Owned by John Bates and Brandon Martinez- Noble Sandwich Company is unique sandwiches with amazing quality! The philosophy behind the Noble Sandwich Co. is grounded in culinary experiences that range from trattoria fare to fine dining, as well as a love for scratch cooking. And yet, it’s a philosophy that can be summed up simply: Make it, and make it better than the guy down the street. For lunch, Noble Sandwich Co. has created unique sandwiches like the Thai Chicken, the Smoked Duck Pastrami (with the restaurant’s signature, made in-house rye pickles), the Creole Catfish, and the infamous Noble Pig Sandwich (which gathers spicy ham, pulled pork, provolone, and bacon). Noble Sandwich Co.’s approach to breakfast include sandwiches and stuffed biscuits that bring familiar ingredients together – including house-smoked bacon, house-made chorizo, and eggs from local farms – in winning combinations, that also include traditional favorites like oatmeal and waffles as start-of-the-day options.
2) Szechuan House
Skip the American-style Chinese menu offerings and go straight for the Szechuan specialties in the North Burnet restaurant. Red oil wontons, mapo tofu, and sliced fish with fiery sauce are all standouts. Offal lovers, there’s a great deal of pork intestine on this menu, too.
3) Pho Saigon
This outpost of the Houston mini-chain is Austin’s best bet for pho, along with rice plates and bun bowls, if the noodle soup isn’t your thing. Making the trek up to far north Austin is also a great excuse to stop by MT Supermarket, and explore the other wonders of what is essentially city’s Chinatown-area.
4) Apis Restaurant & Apiary
Apis Restaurant and Apiary features an elegant seasonal menu and offers Hill Country residents and visitors a unique and exquisite dining experience, gracefully appointed for special occasions, yet relaxed enough to become your regular culinary sanctuary. Chefs Taylor Hall and Adam Brick turned Spicewood into a fine dining destination with their New American restaurant, where the thoughtful dishes incorporate seasonal ingredients, including, of course, honey from the on-site hives.
“Din Ho Chinese BBQ is a locally owned Chinese restaurant dedicated in serving traditional cuisines with the freshest ingredients to Austin. We have an impressive menu ranging from the popular Hot and Sour Soup to our famous Peking Duck and more exquisite cuisines, Live Lobster and Sea Cucumbers with Duck Webs. We pride ourselves as a family friendly restaurant and guarantee everyone one in the family will find a dish they’ll love.”
Cherrywood’s Manor Road has become a culinary destination, and the classics found there are definitely worth exploring. Few restaurants do neighborhood Tex-Mex with more warmth than Mi Madre’s. Indulge in the massive spread of migas or some killer enchiladas. They are known for having the best breakfast menu, making it the perfect weekend brunch spot!
Sarah McIntosh’s charming and well-executed cafe and grocery is neighborhood dining done right, with a New Orleans/French touch in Rosedale. From the in-house cured meats to the grits reminiscent of risotto, Epicerie’s attention to detail elevates every item on its menu. Menu items range from Bouillabaisse, Cured Salmon Toast Sandwich, and Chicken Terrine.
Chef Ned Elliott’s inventive New American cuisine makes this North Loop neighborhood restaurant a winner. F&D is uniquely engaged with, and inspired by, the larger culinary community (it hosts pop-up dinner series De La Terre). Enjoy the wine, shareable entrees, and don’t overlook the oysters on Tuesdays.
Take and Kayo Asazu turned their popular but defunct sushi trailer Sushi A-Go-Go into a fully-blown restaurant, offering their take on home-style Japanese fare in the Hyde Park spot. Lunch is served teishoku-style (fixed menu with a dish, rice, and sides), and later on, there are shared plates for dinner. Their dishes arrange from Grilled Salmon Salad, Sushi Bar, and even Skewers.
“At Contigo, we like to sit outside, we like to drink beer… and margaritas. We like to eat great food and appreciate friendly company and warm hospitality. We serve Fresh, Quality, Bar Food… which is basically how we like to eat. We make things that go well with beer and utilize the freshest ingredients we can find. Our goal is to offer the community a place to relax, commune, and enjoy great food. We hope you will join us.”
Enjoy Your Austin Eats!