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Where to Eat in Austin Right Now, April '14

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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, behold the 34th edition of the Eater Austin Heatmap. Spring has sprung, and with it comes a wealth of new restaurants: the long-anticipated Central Austin Noble Sandwich Co., new school American Chinese at A-OK Chinese, rooftop burgers at The Silo on 7th, Tex Mex burgers and beer at El Chile's new cantina El Sapo, zen garden sushi at 'traileraunt' Kyoten, and a brick and mortar G'Raj Mahal.


04/03/14: Added: Noble Sandwich Co., A-OK Chinese, The Silo on 7th, Kyoten, G'raj Mahal, El Sapo / Dropped: In-N-Out Burger, Little Barrel and Brown, East Side King South Lamar

03/06/14: Added: laV, Licha's Cantina, Blackbird and Henry / Dropped: Kebabalicious, Schmidt Family Barbecue, Royers Pie Haven, Xian Sushi and Noodle

02/06/14: Added: Porter Ale House, The Hightower, chavez, Titaya's, Gus's Fried Chicken / Dropped: No Va, Curly's Carolina, TX, Lucy's Fried Chicken, Winebelly, Tapasitas

01/02/14: Added: Odd Duck, East Side King South Lamar, Little Barrel & Brown, Xian Sushi and Noodle / Dropped: Qui, Greenhouse Craft Food, Goodall's Kitchen and Bar, Bufalina, Arro

12/5/13: Added: In-N-Out Burger, Due Forni, Curly's Carolina, TX, Tapasitas/ Dropped: Barlata, School House Pub, The ABGB, Haymaker, Wright Bros. Brew & Brew

11/7/13: Added: Greenhouse Craft Food, Kebabalicious, Royer's Pie Haven, Schmidt Family Barbecue / Dropped: The Dojo

10/3/13: Added: Haymaker, Goodall's; Wright Bros. Brew & Brew; Lucy's on Burnet / Dropped: Eden East; Mettle; Searsucker

9/5/13: Added: NO VA, School House Pub, The ABGB, Winebelly / Dropped: Jeffrey's, John Mueller Meat Co., Salt & Time, Daruma Ramen

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Titaya's Thai Cuisine

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Noble Sandwich Company

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After a long wait, central Austin finally has a Noble Sandwiches to call its own. Six new sandwiches and an expanded breakfast menu has made this the new daytime hotness. The original Northwest Austin shop has garnered national praise for chefs John Bates and Brandon Martinez.

Blackbird and Henry

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Chef Mark Schmidt first made waves at Marble Fall's Cafe 909, and his new venture mixes classics from that restaurant and British pub influences.

El Sapo

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El Chile switcheroos the old Flat Top Burger Shop with El Sapo, a cantina focused on casual dining and local beers. They still have lots of burger options, now with a Tex Mex twist.

Due Forni

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This Vegas-based restaurant focuses on pizzas executed in both the Neapolitan and Roman styles. They also have a serious wine list and import many of their meats and cheeses from Italy.

Shawn Cirkiel's newest restaurant features a Southwestern-inspired menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the Radisson. Architect Michael Hsu transformed the former TGI Friday's space into a lake-view stunner.

G'Raj Mahal Cafe

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Popular Indian trailer G'raj Mahal has gone brick and mortar on Rainey Street. They feature two patios and newly introduced wine and beer service.

Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken

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This cultishly loved Tennessee import's first Texas location is serving up fried chicken, sides, and pies downtown.

The Silo On 7th

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This long-in-the-works East Austin project opened over SXSW. They're serving inventive burgers and offer a sunset happy hour to show off their rooftop views.

The Hightower

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This new restaurant from the former chef and GM of the shuttered El Arbol aims to bring affordable New American to the east side. Their roasted chickpeas and pork jowl are already garnering buzz.

This hotly anticipated new restaurant is very, very serious about wine and serves a menu of Provencal-inspired classics. The female power trio running front and back of the house boast impressive resumes (Babbo, The Little Nell, James Beard semi-finalist), and are poised to up East 7th's dining profile.

