The east side of Austin is one of the most ever-changing, high-growth areas of the city. It seems that almost every week some new food truck, bar or shop is opening up — and this spring is no exception. Here’s a look at what’s brand new and coming soon on the East Side!
Tamale House East – 1707 E. 6th Street
If you are anything like me, you think the original cramped, hot Tamale House on Airport Boulevard rules the breakfast taco. After moving to east Austin I had withdrawal from my weekly fix. So I was practically orgasmic to learn that Tamale House East just opened on March 8. The same much-loved original menu, plus some new items, and a nice little patio area. Note: Although the address is 6th Street, you can also get to it from the 5th Street side.
Cenote - 1010 E. Cesar Chavez
This adorable restaurant/café is in a beautifully restored 1887 house that was on the very first hand-drawn map of Austin. Opened on March 26, Cenote specializes in high quality espresso and fair trade coffees and they are the official new home of Rockstar Bagels. The menu is filled with delicious food that is as locally sourced as possible, utilizing Austin's awesome local farms as well their own on-site garden. Wine and beer is also available.
Eastside Supply Co. - 1105 E. 6th Street
After celebrating its grand opening on March 9, this retail store celebrates the modern-day artisan with a selection of uniquely designed and hand-crafted textiles and home goods from local designers, authors and individuals. The people behind Eastside Supply are graphic designers who created the store from their love of Austin.
Tickle Beauty Boutique - 1107 E. 11th Street
This new girly shop is nestled in a cute cottage on the artistic and evolving east 11th street. Tickle offers natural manicures and pedicures along with a wide range of clothing and accessories from local designers. The concept was created by shoe designer Jessica Nadeau, who decided to share her passion for fashion, including the addition of her eclectic taste in clothes and accessories, along with showcasing local and worldwide designers.
New Farmers Markets
To add to its popular original location HOPE has debuted a small pop-up market in Cherrywood on Wednesdays from 3 - 7 p.m. Also, the Sustainable Food Center just celebrated the opening of a new east market at the YMCA at Hwy. 183 and 51st Street, on March 20.
Shady Seven – 5100 E. 7th Street
This Mexican Ranch cantina is almost ready to open; but meanwhile, they’ve got the “Little Shady” food truck right in front, serving up deliciousness! This is Chef Tyson Blankemeyer’s second restaurant (the first was in New York), and in addition to a fantastic selection of tacos, gorditas and sandwiches, Shady is also currently serving a variety of ceviches. The menu is sure to expand greatly once the full restaurant is open.
Vintage Heart Coffee – 1405 E. 7th Street
Opening summer 2012, Vintage will be brewing the fair trade coffees and espresso from fellow locals Third Coast Roasting Company. Quack's 43rd Street bakery will provide pastries, Wholy Bagels brings a bit of the east coast, and with house-made syrups, Vintage has your coffee fix covered. They will also give a discount for those who bring their own mug or choose to dine in-house.
The Silo on 7th – 1300 E. 7th Street
There isn’t a whole lot of information about this new restaurant under construction; with yes, a big silo out in front. It will be a drafthouse/brewpub style joint, with a rooftop deck.
Counter Culture – 2337 E. Cesar Chavez
Once a trailer food joint on North Loop, Counter Culture is busy establishing a brick-and-mortar location due east. Shooting for an opening date in April, this restaurant will feature vegan and raw food specialties. “Counter Culture is on the perfect street,” the owners wrote on Facebook. “Cesar Chávez was a vegan because he believed in animal rights and also for his health.”