What Austin restaurants did Austin Food & Wine Festival celebrity chefs love?

IU heard the name Kemuri from a lot of visiting chefs last weekend. (Ricardo B. Brazziell AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

You know how you love to hit all the cool, delicious spots when you visit a town? Chefs are the exact same way. And they really know what’s up. It’s their job. So, where do you turn when you’re looking for a hot restaurant recommendation (well, the Austin360 Dining Guide, of course), but chefs also make great guides. You just have to know whom to stalk on Instagram. We saved you some of the legwork. Below are where some of the biggest visiting names visited while in Austin over the weekend.

Judging by context clues, it appears Georgia-based chef Hugh Acheson followed Alton Brown’s playbook and visited Veracruz All-Natural.

Acheson’s caffeine fix at least one morning came from Houndstooth ….

Famed California chef Jonathan Waxman hit Fresa’s on South First Street.

Waxman, who announced at the fest that he has lost quite a bit of weight, also hit June’s for some veggies. (Read our recent review.)

Israeli-born chef and James Beard winner Alon Shaya of New Orleans knows that Uchiko always delivers the goods.

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Shaya proved himself master of the taco at Rock Your Taco and hit La Condesa after arriving to town.

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Shaya knows that Franklin is the place to be for brisket in Austin.

I’d say Snow’s in Lexington should be proud given that Will Guidara, owner of Eleven Madison Park, recently named the #1 restaurant in the world, made the drive on a Saturday morning for barbecue.

Ming Tsai was one of many chefs who visited Kemuri Tatsu-ya for the Texas izakaya experience. (Read our recent review.)

Tsai went heavy at Kemuri and a little lighter at Clark’s.

Nashville chef Matt Bolus hit La Barebcue for his brisket fix.

Ford Fry, who spends most of his time in Georgia, also had love for Kemuri.

Junior Borges made the trip up Burnet Road to Bonhomie.

Borges showed more Uchi veterans love by visiting Nick Yanes’ Juniper in East Austin.

Borges also stopped into Paul Qui’s Kuneho. (Read our recent review.)


Author: Matthew Odam

Restaurant critic & features writer at Austin American @Statesman and @Austin360. Austin-born 6th generation Texan. Left-handed.

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