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New Restaurant Sneak Peek - By: Adam Sparks
You can't miss the Austonian. Towering above our little city is a high rise, firmly entrenching Austin's place as a major city for the 21st century. And with a major upgrade in building heights comes a major development in the culinary scene. With authentic Austin as their core, these five new eateries at 200 Congress Ave will be leading the way in 2011.
Berry Austin: By bringing in the second iteration of a locally owned frozen yogurt shop, the big-wigs at the Austonian have shown their commitment to making the Austonian about, well, Austin. It's not that the world doesn't need another TCBY, but Berry Austin's original store on Baclones Drive exhibits the creativity and enthusiasm that makes Austin great.
Caffé Medici: If coffee was a religion (as the good people at Medici likely believe), Austin-original Caffé Medici would be the Holy Land. Medici's ardent baristas want nothing more than to turn you on to coffee, and a beautiful new location in the Austonian (complete with mezzanine seating and a freestanding espresso bar) is sure to make you a believer.
Second Bar & Kitchen: As the most versatile of the Austonian trio bearing the "Congress" banner, Second Bar and Kitchen will be serving an eclectic mix of casual fare, American standards and accessible fine dining (read: more within the price range of those not living in the Austonian itself). From pizza and beer to baked cheese and charcuterie, Second will combine the mastery of its upscale half-brother, Congress, while allowing you to eat with your elbows on the table.
Bar Congress: Sandwiched between what might be the two hottest restaurants of 2011 is a bar focused on artisan cocktails, local beers and the kind of wine list that makes you wish you had gotten that law degree your mother was always pushing you toward.
Congress: The fate of the Austonian as a national destination rests in the hands of one man: chef David Bull. We expect nothing but overwhelming success. Bull and his cohort were responsible for establishing the Driskill Grill as the premier restaurant for fine dining in Austin, and they have pulled out all the stops on their new venture. With a professional forager on staff, look for Congress and it's associated offerings to be seasonal, inspirational, and the model of the welcoming-chic vibe that will carry Austin into the future.