Austin Top 25 Restaurants: August 2017

Hello Austin foodies and restaurateurs! Foodable's Austin Top 25 restaurants list is back to highlight some of the best restaurant's in this flavorful city.

The Top 25 veteran Launderette, known for its gourmet New American fare served in a space that was formerly a gas station and laundromat, lands at No. 1 after placing at No. 5 on our last ranking.

Last ranking's No. 1 restaurant Emmer & Rye also returns this month, but at No. 2. This farm-to-table restaurant on Rainey Street appeals to foodies looking to try multiple items by serving small plates in Dim Sum Style. And rounding out the top three is another Top 25 veteran, the farm-to-table concept, Dai Due.

This ranking features four restaurants making their debut on the Foodable Top 25.

We welcome the James Beard Awarded restaurant known for its farm-fresh Southern cuisine, Olamaie at No. 16. The fine dining steakhouse, Jeffrey's lands at No. 18 and épicerie Cafe & Grocery, which offers French-American artisanal cafe fare, makes its debut at No. 21.

The last new restaurant landing at No. 25 is the beloved barbecue joint, Franklin Barbecue, which has ben closed for the last few weeks due to a fire. Since then, the restaurant has been hosting BBQ events to give local foodies their fix while they wait for the restaurant to re-open,  

Some of the former Top 25 gems have made their way back on the list after a brief hiatus. Contigo, a restaurant that serves southern style food with seasonal cocktail menu, returns at No. 11 and the butcher shop that serves farm-to-table fare, Salt & Time returns at No. 22.

Check out what other restaurants landed on this ranking below!

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  1. Launderette | 186.91 
  2. Emmer & Rye | 186.02 
  3. Dai Due | 185.99 
  4. Jacoby's Restaurant & Mercantile | 185.64 
  5. Italic | 185.49 
  6. Barley Swine | 185.41 
  7. Odd Duck | 184.91 
  8. Fixe | 184.55 
  9. Bullfight | 184.09 
  10. Wink | 184.03 
  11. Contigo | 184.02 
  12. Lucy's Fried Chicken | 183.66 
  13. Juliet Ristorante | 183.55 
  14. Second Bar + Kitchen | 183.44 
  15. Counter 3FiveVII | 183.19 
  16. Olamaie | 183.16 
  17. Josephine House | 183.12 
  18. Jeffrey's | 182.93 
  19. Noble Sandwich | 181.91 
  20. Alcomar | 181.44 
  21. épicerie Cafe & Grocery | 180.34 
  22. Salt & Time | 180.12 
  23. Foreign & Domestic | 180.09 
  24. Swifts Attic | 178.99 
  25. Franklin Barbecue | 178.91

Austin Top 25 Restaurants: June 2016

Foodable’s Austin Top 25 features seven brand new restaurants making their debut on the list­! And it’s always exciting and rare to see these new names land in the top three!

One of the fresh names on the list including BullFight– Chef Shawn Cirkiel’s hip and rustic restaurant known for its Spanish seafood and tapas and small plates lands at the coveted no. 1 spot. But, following closely behind is an Austin top 25 veteran and last ranking’s victor, Josephine House– the New American restaurant with fine-dining featuring many locally sourced ingredients. Another farm-to-table concept, Emmer & Rye make its debut on the list as no.3, rounding out the top three restaurants.

As for some of the other movements on the list– Juniper, Arro and Epicerie return to the list after dropping off on the last ranking. While the last ranking’s third restaurant, Dai Due drops down to no. 17.

Austin’s culinary scene is evidently heating up with these new-to-the-list culinary delights creating some major social buzz. Foodable also welcomes five more new restaurants including Fixe at no. 7, Alcomar at no. 12, Wu Chow at no. 14, Italic at no. 16 and Dai Due at no. 17 and Juliet Ristorante makes its debut at no. 19.

Check out the full list below!

Gazpacho at BullFight |  Yelp, Christine Y. 

Gazpacho at BullFight | Yelp, Christine Y. 

Tres leches cheesecake at Emmer & Rye |  Yelp, Emmy B. 

