Monday, December 13, 2010

Austin's Growing Food Scene

It's an extra exciting time for the food scene of Austin with great new restaurants that have recently opened and will be opening in the coming weeks.

Last week's opening of the W Hotel dominated the news - including coverage of their restaurant, Trace. Trace is a contemporary, sophisticated restaurant featuring an American menu created by Chef Paul Hargrove and Pastry Chef Janina Amezuca.

Soleil, the newest expansion by The Oasis is gathering a lot of attention - including an article featured in The New York Times by Pat Sharpe of Texas Monthly. Chef Robert Del Grande has put together Mediterranean menu with a large raw bar.

Curious to what's been building on West 6th? The new addition to the neighborhood is Haddingtons, an American tavern that is sure to fit in perfectly. Haddingtons is a project of Michael Polumbo of Mulberry, with Chef Zack Northcutt also involved.

We were lucky to have a sneak peek and private tour of Chef David Bull's new projects: the an upscale restaurant, Congress and casual spot Second at Congress both located on the ground floor of the Austonian. The interior of the restaurants is stunning, with a creative use of textures and recycled products.

We can't forget The Backspace, Vince Young's Steakhouse and recently HopDoddy. Check back as we're sure to be visiting them all very soon!


  1. Loved my turkey burger at HopDoddy! They serve wine too!

  2. Backspace is my new favorite 'winter' version of
    Parkside's raw bar, with warmth to spare from the brick wood-fired oven!

  3. Been to Sobani Restaurant & Wine Bar, yet??? I LOVE the fried cauliflower. Been open a little over a month now. Take a peek at the menu

  4. Great article! Vintage Oaks at the Vineyard is in New Braunfels, Texas, and offers residents a vineyard lifestyle. Construction will begin on our very own planned community in just a few months! Here is an article on food and wine pairings.

  5. Thanks for the recommendations! We'll be sure to check them out!

  6. Hi,

    The upscale restaurant, Congress and casual spot Second at Congress both located on the ground floor of the austonian. It is the fourth-largest city in Texas and the fifteenth most populous city in the united states. It is one of the world's most ethnically diverse and multicultural nations. Thanks a lot...

    Four Seasons Austin