By Chef Tim Love
I truly believe that Austin is one of the greatest cities in the country. The music, the architecture, the culture, and of course, the food, is out of this world. Austin feels like the perfect home for my style of cooking and opening a restaurant here has been a big dream of mine for a long time.
The biggest misconception about Texas dining is: that we are only good at BBQ.
In reality it is: a multicultural culinary playground.
Make sure you try: a loaf of bread from Odd Duck, because it's made from a wood-oven right in front of you and has the most amazing crust.
1201 South Lamar Boulevard, Austin, TX 78704
T: 512.433.6521 | oddduckaustin.com
About Tim Love
Tim Love is known for what he calls “urban western cuisine” and is the executive chef of several Texas restaurants, including the Lonesome Dove Western Bistro, White Elephant Saloon, the Love Shack, the Woodshed Smokehouse in Fort Worth and has recently opened Lonesome Dove Austin.
Lonesome Dove Austin is definitely a reflection of my flagship in Fort Worth, but it's also my ode to Austin itself. You'll find classics on the menu, but then you'll find dishes that speak to the city, such as the Wild Game Fettine, Axis Tenderloin Carpaccio Nachos, Deviled Gulf Coast Blue Crabs, Farro Congee with Kale Pesto, Porcini-Crusted Spatchcocked Game Hen, and a Whole Roasted Berkshire Pork Crepinette, to name a few. This restaurant is my love song to Austin and Texas overall.
LONESOME DOVE AUSTIN
419 Colorado Street, Austin, TX 78701
T: 512.271.2474 | lonesomedoveaustin.com
Chef Tim Love's Austin Guide
MORNING | Breakfast
Definitely get the egg sandwich.
1300 South Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas 78704 | T: 512.444.3800
242 West 2nd Street, Austin, TX 78701 | T: 512.469.9003
MORNING | Coffee
Perfect for the morning coffee run and they even have a full bar where you can get a great Screwdriver. You can't beat that.
218 West 4th Street, Austin, TX 78701
T: 512.472.9637 | halcyoncoffeebar.com/location/austin
SHOPPING | Food & Markets
AUSTIN FARMERS MARKETS
Definitely check out the Farmers Market Downtown and for more artisanal products hit up South Congress.
SFC Farmers Market Downtown | Sat: 9am - 1pm
422 Guadalupe Street, Austin, TX 78701 | T: 512.236.0074 | sustainablefoodcenter.org
South Austin Farmers Market | Sat: 8am - 1pm
2910 South Congress Street, Austin, TX 78704
RESTAURANTS | Lunch
CLARK'S OYSTER BAR
This is always a solid choice for a light lunch or snack.
1200 West 6th Street, Austin, TX 78703
T: 512.297.2525 | www.clarksoysterbar.com
AFTERNOON | Sweets
AMY'S ICE CREAMS
After lunch, head to Amy's on South Congress for a pick-me-up.
1301 South Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78704
T: 512.440.7488 | www.amysicecreams.com/soco
PRE-DINNER | Cocktails
I start here with their margaritas.
400 West 2nd Street, Austin, TX 78701
T: 512.499.0300 | www.lacondesa.com
RESTAURANTS | Dinner
For modern Thai food, hit Sway.
1417 S 1st Street, Austin, TX 78704
T: 512.326.1999 | www.swayaustin.com
PERLA'S SEAFOOD & OYSTER BAR
If you are looking for a more traditional menu and atmosphere, Perla's is great for seafood.
1400 S Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78704
T: 512.291.7300 | www.perlasaustin.com
I love heading to chef Paul Qui's restaurant for a late night bite.
1816 East 6th Street, Austin, TX 78702
T: 512.407.8166 | whislersatx.com/thai-kun
Cover photograph courtesy of Clark's Oyster Bar.
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