Interested in discovering the freshest new spots downtown? From tacos to craft cocktails, read on for the newest businesses to land in this area of Austin.
214 W. Fourth St.
First, Chispas is a new tex-mex restaurant from San Antonio restaurateur Jason Dady.
The casual and colorful interior offers booth, table and bar seating. The menu, printed on paper placemats, is dominated by street-style tacos, with protein options from barbacoa and fish to butternut squash and tofu. There are also appetizers, like avocado tostadas and nachos, plus a tortilla soup and a couple of salad options. Margaritas and numerous Mexican beers are among the drink options.
Chispas currently holds four stars out of 27 reviews on Yelp, indicating good reviews.
Yelper Natalie R., who reviewed Chispas on March 3, wrote, "Amazing place for lunch. Friendly staff, fun decor, a little bit of San Antonio flare. Chips and salsa are great; it's fresh and the chip have a seasoning that takes me back home."
Yelper Jeff K. wrote, "Great margaritas and tacos made with fresh ingredients. Tortillas are made in house, flour and corn. Salsas? Made in house too. Guacamole? Yep, made to order."
Chispas is open from 11 a.m.–midnight on Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.–2 a.m. on Friday, 10 a.m.–2 a.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m.–10 p.m. on Sunday.
111 E. Cesar Chavez St.
Next, P6 is a rooftop cocktail bar and Mediterranean restaurant in Line hotel.
Pink, blue and green colors set the mood among rattan and wood-accented furniture. The handful of available small plates include cheese and charcuterie plates, lamb tartare and roasted beets with cashews, pistachios and orange. Creative house cocktails include the "Wicked Warden", made with mezcal and Aperol, and the "Glyda Rose", with gin, blood orange, Campari and Prosecco.
Yelp users are excited about P6, which currently holds four stars out of seven reviews on the site.
Yelper Simon N., who reviewed P6 on March 9, wrote, "P6 is my favourite new sunset spot in Austin. I've been three times now and highly recommend. Inside is comfortable and gorgeous. The drinks are delicious, and the service is fast."
Yelper Kimi F. wrote, "The new bar at the Line hotel was really cool in a lot of ways, however there are still a lot of kinks to be worked out. The drinks menu was tasty, and I liked the several different rooms, especially the outdoor fireplace. Though it was not very busy while we were there, we sat in the lounge area for over 20 minutes, and then I had to flag someone down to order a drink."
P6 is open from 4 p.m.–midnight on Thursday, 4 p.m.–2 a.m. on Friday, noon–2 a.m. on Saturday, and noon–8 p.m. on Sunday. (It's closed on Monday-Wednesday.)
Dumont's Down Low Bar
214 W. Fourth St., Suite B
Below the aforementioned Chispas Tex-Mex restaurant is Dumont's Down Low Bar, is a speakeasy and cocktail bar.
Exposed brick and stacks of whisky barrels surround visitors sipping classic and signature cocktails. Offerings from Blanco distiller Ben Milam are among the approximately 70 whiskeys to choose from.
Dumont's Down Low Bar currently holds five stars out of seven reviews on Yelp, indicating good reviews.
Yelper Jason G., who reviewed Dumont's Down Low Bar on Feb. 9, wrote, "Super intimate, dim-lit, and dressed-up without being pretentious at all. It's a speakeasy in the basement with a lot of dark couches, candles, and such."
Amy D. noted, "They have over 70 impressive whiskey offerings and a cocktail menu to impress. I tried their Old Fashioned with Ben Milam whiskey and it was pure perfection."
Dumont's Down Low Bar is open from 4 p.m.–2 a.m. daily.
110 San Antonio St., Unit 120
Torchy's Tacos is another Tex-Mex spot, this one located at the Northshore Austin Apartments.
It's part of a small chain of such restaurants from Texas to Colorado. It's large flour and corn tortillas hold non-traditional fillings like jalapeño sausage, cornmeal-crusted catfish, and grilled portobello mushrooms, plus classics like carnitas and fried shrimp. There are also burritos, salads and snacks like refried beans and grilled corn.
Torchy's Tacos's current rating of 4.5 stars out of 45 reviews on Yelp indicates positive attention from users.
Yelper Kristie F., who reviewed Torchy's Tacos on Jan. 26, wrote, "This Austin chain offers a wide range of Tex-Mex tacos. I love the deep-fried avocado, it's been my go-to for years. I also really like the Democrat: juicy barbacoa beef with fresh avocado."
Joseph T. noted, "I had the dirty sanchez and the green chile pork tacos. Both were good. I'd compare the atmosphere to chipotle with a full bar. A lot of local workers were stopping in for lunch."
Torchy's Tacos is open from 7 a.m.–10 p.m. on Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m.–11 p.m. on Friday, 8 a.m.–11 p.m. on Saturday, and 8 a.m.–10 p.m. on Sunday.
800 Brazos St., Suite 215
Finally, there's Biderman's Deli. The Jewish-inspired deli featuring bagels, deli sandwiches, salads and more. Though it previously served its house-made bagels, it is now offering those from Rosen's, according to Eater Austin. They come served with a simple schmear, or as the foundation for sandwiches like the corned beef, egg and cheese, or one with peanut butter Nutella and banana.
Biderman's Deli's current rating of four stars out of 21 reviews on Yelp indicates positive attention from users.
Yelper Keshara M., who reviewed Biderman's Deli on Jan. 13, wrote, "The sandwiches are amazing; you can tell they use fresh ingredients. Bread is also fresh, and I definitely recommend the chicken noodle soup on the side of their turkey sandwich. Only bad thing about this place is the lack of parking, but that's what ya get with downtown Austin."
Yelper Britt D. wrote, "The shop smelled delicious of onion and garlic. Just want I wanted. The staff was friendly and patient with our large group, and we all walked out satisfied. I ordered bacon, egg and cheese on an everything bagel. The bagel was dense, but soft in the middle."
Biderman's Deli is open from 7 a.m.–3 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m.–3 p.m. on weekends.