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Southern Living recognizes sizzling new Austin restaurant as best in the South

Sizzling new Austin restaurant recognized as best in the South

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Launderette was named as one of the top restaurants in the South by Southern Living. Photo by Melody Fury
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Chefs Rene Ortiz and Laura Sawicki were honored for Launderette's menu of "Snacky Bits," toasts, wood-fired proteins, and large array of vegetable dishes. Photo by Melody Fury
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Open for dinner nightly and weekend brunch, Launderette is a must-visit for locals and visitors alike. Photo by Melody Fury
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We’ve been raving about it, you’ve gone wild for it, and now it's garnering national praise. This week, Austin restaurant rookie Launderette was announced to Southern Living’s anticipated annual roundup, “The South’s Best Restaurants.”

The magazine tasked favorite chefs from acclaimed kitchens across the Southern United States with picking the 2015 list. Narrowing the selections down to 30 restaurants spanning Maryland to Texas, Launderette was honored for “[Chef Rene] Ortiz’s menu of ‘Snacky Bits,’ toasts, and wood-fired proteins,” and the “large array of vegetable dishes,” which ensures there’s “something for everyone.” Must-try dishes named by Southern Living include the red snapper crudo and the romesco-draped broccolini.

The restaurant, which takes Southern-comfort cuisine and Mediterranean flavors and expertly elevates its dishes to first-class gourmet-crafted concoctions, accomplished a major feat being named to this list.

In Austin, it's difficult to gain attention in a sea of new restaurant explosion, not to mention competing against the city's excellent, long-established dining options. But chefs Laura Sawicki and Ortiz are no novices to the food scene and directly tapped into what Austinites want and love. Blending years of experience, Launderette is the result of two incredible chefs combining their extensive epicurean knowledge, hitting a grand slam with Launderette’s much-celebrated dinner and brunch menus.

Launderette joins San Antonio’s Cured and Houston’s Underbelly as the only three Texas eateries on the list. We recommend stopping in for an evening glass of Champagne paired with the fried oysters or perhaps the charred octopus, Gruyere cauliflower gratin, and a craft cocktail.