Restaurant of the Year

Austin hot spot named one of Food & Wine's Restaurants of the Year

Austin hot spot named one of Food & Wine's Restaurants of the Year

Launderette Bar
Launderette is a Food & Wine magazine Restaurant of the Year. Photo by Melody Fury
Chef Rene Ortiz Launderette
Chef Rene Ortiz calls his muffulettas at Launderette's next-door project Mr. Mc's "the best in the world." Photo by Julia Keim
Launderette Bar
Chef Rene Ortiz Launderette

The secret’s out. Launderette is the place to be.

In its annual roundup of the “10 most exciting new places to eat in America now,” Food & Wine magazine has selected Launderette as one of its Restaurants of the Year. Like the other eateries honored on the coveted list, Launderette was chosen for its originality, authenticity, and for “raising the bar in unexpected ways.”

Located in a converted laundromat, Launderette is the East Austin hot spot from culinary stars Rene Ortiz and Laura Sawicki. Food & Wine touts Ortiz for his “next-level versions of the standards,” calling out his “unbelievable” Edward Island mussels made with a ground pancetta and salami broth, chopped Castelvetrano olives, and fermented serrano chile butter. Sawicki’s spongy burger buns also receive a nod from the magazine.

Launderette’s next-door project, Mr. Mc’s Grocery Market, is also praised by Food & Wine for its “lovingly curated” selections and New Orleans-inspired fare like boudin and muffuletta.

Making a place for itself in the hearts of Austinites as well, Launderette received nominations in our own 2016 Tastemaker Awards for Restaurant of the Year, Chef of the Year, and Pastry Chef of the Year.

As for the other Food & Wine Restaurants of the Year? The magazine’s editor, Nilou Motamed, says that all 10 places were chosen for their “ambition and out-of-the-box thinking,” noting that it’s “an exciting time to be a lover of restaurants.”

Restaurant lovers, add these nine other top spots to your foodie bucket list:

  • Brewer's Table at Surly Brewing, Minneapolis
  • Cala, San Francisco
  • Death & Taxes, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • High Street on Hudson, New York
  • Locol, Los Angeles
  • Monteverde Restaurant & Pastificio, Chicago
  • Shaya, New Orleans
  • The Dabney, Washington
  • Townsman, Boston