Tres leches cheesecake at Emmer & Rye | Yelp, Emmy B. 

Salads at Josephine House |  Yelp, Kate A. 

Salads at Josephine House | Yelp, Kate A. 

Lemon Curd Tart at Launderette |  Yelp, Catherine T. 

Lemon Curd Tart at Launderette | Yelp, Catherine T. 

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 BullFight 180.3  
2 Josephine House 180.22  
3 Emmer & Rye 180.19  
4 Launderette 179.36  
5 Foreign & Domestic 178.98  
6 Lucy's Fried Chicken 178.61  
7 Fixe 178.34  
8 Justines Brasserie 178.24  
9 Second Bar + Kitchen 177.87  
10 Noble Sandwich Co.  177.5 Play Video
11 Barley Swine 177.13  
12 Alcomar 177.08  
13 Odd Duck 177.07  
14 Wu Chow 177.04  
15 Otoko 176.39  
16 Italic 176.14  
17 Dai Due 175.88  
18 Counter 3. Five. VII 175.65 Play Video
19 Juliet Ristorante 175.6  
20 Cantine  175.28  
21 Corner 174.54  
22 WineBelly 174.17  
23 Juniper 173.43  
24 Arro 173.06  
25 Epicerie 172.69  

Austin Top 25 Restaurants: February 2016

Austin's Top 25 Restaurants list returns this month, with a number of shakeups to the list. Taking top honors is Josephine House, which has made a steady climb up the list over the last several months. Close behind is former No. 1 restaurant Launderette and former No. 8 Dai Due, ranking at No. 2 and No. 3 respectively.

This month also saw several newcomers join the list for the first time including No. 4 Komé Sushi Kitchen, No. 11 Bufalina Pizza Kitchen and No. 20 Uchi. 

Easy Tiger and Wink also rejoined the Top 25 list this month after a several month absence.

Check out the full list below!

Poached Langoustines at Justine's Brasserie  | Facebook

Poached Langoustines at Justine's Brasserie | Facebook

Duck Confit at Launderette  | Facebook

Duck Confit at Launderette | Facebook

Steak and Fries at Josephine House  | Facebook

Steak and Fries at Josephine House | Facebook

Roasted Chicken at Dai Due  | Facebook

Roasted Chicken at Dai Due | Facebook

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 Josephine House 181.25  
2 Launderette 180.54  
3 Dai Due 180.27  
4 Komé Sushi Kitchen 180.10  
5 Justine's Brasserie 179.64  
6 Jacoby's Restaurant & Mercantile 179.63  
7 Wink 178.51  
8 Salt & Time 178.38  
9 Lucy's Fried Chicken 178.34  
10 Foreign & Domestic 177.64  
11 Bufalina 177.32  
12 Second Bar + Kitchen 177.28  
13 Franklin Barbecue 176.56  
14 Odd Duck 176.21  
15 Otoko 176.20  
16 Noble Sandwich Co. 175.84 Play Video
17 Barley Swine 175.48  
18 Easy Tiger 175.46  
19 VOX Table 175.12 Play Video
20 Uchi 175.09  
21 Cantine  174.55  
22 Counter 3. Five. VII 174.52 Play Video
23 Corner 170.92  
24 WineBelly 167.29  
25 Max's Wine Dive 166.88  

Austin Top 25 Restaurants: December 2015

This month's Top 25 in Austin sees an all veteran list, albeit with some major shakeups.

Former No. 1 Dai Due fell from top ranking to No. 8 while Launderette took top billing, followed closely by Justine's Brasserie, and Jacoby's Restaurant & Mercantile at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. 

Additional notable moves include Franklin Barbecue, which jumped up an impressive 10 spots to seize No. 9 from its former No. 19 ranking in September. Max's Wine Dive also returned to the list after being absent since May 2015, ranking in at No. 25.

Check out the full list below! 

Lemon curd tart at Launderette  | Yelp, Catherine T.   

Lemon curd tart at Launderette | Yelp, Catherine T.

