One of our favorite things about the Austin dining scene is that it’s simultaneously laid-back and elevated. Take a place like Odd Duck, a well-established heavy hitter known for inventive, locally sourced cuisine, which got its start as a trailer. Or Lucky Robot, a restaurant that’s been recognized by the James Beard Foundation for its leadership in the sustainable sushi movement. Look at their playful interior, in which diners can opt to sit on swings, and you can tell: They don’t take themselves too seriously.
Your Resy Hit List for August is full of restaurants that expand the mold and defy expectations. They run the gamut in terms of cuisine and atmosphere, but these places all have one thing in common: great food and drinks.