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Ramen from Eater Austin’s restaurant of the year in 2023, Ramen del Barrio.
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Every Single Eater Austin Eater Award Winner, Mapped

A guide to the best Eater-approved dining and drinking experiences in the capital of Texas

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Ramen from Eater Austin’s restaurant of the year in 2023, Ramen del Barrio.
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The Eater Awards is that special time of the year where we at Eater and Eater Austin honor the very best restaurants, food trucks, bars, chefs, dining experiences, etc., etc. in our cities.

Eater Austin was launched in 2010, and the very first Eater Awards were held that year. The format morphed from the years, changing from its initial list of editor-selected nominees voted on by readers to the now solely editors’ choices. And — outside of a pause during the pandemic in 2020 — the Eater Awards have been held 12 times.

As a way of making it that much easier to honor the winners through the years, Eater Austin put together this handy map of every single awardee who has received that coveted tomato can trophy from us. For the purposes of this map, we’re only including places that are still open (RIP).

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Little Ola's Biscuits [Wells Branch]

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Best Pandemic Pivot Turned Permanent Shop of 2021

Early in the pandemic, Southern restaurant Olamaie pivoted into the fast-causal lane as a biscuit takeout service when dine-in services weren’t safe in 2020. And then the team smartly turned that into a full-grown physical cafe in the Wells Branch neighborhood July of 2021. The menu makes ample use of those wonderful biscuits a la carte or as sweet or savory sandwiches. Takeout orders can be placed online or in person; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Ramen del Barrio

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Best New Restaurant of 2023

Chef Christopher Krinsky started the restaurant as a private garage dinner series while he tested out bowls of Mexican Japanese ramen to guests before opening a food court counter-service restaurant within Scofield Farms’s supermarket Hana World Market in February of 2023. That’s where he and the team dish out wonderful fusion ramens and yakitori-based tacos. There are indoor dine-in services.

Con Todo

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Best New Food Truck of 2022

It’s obvious why the North Burnet taco truck from chef Joseph Gomez won both a slot on Eater National’s best new restaurants list and Eater Austin’s Eater Awards of 2022: the tacos are damn good. At the truck, parked at Celis Brewery since October 2021, the Rio Grand Valley-raised chef served simple and thoughtful tacos and tostadas honoring his upbringing. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Ramen Tatsu-ya [Research Boulevard]

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So Hot Right Now Restaurant of 2012

Those were the days when Ramen Tatsu-ya opened its very first location in 2012 up in the Wooten neighborhood to much well-deserved hype for those fantastic ramen bowls. And now there are so many locations throughout Austin. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are typically indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

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Restaurant of the Year of 2019

It makes sense that the Tatsu-ya restaurant group has a bunch of Eater Award winners in Austin. The second of these (at least geographically) is the company’s shabu shabu (aka Japanese hot pot) restaurant up in Crestview, a higher-end approach with fantastic broths, quality ingredients, and drinks. There are indoor dine-in services.

Barley Swine

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Best Restaurant of the Year of 2011 & Chef of the Year of 2012 & Chef of the Year of 2013

Another throwback (to a degree): chef Bryce Gilmore’s New Texan tasting menu restaurant won an Eater Award back when it was still operating out of its tiny space on South Lamar. And in the following two years, the chef won Eater’s chef of the year award too. Since then, it relocated up north to Brentwood with a bigger space, but still the same excellent approach to Texas-forever finer-dining cuisine. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

The Peached Tortilla

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Best Food Truck of 2011

Before the Asian Southern restaurant opened on Burnet in 2014, Peached Tortilla was a food truck serving up fun fusion like chicken satay tacos and barbecue brisket sliders by Eric Silverstein. Takeout orders for the Allandale restaurant can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Bird Bird Biscuit

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Best New Fast-Casual Restaurant of 2018

Among the quick-and-easy restaurants that opened in Austin that year, nothing held a candle to casual cafe’s wonderful and sturdy biscuit sandwiches from Brian Batch and Ryan McElroy. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are outdoor dine-in areas.

