Laura Sawicki (an F&W Best New Pastry Chef 2012) uses herbs, chiles, corn and tropical fruits to put brilliant Mexican twists on classic desserts at this modern restaurant and tequileria in downtown Austin. With its classic white Eames Eiffel chairs and cantilevered wood awning, the patio is one of the city’s most stylish outdoor spots.
Co-owner Ben Edgerton aims to re-create the spirit of his family’s hunting ranch at this small-plates spot in fast-developing East Austin. A meal in its cedar elm-shaded sprawl of picnic tables feels like an escape from the city. The meat-heavy menu features charcuterie made with chicken, beef, pork and quail from nearby farms.