Tastemakers Tournament Heats up
8 surprising Austin spots advance in Tastemakers best new restaurant tournament
Sixteen of the best new restaurants in Austin went head-to-head in our annual Tastemaker tournament — but now only eight remain. You have until May 4 to decide who advances to the third round of our tournament to determine the Best New Restaurant of 2015. The bracket-style elimination challenge runs through May 11.
Before you vote, here's a rundown of the eight restaurants who have advanced to the next round.
Prelog's faces off against Fork and Taco in a battle of ethnic influences. Situated in downtown Austin, Prelog's blends French and Austrian styles for a European-inspired menu. Fork and Taco, on the other hand, adds Asian and Thai flair to one of Austin's favorite foods: the taco.
Next, two restaurants with extremely different focuses go head-to-head. North Central Austin's Fork & Vine offers meat-centric main courses complemented by a variety of sides. In contrast, East Austin's Gardner brings vegetable-focused fare to the table in the form of small bites and sharable delights.
Jacoby's Restaurant & Mercantile and 416 Bar & Grille are both family-owned and operated, so voting in this match-up is tough. Jacoby's offers a ranch-to-table dining experience with Southern roots, while 416 Bar & Grille serves up old-school Americana fare.
The final match-up features two comfort selections. Chef Teresa Wilson (of Aquarelle fame) recently opened Sala & Betty, which focuses on quick and healthy New American cuisine in dine-in and to-go options. Lucky's Puccias & Pizzeria is the brick-and-mortar incarnation of the popular food trailer that serves delicious baked sandwiches and pizzas.
The Best New Restaurant winner will be announced at the CultureMap Tastemaker Awards on May 12 at Brazos Hall. Tickets are available now.