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The Resy Hit List: Where In Austin You’ll Want to Eat in June 2024

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There’s no question we hear more often: Where should I go eat? And while we at Resy know it’s an honor to be the friend who everyone asks for restaurant advice, we also know it’s a complicated task. That’s where the Resy Hit List comes in.

We’ve designed it to be your essential resource for dining in and around Austin: a monthly-updated (and now expanded!) guide to the restaurants that you won’t want to miss — tonight or any night.

Four Things In Austin Not to Miss This Month

  • Splash Out: Austin doesn’t wait until the summer solstice to kick off summer. Temperatures will be dangerously close to triple digits most of this month, so be sure to plan ahead on where to stay cool. Book the Carpenter Hotel Pool Pass on Resy for a daycation experience with food and drinks by the pool. If you didn’t plan ahead, Deep Eddy Pool followed by Pool Burger is a solid combination that you can pull off last minute.
  • Blues Clues: The beloved Blues on the Green is back on June 11 and June 12 at Zilker Park. After a brief cancellation scare, the two-day free event is sure to attract a big crowd. Plan ahead and make a Resy at Zoé Tong or their sister food truck Si Baby-Q, which serves Texas barbecue with a Singapore twist, located within earshot of the concert.
  • Support Black-Owned Spots: You don’t need to wait for Juneteenth to dine at some of our favorite Black-owned restaurants. If you’re looking for a sit down meal, make a Resy at The Diner Bar or sit at the bar at Canje. If you want a more casual meal, we love the Distant Relatives barbecue food truck at Meanwhile Brewery.
  • Celebrate Dad: Maybe it’s because it’s Austin or maybe it’s because they are dads, it’s hard not to lean toward meat-heavy options for Father’s Day. Dai Due is ideal for the dads who appreciate the art, science, and history behind the meat and Bartlett’s is nice for the dad who prefers the more classic meats. If you didn’t get a Resy at either spot, Peter Pan Putt Putt followed by Sandy’s Hamburgers is a nostalgic option for the holiday.

New to the Hit List (June 2024)
Carpenter Hotel Pool, Mum Foods, RedFarm, Tiki Tatsu-ya.

1. Bar Toti Cherrywood

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Your first interaction with Bar Toti was probably grabbing a drink there while waiting for a table at sister restaurant Este. But Toti is worth a visit on its own merits. A select few indoor tables, a communal table, and some outdoor spots under twinkling lights make it an intimate spot for a date or catch-up with a good friend. Everything on the small menu delivers. They’re most known for the smashburgesa and Basque cheesecake, but we’ve also loved the tortilla de patata with serrano ham, shrimp al ajillo, and the focaccia with whipped butter. And they still find room to make great cocktails too like the not-sweet-at-all Palmoita with Tequila, vermouth, and Campari; and the Espresso Milano. Since space is limited, be sure to make a Resy in advance.

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2. Birdie’s East Side

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For date night, Birdie’s has established itself recently as the go-to spot — whether you’re crossing town or flying in, given the national attention heaped on owners Tracy Malechek and Arjav Ezekiel. Their menu is slim but thoughtful and changes regularly. The roasted sweet potato with crispy shallots and beef tartare are favorites, and don’t miss the pastas, or the ever-changing large plates of fish and meat. (Snapper with lemon potatoes was a recent satisfying option.) Since quantities are limited and you order at the counter, come early to be sure you don’t have to wait long, or miss out on any star items. But if you hit a long line, enjoy a glass of wine while you wait, and debate what you’re going to order. It’s the Birdie’s way.

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3. RedFarm – ATX Downtown Austin

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This hot spot opened their first location outside of New York in downtown Austin last year. And while we normally try to emphasize local spots, the team put great care into ensuring they can create classic Chinese dishes and craft cocktails for Austin, with a touch of New York cool. The Peking duck served with scallion pancakes and dipping sauces is a crowd pleaser and incredibly filling. If you want to order more variety, try the pastrami egg rolls, Chinese broccoli and shitake mushrooms, barbecued beef fried rice, and anything that comes in dumpling form. You can sit up at the bar or get a table inside or on their patio to enjoy what is sure to be an impressive meal.

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4. Fonda San Miguel North Austin

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For almost 50 years, Fonda San Miguel has been serving authentic Mexican food, and only gotten better with age. We love hanging out in the bar area for calamari or queso fundido appetizers and the El Rey cocktail (reposado Tequila, whiskey, and mole bitters) or a margarita.

