These nine restaurants were highlighted as dining features this year in the Cedar Park-Leander edition of Community Impact Newspaper.

January: Moonshine Comfort & Cocktails

Moonshine Director of Operations Joseph Nguyen said the restaurant's atmosphere and food remind people of “going to their grandmother’s house.”

March: Poke Bowl

Poke Bowl's popularity led owner Tuan Nguyen to open its second location in North Austin off Parmer Lane last May.

April: Casa Costa Bake Shop

Katie Fujita started her bake shop in her home garage after her mother and best friend pushed her to go to culinary school.

May: Levant Cafe & Grill

Owners Mike and Rana Boselah said they knew there would be a learning curve for those unfamiliar with cuisine from the Levant region, the former name of a region in West Asia where they were both born.

June: Cherry Creek Catfish

Since publishing, this location has closed. The restaurant's South Austin location remains open.

After new owner Danny Lenertz arrived to the restaurant, the menu was overhauled to bring recipes back to their roots.

September: Hunan Chef

With nearly 30 years of restaurant experience, Dinh Tran went into business with an old family friend and bought Hunan Chef in Cedar Park.

October: Kai Sushi

The Leander restaurant aims to be “the Cheers of sushi.”

November: Leyla’s Mediterranean Cafe

Along with beef, lamb and chicken halal dishes, there are numerous vegetarian, vegan and keto diet-friendly options.

December: Ziggy’s Kielbasa Bar

Susie and Andy Szymczyk opened their Polish restaurant as a way to bring the flavors of Poland to Texas.

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