As a city full of foodies, we're constantly chatting about where to eat and what to check out next. Now OpenTable is weighing in with a roundup of the 100 Best Restaurants for Foodies, which includes a whopping eight Austin-area eateries.
The reservation website combed through millions of reviews to compile a list of the top restaurants deemed "Fit for Foodies" by OpenTable users. Each restaurant's average score in this category was used to determine the nationwide list of 100 spots.
Austin was regarded as a "standout" city by OpenTable, with eight restaurants from a broad range of culinary genres making the cut.
Our local farm-to-table trend got some serious love from OpenTable users, with longtime favorites Foreign & Domestic, Odd Duck, and Salty Sow landing on the list. American fare was the most popular cuisine overall, but the rest of the Austin-area restaurants — Lenoir, Uchi, Qui, The Peached Tortilla, and Cedar Park's Soto — represent a wide range of cuisines.
According to OpenTable, newly opened restaurants were favored on the list. "A quarter of the eateries [have] opened in 2015 alone and the majority of honorees were founded in the last five years." All of the Austin restaurants falls in the latter group with the exception of Uchi, which has been a mainstay of the local culinary scene since 2003.
Only one other Texas restaurant makes the cut: Uchi's new Dallas location. The Lone Star State has the third most foodie restaurants in the nation, beat out only by New York and California.