Austin restaurant lands on Food & Wine’s 40 Most Important Restaurants of the Past 40 Years

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If you want to take a tour of modern American culinary history, from West Coast to East, you could do a lot worse than starting with Food & Wine magazine’s recently released list of the 40 Most Important Restaurants of the Past 40 Years. It would be a dining tour that would take you from The French Laundry in Yountville to Daniel in New York City, with stops at Dooky Chase’s Restaurant and Commander’s Palace in New Orleans and much more.

Franklin Barbecue in Austin. (Laura Skelding/2014 American-Statesman)

Food & Wine’s comprehensive list would also send you to Texas where you would make a stop at arguably the most famous barbecue restaurant in the world. Aaron Franklin was the first barbecue cook to ever win a James Beard Award for Best Chef, and now his and wife Stacy’s restaurant, Franklin Barbecue, has landed a spot side by side with some of the nation’s most classic and beloved institutions. Of the restaurant, the magazine writes, “The occasional six-hour line is worth it, we promise; the lunch-only spot delivers on the hype, a rare feat in restaurants.”

Also making the list were Brennan’s of Houston and The Mansion in Dallas. Check out all 40 here.


Two Austin restaurants land on Bon Appetit’s 50 Best New Restaurants in America list

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Bon Appetit today released its list of the 50 best new restaurants in America, a list they call the Hot 50. Overseen by newly minted Austinite Andrew Knowlton, the list includes Austin spots Sour Duck Market and Suerte. The former is a bakery, cafe and bar from the team behind Odd Duck, while the latter is a masa-loving modern Mexican restaurant from owner Sam Hellman-Mass, also an Odd Duck co-founder, and executive chef Fermin Nuñez. I recently called Suerte the best restaurant to open in Austin this year, granting it a 9.5 rating, and the East Austin restaurant was also recently named one of the 18 best new restaurants in America by Eater national restaurant critic Bill Addison. Bon Appetit will name its final Hot 10 on August 14.

The Green Chorizo Tlayuda, made with white bean refrito, quesillo, almond, and pumpkin seeds, is on the menu at the modern Mexican restaurant, Suerte. (Amanda Voisard/AMERICAN-STATESMAN)



Bon Appetit names Austin restaurant #8 on list of 10 best new restaurants in America

Bon Appetit released its Hot 10 today. The list covers the 10 best new restaurants in America, and it includes a unique East Austin restaurant that has captivated critics around the country.

Brisket at Kemuri. (Credit: Ricardo B. Brazziell)

Kemuri Tatsu-Ya, which nabbed the #8 spot on the list, blends Japanese izakaya and Texas smokehouse for good eats and a real good time. The food captivated the Bon App writers, as did the vibe. The magazine’s restaurant editor Andrew Knowlton wrote:

And at no place did I party more than at Kemuri Tatsu-ya in East Austin. That’s bound to happen when you combine a raucous izakaya (think Japanese pub) and a smoky Texas BBQ joint with the “keep it weird” mantra of the capital.

But it wasn’t just the sweet vibes that captivated the writer. The food is no joke.

But it’s the more oddball, ambitious dishes that really show Kemuri’s penchant for playfulness. “Hot pocketz,” a kind of crispy sandwich involving fried tofu slices, gouda, and yes, more brisket, can’t possibly be delicate and nuanced, can it? Let’s just say I’m still trying to re-create them at home. Then there’s the octopus fritter topped with Texas chili that defies classification.

This isn’t the first national nod for the East Austin restaurant from the owners of Ramen Tatsu-Ya.  Kemuri took a spot on the Best New Restaurants list from GQ earlier this year, as well. And, of course, we raved about it with our review in March.


East Austin restaurant named one of 51 Best Breakfast Destinations in America


The breakfast lovers over at have created a list of the 51 Best Breakfast Destinations in America. Not surprisingly probably, the Austin representative serves breakfast tacos. Maybe more surprisingly, it’s not our best breakfast taco (that would be the migas at Veracruz All Natural). The site names East Austin stalwart Mi Madre’s, acknowledging specifically its #0 taco, with potatoes, bacon, eggs and cheese. The site links to its 2016 story, which called it the “best breakfast taco in Austin.”


From the archives, 2015: Three great places for breakfast in Austin15 more breakfast spots around Austin