In what can only be called an ode to Burnet Road, The New York Times offered some advice on the five places it thinks you should go in Austin.
The piece begins with a description of an out-with-the-old and in-with-the-new Burnet Road, which it says “for years, was mostly seen as a tatty stretch of car repair shops, old-school food joints, gas stations and derelict business” — but not anymore. The Times says the strip — and Austin — is evolving.
Here are the five places the publication says you should visit in Austin. Side note: they’re all located on Burnet Road.
Barley Swine First on the list is Bryce Gilmore’s farm-to-table and James Beard-nominated restaurant. The restaurant was also named No. 4 on Austin360’s food critic Matthew Odam’s list of best restaurants before it moved from South Lamar in January.
The Times recommends you order a Basil on Basil cocktail and “don’t miss the too-cute pig face bun, filled with a mix of crushed peanuts, pork and local bananas.”
“In addition to standbys like dark chocolate with olive oil and sea salt, there are seasonal flavors like back porch iced tea, with black tea and a generous pour of Paula’s Texas Lemon and Grapefruit liqueurs,” The Times says.
The Peached Tortilla When this Asian-Southern fusion restaurant switched from a food truck to its brick-and-mortar location on Burnet Road last year, we thought it took a bit of its luster away. Nevertheless, The Times found it noteworthy.
“Try the flat, wide rice noodles tossed with brisket and kale for a twist on chow fun, then wash it down with a Margarita de Peached, spiced up with habanero-infused tequila and Thai basil,” The Times says.
Monkey Nest Coffee The Times says “regulars of this 24-hour cafe favor the Spicy Monkey Mocha, laced with cayenne pepper.” For more takes on Austin coffee shops, follow Austin360’s quest to visit more than 100 local cafes.
Uptown Modern This restored vintage Danish and mid-century modern furniture shop is the only non-eatery that made the list. “Snag a Florence Knoll chrome and marble coffee table,” The Times says. “Or Arne Jacobsen swan chairs with original chartreuse wool fabric.”