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Where To Eat In Austin Right Now, April '13

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Tipsters, readers, friends and family of Eater Austin always want to know: Where should I eat right now? What are the buzziest new restaurants? What haven't I heard of? What's everyone talking about?

To answer those questions, we present our 22nd edition of the Eater Austin Heatmap, welcoming John Mueller's new east side barbecue trailer and downtown's first ramen shop.


4/4/13: Added: John Mueller Meat Co., Daruma Ramen

3/7/13: Added: Salt & Time, Hi Hat Public House

2/7/13: Added: Michi Ramen, Winflo Osteria, Buzz Mill Coffee/Blue Ox, Josephine House

1/3/13: Added: épicerie, Freedmen's

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Eden East at Springdale Farm

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755 Springdale Road
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 428-6500
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Chef Sonya Coté's name is inextricably associated with the term "locavore" and related buzzwords, and she comes by it honestly. Her new Eden East restaurant—open weekends dinner service and brunch—sources ingredients directly from the surrounding Springdale Farm.

2. Mettle

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507 Calles Street, Govalle Shopping Center
Austin, TX 78702
Mettle, the east side restaurant venture from Bridget "Queen of Rainey Street" Dunlap, opened in early June at the tail-end of East Sixth Street at Calles. Chef Andrew Francisco's menu is diverse—diners will find everything from bone marrow to tacos—but if anyone can pull it off, it's this Olivia veteran.

3. Searsucker

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415 Colorado St
Austin, TX 78701
San Diego cheflebrity Brian Malarkey's first sartorially named Austin venture, Searsucker, is part of his "fabric of social dining" concept, an anything-goes style of eating and drinking, from a menu of "approachable and unpretentious dishes." [Note: Due to a kitchen fire, Searsucker closed briefly during the first week in June, but is set to reopen promptly.]

4. Jeffrey's

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1204 West Lynn
Austin, TX 78703
This nearly forty-year-old Clarksville wine-and-dine institution has been reimagined as a kind of Wes Anderson-meets-Junior League retreat by cheftrepreneur Larry McGuire. Will Austin take to the martini carts, seersucker-clad valets and pricey steak cuts?

5. Pieous

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12005 U.S. 290
Austin, TX 78737
(512) 394-7041
It's easy to tell when a restaurant has been opened with equal parts ambition and love: that's what's up with Joshua Kaner's Pieous, where patrons can find wood-fired pizzas, house-baked bread and a family-friendly atmosphere perfect for southwest Austin.

6. John Mueller Meat Company

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2500 E 6th Street
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 571-6509
Feisty meat cook John Mueller is back in action behind the Kellee's Place dive bar with his new John Mueller Meat Co. truck. Yes, there will be a line. Yes, there will be beer.

7. Daruma Ramen

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612 B E. 6th Street
Austin, TX 78701
This cozy little downtown spot from Komé's Take and Kayo Asazu softly opened in early April, serving a somewhat lighter take on traditional ramen than other noodle shops in town. They're currently the only ramen restaurant in Austin that serves vegan ramen on the regular.

8. Salt & Time

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1912 E 7th Street
Austin, TX 78702
After impressing Austinites with their farmers' market offerings, Salt & Time has finally gone brick-and-mortar on the east side. Grab a hearty sandwich at lunch and take home a nice cut of meat for dinner later on.

9. Epicerie

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2307 Hancock Drive
Austin, TX 78756
(512) 371-6840
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Thomas Keller-trained chef Sarah McIntosh, formerly of Olivia, opened her artisan grocery, cafe and bar to serve the French-Louisiana inspired food she loves making at home with her friends and family.

10. Freedmen's

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2402 San Gabriel St
Austin, TX 78705
Freedmen's features a stunning antique bar, craft cocktails and show-stopping barbecue from pitmaster Evan LeRoy, who smokes everything from brisket to banana pudding.

11. Buzz Mill Coffee

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1505 Town Creek
Austin, TX 78741
The Buzz Mill serves coffee, booze and beer 24 hours a day on up-and-coming East Riverside, while out in the sprawling yard, the Blue Ox barbecue truck serves smoked meats and a see-and-be-seen brunch for the tattoos-and-Ray Bans crowd.

12. Winflo Osteria

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1315 W 6th St.
Austin, TX 78703
This family-owned Italian restaurant serves a "simple, comprehensible" menu of wood-fired pizzas, pastas and classic entrees. If you're thirsty, they offer a selection of all-Italian wines and a variety of "hand-crafted" cocktails.

