by Monika Kowalczyk - 65 Reviews - 40 List
Tarrytowners are a lucky bunch. Centrally located just a skip away from downtown Austin's lively buzz, this Old West neighborhood is oh-so-peacefully tucked away on lush, tree-lined streets with unparalleled convenience and enough character and enviable charm to boot. And the restaurants? Slightly limited but still fabulous. Fabi & Rosi rounds out our picks for favorite Tarrytown eateries. (Pictured: Mozart's)
Updated: June 29, 2010
In Austin's small museum scene, amenities such as on-site cafes simply didn't exist at key locations like this one, meaning visitors would have to ignore their rumbling tummies as they viewed the collection. The AMOA at Laguna Gloria's historic gardens and art can be enjoyed knowing that cafe fare from restaurateur Eddie Bernal of the 34th Street Cafe is close at hand.
With its broad lakeside decks, exposed-brick walls, shiny hardwood floors and chairs covered with burlap coffee sacking, Mozart's is neither corporate nor bohemian, and fits with the essence of Tarrytown perfectly. Major kudos to the pastry chefs, who create cakes so decorative they're almost architectural.
This tiny, gem-of-an-eatery is a lunchtime HQ for many, so diners--plan ahead (or opt for take-out to avoid the long wait). The deli cases are filled to the brim with freshly-prepared empanadas and gourmet sandwiches, but the real treat lies in the dessert case. (You've been warned.)
We start drooling at the mere thought of Fabi & Rosi's elegant and romantic aesthetic, richly decadent menu selections and irresistibly European vibe. This Lake Austin Blvd restaurant is a local and critics' favorite, and the price affordability throws you for a serious loop.
Small, comfy, relaxing--and strangely situated behind a shop that sell hammocks. Regardless, Wink is another culinary treasure the residents of Tarrytown get to brag about, but we don't mind. Kick off your evening with venison sweetbread, breeze through the hamachi appetizer and tear into that grilled hanger steak while consoling your vegetarian neighbor. (Dessert's a heavenly given.) Reservations are strongly recommended.