Flo’s Wine Bar & Bottle Shop

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Best Combination That Needed to Happen of 2023

The Tarrytown wine bar and shop combined two much-required essentials to Austin and its neighborhood in 2023. Co-owners Flo Clemons and Adair Belisle have put together a lovely wine selection by the glass and bottle, which all work well with the stellar pizza from on-site restaurant Allday Pizza (see below). There are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Allday Pizza [Tarrytown]

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Best Combination That Needed to Happen of 2023

Along with host site Flo’s Wine Bar & Shop (see above), the Tarrytown pizzeria is the first physical iteration of what had been a hella popular sort-of-secret pizza delivery service from co-owners Daniel Sorg and Townsend Smith. The New York-style slices pair wonderfully with the wines. There’s a second location down at Daydreamer bar on East Sixth. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

L'Oca d'Oro

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Chef of the Year 2016

Through the Mueller restaurant, co-owner and chef Fiore Tedesco creates actually great Italian dishes with Austin touches and ingredients, especially in a city with not that many good options. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Best New Food Truck of 2023

Naturally, because this is Eater Austin, we’ve given out awards to barbecue places before, but there is something utterly fantastic about the Egyptian Texan takes from pitmaster and owner Kareem El-Ghayesh at his MLK food truck parked at Oddwood Ales. The meats are great, the rice dishes ridiculously great, and don’t skip dessert. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Best New Restaurant Sequel of 2023

The team of already-great Mexican restaurant Suerte — which includes previous Eater Award-winning chef Fermín Núñez (see below) — knocked it out of the park with their second restaurant. Este is all about thoughtful and vibrant Mexican seafood with masa touches. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Olamaie

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Chefs of the Year of 2015

The opening team of the downtown restaurant — owner Michael Fojtasek and Grae Nonas — won Eater Austin’s best chefs of the year for creating inventive Southern dishes with Texas flairs. Plus, those biscuits. Since then, Nonas left the restaurant the following year, and chef Amanda Turner joined the team as chef de cuisine. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Birdie's

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Best New Neighborhood Wine Bar of 2021

The unassuming New American wine restaurant — from chef Tracy Malechek-Ezekiel and Arjav Ezekiel — sneakily serves some of the best food and wines in Austin, all with a counter-service approach. The pastas are that good. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Comadre Panadería

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Best New Bakery Pop-Up of 2021

At the time of this specific Eater Awards, Mariela Camacho had been baking her beautiful, tasty, and thoughtful baked goods in the ways of Mexican and American and Texan traditions and ingredients as a pop-up at Nixta Taqueria (see below). And since then, the operation has grown into a full, physical bakery still in the Chestnut neighborhood, serving fantastic conchas, flour tortillas, eggy empanadas, and cakes. Preorders can be placed online.

Nixta Taqueria

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Best New Restaurant of the Past Two Years of 2021

There was no question that the Chestnut Mexican restaurant from chef Edgar Rico and Sara Mardanbigi is the restaurant of the year of 2020 and 2021, prevailing through the never-ending challenges of the pandemic and of being an independently owed restaurant. The menu is new-school Mexican with American and Texan touches, like the standout beet tartare tostada or the duck carnitas taco. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are outdoor dine-in services.

Donn's Depot

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Best Bathroom of 2011

Everyone loves a quirky award category, and it makes sense that the Clarksville dive bar’s women’s bathroom is essentially like a train car with nooks and crannies. It’s fun! There are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Better Half Coffee & Cocktails

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Restaurant of the Year of 2018

Even though the West Austin-slash-Clarksville-adjacent cafe only opened in 2018, the all-day-into-night restaurant epitomizes true Austin vibes from co-owners Matt Wright, Grady Wright, and Matthew Bolick. Amazing patio? Check. Great daytime into nighttime menu with iconic cauliflower tots and burgers? Check. Wonderful wines and beers and cocktails and coffee? Check. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Small Victory

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Bar of the Year of 2016

The tiny, not-so-easy-to-find intimate bar is the home-base of all-things classy and fun cocktails, including all sorts of martinis and daiquiris, plus snacks, from co-owner Josh Loving and the team (which also includes one of the best new bartenders of 2023 as named by Eater sibling publication Punch, Laura Maddox). There are indoor dine-in services.

Vintage Bookstore and Wine Bar

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Best Combination That Needed to Happen of 2022

The cute Central East Austin establishment is the very place that Jean Buckner wants to frequent: retail books, wines, and a community space for people to gather and enjoy said-items in charming digs. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Nickel City

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Bar of the Year of 2017

Under co-owner Travis Tober, the Central East Austin bar quickly became the city’s go-to bar for drinks that are actually good (great cocktails, that iconic frozen Irish coffee, beers, and wines) with good and fun vibes. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

The Roosevelt Room

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Bartender of the Year of 2015

Justin Lavenue, the co-owner of the downtown bar, won Eater’s bartender of the year award, but it might as well have been for the bar itself. Lavenue, other co-owner Denis Gobis, and the extremely talented team turn out such classic cocktails that are always on-point. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor dine-in services.

