Southwestern Cuisine at its Best

By , Local Expert, Austin
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In the last decade, the Austin restaurant scene has transformed from cooking up great Tex-Mex to major player in the international culinary scene. Some big names have moved in and opened up successful restaurants, but still maintaining Austin’s unique flavor. The city has proved to be an excellent canvas for a young chef and some of the most creative chefs in the country can be found working in unassuming converted bungalows and downtown warehouses. 

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    • Cuisine: Asian, Japanese, Sushi
    • Average Main Course Price: $20
    • Neighborhood: Barton Springs District

    Local Expert Tip: "Be sure to try everything and let your server take you on a tour. Make sure the Walu Walu is one of your stops along the way."

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    Eddie V's Edgewater Grille

    Local Expert Tip: "Order the Chilean Seabass Hong Kong style."

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    Perla's Seafood & Oyster Bar

    • Cuisine: Continental, Seafood
    • Average Main Course Price: $30
    • Neighborhood: South Congress Avenue

    Local Expert Tip: "Request a seat outside under the Oak tree shaded patio."

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    FINO Restaurant, Patio & Bar

    Local Expert Tip: "Order the small plates to enjoy tastes around the globe."

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    Congress Restaurant

    Local Expert Tip: "Have a drink at Second Bar + Kitchen which is the more casual side of Congress before heading over to dinner."

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    • Cuisine: European, Italian
    • Average Main Course Price: $23
    • Neighborhood: South Congress Avenue

    Local Expert Tip: "This is Austin, but you probably want to change out of your T-Shirt, shorts, and flip flops before visiting Vespaio."

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    Local Expert Tip: "Be sure to order a side of the parkside fries."

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    Paggi House

    • Cuisine: American
    • Neighborhood: Barton Springs District

    Local Expert Tip: "Have a drink on Austin's best patio before dinner."

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    Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill

    Local Expert Tip: "Order the Green Chile Macaroni as a starter for your table."

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    Franklin Barbecue

    Every day since Franklin Barbecue opened for business as a modest food trailer in 2009, it has sold out of...  Read more »



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