January 6, 2014

A look back at the Austin culinary world in 2013As has been the case for the past decade, 2013 was a banner year for the culinary scene in Austin, Texas. On the heels of that excitement, area residents and anyone who has taken Texas cooking classes will have nearly endless possibilities for dining and work in 2014.

Now that the calendar has turned, let’s take a look at some of the new restaurants and other happenings that took the Austin restaurant world by storm in 2013.

Austin neighborhoods
Austin boasts so many different neighborhoods that have emerged as culinary hubs that it’s hard to pick which one rises to the top. Fortunately, Austinites don’t really have to choose just one, being able to travel around and sample from all of the different options available to them.

The South First Street area has a bevy of admirers, driven by the Austin Beer Garden Brewery, Winebelly and Henri’s. But the east side of town is quickly making a name for itself behind Qui, J. Mueller and Mettle, and may supplant South First as the place to be in 2014. And with a vibrant ethnic food scene further developing over the past 12 months, the area around 183 and Ohlen has also become a destination spot for people from all over the Austin region.

Top new restaurants in Austin
Because Austin has become such a hotspot in the culinary world, you can count on several new restaurants opening in and around the city almost every year, and 2013 was no different. Here are some of the most notable eateries to have opened their doors in the past year:

Arro – This French restaurant from Andrew and Mary Katherine Curren brings a continental flavor to the heart of Texas.

Bufalina – Opened by former Wall Street veteran Stephen Dilley, who moved to Austin from the Big Apple, this Neapolitan-style pizzeria serves mouth-watering pies and a daily antipasti special that incorporates farm-to-table sourcing practices.

Ramen Tatsu-ya – As was the case with many parts of the country, Austin saw an explosion of ramen-centric Asian cuisine in 2013, with this outlet leading the way in the area. However, it was just one of many new ramen restaurants to open recently, giving Austinites a plethora of choices to slake their Japanese noodle soup thirst.

Winebelly – For those who appreciate a great wine and tapas pairing, Winebelly is the new restaurant in Austin to check out. Both staples of modern cuisine are available in spades, giving diners innumerable options with which to design their perfect meal.