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Mackenzie Smith Kelley

The Hottest New Restaurants in Austin, May 2022

A steakhouse, a new McGuire Moorman Lambert restaurant, and chilaquiles

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Steak at Maie Day.
| 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 123rd iteration) to highlight a mix of exciting restaurants, trucks, and food services open right now.

This May update adds Maie Day, Olamaie’s steakhouse in the South Congress Hotel; Pecan Square, the new American restaurant from McGuire Moorman Lambert; and Mexican restaurant Salsa Limón.

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. The Pitch

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13000 Harris Ridge Blvd
Austin, TX 78753

Austin’s newest restaurant park up in Parmer North, which opened in February, boasts a whole bunch of food options, from Taco Flats’s tacos, a Vietnamese rotisserie chicken spot with banh mi and vermicelli bows, a wagyu burger place, and a barbecue joint. The sprawling alfresco grounds are affiliated with the city’s soccer team Austin FC; in fact, it’s located in the same space as the team’s training facility. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are plenty of outdoor dining areas.

Three cardboard trays of burgers and fries.
Burgers from Ranger Burger at the Pitch.
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2. Rosen's Bagel Co.

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11101 Burnet Rd Ste A100
Austin, TX 78758
(512) 487-5027
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This is the first physical space for Rosen’s, a New York-style bagel company that’s popped up around Austin for years. As of its opening in January, Rosen’s serves bagels, schmears, and coffee, with plans to expand to bagel sandwiches, salads, soups, wines, and more. Rosen’s is currently only open for takeout orders placed in person or online, but the patio is available for on-site dining. Rosen’s has also taken over Salt & Time Cafe in Republic Square Park downtown in April.

3. Mi Trailita Y Mas

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5706 Manor Rd Suite E
Austin, TX 78723
(512) 433-6044
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Popular taco truck Mi Trailita expanded to a restaurant location down the street in January. Look for the same breakfast and lunch tacos, tortas, and gorditas alongside new dishes like enchiladas and chile rellenos. The restaurant is open for indoor dining.

Tacos from Taqueria Mi Trailita
Tacos from Taqueria Mi Trailita
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4. Salsa Limón

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3001 Guadalupe St
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 716-7900
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Campus gained a new fast-casual Mexican cafe with street tacos, chilaquiles, tortas, and margaritas. This is the first location of the restaurant outside of Fort Worth, where there are seven restaurants. Salsa Limón is open for indoor and outdoor dine-in and to-go services.

5. Pecan Square Café

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1200 W 6th St #B
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 265-1612
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The latest Clarksville restaurant from local hospitality giant McGuire Moorman Lambert group has hand-cut pastas, pizzas, local vegetables, and larger meat entrees like steak. The former Cafe Josie space has gotten a revamp with more outdoor seating and a bar. Pecan Square is open for dine-in services.

6. Wax Myrtle's

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506 San Jacinto Blvd Suite WM, 4th Floor
Austin, TX 78701

The newest downtown Austin hotel restaurant is this hip poolside spot from Chicago hospitality group Land and Sea Dept. within the Thompson as of February. The lush restaurant and bar’s Mediterranean appetizers and entrees range from bacon-wrapped dates to charred octopus skewers to a spiced roast chicken. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

A shallow bowl of falafel bals and a white cream dollop.
The black-eyed pea falafels at Wax Myrtle’s.
Clayton Hauck

7. The Grey Market & the Diner Bar

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501 Brazos St
Austin, TX 78701

Finally: chef Mashama Bailey and Johno Morisano’s two Austin restaurants: the Southern counter restaurant-meets-New York bodega the Grey Market in March and table-service restaurant the Diner Bar in April. The former serves up classic and fun diner dishes, like fish and grits, hearty burgers, and delectable pastries. The restaurant is open for takeout orders and indoor dine-in services. The latter serves up a Southern-New American menu, plus an oyster bar and cocktails. It’s open for indoor dine-in service.

8. Pasta|Bar Austin

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1017 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 305-3755
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Chefs Phillip Frankland Lee and Margarita Kallas-Lee opened the Austin location of their Michelin-star Los Angeles restaurant in March along East Sixth. The high-end 11-course tasting meal spans pastas and other dishes such as bone marrow or blue crab. Reservations also tend to book up fast. The restaurant is open for indoor dine-in service.

9. Toshokan

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807 E 4th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 551-9947
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The latest omakase contender in Austin comes from restaurateur C.K. Chin and chef Saine Wong. The 14-course counter meal spans nigiri and international-ish bites, like the potato pave with a Korean braised short rib or the Hokkaido scallops with Peruvian salsa verde. Reservations for the six-person seatings tend to book out quickly. The restaurant is open for indoor dine-in services.

