5 new American spots in Austin

Interested in trying some new American spots in Austin? You're in luck: we've found the freshest businesses to fill the bill. Here are the newest places to check out the next time you're in the mood for American food.

Lou's Bodega

1900 E. Cesar Chavez St., Holly

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Lou's Bodega is a bar and breakfast and brunch and traditional American spot.

The highlight here are the rotisserie meats, which include chicken, beef and pork, that come with a choice of dipping sauces like creamy horseradish, jalapeño chimichurri and serrano honey. The meats can also be ordered in a sandwich. Frozen custard, in seven different flavors, is available, and the drink menu has craft beer, sangria and wine. (Click here to view the full menu.)

Yelp users seem to be liking Lou's Bodega, which currently holds four stars out of 44 reviews on the site.

Yelper John D., who reviewed Lou's Bodega on Jan. 27, wrote, "I really enjoyed the chicken sandwich here. The rotisserie beef looked pretty awesome, I'm gonna try to get that the next time I stop in. Greek salad was solid too."

Yelper Lauren S. wrote, "Nothing but bold flavors and juicy proteins packed into Lou's Bodega. Tried salads, sides and a variety of rotisserie meats (beef and whole chicken). Everything was delicious, well seasoned and perfectly cooked. We got to try all of the sauces, which are crafted with care, and wrapped up with a Rice Krispie Brownie for dessert."

Lou's Bodega is open from 7 a.m.–10 p.m. on Monday-Thursday and Sunday, and 7 a.m.–11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Sassy's Vegetarian Soul Food

1819 E. 12th St., Central East Austin

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Sassy's Vegetarian Soul Food is a food truck and soul food and vegetarian spot.

Its menu offers chicon n waffles (crispy fried chicken Seitan along with an eggless waffle spritzed with a butter substitute and pumpkin spice or coconut syrup), soul falafel (ground blackeye peas and minced collard greens with cornmeal), fried cabbage and more. 

Sassy's Vegetarian Soul Food's current rating of 4.5 stars out of five reviews on Yelp indicates positive attention from users.

Yelper Rosie W., who was one of the first users to visit Sassy's Vegetarian Soul Food on Dec. 22, wrote, "My plan for next time I go to Sassy's: order everything on the menu. Tonight we had the fried Chicon (chicken-style seitan) and waffles, and a soul plate with creamy black eyed peas, sauteed kale and mustard greens, sweet potatoes and oniony corn bread. Every bite was satisfying."

Yelper Daniel D. wrote, "Had the chicken and waffles here. The recipe is very unique and works very well. There are coconut shreds in the seitan, which probably contributes to the meat like texture. The Cajun seasoning on top gives it a savory kick."

Sassy's Vegetarian Soul Food is open from 2–11 p.m. on Tuesday-Sunday. (It's closed on Monday.)

Ted's Farm BBQ

6014 Techni Center Drive, Suite 2-101, MLK 183

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Ted's Farm BBQ is a food truck and Vietnamese spot, offering barbecue and more.

It serves sandwiches with brisket, pork and sausage as well as rice bowls that come with brisket, pork, jalapeño cheddar sausage and veggies. For sandwiches, try the Ted's Texas Banh Mi, which comes with smoked brisket, cilantro, cucumber, jalapeño, pickled carrot and daikon. (To view all of the offerings, click here.)

Yelp users are excited about Ted's Farm BBQ, which currently holds 4.5-stars out of seven reviews on the site.

Yelper Brian M., who reviewed Ted's Farm BBQ on Dec. 1, wrote, "So good and a great Vietnamese barbecue combo. I had The King, and it was kingly! The sausage and brisket are delicious."

Michelle L. noted, "Amazing food. The banh mi was delicious and The King was worth getting as well. Friendly service and good timing with delivering food. Definitely coming back to eat more!"

Ted's Farm BBQ is open from 4–10 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, noon–10 p.m. on Saturday, and noon–7 p.m. on Sunday. (It's closed on Monday-Wednesday.)

Dean's One Trick Pony

111 E. Cesar Chavez St., Downtown

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Dean's One Trick Pony is a bar and New American spot.

The establishment took its name from Don Dean, a singer who performed in the building in the 1960s, and keeps the vibes going with a menu of fries, sandwiches, salads and burgers. Standouts include the veggie pita (mushrooms, white sauce, oregano herbs and pickled veggies), the Dean's Double (two beef patties, charred onion mayo on a Hawaiian bun) and the Chop Chop salad with kale, cauliflower, snap peas, radish, cashews, coconuts, dried apricots, cilantro and curry dressing. Make sure to save room for a slice of pie or soft serve ice cream. (Click here for the full menu._

With a 4.5-star rating out of 42 reviews on Yelp, Dean's One Trick Pony has been getting positive attention.

Yelper Trevor L., who reviewed Dean's One Trick Pony on Dec. 31, wrote, "Great find. Staff was extremely friendly and accommodating. The burger was perfect and only out-shined by the disco fries. Loved the decor and atmosphere."

Will Z. noted, "Absolutely wonderful. I ordered Dean's Double with bacon and fried egg, plus an order of the disco fries. Start with that and you'll want to explore the whole menu."

Dean's One Trick Pony is open from 11 a.m.–5 p.m. on Monday and Sunday and 11 a.m.–10 p.m. on Tuesday-Saturday.

Joann's Fine Foods

1224 S. Congress Ave., Bouldin

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Joann's Fine Foods is a diner and breakfast and brunch and Tex-Mex spot.

For breakfast, try the Barbacoa Plate with two eggs, hashbrowns, black beans, pickled serrano and fresh flour tortillas. For lunch and dinner, opt for the Mojo De Ajo Grilled Shrimp with migas fried rice, cream and chili de arbol, or the housemade tamales with green chorizo and adobo pulled pork, cabbage slaw and salsa fresca. The drink menu has cocktails (margaritas and signature options), craft beer and wine. (Click here to view the full menu.)

Yelp users are still warming up to Joann's Fine Foods, which currently holds four stars out of 52 reviews on the site.

Yelper Ben R., who reviewed Joann's Fine Foods on Feb. 25, wrote, "Without a doubt this is Austin's best! What a wonderful surprise. Superb service, excellent drinks and the finest food I've had in this town. The fajitas were the best yet with flavor that permeates the whole plate."

MaKenzie K. noted, "I got the retro margarita, hash brown nachos and chicken tacos — everything was great. Their tortillas are made fresh in-house and you can tell. I will for sure go back."

Joann's Fine Foods is open from 8 a.m.–midnight daily.


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