There’s some big star power on the Hit List this month, with new spots Bacalar from “Top Chef” winner Gabe Erales and Bureau de Poste from “Top Chef” contestant Jo Chan. The Uchi team of stars also has a new more casual spot, Uchiba. And then there are the other emerging stars of Austin: Get an Electric Jellyfish IPA at Pinthouse Pizza and play pickleball at Bouldin Acres.
So while the biggest star in Austin used to be Bevo, the restaurant scene is ready to show up and show off for all of your occasions. So choose your star below and make a Resy to see what we’re talking about.
1. Bacalar | Rainey Street Historic District | Mexican
While most of Rainey Street is getting renovated into high-rises, the southern tip now features a high-end spot started by “Top Chef” winner Gabe Erales. The patio has Town Lake trail views and the interior features romantic spaces with modern decor and a small mezcal bar upstairs, so make a Resy for your ideal surroundings. Erales’ menu features items inspired by the Yucatan, like the Papadzul tamal with squash and soft boiled egg on the side. The cocktails are made with just as much precision as the food, topped with ingredients like honey foam or Recado Negro mist.