This sushi trailer occupies its own lot, which they transformed into a "zen garden" complete with lots of picnic tables. Chefs Otto Phan and Leo Rodriguez have worked in high-end kitchens like Nobu and Uchi, as well as Ramen Tatsu-Ya. They're serving sustainable and high-quality fish, too.

Licha's Cantina

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Cazuelas and mezcal are on the menu crafted by longtime industry veteran Daniel Brooks. The Mexico City native worked a quick swicheroo in the old Papi Tino's space.

Odd Duck

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Bryce Gilmore's brick and mortar reimagining of his famous trailer features a huge open kitchen and lots of homey touches like mismatched plates and country kitsch on the walls. Check out the chicken fried egg, kholrabi soup, and the whole roast chicken.

A-OK Chinese

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Former Drafthouse executive chef John Bullington and industry veteran Jerry Reid unleashed American Chinese food on South Lamar this month. They've been packed since their soft opening.

Porter Ale House

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A neighborhood pub for a burgeoning section of South First, Porter's menu includes a burger, pierogis, and spaghetti and meatballs. They also feature thirty beers on tap.

Titaya's Thai Cuisine

[Photo: Mike Lyons/Twitter]

Noble Sandwich Company

After a long wait, central Austin finally has a Noble Sandwiches to call its own. Six new sandwiches and an expanded breakfast menu has made this the new daytime hotness. The original Northwest Austin shop has garnered national praise for chefs John Bates and Brandon Martinez.

Blackbird and Henry

Chef Mark Schmidt first made waves at Marble Fall's Cafe 909, and his new venture mixes classics from that restaurant and British pub influences.

El Sapo

El Chile switcheroos the old Flat Top Burger Shop with El Sapo, a cantina focused on casual dining and local beers. They still have lots of burger options, now with a Tex Mex twist.

Due Forni

This Vegas-based restaurant focuses on pizzas executed in both the Neapolitan and Roman styles. They also have a serious wine list and import many of their meats and cheeses from Italy.

Chavez

Shawn Cirkiel's newest restaurant features a Southwestern-inspired menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the Radisson. Architect Michael Hsu transformed the former TGI Friday's space into a lake-view stunner.

G'Raj Mahal Cafe

Popular Indian trailer G'raj Mahal has gone brick and mortar on Rainey Street. They feature two patios and newly introduced wine and beer service.

Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken

This cultishly loved Tennessee import's first Texas location is serving up fried chicken, sides, and pies downtown.

The Silo On 7th

This long-in-the-works East Austin project opened over SXSW. They're serving inventive burgers and offer a sunset happy hour to show off their rooftop views.

The Hightower

This new restaurant from the former chef and GM of the shuttered El Arbol aims to bring affordable New American to the east side. Their roasted chickpeas and pork jowl are already garnering buzz.

La V

This hotly anticipated new restaurant is very, very serious about wine and serves a menu of Provencal-inspired classics. The female power trio running front and back of the house boast impressive resumes (Babbo, The Little Nell, James Beard semi-finalist), and are poised to up East 7th's dining profile.

Kyoten

This sushi trailer occupies its own lot, which they transformed into a "zen garden" complete with lots of picnic tables. Chefs Otto Phan and Leo Rodriguez have worked in high-end kitchens like Nobu and Uchi, as well as Ramen Tatsu-Ya. They're serving sustainable and high-quality fish, too.

Licha's Cantina

Cazuelas and mezcal are on the menu crafted by longtime industry veteran Daniel Brooks. The Mexico City native worked a quick swicheroo in the old Papi Tino's space.

Odd Duck

Bryce Gilmore's brick and mortar reimagining of his famous trailer features a huge open kitchen and lots of homey touches like mismatched plates and country kitsch on the walls. Check out the chicken fried egg, kholrabi soup, and the whole roast chicken.

A-OK Chinese

Former Drafthouse executive chef John Bullington and industry veteran Jerry Reid unleashed American Chinese food on South Lamar this month. They've been packed since their soft opening.

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Porter Ale House

A neighborhood pub for a burgeoning section of South First, Porter's menu includes a burger, pierogis, and spaghetti and meatballs. They also feature thirty beers on tap.

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