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Happy Easter, Here's Where To Eat Rabbit In Austin

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Ignore that cold snap: spring is here, and with it Easter and that ubiquitous bunny. While there's a certain charm to decimating a chocolate rabbit from ears to toes, actual rabbits make mighty tasty spring fare as well, and there are plenty of menus in Austin on which you'll find them.

While Parkside is known for its oysters, chef Shawn Cirkiel serves a grilled Hill Country rabbit at his downtown restaurant, and Todd Duplechan, chef at seasonally-focused Lenoir, is currently serving a rabbit curry. And of course, there's Hudson's On The Bend's notable venison and rabbit tenders, and the rabbit and dumplings at Contigo, a dish that helped establish Andrew Wiseheart's reputation as a formidable chef-about-town.

Horrified by this callous approach to lapine dining? We even included a vegan option on our map.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Lenoir Austin

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1807 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704
Tiny Lenoir on South First serves an ever-changing seasonal menu that, this spring, just so happens to feature a buttermilk rabbit served with curry potato, carrots and sunchoke.

2. Frank Restaurant

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407 Colorado St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 494-6894
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Frank's "Jackalope" sausage isn't music to large, furry ears, but it is to ours: "custom-made smoked antelope, rabbit, and pork sausage, cranberry compote, sriracha aioli, cheddar."

3. Parkside

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301 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 474-9898
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Parkside is known for its oysters, but chef Shawn Cirkiel's got game, too, serving a grilled Hill Country rabbit torchon with roasted carrots, green garlic spaetzle, carrot puree crema and a red wine vinaigrette.

4. Olive & June

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3411 Glenview Ave
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 467-9899
Another take on rabbit from chef Shawk Cirkiel: grilled rabbit with spinach, raisins, braised salsify and farro.

5. Contigo Austin

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2027 Anchor Ln
Austin, TX 78723
(512) 614-2260
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Chef Andrew Wiseheart's simple, flavorful rabbit and dumplings, a lapine take on the Southern comfort classic chicken and dumplings, has become a menu staple.

6. Hudson's on the Bend

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3509 Ranch Road 620 N
Austin, TX 78734
(512) 266-1369
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Hudson's on the Bend has been serving gorgeous food in the gorgeous Lake Travis area for decades, but that doesn't mean they're not game for anything. On the menu: venison and rabbit tenders, fresh off the grill.

7. Olivia

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2043 S. Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
Chef James Holmes is one of Austin's leading culinary experts in the art of upscale, down-home cooking, and at Olivia, he's serving poussin over rabbit & goat dirty rice.

8. Peche

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208 W. 4th St.
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 495-9669
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If you're fancying a rather fancier rabbit-and-dumplings experience than the one at patio-casual Contigo, consider trying the dish at Prohibition-esque Peché downtown.

9. Cipollina West Austin Bistro‎

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1213 West Lynn St.
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 477-5211
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This stylish Clarksville bistro serves a rabbit risotto with a parsley purée and glazed carrots, but the more adventurous diners should go for the rabbit bacon, served a la carte.

10. Paggi House

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200 Lee Barton Dr.
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 473-3700
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Spring is the perfect time of year for dining on the Paggi House patio. Currently on the menu: "rabbits and onions," with green onion mash, kale, carmelized cippolini, shallot chips and a rabbit jus.

11. Red Rabbit Bakery - Mueller Farmers Market

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Mueller Central
Austin, TX 78723
Okay, we'll toss one out to the non-animal-consuming crowd: the worker-owned Red Rabbit Bakery makes some of the finest donuts in town, and won't anyone even mind that they're vegan. Find them at the Mueller market on Sundays.

1. Lenoir Austin

1807 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704
Tiny Lenoir on South First serves an ever-changing seasonal menu that, this spring, just so happens to feature a buttermilk rabbit served with curry potato, carrots and sunchoke.
1807 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704

2. Frank Restaurant

407 Colorado St, Austin, TX 78701
Frank's "Jackalope" sausage isn't music to large, furry ears, but it is to ours: "custom-made smoked antelope, rabbit, and pork sausage, cranberry compote, sriracha aioli, cheddar."
407 Colorado St
Austin, TX 78701

3. Parkside

301 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701
Parkside is known for its oysters, but chef Shawn Cirkiel's got game, too, serving a grilled Hill Country rabbit torchon with roasted carrots, green garlic spaetzle, carrot puree crema and a red wine vinaigrette.
301 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78701

4. Olive & June

3411 Glenview Ave, Austin, TX 78703
Another take on rabbit from chef Shawk Cirkiel: grilled rabbit with spinach, raisins, braised salsify and farro.
3411 Glenview Ave
Austin, TX 78703

5. Contigo Austin

2027 Anchor Ln, Austin, TX 78723
Chef Andrew Wiseheart's simple, flavorful rabbit and dumplings, a lapine take on the Southern comfort classic chicken and dumplings, has become a menu staple.
2027 Anchor Ln
Austin, TX 78723

6. Hudson's on the Bend

3509 Ranch Road 620 N, Austin, TX 78734
Hudson's on the Bend has been serving gorgeous food in the gorgeous Lake Travis area for decades, but that doesn't mean they're not game for anything. On the menu: venison and rabbit tenders, fresh off the grill.
3509 Ranch Road 620 N
Austin, TX 78734

7. Olivia

2043 S. Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
Chef James Holmes is one of Austin's leading culinary experts in the art of upscale, down-home cooking, and at Olivia, he's serving poussin over rabbit & goat dirty rice.
2043 S. Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

8. Peche

208 W. 4th St., Austin, TX 78701
If you're fancying a rather fancier rabbit-and-dumplings experience than the one at patio-casual Contigo, consider trying the dish at Prohibition-esque Peché downtown.
208 W. 4th St.
Austin, TX 78701

9. Cipollina West Austin Bistro‎

1213 West Lynn St., Austin, TX 78703
This stylish Clarksville bistro serves a rabbit risotto with a parsley purée and glazed carrots, but the more adventurous diners should go for the rabbit bacon, served a la carte.
1213 West Lynn St.
Austin, TX 78703

10. Paggi House

200 Lee Barton Dr., Austin, TX 78704
Spring is the perfect time of year for dining on the Paggi House patio. Currently on the menu: "rabbits and onions," with green onion mash, kale, carmelized cippolini, shallot chips and a rabbit jus.
200 Lee Barton Dr.
Austin, TX 78704

11. Red Rabbit Bakery - Mueller Farmers Market

Mueller Central, Austin, TX 78723
Okay, we'll toss one out to the non-animal-consuming crowd: the worker-owned Red Rabbit Bakery makes some of the finest donuts in town, and won't anyone even mind that they're vegan. Find them at the Mueller market on Sundays.
Mueller Central
Austin, TX 78723

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