Mark your calendars for Austin Restaurant Weeks, a new fundraiser benefiting Central Texas Food Bank. Running August 16 through September 3 at more than 80 restaurants around town, the benefit allows you to eat at some of the top restaurants and bars in Austin with specially priced lunches, dinners and drinks—and a portion of the cost will go directly to the Food Bank to help fight hunger. We took a look at all the lovely participating restaurants and picked some of our favorites to share with y'all!
In a city known for its tacos, Austin Taco Project stands out for its globally-inspired eats and beverage pairings. At our Eat Drink Local event with the restaurant, chef Kevin Spencer shared his love of food trucks with us, and explained how the flavors of street food are reflected in all of Austin Taco Project's dishes.
With its locally-sourced menu that changes with the season, Barley Swine is a leader in the sustainable Austin restaurant scene. Owner and chef Bryce Gilmore was chosen as one of our 2018 Local Heroes for his early efforts to use local ingredients and his constant creativity in the kitchen.
Another prominent addition to Austin's locally-sourcing restaurants, Cannon + Belle mixes comfort food with custom cocktails. With unique menus for breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch, this eatery inside the Hilton Austin has no lack of fresh options.
Central Standard Bar & Grill, located within the South Congress Hotel, features large-format cocktails to share and a spacious eating area. The restaurant is also known for its prime steak and seafood offerings.
Pairing house-cured meats with fresh-baked artisanal breads, Easy Tiger Bake Shop & Beer Garden offers a variety of locally-sourced eats. Head doughpuncher David Norman crafts the breads that can be enjoyed with whiskey from the garden's patio bar, or with one of their more than 30 local and boutique draft beers.
Inspired by food from Oaxaca, Mexico, El Naranjo adds locally-sourced ingredients into their traditional Mexican dishes. Chef Iliana de la Vega and her husband, Ernesto Torrealba run the restaurant, which features savory salsas, moles and house-made tortillas.
Hillside Farmacy, a restaurant located within a former 1950's drugstore in East Austin, focuses on comfort food crafted around local ingredients. The eatery's local cheese, pastries and other menu offerings can also be purchased à la carte.
Recently-opened Intero Ristorante combines locally-sourced Italian small plates with artisan chocolate offerings. The restaurant's seasonally-rotating menu features pasta, drinks and chocolate truffles.
With dishes created using local and sustainably grown produce and meats, Italian restaurant L’Oca d’Oro fully embraces farm-to-table. The eatery makes it's pastas in-house with freshly-milled grains, and handcrafts most of it's bread, cheese, vinegar and liqueur offerings as well.
Tripling as a Thai restaurant, coffee shop and gluten-free bakery, Thai Fresh focuses on sourcing its ingredients locally. The restaurant, helmed by chef and owner Jam Sanitchat, includes fresh vegetables, herbs and hormone-free meats in its authentic Thai food.
Though it's not a restaurant, Tito's Handcrafted Vodka will be available in many of the cocktails provided during Austin Restaurant Weeks. After all, Tito's is the original craft vodka brand distilled in Austin, and is made in batches using old-fashioned pot stills. Plus, it's naturally gluten free!
Via 313's Detroit-style pizza is beloved by many here in Austin, both for its flavor and rectangular shape. Owned by brothers Brandon and Zane Hunt, the pizza joint has opened several locations around the city, and features a classic toppings menu with cheese, meat and veggie options.
For more information and a full list of participating restaurants, visit austinrestaurantweeks.org
Brought to you by Central Texas Food Bank.