2018 in review: 11 notable restaurants in Northwest Austin


In 2018, Community Impact Newspaper profiled 11 restaurants in the Northwest Austin area.

Take a moment to revisit the profiles from this past year.

February: The Brass Tap

When owner Steve Sheets opened the second location of craft beer bar The Brass Tap at The Domain, he said he wanted to maintain the neighborhood bar feel of his location in Round Rock.

March: Chen’s Noodle House

Despite being hidden in the corner of an aging retail center that features several other Asian restaurants, Chen’s Noodle House has no problem maintaining a steady cycle of customers.

April: Cajun Pizza Place

When Keith Dartez, co-owner of Cajun Pizza Place, sees a regular customer walk through the door, he sometimes starts preparing their meal before they sit down or place an order, Samantha Dartez said. Fellow Louisiana natives, she said, are especially loyal.

May: Poke House

While visiting Hawaii brother and sister Edin and Aida Tabakovic fell in love with a classic dish called “poke.”

After growing tired of their corporate jobs Edin and Aida moved to Austin and opened Poke House—with their parents Rudy and Nancy—serving poke bowls.

June: O’JOY

When O’JOY co-owners Ghena and Michael Ramos first discussed opening a restaurant, they said they had a few distinct goals in mind.

July: Manual’s Mexican Restaurant

For Jennifer McNevin, her interest in sustainability began after watching the “Food, Inc.” documentary on America’s food industry. McNevin and her husband, Greg Koury, and their business partner, Ahmad Modoni, own Manuel’s Mexican Restaurant, which has locations downtown and on Jollyville Road in the Great Hills area.

August: Catfish Parlour

When asked what advice he has for keeping a seafood joint open for nearly 50 years, Dave Kerbow said, “Keep the fish hot and the beer cold.” His restaurant, Catfish Parlour, which has been located off US 183 since 1973, has achieved this feat, he said.

September: Dream Bakery

Since she was 10 months old, Karen Fry has had to eat gluten-free, so she grew up baking her own treats.

Soon her love of baking extended to her children’s school bake sales. After getting laid off two years ago from her marketing job, Fry said she jumped at the opportunity to own a bakery and bought Dream Bakery.

October: Basil Thai

Rachel Su, co-owner of North Austin restaurant Basil Thai, said she sometimes has to encourage her regular customers to try something new.

November: Saccone’s Pizza & Subs

For 22 years Daniel Saccone, owner of Saccone’s Pizza & Subs, has served New Jersey-style pizza deep in the heart of Texas.

December: Honest Mary’s

Nelson and Mary Monteith never dreamed of opening a restaurant. But the couple felt like it was a challenge and something that was working and decided to open Honest Mary’s opened in October 2017.

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