On Wednesday, Paleo-friendly Picnik opens the doors to a new location in a booming part of town. The Burnet Road spot will serve the fresh fare that the South Lamar food truck is known for, in a new brick-and-mortar space.
The food truck launched in 2013 and became a fast favorite for breakfast tacos, bone broth, ready-made lunches, pastries, and decadent butter coffee. In addition to these staples, the Burnet Road restaurant will offer more breakfast, lunch, and dinner options — all of which are gluten-, peanut-, corn-, and soy-free.
"Picnik started as a solution to the dietary struggles in my own life and as a way to provide a fun dining experience for everyone — regardless of whether they have food allergies or not. We wanted to take the guesswork out of safe, nutritious, readily accessible food. Our new location will allow our team to bring more healthy and delicious dining options to Austin and we are excited to share our simple nutrition philosophy that food that is good for you can also taste good," said Naomi Seifter in a release.
Seifter crafted the new menu alongside executive chef Dan Salivar and culinary consultant Justin Turner. Like the food truck, the kitchen places a heavy emphasis on sourcing from local farms and producers when possible.
The Burnet Road brick-and-mortar is a far cry from the original repurposed shipping container. The restaurant features three connected spaces — a dining room, a coffee lounge, and an outdoor patio — designed by McCray & Co., whose work you'll recognize from Odd Duck, Ramen Tatsu-ya, Lenoir, and Noble Sandwich Co.
Picnik is located in the former Fork & Taco space, at 4801 Burnet Rd. It opens at 7 am daily and closes at 9 pm Sunday through Thursday and 10 pm Friday and Saturday. The food truck on South Lamar will continue its normal operating hours.