Austin Restaurants: Hidden Gems

The Bonneville is worth finding downtown.
View Caption Hide Caption
The Bonneville is worth finding downtown.
The Bonneville is worth finding downtown.

The Bonneville is worth finding downtown.

Restaurant listings

Each week in Austin360, we’re offering a rotating list of places to eat right now. This week: Sometimes we overlook these places that seemingly hide in plain sight. More restaurants broken down by category here.

Asia Café. 8650 Spicewood Springs Road. 512-331-5788, AsiaMarketAustin.com. This restaurant was too good to be contained to the back of the Asia Market, so it took over the neighboring space, serving dishes such as whole spicy fish and jade chicken.

The Bonneville. 202 W. Cesar Chavez St. 512-428-4643, TheBonnevilleAustin.com. Despite being located downtown, this spot can be hard to find. Attentive service and dishes like chicken under a brick make the discovery worth the search.

Café Josie. 1200 W. Sixth St. 512-322-9226, CafeJosie.com. You can still find plenty of fish at this West Austin staple that once boasted more of a Caribbean menu, but you can also enjoy items such as balsamic-glazed goat ribs.

Café Malta. 3421 W. William Cannon Drive. 512-853-9584, CafeMaltaAustin.com. A nice surprise in South Austin, this neighborhood restaurant does brisk happy hour business with wine specials at its bar and serves Mediterranean-inspired dishes such as fettuccine with porcini mushrooms and lamb kabobs.

Chen’s Noodle House. 8650 Spicewood Springs Road. 512-336-8889. Hand-cut noodles from Mr. Chen at this tiny spot that serves a delicious noodle soup overflowing with pork, tofu, egg and a host of vegetables.

Evangeline Café. 8106 Brodie Lane. 512-282-2586, EvangelineCafe.com. Take a trip to the bayou at this Cajun restaurant in South Austin for gumbo, po’ boys and music by the likes of Charles Thibodeaux and the Austin Cajun Aces.

Fino. 2905 San Gabriel St. 512-474-2905, FinoAustin.com. Mediterranean flavors dominate the menu at this handsome restaurant that features a relaxing wrap-around patio, perfect for enjoying one of the restaurant’s solid cocktails.

Fricano’s Deli. 2405 Nueces St. 512-482-3322, FricanosDeli.com. Huge sandwiches loaded with flavor led this deli to move from its small north campus location to a much more comfortable space just west of campus. Don’t worry about what Rocket Sauce is, just order a Paul’s Spicy Reuben and find out.

Hudson’s on the Bend. 3509 RM 620 N. 512-266-1369, HudsonsOnTheBend.com. Enjoy exotic game, excellent steaks and attentive service in this unique and lovely setting. We all know about it, but sometimes we tend to forget.

Josephine House. 1601 Waterston Ave. 512-477-5584, JosephineOfAustin.com. An adorable little Clarksville spot adjacent to Jeffrey’s where lunch may include a grilled manchego cheese sandwich or a curried snapper. Feels like tea at the country club.

Mulberry. 360 Nueces St. 512-320-0297, MulberryAustin.com. Beef, fish and bar snacks make up most of the menu at this small wine bar at the bottom of a downtown condo tower.

Pieous. 12005 U.S. 290 W. 512-394-7041, Facebook.com/Pieous. Family-owned and family-friendly pie place at the edge of Dripping Springs serves chewy Neapolitan pies and massive slices of pie, along with quality homemade pastrami.

Russian House. 307 E. Fifth St. 512-428-5442, RussianHouseOfAustin.com. Part cultural anthropological study, part vodka-party, this friendly and festive restaurant will introduce you to the flavors and customs of Russia. Try the borscht.

Salvation Pizza. 624 W. 34th St. 512-535-0076, salvationpizza.com. Thin, crunchy Connecticut-style pizzas at this restaurant that features a large deck.

Taco More. 9414 Parkfield Drive, 2015 E Riverside Drive. 512-821-1561. Not much in terms of ambiance, but this place serves great tacos and traditional Mexican dishes such as cabrito consommé.


View Comments 0