Austin Restaurants Worth A Revisit

Change is good. And when it comes to Austin restaurants, we've had our fair share of change--it sometimes seems that the flux of new restaurants is never ending. Even though new is nice, there's something to be said for an old restaurant standby. Before you venture out into the unknown, take time to remember these tried and true Austin restaurants--all worth a revisit or two. (Photo: Fino courtesy of Jody Horton)

Updated: September 19, 2011

Austin Restaurants Worth a Revisit


Lambert's Downtown Barbeque

401 W Second St, Austin, TX 78701

Sure the sign says barbecue, but Lamberts is that and so much more--the downtown Austin restaurant has been going strong for nearly 10 years. Come for what's called "inventive barbecue and modern Texas cooking." You might get hooked on the deviled eggs topped with caviar or the mustard- and brown sugar-rubbed rib eye.


Vespaio

1610 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

Reservations are only accepted until 6:30pm; after that, you have to wait for what may be the best Italian food dished up on South Congress Avenue in Austin. You can't go wrong with any of the classics, whether it be the lasagne alla bolognese or the not-to-missed selections in the antipasti case.


Green Pastures Restaurant

811 W Live Oak St, Austin, TX 78704

This off-the-beaten path southern gem in south Austin is often overlooked--even though it's one of the best event venues in town. Put Green Pastures back on your radar, not only for its French-inspired dinner dishes, but also for its delectable Sunday brunch. This is one of few brunch buffets doing it up right with abundant seafood selections, carving stations, eggs Benedict and more.


Jeffrey's Restaurant

1204 W Lynn St, Austin, TX 78703

The departure of executive chef Deegan McClung has left sous chef Bridget Bishop in charge, and diners are in good hands. Guests have been coming to this Clarksville neighborhood icon for more than 35 years for crispy oysters, classic cocktails and five-star service, and Bishop continues the tradition.


Fino Restaurant

2905 San Gabriel St, Austin, TX 78705

Fino sits just north of downtown, serving up Mediterranean-inspired fare in an upscale casual atmosphere. Expect flawless service and flavors bursts in dishes such as the paella and baba ghanoush.