Six New Downtown Austin Restaurants to Try


Trudy’s Del Mar replaced the South Congress Cafe. (Courtesy of Jane Yun)

Vento Hospitality opened Little Juliet, a new Italian ghost kitchen, on February 4. The business serves takeout and delivery from the Kitchen United Mix, 8023 Burnet Road, Austin. The menu at Little Juliet includes chicken parmesan, lasagna and pizza. Veneto Hospitality also opened by Benvolio, an Italian comfort food restaurant, to Kitchen United Mix in late 2021. The company owns July’s Italian Kitchen.

Fajita Pete’s opened its first Austin location at 5523A Balcones Drive on Feb. 14, according to owner Mike Blalock. The Houston-based caterer specializes in “fresh off the grill” fajitas for pickup, catering and delivery. It also serves margaritas, appetizers, sides, and other Tex-Mex dishes. He has over a dozen other locations in Texas.

The Dove cafe opened Jan. 15 at the Whole Foods Market store at 525 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin. The coffee brand has 32 locations in seven states, but Lamar’s location is the first in Texas. In addition to coffee drinks, the brand sells coffee grounds. 737-910-3780.

wax myrtle‘s Club & Pool opened on February 14. The restaurant and bar on the fourth floor of the new Thompson Hotel at 506 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin features seasonal produce, local fish and sustainable cuts of meat. Executive Chef Nick Erven previously worked for local restaurants Aba and Perla’s.

Del Mar de Trudy, a coastal Tex-Mex restaurant under the Trudy’s brand, opened on December 29. The restaurant will serve Bloody Marys, French Toast with Carrot Cake, Seared Fish and New York Strips, among other things. The new space at 1600 S. Congress Ave. Austin, replaces the old South Congress Cafe. 512-447-3905.



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