Austin Restaurants: Get cozy at these places
Each week in Austin360, we’re offering a rotating list of places to eat right now. This week: Although warmer that last week, the weather is still appropriate for seeking indoor refuge and meals at one of these cozy restaurants. More restaurants broken down by category here.
Andiamo Ristorante. 2521 Rutland Drive. 512-719-3377, AndiamoItaliano.com. Authentic Italian in North Austin with a family-owned vibe and travelogue photos on the wall of the Italian peninsula. Try the ravioli di zucca.
Arro. 601 W. Sixth St. 512-992-2776, ArroAustin.com. The folks behind Easy Tiger and 24 Diner bring comforting French dishes such as steak frites and croque monsieur to West Sixth Street. Try the frog legs in brown butter.
Austin Land & Cattle. 1205 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-1813, ALCSteaks.com. No pretense, just good steaks, a fun mood and a bar that serves strong drinks and excellent happy hour specials, such as a filling steak sandwich.
The Backspace. 507 San Jacinto Blvd. 512-474-9899, TheBackspace-Austin.com. Neapolitan pies from Parkside chef’s small restaurant that also delivers charcuterie and a nice roster of antipasti. Sit at the bar and let the fire from the oven warm you.
Barlata Tapas Bar. 1500 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-473-2211, BarlataAustin.com. About 10 variations of paella, two dozen hot small plates and a convivial atmosphere at this Spanish tapas restaurant owned by chef Daniel Olivella, who also owns Barlata and B44 Catalan Bistro in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Bartlett’s. 2408 W. Anderson Lane. 512-451-7333, bartlettsaustin.com. This warm restaurant has changed little since its transition from Houston’s, and that’s a good thing. You can still expect dishes like the popular French dip, am applewood-smoked pork chop and others.
Botticelli’s South Congress. 1321 S. Congress Ave. 512-916-1315, botticellissouthcongress.com. Intimate Italian dining on bustling South Congress, with a patio out back for a relaxing glass of wine and maybe some tunes. Try the homemade ravioli with butternut squash in a brown butter and sage sauce.
Buenos Aires Café. 1201 E. Sixth St., 13500 Galleria Circle in Bee Cave. 512-382-1189, buenosairescafe.com. A taste of South America in East Austin and out west at this charming café that started on South First Street years ago. The selection of empanadas (spinach, beef, chicken and tuna) are not to be missed. Neither is the steak sandwich with a vibrant chimichurri.
Bufalina Pizza. 1519 E. Cesar Chavez St. 512-524-2523, BufalinaPizza.com. The best Neapolitan pizza in the city makes the wait at this little East Austin restaurant worth it. Also try the charcuterie, sources from places such as Iowa’s La Quercia.
Chez Nous. 510 Neches St. 512-473-2413, ChezNousAustin.com. A little bit of French class amidst the boozy grumble and stumble of Sixth Street. Try the duck confit or housemade charcuterie.
Easy Tiger. 709 E. Sixth St. 512-614-4972, EasyTigerAustin.com. A bake shop, beer garden and brick-adorned subterranean hideout on the fringe of Sixth Street’s shot bars.
Jack Allen’s Kitchen. 7720 Texas 71. 512-852-8558; 2500 Hoppe Trail, Round Rock, 512-215-0372, JackAllensKitchen.com. Farm-to-table comfort food such as bacon-wrapped quail and crispy salmon, as well as a massive weekend brunch, have made this place a hit down south and now up north, as well.
Michi Ramen. 6519 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-386-1908, MichiRamen.com. Enjoy a variety of ramens, including one for vegans, along with dishes like Chashu Don (burnt ends over steamed rice and topped with bonito flakes).
Moonshine. 303 Red River St. 512-236-9599, moonshinegrill.com. This restaurant that serves homespun comfort food helped lay the groundwork for a more mature downtown scene when it opened 10 years ago. Lobster corn dogs at brunch. Enough said.
Ramen Tatsu-Ya. 8557 Research Blvd. 512-339-0855, Ramen-Tatsuya.com. The body heat alone will keep you warm at this packed little restaurant that serves some of the best ramen in town.