7 new and notable restaurants for a perfect weekend in Austin

Here are some meals worth planning around if you're headed to the Texas capital.

Canje in Austin serves jerk chicken and other dishes from countries in the Caribbean.

Canje in Austin serves jerk chicken and other dishes from countries in the Caribbean.

Michael Lock

Houston rightly has a reputation as one of the best food cities in the country, but there are plenty of exciting restaurant openings in Austin, too. Several new hotspots have popped up since last summer, everything from a casual wine bar to a Vietnamese-Southern food truck.

Birdie's has been the hottest ticket in Austin since it opened.

Birdie's has been the hottest ticket in Austin since it opened.

Mackenzie Smith Kelley

With bachelorette parties, ACL Music Festival, SXSW, and other events back in full swing, there may be a time you find yourself on South Congress in need of a bite to eat. Here are seven new and notable restaurants worth a visit during a trip west to Austin.

Birdie's in Austin

Birdie's in Austin

Mackenzie Smith Kelley
Birdie's in Austin

Birdie's in Austin

Mackenzie Smith Kelley
Birdie's in Austin

Birdie's in Austin

Mackenzie Smith Kelley
The Birdie's menu changes every day, drawing Austin residents in as regulars and giving a unique experience to visitors.
Birdie's

Chef Tracy Malechek-Ezekiel and wine director Arjav Ezekiel opened Birdie's in summer 2021, bringing fine American food with French and Italian influences to a casual space—there are no reservations to be made, and food and drink is ordered at the counter. It's not uncommon to see a line snaking from the front door for Malechek-Ezekiel's food, and the New York Times named the spot on its list of best restaurants in 2021. Birdie's also boasts an exceptional wine program with a focus on small producers and natural wine. Despite the daily-changing menu, there is one constant at Birdie's: a vanilla soft serve with blood orange-flavored olive oil, a perfect ending to the meal.

Find it: 2944 E 12th St Unit A, Austin, TX 78702
Hours: Tuesday, 5-9 p.m.; Wednesday-Thursday, 4:30-9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 4:30-9:30 p.m.

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Bisous

Bianca Frasier launched her food truck, Bisous, in Austin in September 2022.

Bianca Frasier launched her food truck, Bisous, in Austin in September 2022.

Bisous

Bianca Frasier, a former chef at Austin's Foreign & Domestic, just opened her own venture in September: Bisous, a food truck of Vietnamese-Southern fusion with a focus on comfort food. "I wanted to make a place with food that I cherish and that you can't find on menus," Frasier told Eater Austin. "For Vietnamese people, they're family recipes, they're things that you have as a comfort meal and not as fancy food." Entrees of curry fried chicken, turmeric catfish, steak bites, or thit ko—coconut milk-braised pork belly with eggs—are served over rice or bao buns. End the meal with an avocado ice cream or a stuffed chocolate croissant.

Find it: 1109 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
Hours: Tuesday-Thursday, 4-11 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 4 p.m.-midnight; Sunday, 4-11 p.m.

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Canje in Austin

Canje in Austin

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Canje in Austin

Canje in Austin

Michael Lock
Canje in Austin

Canje in Austin

Michael Lock
Canje in Austin

Canje in Austin

Michael Lock
Canje in Austin is the product of chef Tavel Bristol-Joseph's creativity and talent. (Photos by Michael Lock)
Canje

Guyana-born pastry chef Tavel Bristol-Joseph takes the lead at Canje, a Caribbean restaurant centered around dishes Bristol-Joseph grew up eating, while also pulling inspiration from Jamaica, Puerto Rico and surrounding islands. It's already getting national attention: Bon Appétit just named Canje to its 50 Best New Restaurants of 2022. On the menu, find plantain chips, albacore ceviche, or pink pineapple to start; rotating fish in a rum butter sauce, wild boar pepper pot or jerk chicken as mains; and Bristol-Joseph's buttery take on roti is a must. Finish with the cuisine that gave Bristol-Joseph his start: pastry. The coconut milk tres leches is a perfectly sweet ending.

