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Where to Eat in Austin Right Now, March '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 33rd edition of the Eater Austin Heatmap. SXSW is here, and with it comes a number of exciting new dining options: Provencal-inspired wine destination laV, Mark Schmidt's elevated pub far at Blackbird and Henry, and Mexico City antojitos at Licha's Cantina.


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

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

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Provencal-inspired classics. A trio of industry professionals with serious resumes (Babbo, The Little Nell, James Beard semi-finalist) are upping East 7th's dining profile.

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.

Little Barrel And Brown

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[Photo: John R./Yelp]

East Side King

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This mini-chain's first independent brick and mortar outlet is serving up their take on tacos as well as ESK "classics."

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]

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.

Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken

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

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.

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.

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 Provencal-inspired classics. A trio of industry professionals with serious resumes (Babbo, The Little Nell, James Beard semi-finalist) are upping East 7th's dining profile.

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.

Little Barrel And Brown

[Photo: John R./Yelp]

East Side King

This mini-chain's first independent brick and mortar outlet is serving up their take on tacos as well as ESK "classics."

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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