Comedor

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Design of the Year of 2019

The downtown Mexican restaurant thankfully doesn’t match its high-rise surroundings. Designed by Kundig and the Seattle-based firm Olson Kundig, the modern black building is full of brick and steel encasing a dining oasis complete with a lush courtyard. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.  

Swift's Attic

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Stone Cold Stunner of 2012

The downtown New American restaurant is an eclectic small plates destination hidden on the second floor of the address, full of ornate details honoring the history of the building, such as the brick walls juxtaposing dark leather banquettes or the funky light fixtures. There are indoor dine-in services.

Fukumoto

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So Hot Right Now of 2015

The East Austin restaurant off East Sixth, helmed by Kazu Fukumoto, is one of those super-exciting dining experiences in Austin. The izakaya dishes out superb yakitori and sushi and don’t forget to explore the specials. There are indoor dine-in services.

Chef of the Year of 2018

As seen above with Este (Eater Award winner of 2023 for best restaurant sequel), chef Fermín Núñez wowed the city with his culinary skills through this first restaurant owner Sam Hellman-Mass. The Mexican menu makes use of all sorts of masa through tacos, tostadas, and tlayudas for dinner and brunch. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Best New Restaurant of the Year of 2022

Pastry chef Tavel Bristol-Joseph expands into the savory realm with his and the Emmer & Rye group’s restaurant in the Holly neighborhood. The menu draws from his Guyanese upbringing, fleshed out with other ingredients, flavors, and techniques from the rest of the Caribbean region. The roti is a must-order. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Juliet Italian Kitchen

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Stone Cold Stunner of 2015

When the Zilker Italian restaurant opened, it was a beautiful was a beautiful multi-space establishment with bright and ornate details, from the dim dining room to the walnut bar to the lush patio. The physical space and menu underwent a revamp in 2017. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Bad Larry Burger Club

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Best Fun, Aggressive, and Socially Conscious Burger Pop-Up of 2021

The burger pop-up was started by Matthew Bolick as a way to share his smash burgers with people and became a fun unpretentious outlet during the pandemic and beyond with burger chutes, hella fun concerts, and always-on-point principles and missions.

For the purposes of this map, we’re using one of Bolick’s other establishments, Little Brother, as the main address, but it should be noted that the bar is temporarily closed right now because there’s too much construction messing with its operations and business. Keep an eye on its Instagram for upcoming events.

Half Step

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Best New Bar of the Year of 2014

The downtown bar heralded the new-school class of drinking establishments that served serious drinks with fun vibes, fashioned by owner Chris Bostick. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Design of the Year of 2017

The Zilker contemporary restaurant is a stunning space with multiple rooms with their own personalities, designed by co-owners Michael Dickson and Mickie Spencer. The  Cedar Tavern room features a bar sourced straight from New York City’s drinking history; the study is a greenhouse full of books and plants; and the bathroom is just plain gorgeous. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Toshokan at the Pershing

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Best Omakase of 2022

The omakases keep coming in Austin, and yet it’s this Japanese restaurant that rose above the rest. Executive chef Saine Wong puts together a wonderful travelogue of his experiences throughout the world in nigiri and bite form, plus there’s the stellar hospitality courtesy of co-owner C.K. Chin and the team. Since winning the award, the restaurant relocated from its home at the now-closed Native space on East Fourth and is operating out of members club the Pershing. There are indoor dine-in services.

Emmer & Rye

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Restaurant of the Year of 2016

The Emmer & Rye restaurant group — co-founded by chefs Kevin Fink and Tavel Bristol-Joseph — started off with this very New Texan restaurant with a love for grains and local produce and meats. Since then, the johnnycakes and cacio e pepe are must-orders. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Bufalina

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So Hot Right Now of 2013

Owner Steven Dilley ushered the wonders of Neapolitan pizza and wine with the first and long-awaited location of this thoughtful pizzeria back in 2013. Since then, there was an expansion up in Brentwood on Burnet (Bufalina Due) in 2016, then the original location closed in 2021, but then it reopened further east on the same street in 2021. Takeout orders for Burnet can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Odd Duck

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Restaurant of the Year of 2014

It’s clear that Bryce Gilmore has helped and continues to define what Austin cuisine is (see Barley Swine above), and this is another one of those stories. Odd Duck started out as a food truck which closed while Gilmore opened Barley Swine and then it came back as a physical restaurant. Expect a comparatively more casual approach to New Texan cuisine than Barley Swine, but still with the same focused attention with creating creative dishes. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Kemuri Tatsu-Ya