Find it: 1914 E 6th St ste c, Austin, TX 78702; (512) 706-9119
Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 5-10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 5-11 p.m.

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Casper Fermentables in Austin

Casper Fermentables in Austin

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Casper Fermentables in Austin

Casper Fermentables in Austin

Casper Fermentables
Casper Fermentables serves bagels, cookies and much more.
Casper Fermentables

After six years as a farmers market staple, Casper Fermentables opened a brick and mortar bakery and shop to sell its popular kimchi, sauerkraut and kombucha alongside sourdough and bagels. Partners Phoebe Raileanu and Ben Hollander both grew up in Jewish homes, and Hollander's Korean heritage creates a unique fusion of probiotic-laden cuisines at the deli located in Sunset Valley. Hollander first learned about fermentation through his mother, a chef and lifelong fermentationist, which inspired a passion so deep he earned a degree in microbiology and pursued a culinary career focused on fermentation, including stints at Launderette and Juniper.

Find it: 4715 S Lamar Blvd #101A, Sunset Valley, TX 78745; (512) 330-4935
Hours: Sunday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Thursday-Friday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

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Diner Bar in Austin

Diner Bar in Austin

Jasmin Porter
Diner Bar in Austin

Diner Bar in Austin

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Acclaimed Georgia chef Mashama Bailey has brought her talents to Austin. (Photos by Jasmin Porter)
Diner Bar

James Beard Award winner and chef Mashama Bailey made a name for herself in Savannah, Georgia, when she opened The Grey, celebrating Southern cuisine and emphasizing local and seasonal ingredients. Diner Bar in Austin is her first venture with partner John O. Morisano outside of Georgia. Diner Bar takes beloved Southern cuisine and ups the ante—think oysters, foie and grits, chicken fried quail, and "country pasta," an excellent take on carbonara with braised pork belly that's currently only available for brunch. If you're short on time, pop over to The Grey Market next door for grab-and-go options and a lunch counter with breakfast plates, sandwiches and grits.

Find it: 500 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701; (737) 257-3047
Hours: Sunday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-10 p.m.; Monday, 7-11 a.m. and 4-10 p.m.; Tuesday, 7-11 a.m. and 4-10 p.m.; Wednesday,7-11 a.m. and 4-10 p.m.; Thursday, 7-11 a.m. and 4-10 p.m.; Friday, 7-11 a.m. and 4-10 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-10 p.m.

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Mashama Bailey (right) and John O. Morisano of The Grey in Savannah have joined the Austin food scene with Diner Bar.

Mashama Bailey (right) and John O. Morisano of The Grey in Savannah have joined the Austin food scene with Diner Bar.

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Este

Mexican restaurant Suerte has become a fixture of Austin, earning nods from Food & Wine, Bon Appétit and Eater for its masa-focused menu. The team opened coastal Mexican restaurant Este on Oct. 3, bringing a focus on seafood and charcoal cooking in an open kitchen. Find several aguachiles and tostadas, tacos on pressed-to-order tortillas, and non-seafood options such as T-bone steak and carnitas inside the historic 1920s bungalow.

Find it: 2113 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722; (512) 522-4047
Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 5-10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 5-11 p.m.

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Maie Day in Austin

Maie Day in Austin

Maie Day
Maie Day in Austin

Maie Day in Austin

Maie Day
Maie Day is in a beautifully designed space in the South Congress Hotel in Austin.
Maie Day

Chef Michael Fojtasek of Austin's Olamaie opened Maie Day in the South Congress Hotel in spring 2022, promising that it's not the stuffy steakhouse of yesteryear. The brightly colored chophouse on the tourist-favorite strip sources all its beef from Texas, and seafood is fresh from Gulf day boats. It may not be a Pappas Bros. or a Maestro's, but you will see all the classics on the menu: shrimp cocktail, grilled oysters, grilled fish and chicken, and plenty of beef cuts alongside well-loved steakhouse sides.

Find it: 1603 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704; (512) 942-0823
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 3-10 p.m.; Sunday, 3-9 p.m.

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