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Olive & June's Justin Rupp on His Favorite Nightcaps

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Olive & June's new Executive Chef Justin Rupp is a veteran of the Austin restaurant scene. Shawn Cirkiel's protégé previously served as chef de cuisine at downtown's parkside, and helped to open neopolitan pizza joint the backspace. He's now moved on to the executive chef position at sister restaurant Olive & June, where he is focusing on Italian flavors and seasonal ingredients.

Eater spoke with Rupp about the most important meal of a chef's day: the nightcap. "I need to unwind a bit after service," he says. "I have problems just sitting down and relaxing - I need to give it time." His late night picks include donuts from the all-night Mrs. Johnson's Bakery, craft beers at The Draught House, and PBR with a shot of Wild Turkey at Barfly's, where the bartenders are friendly and "they really crank the AC."

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1. Misung 888

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911 W Anderson Ln, Ste 114
Austin, TX 78757
(512) 302-5433

Justin's order: the seafood pancake and pork bone soupHis take: "This is a great place to go with the cooks, and sometimes with my girlfriend. They stay open until at least two, sometimes even later if you ask. The pork bone soup comes with chunks of pork still on the bone, set on a table-top burner. My girlfriend works early, so I have to talk her into meeting me here sometimes, but we love it."

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2. Workhorse Bar

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100 N Loop Blvd, Austin, TX 78751
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 323-5700
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Justin's order: the Austin Beerworks seasonal tapHis take: "They close at midnight, so sometimes I don't make it over there in time. But when I do, I always order the Austin Beerworks seasonal. I don't know why - I'm just a creature of habit."

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3. Barfly's

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5420 Airport Blvd
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 452-6455
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Justin's order: PBR & Wild TurkeyHis take: "This is the place I got to the most. It's cheap, and they've got a crankin' AC - it's so cold, it's great. The bartenders are really nice, too."

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4. La Canaria

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Airport Boulevard & East 51st Street
Austin, TX 78751

Justin's order: the barbacoa tacoHis take: "They're only open until eleven, so I don't always get there on time. The barbacoa is really good, and they make their tortillas to order."

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5. Mrs. Johnson's Bakery

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4909 Airport Blvd
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 452-4750
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Justin's order: a large glazed donutHis take: "They're open all night and on my way home from work. They fry up the donuts at 9 or 10 at night, so they're really fresh."

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6. Draught House Pub & Brewery

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4112 Medical Pkwy
Austin, TX 78756
(512) 452-6258
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Justin's order: a growler of "something new every time"His take: "They've got lots of beer, and the bar has a great 'well-used' feel. They change their taps frequently, so I'll pick up whatever catches my eye."

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7. The Jackalope

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404 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 469-5801
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Justin's order: a burger, a PBR, and a shot of wild turkeyHis take: "The Jackalope is the only bar on East 6th I liked to go to. I know the bartenders, plus they have pinball and Big Buck Hunter. It's a little cheaper, and there's no loud bands. It's a great place to chill out after work."

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1. Misung 888

911 W Anderson Ln, Ste 114, Austin, TX 78757

Justin's order: the seafood pancake and pork bone soupHis take: "This is a great place to go with the cooks, and sometimes with my girlfriend. They stay open until at least two, sometimes even later if you ask. The pork bone soup comes with chunks of pork still on the bone, set on a table-top burner. My girlfriend works early, so I have to talk her into meeting me here sometimes, but we love it."

Photo: Jeff W./Yelp

911 W Anderson Ln, Ste 114
Austin, TX 78757

2. Workhorse Bar

100 N Loop Blvd, Austin, TX 78751, Austin, TX 78751

Justin's order: the Austin Beerworks seasonal tapHis take: "They close at midnight, so sometimes I don't make it over there in time. But when I do, I always order the Austin Beerworks seasonal. I don't know why - I'm just a creature of habit."

Photo: Workhorse/Facebook

100 N Loop Blvd, Austin, TX 78751
Austin, TX 78751

3. Barfly's

5420 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78751

Justin's order: PBR & Wild TurkeyHis take: "This is the place I got to the most. It's cheap, and they've got a crankin' AC - it's so cold, it's great. The bartenders are really nice, too."

Photo: Chris M./Yelp

5420 Airport Blvd
Austin, TX 78751

4. La Canaria

Airport Boulevard & East 51st Street, Austin, TX 78751

Justin's order: the barbacoa tacoHis take: "They're only open until eleven, so I don't always get there on time. The barbacoa is really good, and they make their tortillas to order."

Photo: Tracey S./Yelp

Airport Boulevard & East 51st Street
Austin, TX 78751

5. Mrs. Johnson's Bakery

4909 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78751

Justin's order: a large glazed donutHis take: "They're open all night and on my way home from work. They fry up the donuts at 9 or 10 at night, so they're really fresh."

Photo: Mrs. Johnson's/Facebook

4909 Airport Blvd
Austin, TX 78751

6. Draught House Pub & Brewery

4112 Medical Pkwy, Austin, TX 78756

Justin's order: a growler of "something new every time"His take: "They've got lots of beer, and the bar has a great 'well-used' feel. They change their taps frequently, so I'll pick up whatever catches my eye."

Photo: Scott T./Yelp

4112 Medical Pkwy
Austin, TX 78756

7. The Jackalope

404 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701

Justin's order: a burger, a PBR, and a shot of wild turkeyHis take: "The Jackalope is the only bar on East 6th I liked to go to. I know the bartenders, plus they have pinball and Big Buck Hunter. It's a little cheaper, and there's no loud bands. It's a great place to chill out after work."

Photo: Greg D./Yelp

404 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78701

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