2018 in review: 10 featured South Austin restaurants

Spokesman's turkey sandwich is made with Havarti cheese, vegetables and herb-garlic cheese spread on New World Bakery bread.

Spokesman's turkey sandwich is made with Havarti cheese, vegetables and herb-garlic cheese spread on New World Bakery bread.

Each month, Community Impact Newspaper features a different locally-owned restaurant. Here are 10 restaurants featured in 2018.

Cafe Malta
It was a short stint living with his wife in Europe that Café Malta owner Nick Goulding said solidified his love for the cuisines, techniques and ingredients found in the Mediterranean. [Read the full profile here.]

Cane Rosso

The dog-friendly patio and “weird” artwork and paraphernalia displayed inside Cane Rosso gives this Dallas-based Neapolitan-style pizzeria a little touch of Austin, its staff said. [Read the full profile here.]

CraigO’s Pizza & Pastaria
For Craig Plackis, owning CraigO’s Pizza & Pastaria is less about serving food and more about providing a place where the community can connect, unwind and bond over the experience of sharing a meal. [Read the full profile here.]

Crepe Crazy
Inside Crepe Crazy—a restaurant nestled in a European-style cottage in Dripping Springs—the menu is written on a chalkboard that covers most of the wall. Next to the list of sweet and savory options, the words “Point and ye shall receive” give a clue as to what makes the local cafe unique. [Read the full profile here.]

Doc’s Backyard
A local bar and grill, Doc’s Backyard caters to those who want to eat a meal outside or who want to drink and watch a game in the bar, Doc’s Backyard co-owner Charles Milligan said. [Read the full profile here.]

Opera Cafe & Coffeehouse
Opera Cafe & Coffeehouse was created to be a small full-service restaurant for neighboring Onion Creek residents. Owners Aliya Amanzholova and Anas Jawish said regulars sometimes come in twice a day to enjoy the restaurant’s hand-crafted food, coffee drinks, desserts and, of course, the relaxing music inside the European-style cafe. [Read the full profile here.]

Patsy’s Cowgirl Cafe
Bold. Brave. Colorful and a touch theatrical. This is the vision Shannon Sedwick said she dreamed up for Patsy’s Cowgirl Cafe, a South Austin honky-tonk that serves Southern-style comfort food at its location on Ben White Boulevard. [Read the full profile here.]

Opened in June 2017 in a renovated warehouse space in The Yard on St. Elmo Road, Spokesman was created as a combination of three passions—food, coffee and beer—by four veterans of the Austin service industry, co-owner Trey Ramirez said. Patrons can get food and coffee to go, sit down to grab a bite and a beer, or set up shop with a laptop to work for a few hours. [Read the full profile here.]

Taco Ranch
Patrick Terry—the namesake behind Austin’s hamburger chain P. Terry’s—has opened 15 burger joints in just over 13 years. In January he launched a new concept, Taco Ranch, with a location near Sunset Valley. [Read the full profile here.]

Tucci’s Southside Subs
David Tucci describes his two South Austin sub sandwich shops as true hole-in-the-wall restaurants. Through 10 years owning Tucci’s SouthSide Subs, he said he only invests money in something if it will make his food taste better. [Read the full profile here.]

By Taylor Jackson Buchanan
Taylor Buchanan joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2018 after completing a master of journalism degree from the University of Texas. She worked as the senior reporter for Community Impact's Southwest Austin edition and is now the editor for the company's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition.


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