje, the highly anticipated Caribbean restaurant from the Emmer & Rye group, opened in October 2021 with wild boar pepper pot, Guyanese-style roti, cocktails, and more. Executive chef Tavel Bristol-Joseph, who is Guyanese, also shows off his pastry skills with desserts like passion fruit flan. The East Sixth restaurant is open for indoor dining with a patio available.

1914 E 6th St ste c
Austin, TX 78702

9. Tiki Tatsu-Ya

1300 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
A glass globe cocktail with colorful straws and steam is pouring out of the base.
The  the S.O.S. Stranded on Saturn cocktail
Nicolai McCrary/Eater Austin

After three years of anticipation, the Tatsu-ya family’s tiki bar finally opened in October 2021. The decor, which co-owner Tatsu Aikawa compared to Disneyland, combines elements of a pirate ship, a rum cave, and a secluded beach. Expect tropical cocktails and food, with items like spam on the half shell and crab langoon. Tiki Tatsu-ya is open for indoor dining.

1300 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

10. Koko’s Bavarian

4715 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78702
A table of metal trays with hot dog sandwiches, pretzels, and condiment containers.
Dishes from Koko’s.
Mackenzie Smith Kelley

This East Austin restaurant that opened in December 2021 serves sausages, schnitzel, pretzels, and other Bavarian specialties alongside an impressive selection of beer to enjoy in its spacious indoor or outdoor areas. Even better, it can boast an actual Bavarian prince as a co-founder. Koko’s Bavarian is open for dine-in services.

4715 E 5th St
Austin, TX 78702

11. Asahi Imports

3005 S Lamar Blvd Suite B-105B, Austin, TX 78704

Japanese grocery story Asahi Imports expanded to a second, larger location in Barton Hills in December 2021. In addition to an inventory of over 30,000 items, the store serves bento boxes, onigiri, and other prepared foods.

3005 S Lamar Blvd Suite B-105B
Austin, TX 78704

12. Oasthouse Kitchen + Bar

5701 W Slaughter Ln D, Austin, TX 78749

Gastropub oasthouse Kitchen + Bar opened its second location in South Austin in December 2021. Owned by brothers chef Amir Hajimalek and Ali Hajimaleki (District Kitchen + Cocktails, pizzeria Shortie’s, seafood restaurant Keepers Coastal Kitchen, and upcoming Persian restaurant Roya), Oasthouse focuses on hearty fare like steaks, pasta, salads, and sausages.

5701 W Slaughter Ln D
Austin, TX 78749

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