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1. Eden East at Springdale Farm

755 Springdale Road, Austin, TX 78702
Chef Sonya Coté's name is inextricably associated with the term "locavore" and related buzzwords, and she comes by it honestly. Her new Eden East restaurant—open weekends dinner service and brunch—sources ingredients directly from the surrounding Springdale Farm.
755 Springdale Road
Austin, TX 78702

2. Mettle

507 Calles Street, Govalle Shopping Center, Austin, TX 78702
Mettle, the east side restaurant venture from Bridget "Queen of Rainey Street" Dunlap, opened in early June at the tail-end of East Sixth Street at Calles. Chef Andrew Francisco's menu is diverse—diners will find everything from bone marrow to tacos—but if anyone can pull it off, it's this Olivia veteran.
507 Calles Street, Govalle Shopping Center
Austin, TX 78702

3. Searsucker

415 Colorado St, Austin, TX 78701
San Diego cheflebrity Brian Malarkey's first sartorially named Austin venture, Searsucker, is part of his "fabric of social dining" concept, an anything-goes style of eating and drinking, from a menu of "approachable and unpretentious dishes." [Note: Due to a kitchen fire, Searsucker closed briefly during the first week in June, but is set to reopen promptly.]
415 Colorado St
Austin, TX 78701

4. Jeffrey's

1204 West Lynn, Austin, TX 78703
This nearly forty-year-old Clarksville wine-and-dine institution has been reimagined as a kind of Wes Anderson-meets-Junior League retreat by cheftrepreneur Larry McGuire. Will Austin take to the martini carts, seersucker-clad valets and pricey steak cuts?
1204 West Lynn
Austin, TX 78703

5. Pieous

12005 U.S. 290, Austin, TX 78737
It's easy to tell when a restaurant has been opened with equal parts ambition and love: that's what's up with Joshua Kaner's Pieous, where patrons can find wood-fired pizzas, house-baked bread and a family-friendly atmosphere perfect for southwest Austin.
12005 U.S. 290
Austin, TX 78737

6. John Mueller Meat Company

2500 E 6th Street, Austin, TX 78702
Feisty meat cook John Mueller is back in action behind the Kellee's Place dive bar with his new John Mueller Meat Co. truck. Yes, there will be a line. Yes, there will be beer.
2500 E 6th Street
Austin, TX 78702

7. Daruma Ramen

612 B E. 6th Street, Austin, TX 78701
This cozy little downtown spot from Komé's Take and Kayo Asazu softly opened in early April, serving a somewhat lighter take on traditional ramen than other noodle shops in town. They're currently the only ramen restaurant in Austin that serves vegan ramen on the regular.
612 B E. 6th Street
Austin, TX 78701

8. Salt & Time

1912 E 7th Street, Austin, TX 78702
After impressing Austinites with their farmers' market offerings, Salt & Time has finally gone brick-and-mortar on the east side. Grab a hearty sandwich at lunch and take home a nice cut of meat for dinner later on.
1912 E 7th Street
Austin, TX 78702

9. Epicerie

2307 Hancock Drive, Austin, TX 78756
Thomas Keller-trained chef Sarah McIntosh, formerly of Olivia, opened her artisan grocery, cafe and bar to serve the French-Louisiana inspired food she loves making at home with her friends and family.
2307 Hancock Drive
Austin, TX 78756

10. Freedmen's

2402 San Gabriel St, Austin, TX 78705
Freedmen's features a stunning antique bar, craft cocktails and show-stopping barbecue from pitmaster Evan LeRoy, who smokes everything from brisket to banana pudding.
2402 San Gabriel St
Austin, TX 78705

11. Buzz Mill Coffee

1505 Town Creek, Austin, TX 78741
The Buzz Mill serves coffee, booze and beer 24 hours a day on up-and-coming East Riverside, while out in the sprawling yard, the Blue Ox barbecue truck serves smoked meats and a see-and-be-seen brunch for the tattoos-and-Ray Bans crowd.
1505 Town Creek
Austin, TX 78741

12. Winflo Osteria

1315 W 6th St., Austin, TX 78703
This family-owned Italian restaurant serves a "simple, comprehensible" menu of wood-fired pizzas, pastas and classic entrees. If you're thirsty, they offer a selection of all-Italian wines and a variety of "hand-crafted" cocktails.
1315 W 6th St.
Austin, TX 78703

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