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Many trusted lo­cal food­ies will tell you that Austin’s best restau­rant is out­side the city lim­its, tucked away in the Hill Coun­try along the Ped­er­nales River. Trust us: The 30-mile drive to this fine-din­ing gem is more than worth it. 23526 Texas Hwy. 71, Spice­wood, 512-436-8918; apis­restau­rant.com


Un­der the helm of na­tive Austin chef Bryce Gil­more (Food & Wine Best New Chef, class of 2011), this warm and at­ten­tive restau­rant gets it right every time with its 10-course tast­ing menu show­cas­ing the best of lo­cal farms. IN­SIDER TIP: Take it up a notch with the pair­ing menu, which fea­tures craft beer along with de­light­fully sur­pris­ing wine choices. 6555 Bur­net Rd., Ste. 400, 512-3948150; bar­leyswine.com


With three op­tions for eat­ing and drink­ing, each with its own menu— the sub­ter­ranean Boiler Room cock­tail bar, the rooftop Deck Nine Ob­ser­va­tory Bar, and the main act, the Boiler Nine Bar + Grill—the former Sea­holm Power Plant has been trans­formed into one of the hottest night spots in town. 800 W. Ce­sar Chavez St., 512-220-9990; boil­er­nine.com


One of the most charm­ing spots along SoCo, the South Congress Ho­tel’s con­ti­nen­tal café is ideal for lunch or brunch. Go light with the big-eye tuna poke bowl or go all in with the sat­is­fy­ing cheese­burger.

1603 S. Congress Ave., 512-942-2061; cafenoseaustin.com


Chef-owner Jesse Grif­fiths show­cases the best of Texas at break­fast/lunch (same menu) and din­ner. Nightly op­tions in­clude an a la carte menu or the Sup­per Club Menu, which is a nod to the restau­rant’s ori­gins as a sought-af­ter sup­per club. IN­SIDER TIP: Fri­day nights, the Sup­per Club Menu is built around a Gulf seafood din­ner for two. 2406 Manor Rd., 512-524-0688; daidue.com


From his­toric roots grows some­thing com­pletely new to Austin. Named af­ter An­gelina Eberly, the woman who fired the can­non to help stave off Sam Hous­ton, Eberly fea­tures sev­eral beau­ti­ful spaces for din­ing, loung­ing, and drink­ing. It’s also home to the his­toric Cedar Tav­ern Bar of Green­wich Vil­lage. IN­SIDER TIP: When drink­ing at the beau­ti­ful, 150-year-old bar, be­ware that you’re sit­ting in front of a se­cret two-way mir­ror. 615 S. La­mar Blvd., 512-9169000; eberlyaustin.com


Chef Kevin Fink’s grained-based menu has upped the culi­nary ante on Rainey Street. Se­lect a few items off the dim sum cart, and you’ll know why Bon Ap­pétit named Em­mer & Rye one of the 50 best new restau­rants of 2016. 51 Rainey St., Ste. 110, 512-366-5530; em­merandrye.com


Not only is Fonda San Miguel one of the best in­te­rior Mex­i­can restau­rants in the US, but it’s an Austin in­sti­tu­tion as well. You can’t be an Aus­ti­nite un­til you’ve ex­pe­ri­enced its leg­endary Sun­day brunch buf­fet. 2330 W. North Loop Blvd., 512-4594121; fon­dasan­miguel.com


In­no­va­tive chef Ned El­liott’s 47-seat main­stay is neigh­bor­hood din­ing at its very best. Ex­pect el­e­gant but hearty fare that cel­e­brates the best of each sea­son. 306 E. 53rd St., 512-459-1010; fn­daustin.com


Aaron Franklin serves the best bar­be­cue in the coun­try, pe­riod. Bring your fold­ing chair and pre­pare to meet new friends as you wait in that now-leg­endary line. IN­SIDER TIP: As soon as you get in line, have some­one in your group walk over to nearby Blue Dahlia Bistro for cof­fee and a choco­late hazel­nut crois­sant to help tide you over. 900 E. 11th St.; 512-653-1187; franklin­bar­be­cue.com


The his­toric Green Pas­tures es­tate and event venue, com­plete with those beloved pea­cocks, is set to re­open in March with the new Mat­tie’s restau­rant, fea­tur­ing sea­sonal cui­sine and gen­uine hospi­tal­ity. IN­SIDER

TIP: The restau­rant’s name isn’t the only throw­back fea­ture. Mat­tie’s cock­tail list, cre­ated by bev­er­age direc­tor Ja­son Stevens, is in­spired by Green Pas­tures’ long his­tory of rev­elry. Think frosted juleps in pewter cups, bright and con­vivial punches, and the orig­i­nal milk punch recipe dat­ing back to 1965. 811 W. Live Oak St., 512-444-1888; green­pas­ture­saustin.com


Boast­ing el­e­gance and in­ge­nu­ity, Jef­frey’s has at­tracted Austin’s movers and shak­ers for decades. Its charm­ing sis­ter, Josephine House, of­fers an eclec­tic menu for break­fast, lunch, and din­ner. IN­SIDER TIP: Josephine House makes Mon­days more tol­er­a­ble with Steak Frites Night, fea­tur­ing salad or soup, your steak choice, and dessert. 1204 W. Lynn St., 512-477-5584; jef­freyso­faustin.com


Uchi alum Ni­cholas Yanes upped the Ital­ian game in Austin when he opened Ju­niper, which fo­cuses on North­ern Ital­ian cui­sine in an up­scale set­ting. 2400 E. Ce­sar Chavez St., Ste. 304, 512-220-9421; ju­niper­austin.com.


