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Happy Easter, Here's Where to Eat Rabbit This Spring

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Spring is here in Austin, and with it comes Easter and its faithful companion, the bunny. While devouring a chocolate bunny ears first is a singular pleasure, the non-chocolate variety is worth trying as well. Spring 2014 offers lots of options to get lapine.

This 2014 rabbit map update adds Wink's rabbit leg confit, a braised rabbit with hay mousse at Barley Swine, and more. Horrified by the words "cooked" and "bunny" together? This map has not one, but two vegan options.

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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. This spring they've brought back their buttermilk rabbit, served this time around with curried sweet potato, radish, and carrot.

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 embraces spring meats like lamb, 'spring chicken' and rabbit. His current take pan-sears the rabbit with malted barley, butternut squash, mustard greens, and tomatillos

4. 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, is one of the restaurant's signature dishes.

5. 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, with a menu featuring game meats as well as more familiar classics. In their mixed grill: venison and rabbit tenders.

6. QUI Restaurant

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1600 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

Qui's ever-changing menu is hard to predict, but their Rabbit 7 Ways was so beloved the staff got matching tattoos. Rabbit is currently on the menu with "hen egg, garden greens, uni bottarga."

7. Cafe Josie

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1200 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 322-9226
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Newly revamped Cafe Josie features a rabbit confit as an appetizer, which includes "whole grain mustard, shaved red onion, parsley salad, crostini"

8. Barley Swine

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2024 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 394-8150
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Any reason is a good reason to enjoy a meal at Bryce Gilmore's flagship. Their tasting menu currently features "braised rabbit, hay mousse, turnips"

9. Wink

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1014 N. Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 482-8868
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[Photo: Clarissa R/Yelp]

10. Red Rabbit Bakery - Mueller Farmers Market

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Mueller Central
Austin, TX 78723

For 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 their trailer at 701 East 53rd Street, or track down their donuts at hippie-friendly cafes and groceries around town.

11. 400 Rabbits

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5701 W Slaughter Ln
Austin, TX 78749
(512) 476-1320
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For those who prefer to drink their rabbit, Alamo Slaughter's bar will serve up tequila and mescal-based cocktails. The name is derived from the Centzon Totochtin (400 Rabbits) of Aztec mythology, who are the gods of drunkenness.

1. Lenoir Austin

1807 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704

Tiny Lenoir on South First serves an ever-changing seasonal menu. This spring they've brought back their buttermilk rabbit, served this time around with curried sweet potato, radish, and carrot.

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 embraces spring meats like lamb, 'spring chicken' and rabbit. His current take pan-sears the rabbit with malted barley, butternut squash, mustard greens, and tomatillos

301 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78701

4. 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, is one of the restaurant's signature dishes.

2027 Anchor Ln
Austin, TX 78723

5. 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, with a menu featuring game meats as well as more familiar classics. In their mixed grill: venison and rabbit tenders.

3509 Ranch Road 620 N
Austin, TX 78734

6. QUI Restaurant

1600 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702

Qui's ever-changing menu is hard to predict, but their Rabbit 7 Ways was so beloved the staff got matching tattoos. Rabbit is currently on the menu with "hen egg, garden greens, uni bottarga."

1600 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

7. Cafe Josie

1200 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78703

Newly revamped Cafe Josie features a rabbit confit as an appetizer, which includes "whole grain mustard, shaved red onion, parsley salad, crostini"

1200 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78703

8. Barley Swine

2024 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

Any reason is a good reason to enjoy a meal at Bryce Gilmore's flagship. Their tasting menu currently features "braised rabbit, hay mousse, turnips"

2024 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

9. Wink

1014 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78703
[Photo: Clarissa R/Yelp]
1014 N. Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78703

10. Red Rabbit Bakery - Mueller Farmers Market

Mueller Central, Austin, TX 78723

For 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 their trailer at 701 East 53rd Street, or track down their donuts at hippie-friendly cafes and groceries around town.

Mueller Central
Austin, TX 78723

11. 400 Rabbits

5701 W Slaughter Ln, Austin, TX 78749

For those who prefer to drink their rabbit, Alamo Slaughter's bar will serve up tequila and mescal-based cocktails. The name is derived from the Centzon Totochtin (400 Rabbits) of Aztec mythology, who are the gods of drunkenness.

5701 W Slaughter Ln
Austin, TX 78749

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