 

Oyster and chorizo pambazo at Dai Due  | Instagram @trillicent_

Oyster and chorizo pambazo at Dai Due | Instagram @trillicent_

Le Vamp Noir cocktail at Justine's Brasserie (black rum, fernet, creme de cacao, Angustura bitters, rosemary on fire)  | Instagram  @justinesbrasserie

Le Vamp Noir cocktail at Justine's Brasserie (black rum, fernet, creme de cacao, Angustura bitters, rosemary on fire) | Instagram @justinesbrasserie

Chicken & waffles at Max's Wine Dive  | Yelp, George T.

Chicken & waffles at Max's Wine Dive | Yelp, George T.

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 Launderette 181.45  
2 Justine's Brasserie 180.45  
3 Jacoby's Restaurant & Mercantile 179.88  
4 Lucy's Fried Chicken 179.22  
5 Josephine House 178.82  
6 Foreign & Domestic 178.66  
7 Second Bar + Kitchen 176.49  
8 Dai Due 176.42  
9 Franklin Barbecue 176.08  
10 Otoko 175.89  
11 Noble Sandwich Co. 175.55 Play Video
12 Barley Swine 175.18  
13 VOX Table 173.87 Play Video
14 Counter 3. Five. VII 173.55 Play Video
15 Cantine  172.56  
16 Corner 171.25  
17 WineBelly 169.94  
18 Arro 168.78  
19 Odd Duck 168.63  
20 Juniper 167.46  
21 Epicerie 166.14  
22 Salt & Time 164.82  
23 Swift's Attic 163.50  
24 La Condesa 162.18  
25 Max's Wine Dive 161.48  

Austin Top 25 Restaurants: September 2015

This is Foodable’s third release of Austin’s Top 25 restaurants, this month based on September data pulled from the Restaurant Social Media Index (RSMI), so it’s still too early to tell which establishments will stick around on a consistent basis.

This month, we welcome Jacoby’s Restaurant & Mercantile to the list at No. 6. The biggest fall in September was Counter 3. Five. VII, an establishment that takes service staff out of the equation, keeping things more intimate between guest to chef. It now stands at No. 16 from No. 3. Lucy’s Fried Chicken and Justine’s Brasserie both make big jumps to the No. 4 and No. 5 spots, respectively, and there is a new No. 1 debuting in the rankings this month!

Check out the full list below.

Braised 1/2 rabbit & artichokes with carrot, spring onion, brown rice, fresh herbs and orange zest at Dai Due  | Credit: Instagram

Braised 1/2 rabbit & artichokes with carrot, spring onion, brown rice, fresh herbs and orange zest at Dai Due | Credit: Instagram

Beef short ribs at Foreign & Domestic  | Credit: Yelp, Katia O.  

Beef short ribs at Foreign & Domestic | Credit: Yelp, Katia O.
 

Lemon curd tart at Launderette  | Credit: Yelp, Catherine T.

Lemon curd tart at Launderette | Credit: Yelp, Catherine T.

Fried chicken at Lucy's Fried Chicken  | Credit: Instagram

Fried chicken at Lucy's Fried Chicken | Credit: Instagram

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 Dai Due 176.83  
2 Foreign & Domestic 175.81  
3 Launderette 175.64  
4 Lucy's Fried Chicken 174.92  
5 Justine's Brasserie 174.62  
6 Jacoby's Restaurant & Mercantile 174.17  
7 Josephine House 174.11  
8 Noble Sandwich Co. 173.17 Play Video
9 Second Bar + Kitchen 173.11  
10 Barley Swine 172.88  
11 VOX Table 172.30 Play Video
12 Cantine  172.01  
13 Corner 171.43  
14 Winebelly 171.14  
15 Odd Duck 170.85  
16 Counter 3. Five. VII 170.36 Play Video
17 LaV 169.98  
18 Otoko 169.69  
19 Franklin Barbecue 169.40  
20 Arro 169.11  
21 Juniper 168.82  
22 Epicerie 168.24  
23 Salt & Time 167.95  
24 Swift's Attic 167.66  
25 La Condesa 167.37