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 116th iteration) to highlight a mix of exciting restaurants, trucks, and food services open right now.
This October update adds Caribbean restaurant Canje, downtown seafood spot Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls, tiki bar Tiki Tatsu-ya, French spot Westlake Wine Bar, and the downtown location of taco shop Vaquero Taquero.
Know of something new and exciting that should be on our radar? Email the Eater Austin team at email@example.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; the latest data about the delta variant indicates that it may pose a low-to-moderate risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.Read More