With an el­e­vated French bistro menu and the best vinyl col­lec­tion in town, the scene at this East Austin restau­rant just gets bet­ter well into the night. 4710 E. Fifth St., 512-385-2900; justines1937.com


Con­tem­po­rary Mex­i­can is paired with an ex­pan­sive tequila and mez­cal se­lec­tion at this al­ways-crowded Sec­ond Street District main­stay. 400A W. Sec­ond St., 512-499-0300; la­con­desa.com


Chef Rene Or­tiz and pas­try chef Laura Saw­icki have cre­ated one of the best small-plate restau­rants in town. Although it’s lively at night, the East Austin restau­rant is an ideal place for lunch meet­ings. 2115 Holly St., 512-382-1599; launderette austin.com


This re­cent and wel­come ad­di­tion to Mueller is packed al­most every night, at­tract­ing neigh­bors and peo­ple from fur­ther out with its cel­e­bra­tory Ital­ian menu. IN­SIDER TIP: For din­ers with lit­tle ones, L’Oca d’Oro of­fers one of the most in­ven­tive kid menus around. 1900 Si­mond Ave., 737-212-1876; lo­cadoroaustin.com


The Mex­i­can menu at this Austin sta­ple is ex­pertly ex­e­cuted. Although busi­ness din­ers and tourists alike love the down­town lo­ca­tion, its beau­ti­ful pa­tio at its Great Hills branch is hard to re­sist. 310 Congress Ave., 512-4727555; 10201 Jol­lyville Rd., 512-345-1042; manuels.com


Brother chef-own­ers Bryce and Dy­lan Gil­more de­light din­ers with un­usual dishes (beef tongue Reuben) at this hot spot for both lunch and din­ner. Ser­vice is at­ten­tive and ex­tremely knowl­edge­able. 1201 S. La­mar Blvd., 512-433-6521; odd­duck­austin.com


From the charm­ing old home to the re­fined but hearty menu steeped in tra­di­tion, Ola­maie is South­ern din­ing at its finest. IN­SIDER TIP: Don’t for­get to ask for the off-menu bis­cuits. You won’t be sorry. 1610 San An­to­nio St., 512-474-2796; ola­maieaustin.com


Restau­rant con­cept king Paul

Flem­ing (P.F. Chang’s, Flem­ing’s) and part­ner Brian Ben­nett have brought their Paul Martin’s Amer­i­can Grill to Do­main North­side, but with a lo­cal twist in the name. With an em­pha­sis on New Amer­i­can cui­sine, the menu fea­tures clas­sic dishes for lunch and din­ner. 3120 Palm Way, No. 130, 512-953-8800; paul­martins amer­i­can­grill.com


Top-notch oys­ters are served on an ex­pan­sive pa­tio along South Congress with share­able menu se­lec­tions, in­clud­ing lob­ster baked shells and cheese. 1400 S. Congress Ave., 512-291-7300; per­lasaustin.com


In­ven­tive bites and a smart cock­tail pro­gram have drawn a stylish crowd down­town for years, and now the same thing is hap­pen­ing at Do­main North­side, where Chef David Bull has opened a sec­ond lo­ca­tion at the Archer Ho­tel. 3121 Palm Way; 200 Congress Ave., 512-827-2750; sec­ond­bark­itchen.com


Whim­si­cal small plates plus creative cock­tails are the name of the game at this bustling, sec­ond-floor gas­tropub in the heart of down­town. 315 Congress Ave., 512-482-8842; swift­sat­tic.com


Chef Tyson Cole com­bines his ex­ten­sive Eastern knowl­edge with ex­otic, high-qual­ity in­gre­di­ents at this land­mark restau­rant that set the stan­dard for in­no­va­tive din­ing in Austin and at­tracts ev­ery­one from celebri­ties to fam­i­lies. 801 S. La­mar Blvd., 512-916-4808; uchi­austin.com


De­signed to mimic a Ja­panese farm­house, Uchi’s sis­ter restau­rant is pop­u­lar for its veg­e­tar­ian tast­ing menu and fried-milk dessert. Ex­pect to see one of the more stylish crowds in town. 4200 N. La­mar Blvd., 512-916-4808; uchikoaustin.com


From the creative minds be­hind Swift’s At­tic, Wu Chow brings au­then­tic farm-to-ta­ble Chi­nese food to down­town Austin. An­other fa­vorite with vis­it­ing celebs, this spot has a so­phis­ti­cated yet laid-back vibe. 500 W. Fifth St., Ste. 168, 512-4762469; wu­chowaustin.com

Just in time for pa­tio sea­son, Boiler Nine Bar + Grill re­cently opened its fourth­floor Deck Nine Ob­ser­va­tory Bar, whose menu of snacks in­cludes crispy chicken wings with peanut sauce and co­conut-lime slaw (ABOVE). Lo­cated in the his­toric Sea­holm Power...

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