Smoked Pastrami and Spontaneously Fermented Beer: Chef Kevin Fink's Guide to Austin

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By Ryan Harrington Posted June 28, 2016

At Emmer & Rye, chef Kevin Fink uses his own hand-milled grain to make some of Austin's most exceptional baked goods and pastas.  He’ll point you to beers found only in Texas and outrageously good smoked pastrami.

For a real feel of Austin coffee culture, Figure 8 Coffee

Food & Wine: Figure 8 Coffee

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“They have very beautiful lattes, and they always look out for new coffees to import. But it’s also just a cool, cute house on the eastside which embodies what Austin is about.” 1111 Chicon St.

For the best beers only found in Texas, Jester King Brewery

Food & Wine: Jester King Brewery

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“It’s all wild yeasts and spontaneously fermented beer. They really make whatever they can specific to this area.” 13187 Fitzhugh Rd.

For brick oven pizza and smoked pastrami, Pieous

Food & Wine: Pieous

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“If you’re going to Jester King, I always recommend going to nearby Pieous. It used to be an old smoke house and they converted it to a pizzeria, but decided to use the old smoker and make pastrami too. And they recently opened up a pastry shop so if you go in the morning you can get housemade croissants.” 12005 US 290 West.

For part supply shop, part museum, Métier

Food & Wine: Metier

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“You can never waste too much time coming here, I can spend hours. They have 1st  edition cookbooks, a mix of knives for any occasion, from hunting tools to traditional Misonos, and everything else food related in between.” 1805 S 1st  St.

For the true Austin food truck experience, Thai-Kun at Whisler's

“Whisler’s is a bar on the east side, it’s open air and they do a lot of live music. And in it, there’s a food truck called Thai-Kun. The waterfall pork, marinated and grilled pork with a tremendous amount of spice, is exactly how to end your night on these hot days. But it’s not for the amateur.” 1816 E 6th  St.

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