Where to eat in Austin when it’s cold
When the cold weather hits Central Texas, it might last a few days or a few weeks. Or, maybe just a few hours. One of the best ways to stay warm is with a good meal. Whether it’s stick-to-your ribs comfort food, a big bowl of chili or restorative soups from Thailand or Mexico, Austin restaurants have plenty of ways to keep you warmed from the inside out.
Tan My Vietnamese Noodle Soup Restaurant
This restaurant takes Pho Soup very seriously bringing enriching broth to the table with you’re large amount of crisp vegetables on the sides so you can add exactly the amount that you want. Open 7 days a week 10am – 9Pm
Four variations of ramen, including vegetarian ramen, from the folks behind Kome
A bake shop, beer garden and outdoor oasis just on the fringe of Sixth Street’s shot bars.
Eat breakfast at any time of the day, or enjoy comfort classics like a meatloaf sandwich or chicken at dumplings.
Chen’s Noodle House
A friendly dive in the best of ways, this counter-service restaurant from George Chen is home to some of the best hand-cut noodles in town, transformed into springy squiggles that swim in bowls of crumbly lamb meatballs. Beyond the noodles, which you also can eat as part of a stir-fry, try the sesame buns squeezing savory pork or the fragrant and crispy green onion pancakes. Bonus points for its proximity to Asia Market for some inspired post-meal shopping.
The main goal of a neighborhood restaurant should be to serve up community and comfort, and chef Chad Dolezal’s East Austin restaurant fits the mold. The restaurant-bar hybrid is not out to wow you with technique, but it knows how to deliver aggressive flavors. You could call the fried Brussels sprouts with golden raisins and peanut butter or the queso fundido with pork sausage elevated bar food, but what Dolezal is really doing — from charred okra with watermelon barbecue sauce to fried Gulf oysters and grilled corn with cotija cheese — is cooking Texas cuisine.
A little bit of French class amid the boozy grumble and stumble of Sixth Street. Try the duck confit if it’s on the menu, or housemade charcuterie.
This Hyde Park institution has been keeping diners warmed with chicken and vegetable soup for more than 30 years.
Taste of Ethiopia
Woinee Mariam’s hospitality is warmer than a spoonful of berbere spice. With her two locations (there’s another one in Pflugerville), Mariam has not only created a platform to showcase traditional dishes of her native Ethiopia but also formed something of a de facto community center for Ethiopian expats and the culinarily curious alike. Berbere spice spreads its burnt orange sunset over minced beef fried with ginger, onion and cardamom on a dish of minchet abish, and it permeates the chicken in doro wot, the national dish of Ethiopia. Peruse the vegetarian buffet with its beans, peas, collard greens and lentils and you will begin to see the direct lineage between African food and the cuisine of the American South. But they don’t have honey wine and Ethiopian coffee in the American South like they do here.
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