Pizzas, Thai fusion and dog-inspired sandwiches: Our featured native eateries from 2021 in Southwest Austin and Dripping Springs

Pizzas Thai fusion and dog inspired sandwiches Our featured local eateries

Pinthouse Pizza has continued to develop and innovate in recent times. (Trent Thompson/Neighborhood Affect Newspaper)

All through 2021, we highlighted eating places starting from burger joints to breakfast round Southwest Austin, Dripping Springs and regionally. Listed here are the eating options we revealed over the past yr.


January: Pizzeria Grata

Pizzeria Grata’s brick oven, small kitchen and some bar seats are tucked into the again of Beatniks Market & Cafe on Menchaca Street in South Austin. Proprietor Diego Batista mentioned within the final yr since opening in December 2019, neighborhood residents haven’t solely discovered the pizzeria, however they’ve additionally helped it thrive in a time when most eating places are going by way of excessive challenges.


April: Quack’s Bakery

Quack’s Bakery has been an Austin establishment since 1983, when Captain Quackenbush’s Intergalactic Dessert Co. and Espresso Cafe opened on Guadalupe Avenue close to The Drag.


Could: Thai Taste

Thai Style supervisor Sumitra Buasuwan mentioned many Thai eating places provide meals that’s Thai-inspired however extra American or a fusion with one other delicacies. Her household’s objective is to offer Southwest Austin clients an opportunity to style precisely what they might discover if visiting Thailand.


June: Pinthouse Pizza

The genesis of Pinthouse Pizza started with a ardour for craft beer shared by buddies lengthy earlier than the restaurant opened.


July: Kerbey Lane Cafe

That “coming house” feeling turns literal when stepping by way of the doorways of the unique Central Austin location on Kerbey Lane, advertising and marketing supervisor Ellen Gruber mentioned. The situation is a renovated Nineteen Thirties home that opened in 1980 and is the longest-standing location. The unique homeowners, David Ayer and Patricia Atkinson, lived in an house behind the cafe with their son Mason Ayer, who’s now the CEO.


August: Le Vacher

Lauren Weeks, advertising and marketing supervisor for Le Vacher, calls the restaurant her brother’s child. Her brother, Jacob Euler, dreamed of opening a restaurant with high-quality French meals in an informal, nation environment roughly 5 years earlier than Le Vacher opened its doorways in Dripping Springs in August 2020.


September: Cooper’s

Every of their sandwiches exemplifies one of many household’s canines. The bread is baked every day at a San Marcos bakery. The meat and cheese are sliced in-house. Additionally they promote pizza, Amy’s Ice Lotions and cookies from The Bearded Baking Co., one other South Austin enterprise.


October: Lebowski’s Grill

The eatery is known as for “The Huge Lebowski,” a cult traditional movie from 1998 starring Jeff Bridges, set partially in a bowling alley.

Alger opened the primary location at Highland Lanes 12 years in the past along with her buddy Gabriel King, who frequented the enterprise and seen when the alley’s grill was vacant. Alger had younger children on the time, and was hesitant to make a transfer; she had owned eating places earlier than and knew how tough it could possibly be, however she additionally mentioned she grew up in a household that owned eating places and has a ardour for the enterprise.

Regional characteristic: House of Three Gorges

Home of Three Gorges’ menu is crammed out with genuine dishes from the Sichuan province of China. Members of the Li household, who personal the restaurant, come from the adjoining Three Gorges area, and lots of the restaurant’s dishes are served in homes alongside the Yangtze River, [co-owner Jim] Li mentioned.



To shut out the yr, reporter Maggie Quinlan stopped by the Austin brewery Suds Monkey. A web-based model of the eating profile will probably be revealed this week, and an e-edition of the newspaper that includes the profile could also be seen here.

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