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Restaurant of the Year of 2017

Yes, we know there are many-a-Tastu-ya joint on this Eater Awards map, but it’s for a good reason, and especially so for this Holly restaurant. Kemuri is a beautiful and fun distillation of what the restaurant company does well: marrying Japanese and Texas cuisines into a wonderful, delicious menu. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Tiki Tatsu-Ya

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Best Spectacle of 2022

And this is the last of the Tatsu-ya Eater Award-winning establishments. The imaginative tiki wonderland the team created for the Zilker bar is akin to something from Las Vegas or even Disney World. There are imagined histories; decorative vining two-floor walls and aesthetics, and a wonderful light/sound/visual show whenever people order sharable punches. There are indoor dine-in services.

Holiday

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Best New Bar of 2023

The Govalle bar is co-owner Erin Ashford’s cocktail canvas, where she and the team stirs, mixes, and shakes such wonderful drinks into creation. Don’t miss the martinis and the punches. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Launderette

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Restaurant of the Year of 2015

The New American with Mediterranean vibes restaurant serves as a go-to neighborhood restaurant for daytime, evening, and brunch meals. Since then, co-owner Laura Sawicki left the company in 2021, but her famed desserts live on, including THAT birthday cake ice cream sandwich. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

East Side King

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Food Truck of the Year of 2011

The food truck opened in 2009, and won this Eater Award several years later as it expanded its footprint to several bars along East Sixth. The menu focuses on Japanese-ish street food like buns and fried Brussels sprouts salads. Currently, there is only one truck in Austin, parked at East Austin bar High Noon, and this physical restaurant in Zilker. Takeout orders can be placed online or in person; there are Uber Eats and Postmates deliveries; and there are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Dee Dee

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Food Truck of the Year of 2016

The menu at the South Lamar food truck is short but sweet: chef Lakana Trubiana showcases the best of the best dishes from her home country Thailand. Yes, the laab moo is that spicy and when it’s in season, the mango sticky rice is ridiculously great. Since winning the award, the food truck relocated from East Cesar Chavez onto Menchaca Road into Radio Coffee’s space. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

LeRoy & Lewis

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Food Truck of the Year of 2017

Pitmaster Evan LeRoy knows what he’s doing when it comes to barbecue, and this knowledge shines through the Dawson food truck at Cosmic Coffee. He and the team — including managing partners Sawyer and Nathan Lewis — concocts new-school smoked meats, sides, and desserts. It’ll be exciting to see how the truck evolves further with its forthcoming physical restaurant in Garrison Park, opening sometime in 2024. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Distant Relatives

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Best New Barbecue Food Truck of 2021

The McKinney truck parked at Meanwhile Brewing was also named one of Eater National’s best new restaurants of the same year for good reasons: pitmaster Damien Brockway and the team are deliberately and courteously exploring what African American cuisine means in this modern world. This results in a beautiful, delicious barbecue and smoked dishes. Takeout orders can be placed in person; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Little Ola's Biscuits [Wells Branch]

Best Pandemic Pivot Turned Permanent Shop of 2021

Early in the pandemic, Southern restaurant Olamaie pivoted into the fast-causal lane as a biscuit takeout service when dine-in services weren’t safe in 2020. And then the team smartly turned that into a full-grown physical cafe in the Wells Branch neighborhood July of 2021. The menu makes ample use of those wonderful biscuits a la carte or as sweet or savory sandwiches. Takeout orders can be placed online or in person; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Ramen del Barrio

Best New Restaurant of 2023

Chef Christopher Krinsky started the restaurant as a private garage dinner series while he tested out bowls of Mexican Japanese ramen to guests before opening a food court counter-service restaurant within Scofield Farms’s supermarket Hana World Market in February of 2023. That’s where he and the team dish out wonderful fusion ramens and yakitori-based tacos. There are indoor dine-in services.

