September 22, 2017 at 11:13 am
post by Paula Forbes


Image courtesy of Juliet Italian Kitchen.

Labor Day has come and gone, school is back in session. While it’s not exactly cool out just yet, you can imagine the possibility of sweater weather. In other words, fall—or its Central Texas equivalent—is here, and it’s time to get back to dining like you mean it. Behind on your hot tables after a lazy summer? Don’t worry, the Resy Hit List is your Dining 101 for fall in Austin. Let’s get you back in the game, shall we?

1/Kemuri Tatsu-ya
2/Batch
3/Kome
4/Holy Roller
5/Nickel City/Delray Cafe
6/Eldorado Cafe
7/Juliet Italian Kitchen
8/Bao’d Up
9/Bonhomie
10/Phoebe’s Diner
Bonus/Austin-Bergstrom International Airport: Second, I Vini, Salt Lick

1/Kemuri Tatsu-Ya
Because the shine just keeps coming. Austin’s favorite new twist on barbecue just got some  love from Bon Appetit, which named it one of the country’s 10 best new restaurants of the year. The magazine praised the izakaya/barbecue mashup for its “fearlessness” with dishes like squid (marinated in its own guts). The stars here are the smoked fish and meats (get the mackerel!), as well as a deep Japanese whiskey list. // Holly. Book now at Kemuri Tatsu-ya.

2/Batch
Because the only thing better than a kolache is a kolache paired with a great craft beer. Batch is now open just south of Mueller, and it boasts Czech treats made with Micklethwait barbecue, local fruit, and much more. Oh— it also has one of Austin’s few mix-and-match six pack operations. A lovely beer garden, what more do you need? // East MLK. Walk-ins only.

3/Kome
Get your sushi fix at the original location while you still can. Wrangle a group and sample both sushi and izakaya-style grilled meat and seafood. Flying solo? As always, the lunch specials are a great deal. //Ridgetop. Book now at Kome.

4/Holy Roller
Because after years of killing it at other restaurants around town, chef Callie Speer has her own show. Holy Roller is a brunch-all-day situation that veers fancy-diner and features such treats as migas kolache, mini pizzas called “Struggle Snacks,” and a brunchy burger topped with ham, hashbrowns, and a fried egg. And since it has the same menu all day, brunch is served whenever you manage to recover from the night before. //West Sixth. Walk-ins only.

5/Nickel City/Delray Cafe
Because after a long week, sometimes you just want a proper Old Fashioned and a hot dog. Or a couple of boilermakers—your call. This bar-and-food combo truck – from the folks behind Detroit-style pizzeria Via 313 – is in the former Longbranch Inn space and it pays homage to its predecessor  with some serious nods to dive bars (but, you know, alongside a serious cocktail program). //East 11th. Walk-ins only.

6/Eldorado Cafe
Because Austin might actually need another Tex-Mex place. If your old favorites have gotten a little dusty, try this West Anderson newcomer from ex-Tacodeli chef Joel Fried. Come for the enchiladas, stay for the 5-salsa sampler (which includes the terrifying-sounding El Scorpio). C’mon, you can handle it (a margarita or two will help). //North Shoal Creek. Walk-ins only.

7/Juliet Italian Kitchen
After a summer facelift, the space and menu now focus on Italian-American family style dining. So bring the gang, and load up on housemade pasta classics like spaghetti bolognese, linguine with clams, and 17-layer lasagna. //Barton Springs. Book now at Juliet Italian Kitchen.

8/Bao’d Up
Because you need a steamed bun fix right about bao. This super-casual spot in Mueller— from the folks behind the nearby hand-pulled noodle house, Xian Sushi and Noodle—has a minimal menu focused on bao, which come in sweet and savory variations, including vegetarian options. //Mueller. Walk-ins only.

9/Bonhomie
Because this new Burnet favorite is killing it. Chef Phil Speer (husband to—you guessed it—the aforementioned Callie Speer) serves his twist on bistro-diner food all day. Come for the burger (which is low-key one of the best in town), the famed Pommes Rosti, and the desserts, which reflect Speer’s background in pastry. //Allandale. Book now at Bonhomie.

10/Phoebe’s Diner
Because Austin’s on a diner kick, and this entry from the folks behind South Austin wine bar Winebelly hits all the right notes. Classic faves like pancakes and eggs benedict? Check. Modern additions including a hatch chili migas served over sopes? Check. A smoker named Flapjack? You bet your…check. //Dawson. Walk-ins only.

Bonus/ABIA Options: Second, I Vini, Salt Lick
Because at long, long last, the airport is upgrading its food game in a serious way. New options include an outpost of downtown favorite Second Bar + Kitchen, a new Italian concept called I Vini, and a revamp of restaurant from barbecue classic Salt Lick. Time to fly in style, Austin. //ABIA. Walk-ins only (with a plane ticket, natch).

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