Address Book | Austin, TX

FoodandWine Recipe

1. Demi Epicurious

Chef Robert Barker serves buttery lobster shooters (made with roasted corn and a carrot-lobster broth) and an innovative Study of Texas Rabbit with giblet bread pudding (311 W. 6th St.; 512-478-2200).

2. El Meson

A counter-service taqueria where the food is serious. The chef, Marisela Godinez, is from Mexico City, and her regional home-style food includes tamales Veracruz, made from fresh Mexican white corn, and chiles en nogada, with a creamy walnut sauce and pomegranate seeds (5808 Burleson Rd.; 512-416-0744).

3. Wink

Chef Stewart Scruggs and pastry chef Mark Paul are loyal to local products, and they're clever too. The menu might make you think you're in Berkeley, California¬óbut for the goat cheese from Dripping Springs, Texas (1014 N. Lamar Blvd.; 512-482-8868).

4. Lambert's

As chef Lou Lambert's beef salpicon with avocado salsa and ancho-lime vinaigrette shows, he's big on Texas ingredients. Try his riff on hummus: achiote-seared chickpeas (1716 S. Congress Ave.; 512-383-8877).
-Paula Disbrowe

PUBLISHED March 2003