Con Todo

Best New Food Truck of 2022

It’s obvious why the North Burnet taco truck from chef Joseph Gomez won both a slot on Eater National’s best new restaurants list and Eater Austin’s Eater Awards of 2022: the tacos are damn good. At the truck, parked at Celis Brewery since October 2021, the Rio Grand Valley-raised chef served simple and thoughtful tacos and tostadas honoring his upbringing. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Ramen Tatsu-ya [Research Boulevard]

So Hot Right Now Restaurant of 2012

Those were the days when Ramen Tatsu-ya opened its very first location in 2012 up in the Wooten neighborhood to much well-deserved hype for those fantastic ramen bowls. And now there are so many locations throughout Austin. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are typically indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

dipdipdip Tatsu-Ya

Restaurant of the Year of 2019

It makes sense that the Tatsu-ya restaurant group has a bunch of Eater Award winners in Austin. The second of these (at least geographically) is the company’s shabu shabu (aka Japanese hot pot) restaurant up in Crestview, a higher-end approach with fantastic broths, quality ingredients, and drinks. There are indoor dine-in services.

Barley Swine

Best Restaurant of the Year of 2011 & Chef of the Year of 2012 & Chef of the Year of 2013

Another throwback (to a degree): chef Bryce Gilmore’s New Texan tasting menu restaurant won an Eater Award back when it was still operating out of its tiny space on South Lamar. And in the following two years, the chef won Eater’s chef of the year award too. Since then, it relocated up north to Brentwood with a bigger space, but still the same excellent approach to Texas-forever finer-dining cuisine. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

The Peached Tortilla

Best Food Truck of 2011

Before the Asian Southern restaurant opened on Burnet in 2014, Peached Tortilla was a food truck serving up fun fusion like chicken satay tacos and barbecue brisket sliders by Eric Silverstein. Takeout orders for the Allandale restaurant can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Bird Bird Biscuit

Best New Fast-Casual Restaurant of 2018

Among the quick-and-easy restaurants that opened in Austin that year, nothing held a candle to casual cafe’s wonderful and sturdy biscuit sandwiches from Brian Batch and Ryan McElroy. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are outdoor dine-in areas.

Flo’s Wine Bar & Bottle Shop

Best Combination That Needed to Happen of 2023

The Tarrytown wine bar and shop combined two much-required essentials to Austin and its neighborhood in 2023. Co-owners Flo Clemons and Adair Belisle have put together a lovely wine selection by the glass and bottle, which all work well with the stellar pizza from on-site restaurant Allday Pizza (see below). There are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Allday Pizza [Tarrytown]

Best Combination That Needed to Happen of 2023

Along with host site Flo’s Wine Bar & Shop (see above), the Tarrytown pizzeria is the first physical iteration of what had been a hella popular sort-of-secret pizza delivery service from co-owners Daniel Sorg and Townsend Smith. The New York-style slices pair wonderfully with the wines. There’s a second location down at Daydreamer bar on East Sixth. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

L'Oca d'Oro

Chef of the Year 2016

Through the Mueller restaurant, co-owner and chef Fiore Tedesco creates actually great Italian dishes with Austin touches and ingredients, especially in a city with not that many good options. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

KG BBQ

Best New Food Truck of 2023

Naturally, because this is Eater Austin, we’ve given out awards to barbecue places before, but there is something utterly fantastic about the Egyptian Texan takes from pitmaster and owner Kareem El-Ghayesh at his MLK food truck parked at Oddwood Ales. The meats are great, the rice dishes ridiculously great, and don’t skip dessert. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Este

Best New Restaurant Sequel of 2023

The team of already-great Mexican restaurant Suerte — which includes previous Eater Award-winning chef Fermín Núñez (see below) — knocked it out of the park with their second restaurant. Este is all about thoughtful and vibrant Mexican seafood with masa touches. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Olamaie

Chefs of the Year of 2015

The opening team of the downtown restaurant — owner Michael Fojtasek and Grae Nonas — won Eater Austin’s best chefs of the year for creating inventive Southern dishes with Texas flairs. Plus, those biscuits. Since then, Nonas left the restaurant the following year, and chef Amanda Turner joined the team as chef de cuisine. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Birdie's

Best New Neighborhood Wine Bar of 2021

The unassuming New American wine restaurant — from chef Tracy Malechek-Ezekiel and Arjav Ezekiel — sneakily serves some of the best food and wines in Austin, all with a counter-service approach. The pastas are that good. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

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Comadre Panadería

Best New Bakery Pop-Up of 2021

At the time of this specific Eater Awards, Mariela Camacho had been baking her beautiful, tasty, and thoughtful baked goods in the ways of Mexican and American and Texan traditions and ingredients as a pop-up at Nixta Taqueria (see below). And since then, the operation has grown into a full, physical bakery still in the Chestnut neighborhood, serving fantastic conchas, flour tortillas, eggy empanadas, and cakes. Preorders can be placed online.