The dining room experience remains as welcoming and warm as our first visit. The cochinita pibil is among Fonda’s most famous dishes, but we also love the carne asada or any of the vegetarian tostadas. Close out your meal with the tres leches or flan and a cafe de olla made with cinnamon, brown sugar, and clove, and remember how deep Austin’s legacy of Mexican cooking runs.

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5. Kemuri Tatsu-ya Holly

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Fans of Ramen Tatsu-ya will want to make a beeline for the team’s latest expansion. Here, the menu blends Japanese and Texas influences with items like taiyaki cornbread, tebasaki wings, and “guaca-poke” with tuna, wasabi, and guacamole. Bright tiki-style cocktails add to the fun ambiance. But don’t let the playful menu fool you into thinking the Tastu-ya team isn’t serious; this is a formula they know how to finesse perfectly. The BBQ tsukemen brisket ramen and pork ribs are full of flavor. You’ll want to make a Resy, to ensure you can settle right into a table and spend your time poring over the menu with your crew.

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6. La Barbecue East Austin

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Everyone in Austin has a favorite barbecue spot. Ours is La Barbecue: it’s among the best in Texas, and doesn’t require you to wait in a super-long line. Run by LeAnn Mueller of the famous Mueller family and her wife Ali, this is a casual lunch option where you can order meat by the pound or a specialty sandwich if you’d prefer. Let your eyes and nose guide you, but the brisket, sausage, and beef rib (when it’s available) are what make La Barbecue famous. No reservations here, so come early and wait in line to eat at one of the picnic tables.

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7. Dai Due East Austin-Cherrywood

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The team at Dai Due focuses on sourcing the freshest vegetables and organic meats for their creative menu. Even their wine and beer list is local, with options from Marfa to Hye. You can feel the level of care they put into each dish, with details like caramelized fennel-mandarin whipped lard that comes with grilled sourdough and red wine-pickled blueberries accompanied by stuffed quail. The menu rotates based on what’s in season, but you can usually find the antelope and aged wagyu burger, perhaps the most underrated burger in Austin.

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8. Mattie’s Bouldin Creek

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Set on an historic property with roaming peacocks, Mattie’s makes for the ideal backdrop for impressing your parents or just a quiet meal. They are open for brunch and dinner with plenty of in and outdoor seating, but the restaurant is an Austin favorite, so make your Resy in advance. Try the little gem wedge salad, bone-in pork chop with collard greens and all of the sides. For brunch, the Milk Punch French Toast will make you feel special and the biscuits and gravy will make you feel happy and full.

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9. Kinfolk Downtown Austin

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Moonshine has long been serving bar patrons and diners downtown for years. But what most of those folks don’t know is that there is a library and lounge built in 1850 downstairs. The space is intimate, which makes for a great date spot or a locale for someone you actually want to talk to. And the drinks are reminiscent of what the coolest librarian ever might serve. We prefer the classic cocktails like a Manhattan, martini, or whiskey sour, but the staff is incredibly knowledgeable, so you may be inspired to go with the librarian’s choice.

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10. Two Hands Austin South Congress

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South Congress is now home to many transplants — tech bros, boutiques, and more. While some are more welcome than others (we’re not naming names) this cafe offshoot from New York provides an important coffee window for the many folks passing by — and a solid breakfast, lunch, and dinner, too. Their Australian Brekky options are some of our favorites, like the tomato toast with prosciutto and poached egg, or smashed avo toast with pickled shallots and Fresno chiles. Dinner includes healthy options like the miso mushroom bowl or salmon green curry. The patio is both dog- and kid-friendly, so bring your favorite small or furry companions.

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11. LeRoy and Lewis South Austin

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LeRoy and Lewis has long been a favorite food truck at Cosmic Coffee. It received accolades from Texas Monthly and The New York Times for serving more than the typical Texas barbecue items. Now they expanded their menu and space in a brick-and-mortar spot in South Austin. They offer sliced or chopped beef and a variety of sausages, as well as (gasp!) smoked vegetables. Options also include three burgers all with different kinds of meat, and a smoked Italian beef sandwich with giardiniera. And while you may have had Big Red with your barbecue, they have a frozen Big Red Sangria. A full bar offers beer, wine, and many cocktail options to sip on while you wait in line to order.

Find more info here.

12. Eldorado Cafe North Central

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When seeking out the best Tex-Mex in Austin, you’re going to get strong and often opposing opinions and a range of options from a taco truck to fine dining. Eldorado is perfectly in the middle. Their Mexican breakfast is casual, but you feel like you’re in the right place for Tex-Mex. Huevos rancheros, Short rib machacado and even just the Daily Texan with eggs, bacon, hash and a biscuit — it’s all fresh and filling. We also like the crispy tacos for lunch or the enchiladas verde for dinner. Take a tub of your favorite of their salsas to-go too — they are that good. We’re not alone with the opinion of how great this spot is, so get a Resy so you can sit down right away.