A piece of sushi nigiri.
A bite from Toshokan
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10. Maie Day

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1603 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 942-0823
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South Congress Hotel has a new restaurant with Maie Day, from hospitality groups MaieB (Olamaie) and New Waterloo (which runs the hotel). The chophouse menu features steaks, a tomahawk pork chop, a raw bar, and cocktails. It’s open for indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

1. The Pitch

13000 Harris Ridge Blvd, Austin, TX 78753
Three cardboard trays of burgers and fries.
Burgers from Ranger Burger at the Pitch.
The Pitch Austin/Facebook

Austin’s newest restaurant park up in Parmer North, which opened in February, boasts a whole bunch of food options, from Taco Flats’s tacos, a Vietnamese rotisserie chicken spot with banh mi and vermicelli bows, a wagyu burger place, and a barbecue joint. The sprawling alfresco grounds are affiliated with the city’s soccer team Austin FC; in fact, it’s located in the same space as the team’s training facility. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are plenty of outdoor dining areas.

13000 Harris Ridge Blvd
Austin, TX 78753

2. Rosen's Bagel Co.

11101 Burnet Rd Ste A100, Austin, TX 78758

This is the first physical space for Rosen’s, a New York-style bagel company that’s popped up around Austin for years. As of its opening in January, Rosen’s serves bagels, schmears, and coffee, with plans to expand to bagel sandwiches, salads, soups, wines, and more. Rosen’s is currently only open for takeout orders placed in person or online, but the patio is available for on-site dining. Rosen’s has also taken over Salt & Time Cafe in Republic Square Park downtown in April.

11101 Burnet Rd Ste A100
Austin, TX 78758

3. Mi Trailita Y Mas

5706 Manor Rd Suite E, Austin, TX 78723
Tacos from Taqueria Mi Trailita
Tacos from Taqueria Mi Trailita
Taqueria Mi Trailita/Facebook

Popular taco truck Mi Trailita expanded to a restaurant location down the street in January. Look for the same breakfast and lunch tacos, tortas, and gorditas alongside new dishes like enchiladas and chile rellenos. The restaurant is open for indoor dining.

5706 Manor Rd Suite E
Austin, TX 78723

4. Salsa Limón

3001 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705

Campus gained a new fast-casual Mexican cafe with street tacos, chilaquiles, tortas, and margaritas. This is the first location of the restaurant outside of Fort Worth, where there are seven restaurants. Salsa Limón is open for indoor and outdoor dine-in and to-go services.

3001 Guadalupe St
Austin, TX 78705

5. Pecan Square Café

1200 W 6th St #B, Austin, TX 78703

The latest Clarksville restaurant from local hospitality giant McGuire Moorman Lambert group has hand-cut pastas, pizzas, local vegetables, and larger meat entrees like steak. The former Cafe Josie space has gotten a revamp with more outdoor seating and a bar. Pecan Square is open for dine-in services.

1200 W 6th St #B
Austin, TX 78703

6. Wax Myrtle's

506 San Jacinto Blvd Suite WM, 4th Floor, Austin, TX 78701
A shallow bowl of falafel bals and a white cream dollop.
The black-eyed pea falafels at Wax Myrtle’s.
Clayton Hauck

The newest downtown Austin hotel restaurant is this hip poolside spot from Chicago hospitality group Land and Sea Dept. within the Thompson as of February. The lush restaurant and bar’s Mediterranean appetizers and entrees range from bacon-wrapped dates to charred octopus skewers to a spiced roast chicken. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

506 San Jacinto Blvd Suite WM, 4th Floor
Austin, TX 78701

7. The Grey Market & the Diner Bar

501 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701

Finally: chef Mashama Bailey and Johno Morisano’s two Austin restaurants: the Southern counter restaurant-meets-New York bodega the Grey Market in March and table-service restaurant the Diner Bar in April. The former serves up classic and fun diner dishes, like fish and grits, hearty burgers, and delectable pastries. The restaurant is open for takeout orders and indoor dine-in services. The latter serves up a Southern-New American menu, plus an oyster bar and cocktails. It’s open for indoor dine-in service.

501 Brazos St
Austin, TX 78701

8. Pasta|Bar Austin

1017 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702

Chefs Phillip Frankland Lee and Margarita Kallas-Lee opened the Austin location of their Michelin-star Los Angeles restaurant in March along East Sixth. The high-end 11-course tasting meal spans pastas and other dishes such as bone marrow or blue crab. Reservations also tend to book up fast. The restaurant is open for indoor dine-in service.

1017 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

9. Toshokan

807 E 4th St, Austin, TX 78702
A piece of sushi nigiri.
A bite from Toshokan
DJ Ferno/Open House Productions

The latest omakase contender in Austin comes from restaurateur C.K. Chin and chef Saine Wong. The 14-course counter meal spans nigiri and international-ish bites, like the potato pave with a Korean braised short rib or the Hokkaido scallops with Peruvian salsa verde. Reservations for the six-person seatings tend to book out quickly. The restaurant is open for indoor dine-in services.

807 E 4th St
Austin, TX 78702

10. Maie Day

1603 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

South Congress Hotel has a new restaurant with Maie Day, from hospitality groups MaieB (Olamaie) and New Waterloo (which runs the hotel). The chophouse menu features steaks, a tomahawk pork chop, a raw bar, and cocktails. It’s open for indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

1603 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

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