Monday, April 5, 2021

The Best New Restaurants in South Austin: The 2021 Edition

Check out the entire City Guide here!

There have been a lot of ADJUSTMENTS in the restaurant world this past year. Many places unfortunately have closed, most places have pivoted, and a new generation of spots to stuff our faces with have opened. And KUDOS to all of those who have survived, thrived, and opened during a global clusterfluffage! 

If you blinked, or in many cases, didn't really eat out much in the past year, here's the link to my 2020 best new spots guide; please give them some love too! 

In alphabetical order, here are my picks for best new South Austin restaurants.

Aba, 1011 South Congress Ave.
Open in the Music Lane development on South Congress + Academy, Aba is beautifully designed with lots of outdoor space, and the Mediterranean foods were great, especially this whipped feta. *swoon*
Aba whipped feta
Aba's whipped feta + incredibly soft pita bread

Easy Tiger, 3508 South Lamar Blvd.
While not new to Austin, this is the first one south! Big outdoor beer garden. (The former Red's Porch location.)

Jjims, 1100 South Lamar Blvd. (in Lamar Union)
Specializing in Korean braised meats, for the most part, they don't have your traditional Korean menu items. The ribeye bulgogi was incredibly tender.
Jjim bulgogi
Jjim's tender ribeye bulgogi

La Tunita 512, 2400 Burleson Road
This trailer is where I first learned about the birria-style taco trend.

Mumtaz Market, 1816 South First Street
From the Garaj Mahal people, Mumtaz opened in the former Alcomar space in the fall of 2020. Modern Indian foods, along with some traditional curries. Their lamb burger is one of the top things I have eaten all year. 
Mumtaz Market lamb burger
Lamb burger from Mumtaz Market

Nala's, 4894 Hwy 290 West
I was clued into Nala's by an Instagram acquaintance who is originally from South India, which is the type of food they do. Extensive menu, and many dishes that were unfamiliar to me, but their lamb biryani (they call it mutton) was extremely tender and flavorful. Large portions.
Nala's lamb biryani
Lamb biryani from Nala's

Phantasma Kitchen, 3403 South Lamar Blvd.
Cracker-thin crust pizza coming from this ghost kitchen.
Phantasma Kitchen pizza
Phantasma Kitchen pizza

Spicy Boys, 440 East St. Elmo Road (at St. Elmo Brewing)
A pivot from the original Soursop trailer, these are  delicious spicy fried chicken sandwiches with an Asian twist! And as much as I loved the sandwich, I REALLY loved the roti chicken curry!
Spicy Boys chicken sandwich
Spicy Boys chicken sandwich


1618 Asian Fusion, 1618 East Riverside Drive
Big Asian menu in a booming area (Riverside + IH-35/Lakeshore Drive), primarily Thai and Vietnamese focused.

24Pho7, 601 West Live Oak St.
OMG. This French dip sandwich with Vietnamese flavors on the most perfect bread -- it's killer!


Places on my radar but I haven't yet been to: 

Pho MPH, 3715 South First Street

Tiny Market, 1718 South Congress Avenue (new grocery in the former Farm to Market space)

Word of Mouth Bakery, 1506 South First Street

What are your favorite new spots in South Austin? Where else should I check out? Drop me a note!