52 Austin restau­rants owned and op­er­ated by women

Austin American-Statesman - - FOOD & DRINK -

Women (and al­lies) around the world joined ear­lier this month to ac­knowl­edge In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day, a day meant to raise aware­ness in hopes of cul­ti­vat­ing a “more in­clu­sive and gen­der-equal world.” While the day has passed, ev­ery day is a good day to rec­og­nize the role women play in all as­pects of our community. In that spirit, I com­piled a list of 52 restau­rants owned and/or op­er­ated pri­mar­ily by women in Austin. Of course, own­er­ship and man­age­ment teams are com­pli­cated, and the list doesn’t cover a host of hus­band-and-wife teams (Asti and Can­tine, Baguette et Choco­late, Fabi & Rosi, Franklin Bar­be­cue, Gour­mands, Jus­tine’s, Kome, Pieous, Poke Poke, Sawyer & Co. and Vince Young Steak­house), fam­i­ly­owned restau­rants (Ta­male House East) and the many trail­ers (Tacos Guer­rero, La Flor) run by women, but it is a good-faith ef­fort. If we’re miss­ing some, please email me at modam@states­man. com.

68 De­grees. 2401 Lake Austin Blvd. 512-766-6868, 68de­grees.com. At the Mediter­ranean sis­ter to restau­rant to La Travi­ata, you’ll find Ital­ian sta­ples like home­made ravi­oli and bistro en­trees like crispy duck and grilled trout. (Own­ers Marion and Joan Gill­crist)

El Alma. 1025 Bar­ton Springs Road. 512-609-8923, elal­macafe.com. Or­der a plate of sweet, gooey and sa­vory Gringas (que­sadil­las of cheese, ár­bol salsa and al pas­tor with pineap­ple) and a skinny mar­garita on the rooftop pa­tio and thank me later. (Chef-part­ner Alma Al­co­cer)

An­di­amo Ris­torante. 2521 Rut­land Drive. 512-7193377, an­di­amoital­iano.com. Au­then­tic Ital­ian in North Austin with a fam­ily-owned vibe will set you at ease. So will the home­made ravi­oli. (Owner Daniela Mar­cone)

Amy’s Ice Creams. Mul­ti­ple lo­ca­tions. amysice­creams. com. One of Austin’s lead­ing en­trepreneurs changed the way Aus­tinites thought about ice cream and fast-ca­sual ser­vice with a quirk and a smile. (Owner Amy Sim­mons)

Baby Greens. 1508 W. An­der­son Lane. 512-7706255, eat­baby­greens.com. Sal­ads and, for a cou­ple of bucks less, wraps with fa­mil­iar fla­vor pro­files at this North Austin re­boot of an old South Austin fa­vorite. Bonus con­ve­nience points for driv­ethru or­der­ing. (Owner Sharon Mays)

Bouldin Creek Cafe. 1900 S. First St. 512-416-1601, bould­in­creek­cafe.com. One of Austin’s true tem­ples to veg­e­tar­ian and ve­gan fare. Even the most avid meat-eater will be im­pressed with dishes like por­to­bello fa­ji­tas or the zuc­chini mi­gas. Bonus points for best veg­gie burger in town. (Owner Les­lie Martin)

Brent­wood So­cial House. 1601 W. Koenig Lane. 512362-8656, brent­wood­so­cial­house.com. Cof­fee, tea, pies, quiches and more at this charm­ing cafe and bak­ery in Brent­wood. (Own­ers Suzanne Daniels and Sarah Olano)

Bribery Bak­ery. 2013 Wells Branch Park­way #109. 512-531-9832; 1900 Si­mond Ave #300. 512-297-2720; bribery­bak­ery.com. The bak­ery serves sweet and sa­vory break­fast items, pas­tries, pies, cook­ies, cakes, cup­cakes and more, as well as cof­fee drinks, cock­tails and wine. (Chef-owner Jodi El­liott)

Buenos Aires Cafe. 1201 E. Sixth St. 512-382-1189; 13500 Gal­le­ria Cir­cle. 512-441-9000; bueno­sairescafe.com. This Ar­gen­tine café serves ex­cel­lent em­pan­das (for meat­lovers and veg­e­tar­i­ans) and makes a fan­tas­tic chimichurri to go with their steaks (and steak sand­wiches). (Che­fowner Reina Mor­ris)

Cap­i­tal City Bak­ery. 2211 E. Ce­sar Chavez St. 512666-7437, cap­i­tal­ci­ty­bak­ery. com. In­di­vid­u­al­ized cakes, cookie sand­wiches, brown­ies, cheesecake … and some­how it’s all ve­gan. (Chef-owner Kris­ten Daven­port)

