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Fearless Critic restaurant review of the day
Austin
Food
Feel
Price
8.8
8.0
$40
Austin’s best French chef in the place you’d least expect...a Lakeway wine bar

This former Vino 100 space tries for elegance with black linens and modern lighting, and the effect, combined with the homely, generic name, might lead you to believe this is just another suburban strip-mall snorefest. But Artisan is perhaps Texas’s best-kept secret, concealing a chef whose impressive resumé includes a Parisian Michelin-starred restaurant and his own Norman culinary school. True to form, he’s the only chef in the kitchen, even during rushes. Whether ideal, flaky croissant; flawlessly poached egg; crackling,… [More]


From the Super ’Stache The underpriced underdogs
Austin
Food
Feel
Price
8.8
8.0
$15
The best wood-fired pizza in town’s always worth a bit of a wait

One of the brightest lights at the end of Austin’s pizza tunnel comes from the hearthfires at House Pizzeria. It embodies a lot of that Eastside-bound geeky DIY spirit: there’s only one wood-burning oven, turned up to an ideal, hellish 750 or so degrees. When the place is busy, your pie will take a while, but waiting isn’t totally unpleasant, given the draft choices: Live Oak, (512), Real Ale, and Maine root beer. There are also some decent organic wines.… [More]