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Where to Eat in Austin Right Now, February '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 32th edition of the Eater Austin Heatmap. January was a huge month for openings, so check out all of Austin's exciting new dining options before the SXSW hoards descend: Shawn Cirkiel's chavez and the triumphant return of Titaya's, as well as affordable New American at The Hightower, elevated pub fare at Porter Ale House, and classic fried chicken at Gus's.



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

8/1/13: Added: Bufalina, Arro, The Dojo / Dropped: Buzz Mill, Freedmen's, Epicerie

7/11/13: Added: Qui, Barlata / Dropped: Pieous, Winflo Osteria

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Titaya's Thai Cuisine

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5501 N Lamar Blvd, Ste C101
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 458-1792
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One of January's biggest openings is actually a reopening. This most beloved and elusive of Thai restaurants has made a triumphant return with a new menu and updated space.

[Photo: Mike Lyons/Twitter]

2. In-N-Out Burger

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4508 N I-35
Austin, TX
(800) 786-1000
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Love or hate this California import, its official opening has burned up the city. Get a double-double animal style and order the fries extra crispy.

3. Xian Sushi & Noodle

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1801 E 51st St C370
Austin, TX 78723
(512) 469-7878
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Food options continue to grow in and around the Mueller development. This casual spot specializes in hand-pulled noodles, and they also offer sushi rolls because, hey, why not.

4. Royers Pie Haven

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2900 Guadalupe Street
Austin, TX 78705
The Austin outpost of Royers Round Top Cafe is serving up their famous pie goodness with enthusiasm. They also feature options like pie muffins and pie shakes.

5. The Hightower

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1209 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702
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.

6. Kebabalicious

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450 7th Street
Austin, TX 78728
(512) 468-1065
The crazy-popular kebab trailer worked on their brick and mortar location for over a year and a half. They finally opened their doors with kebabs, falafel, and live music for all.

7. Due Forni

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106 E Sixth St
Austin, TX 78701
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.

8. Chavez

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111 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 478-9611
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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.

9. Little Barrel And Brown

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1716 South Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78704
This New American restaurant has quietly opened in the former Woodland space on South Congress. The team behind nearby Botticelli's partnered with the Woodland owners to serve up casual fare, and yes, there's no longer a tree in the middle of the dining room.

[Photo: John R./Yelp]

10. Odd Duck

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1201 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
Fall's biggest opening dropped in the season's last hours, but it's finally here. 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.

11. East Side King

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2310 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 383-8382
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This long-anticipated branch of East Side King opened its doors on December 26. The mini-chain's first independent outlet is serving up their take on tacos as well as ESK "classics."

12. Schmidt Family Barbecue

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3812 Market Street
Bee Cave, TX 78738
The family behind iconic Lockhart barbecue restaurants Smitty's and Kreuz Market have brought the brisket goodness to Bee Cave.

13. Porter Ale House

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715 South 1st Ste A
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 291-6299
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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.

14. Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken

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117 San Jacinto Blvd
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 474-4877
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This cultishly loved Tennessee import's first Texas location is serving up fried chicken, sides, and pies downtown.

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1. Titaya's Thai Cuisine

5501 N Lamar Blvd, Ste C101, Austin, TX 78751
One of January's biggest openings is actually a reopening. This most beloved and elusive of Thai restaurants has made a triumphant return with a new menu and updated space.

[Photo: Mike Lyons/Twitter]

5501 N Lamar Blvd, Ste C101
Austin, TX 78751

2. In-N-Out Burger

4508 N I-35, Austin, TX
Love or hate this California import, its official opening has burned up the city. Get a double-double animal style and order the fries extra crispy.
4508 N I-35
Austin, TX

3. Xian Sushi & Noodle

1801 E 51st St C370, Austin, TX 78723
Food options continue to grow in and around the Mueller development. This casual spot specializes in hand-pulled noodles, and they also offer sushi rolls because, hey, why not.
1801 E 51st St C370
Austin, TX 78723

4. Royers Pie Haven

2900 Guadalupe Street, Austin, TX 78705
The Austin outpost of Royers Round Top Cafe is serving up their famous pie goodness with enthusiasm. They also feature options like pie muffins and pie shakes.
2900 Guadalupe Street
Austin, TX 78705

5. The Hightower

1209 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702
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.
1209 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702

6. Kebabalicious

450 7th Street, Austin, TX 78728
The crazy-popular kebab trailer worked on their brick and mortar location for over a year and a half. They finally opened their doors with kebabs, falafel, and live music for all.
450 7th Street
Austin, TX 78728

7. Due Forni

106 E Sixth St, Austin, TX 78701
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.
106 E Sixth St
Austin, TX 78701

8. Chavez

111 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78701
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.
111 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78701

9. Little Barrel And Brown

1716 South Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78704
This New American restaurant has quietly opened in the former Woodland space on South Congress. The team behind nearby Botticelli's partnered with the Woodland owners to serve up casual fare, and yes, there's no longer a tree in the middle of the dining room.

[Photo: John R./Yelp]

1716 South Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78704

10. Odd Duck

1201 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
Fall's biggest opening dropped in the season's last hours, but it's finally here. 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.
1201 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

11. East Side King

2310 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
This long-anticipated branch of East Side King opened its doors on December 26. The mini-chain's first independent outlet is serving up their take on tacos as well as ESK "classics."
2310 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

12. Schmidt Family Barbecue

3812 Market Street, Bee Cave, TX 78738
The family behind iconic Lockhart barbecue restaurants Smitty's and Kreuz Market have brought the brisket goodness to Bee Cave.
3812 Market Street
Bee Cave, TX 78738

13. Porter Ale House

715 South 1st Ste A, Austin, TX 78704
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.
715 South 1st Ste A
Austin, TX 78704

14. Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken

117 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701
This cultishly loved Tennessee import's first Texas location is serving up fried chicken, sides, and pies downtown.
117 San Jacinto Blvd
Austin, TX 78701

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