Casa Maria. 4327 S. First St. 512-444-8861, casamari­arestau­rant.net. Fa­tima Robles has been serv­ing Aus­tinites North­ern Mex­i­can cui­sine for 20 years in South Austin. There are also now lo­ca­tions in San Mar­cos and Kyle. (Owner Fa­tima Robles)

Chez Zee. 5406 Bal­cones Drive. 512-454-2666, chez-zee. com. Texas, Italy and France all play friendly at this West Austin bistro sta­ple with a brunch fea­tur­ing the pop­u­lar and deca­dent creme brulee French toast. (Owner Sharon Watkins)

Counter Cafe. 626 N. La­mar Blvd. 512-708-8800; 1914 E. Sixth St. 512-351-9961; coun­ter­cafe.com. You can al­most reach over the counter and into the gal­ley kitchen to flip your own crab cake that comes with poached eggs and cur­ried peanut and lemon aioli dip­ping sauces. (Owner Deb­bie Davis)

Counter Cul­ture. 2337 E. Ce­sar Chavez St. 512-5241540, coun­ter­cul­tureaustin. com. The gluten- and soy-free ver­sion of mac and cheese at this restau­rant will make you a be­liever in ve­gan cui­sine, as will a Reuben made with tem­peh. Piz­zas are made with or­ganic corn­meal crusts and can be or­dered gluten-free as well. (Owner Sue Davis)

Crema Bak­ery. 9001 Brodie Lane B3. 512-282-1300, cremabak­erycafe.com. Break­fast crois­sants in the morn­ing, sand­wiches on freshly baked bread and desserts all day at this bak­ery. (Che­fowner Jes­sica Forkner)

East­side Café. 2113 Manor Road. 512-476-5858, East­sideCafeAustin.com. Com­fort­ing dishes that take a light ap­proach, re­ly­ing on sea­sonal veg­eta­bles, at this quaint house in East Austin. (Owner Elaine Martin)

Eden East. 755 Springdale Road. 512-428-6500, ede­neas­t­austin.com. Hard to get more farm-to-ta­ble than Sonya Cote’s bu­colic al fresco restau­rant at Springdale Farm. (Chef-owner Sonya Cote)

Epicerie. 2307 Han­cock Drive. 512-371-6840, epicerieaustin.com. This FrenchLouisiana bistro de­liv­ers well­con­structed sand­wiches like an open-faced cured sal­mon with cream cheese and egg on toasted rye, as well as heartier dishes like boudin. (Che­fowner Sarah McIn­tosh)

Fresa’s. 915 N. La­mar Blvd. 512-428-5077; 1703 S. First St. 512-992-2946; fre­saschicken. com. Walk up or drive-thru at the orig­i­nal on La­mar Boule­vard for healthy salad bowls, some of the best queso in town and com­plex tacos like the El San­cho, with chicken pas­tor, pineap­ple pico, ji­cama and tomatillo salsa. The South First lo­ca­tion, which opened last year, in­cludes larger for­mat op­tions like chimichurri grilled steak and aji shrimp, as well as a playscape for kids. (Own­ers Margaret Vera and ex­ec­u­tive pas­try chef Laura Saw­icki, part­ners with ex­ec­u­tive chef Rene Or­tiz)

Garbo’s. 14735 Brat­ton Lane. 512-350-9814, gar­boslob­ster­atx.com. The restau­rant in Wells Branch ex­pands its food truck menu to in­clude fish spreads, grilled fish, a solid burger and more, in ad­di­tion to the ex­cel­lent lob­ster rolls. (Chef-owner Heidi Garbo)

Hill­side Far­macy. 1209 E. 11th St. 512-628-0168, hill­side­far­macy.com. Pâtis­serie and café in the morn­ing, solid deli in the day­time and an evening menu full of bistro clas­sics and oys­ters, this wellde­signed space has a lit­tle bit of some­thing for ev­ery­body, in­clud­ing out­door cafe tables. (Own­ers Jade Matthews, Mickie Spencer and chef-part­ner Sonya Cote)

Home Slice Pizza. 1415 S. Congress Ave. 512-444-7437, home­s­li­cepizza.com. A com­mit­ment to un­flap­pable ser­vice, qual­ity ex­e­cu­tion and ebul­lient spirit have as much to do with the pizzeria’s suc­cess as the toasty crunch of a large New York-style pie with rosy pep­per­o­nis and snappy green peppers (Own­ers Terri Han­nifin and Jen Strick­land, and Jen’s hus­band, Joseph)

Juice So­ci­ety. 1100 S. La­mar Blvd. 512-596-2947, juice-so­ci­ety.com. This bright, airy shop sells cold-pressed, or­ganic juice and gra­nola. (Owner Danielle So­bel)

Julio’s. 4230 Du­val St. 512-452-1040, juliosaustin. com. Break­fast tacos, roasted chicken, en­chi­ladas and more through­out the day at this Hyde Park sta­ple since 1983.

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