In a deliciously hip setting in East Austin sits Launderette, bursting with color and top-notch design. A laundromat-turned-swanky-eatery, it’s the brainchild of Austin restaurant vets Rene Ortiz and Laura Sawicki.
After topping pretty much every “best new restaurant” list and receiving a coveted James Beard Award nomination, Launderette has settled into its destiny of becoming a neighborhood restaurant that just happens to serve some of the best food in town.
Here are the top 5 to order, in a lineup of 10’s:
This staple is so good they serve it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For brunch, enjoy pastrami hash, spiked with Brussels sprouts; for lunch, try a classic deli-style sandwich on rye, with Swiss cheese and thousand island dressing; and, for dinner, order pastrami on pumpernickel toast, with salmon, mustard, and pickled onions.
Not just your token cheeseburger, Launderette’s version is not to be missed. The challah-stacked burger, sandwiched with American cheese and a flavorful beef patty, is dressed up in special sauce and served with pickles on the side.
3/Bird of Paradise Cocktail
Perfect for a sunny spring day on the porch, the “Bird of Paradise” is a refreshing bubbly cocktail, bursting with grapefruit and just a hint of anise.
This to-die-for goodness is one of pastry chef and James Beard Award semifinalist Sawicki’s staple brunch offerings. Topped with a thin sheet of butter and a sprinkling of sea salt, it’s the perfect complement to a morning cup of coffee or a mimosa.
Anyone who has ever been to the Holly neighborhood favorite, knows how Launderette celebrated its anniversary: with birthday cake ice cream sandwiches, of course. Sawicki is known for her ice cream, and this technicolored treat is a must-order for anyone celebrating, well, pretty much anything. Seasonal scoops are also available (and equally addictive).