Barley Swine and Odd Duck founding partner opens Mexican restaurant Suerte in East Austin this week

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Chef Sam Hellman-Mass, a founding partner of Barley Swine and Odd Duck, will open modern Mexican restaurant Suerte  at 1800 E. Sixth St. on Thursday.

The restaurant helmed by executive chef Fermín Núñez will feature a selection of tlacoyos, tacos and tostadas made with house-made masa dishes using heirloom Central Texas corn. As with the two restaurants he helped build, Hellman-Mass will source locally, using seasonal ingredients from local farmers. Check out the complete menu on the restaurant’s website. 

Pastor tacos. (Credit: Andrew Reiner Photography)

“We are so excited to join the East Austin community. Over the past few years I have really fallen in love with Mexican flavors and the quest for perfect masa. So far the search has led me to New York, San Francisco, Mexico City, Oaxaca, the Yucatan and more,” Hellman-Mass said last summer when the restaurant was announced. “I’m not sure only one perfect tortilla exists, but I am certain that our team is going to make some delicious food inspired by our travels. We can’t wait to share a bit of our journey and welcome everyone into our place.”

Suerte will be open for dinner from 5 p.m. daily, closing at 10 p.m. Sunday-Wednesday and 11 p.m. Thursday-Saturday.

Author: Matthew Odam

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

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