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It’s about that time again: winter is over, SXSW has come and gone, the bluebonnets are blossoming, and new restaurants are popping up all over the city. This month’s lineup includes not one, but two new barbecue jams, a revamped old favorite, and the highly-anticipated new restaurant from Austin industry vet Philip Speer.
Here’s the Hit List for your spring eating agenda:
Because Philip Speer is back on the scene. His “French bistro-inspired American diner/American diner-inspired French bistro” might be just what Austin needs right now: a wonderful everyday eatery. Think cheeseburgers, a whole menu of pommes rosti, and banana split profiteroles. //Allandale. Book now at Bonhomie.
Because the salted chocolate babka sticky bun (!) with vanilla bean icing is too good to miss. As is the zucchini bread. And the burger. //Holly. Book now at Launderette.
3/Leroy and Lewis
Because when the founding pitmaster at Freedmen’s and the former GM at Contigo go into business together, only good things can happen. At barbecue truck Leroy and Lewis, the delicious offerings include alt cuts of smoked meats and fun sides. Find it conveniently parked next door to Cosmic Coffee & Beer, off South Congress. //Dawson. Walk-ins only.
Because it’s locally sourced but non-traditional. Austin is getting a new wave of barbecue, and Birdhouse is front and center with its smoked lamb necks and quail dogs. //Holly. Walk-ins only.
5/Barrel O’ Fun
Because the latest iteration of the Alamo Drafthouse has a circus-themed bar, natch. During the day, it’s a kid-friendly spot that’s great for grabbing a snack before heading to the movie theater for the latest cartoon flick. After dark, enjoy a selection of 45 tap beers and a soda fountain-inspired cocktail menu. //Mueller. Walk-ins only.
Because historic Green Pastures got a new look and a new restaurant. Named after one of the original owners of the property, Mattie’s offers riffs on classic dishes, like pimento cheese, gumbo, and roast chicken. //Bouldin. 512-444-1888.
Because this East Side Chinese restaurant is quickly becoming a favorite. Fresh off of two good reviews—in the Chronicle and the Statesman—Old Thousand is making good on its promise to serve “dope” Chinese. And the neighborhood is into it–and better for it. //East Austin. Walk-ins only.
Because everyone needs their fruits and veggies. Austin’s latest juice and smoothie joint is from Shawn Cirkiel’s Parkside Projects, and this downtown charmer is determined to start your day off right. //Downtown. Walk-ins only.
Because all of the best pizzerias seem to open in West Austin, and Sorellina is the brightest of the bunch. Come for the wild boar prosciutto, stay for the expert wine list. //Spicewood. Walk-ins only.
10/The Local Post Pub
Because 10-pound nachos are the guilty pleasure you never knew you needed. Save room and indulge on the burgers, beer, and wings, too. //Crestview. Walk-ins only.
Bonus/Austin Taco Project
Because this gem isn’t your everyday taco joint. ATP wraps flavorful, globally-inspired foods—bulgogi, Thai octopus—in tortillas, proving you can make delicious tacos out of pretty much anything. //Downtown. Walk-ins only.