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13. Paperboy East Side

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A busy brunch spot can be a good indication of people looking for an excuse to drink at breakfast — or revealing their inability to flip a fried egg. Whichever it is, Austinites trust Paperboy with their brunch needs. Sweeter dishes like cinnamon toast with whipped mascarpone or the pancake with brown butter and blueberries are totally appropriate to eat as your meal. But heartier options like the hash with pork and sweet potato or healthier options like kale salad are just as satisfying. There’s a small indoor space, patio, and a big rooftop, all of which are usually full (so put your ask in early).

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14. Nixta Taqueria Chestnut

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It’s hard to stand out in a taco town like Austin, but James Beard award-winning chef Edgar Rico and his wife Sara Mardanbigi found a way. Their tacos are a blend of traditional Mexican ingredients and flavors with a more modern American twist like the duck carnitas taco or the beet tartare taco. It’s casual, so you can walk-up, wait in a (hopefully) short line, and eat at their picnic tables out back. And if you want the ultimate experience, you can book their taco omakase to get multiple off-menu tacos and dessert.

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15. Tiki Tatsu-ya South Lamar

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Tiki Tatsuya is somewhat nondescript from the outside, but when you step in, you’ll immediately feel like you’re on vacation and the bartender is your BFF. The focus here is more on the drinks than the food compared to the other Tatsuya restaurants, so we recommend getting a Resy at night and ordering the Painkiller with rum and shiro-miso coconut cream or the Strip ‘n Go Naked with gin, tangerine, and yuzu lager. If you’re hungry, order the Pu Pu Platter to sample their wings, skewers, ribs, crab lagoon, and other snacks.

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16. Mum Foods Windsor Park

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Mum Foods won over many hearts and stomachs with their stands at the local farmer’s markets. They offer even more at their brick and mortar spot in Windsor Park, which deserves a spot on best barbecue in Austin and best sandwich in Austin lists. On the barbecue side, be sure to get some pork ribs or the pastrami which is great on its own and most famous in sandwich form. On the deli side, the matzo ball soup is the best in town with a light and fluffy matzo ball, perfectly balanced broth, and lots of fresh dill. They offer walk-in counter service, so arrive early to avoid lines or missing any of their most popular items.

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17. Fresa’s – South First Travis Heights

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Fresa’s is our go-to spot for a really strong weekday meal or a more casual weekend margarita-filled one. If you don’t want to share, the Power Bol with chicken, sweet potato, chickpeas and roasted cauliflower is perfectly portioned for just you. If you want to make a Resy for a bigger group, they have a huge patio that is very kid-friendly. The sharable menu options work great for groups like the chimichurri skirt steak or the achiote chicken. The group meals come with sides of charro beans, rice and tortillas to fully outfit the meal for everyone.

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18. Carpenter Hotel Pool Austin

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For most locals or visitors, access to a pool that’s not overcrowded during Austin summer months is hard to come by. When you see the forecast looking like nothing but sun, plan ahead for a perfect Austin daycation by booking a Resy for the Carpenter Hotel pool. Your spot will get you access to swim and poolside service in case you get hungry or thirsty. Try their Club Sammie and pool spritz. And if you’re feeling like more of a sit down meal, grab another Resy to eat inside in their restaurant or on the patio.

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19. Con Todo Domain

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Tucked away at Celis Brewery, find one of Austin’s most celebrated food trucks. Don’t come here expecting a boring bean and cheese taco. These authentic tacos are Rio Grande Valley style, which means corn tortillas topped with onion and cilantro, and meats like barbacoa and carne asada. Try the bistec Matamoros with grilled onions, queso fresco, and guacamole and the pollo en mole and be sure to try all the salsas depending on your appreciation of that kind of heat. There’s great history and technique behind the tacos at Con Todo, so be sure to make time to chat with the folks taking your order — assuming the line isn’t huge behind you.

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20. Suerte East Austin

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Of all the Resys you might be trying to get, the Suerte Resy is among the most coveted. This East Side spot from chef Fermin Nunez serves fancier Mexican food, is equipped with a full bar, and is always packed. They are most known for the Suadero tacos made with wagyu brisket and black magic oil, but everything on the menu has been known to impress. Hamachi crudo a la their sister restaurant Este, carnitas and sweet potatoes with lime aioli are some of the other stand-outs. And don’t sleep on that brunch Resy. They serve many of the dishes already mentioned during the day, as well as a smoked salmon tostada, brisket hash and other brunch favorites.

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