A neighborhood seafood restaurant (think red snapper ceviche topped with roe, Serrano and basil) in a cheerful space and a yellow-and-white stripped awning. Waiters sport preppy boat shoes; oysters are flow in daily; has the best red fish in the state (pictured along with Brussels sprouts). Owned by 32-year-old Larry McGuire, Austin’s restaurant darling.

Clark's Oyster Bar
1200 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 297-2525

After years of supper clubs and farmers market stands, Jesse Griffiths and team have finally opened a brick-and-mortar restaurant. A butcher shop as well as a restaurant, expect to find a range of locally-sourced products, including free-roaming venison and feral pig. They’re known for their sausages and charcuterie plates–try one with one of the Texas-only wines or local brews on offer.

Dai Due
2406 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722
(512) 524-0688

An emphasis on seasonal vegetables infuses this simple menu from Ben Edgerton and Andrew Wiseheart, the team behind local favorite Contigo.

Gardner
1914 E 6th St
Suite C
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 354-1480

An all-female team with serious culinary pedigree is the driving force behind the French-inspired laV. Along with plates like basil escargot and wood oven chicken for two, the restaurant has an extensive wine lists in the city, with 23 wines by the glass.

laV
1501 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 391-1888

Beautifully-plated, fresh take on Lowcountry cuisine–try the white button mushrooms with warm country ham vinaigrette. Do not miss the superb biscuits.

Olamaie
1610 San Antonio St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 474-2796

Austin’s top ramen place, known for its pork-based broth and springy noodles.

Ramen Tatsu-ya
8557 Research Blvd
#126
Austin, TX 78758