Better Half Coffee & Cocktails
The Austin restaurant scene paid a lot of lip service to the idea of neighborhood restaurants this year without giving much thought to what that actually means. Any eatery with residential neighbors and extended hours can make the claim, but this West Fifth Street eatery is really one of two newcomers that really earned it (see Sour Duck below for the other). Although the menu isn’t heavy on the kinds of fatty classics that most people recognize as comfort food, it is filled with treats you’ll want to eat time and time again. For me that was the greens and grains, a healthy-ish dish that I craved more than any other this year.