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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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Titaya's Thai Cuisine

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[Photo: Mike Lyons/Twitter]

In-N-Out Burger

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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.

Xian Sushi & Noodle

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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.

Royers Pie Haven

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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.

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.

Kebabalicious

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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.

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.

Little Barrel And Brown

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Odd Duck

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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.

East Side King

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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."

Schmidt Family Barbecue

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

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.

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.

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Titaya's Thai Cuisine

[Photo: Mike Lyons/Twitter]

In-N-Out Burger

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.

Xian Sushi & Noodle

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.

Royers Pie Haven

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.

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.

Kebabalicious

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.

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.

Little Barrel And Brown

[Photo: John R./Yelp]

Odd Duck

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.

East Side King

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."

Schmidt Family Barbecue

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

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.

Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken

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

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