For the Texas culinary world, the revelation of Texas Monthly's annual Where to Eat list is cause for celebration. Led by the esteemed Patricia Sharpe and her team, the magazine spends 12 months tasting and testing the state's new restaurants to determine which are the best in the land.
This year, Austin nabbed two spots on the list. Coming in at No. 2 is Olamaie, which serves up creative Southern-inspired fare in an impeccably redesigned cottage. "By any logic, Olamaie belongs in the South, with places like Husk and Catbird Seat, which are revolutionizing that region’s delicious if sometimes hidebound cooking," writes the magazine. "At Olamaie what’s old is new, and how." (And how indeed.)
Odd Duck, the South Lamar food truck turned brick-and-mortar which opened to much fanfare in late 2013, grabbed the No. 5 spot. The brainchild of Chef Bryce Gilmore of Barley Swine fame, Odd Duck has a reputation for a consistently innovative — and delicious — menu. "Fine dining wears a comfort-food guise at Odd Duck," says TM.
East Austin's La V nabbed an honorable mention on the list. TM calls the menu "French but approachable," and describes swanky La V as "where you take the boss for dinner."