East Austin's newest restaurant and bar has finally arrived. Originally slated to debut in March, Hill Country-inspired Pitchfork Pretty officially opened its doors with breakfast service Thursday, June 8.
The cafe-style breakfast — featuring pastries, breakfast sandwiches, and coffee — is served weekdays from 7 to 10:30 am. An anticipated dinner menu will launch Wednesday, June 14.
Owner Seth Baas, who owned Blanca restaurant in San Diego, California, returned to his Texas roots with a passion for making high-end food accessible. The Lone Star State is a melting pot of international influences, from German to Mexican, and Pitchfork Pretty will fuse these cuisines, while incorporating old-world and wood-fired cooking methods.
Also on the team are chef Max Snyder (an Austin native with an impressive San Francisco restaurant resume); general manager Alexander Dubey (most recently from Otoko and Apis Restaurant and Apiary); and bar director Ryan Nolan (Girl & The Goat, Chicago).
The regional, seasonal dinner menu is broken into four sections: snacks, appetizers, entrees, and sweets. Snacks range from oysters to buckwheat cornbread, and appetizers include a snapper crudo and eggplant gazpacho. A half chicken is available as an entree — either fried or barbecued — as is a smoked beef rib, sausage, and tongue, which serves two.
"The name comes from the owner wanting to pay homage to the farmer (pitchfork) and convey the restaurant's role in taking the farm's rustic elements and raw bounty into our hands to respectfully refine it for diners (pretty)," a restaurant spokesperson told CultureMap in a previous interview.
The restaurant is designed to be an open, contemporary space for the growing East Cesar Chavez neighborhood. Dinner hours are 5 to 10 pm, Tuesday through Thursday, 5 to 11 pm, Friday and Saturday.