Tipsters, readers, friends and family of Eater Austin always want to know: Where should I eat right now? What are the buzziest new restaurants? What haven’t I heard of? What’s everyone talking about?

To answer those questions, we present our 28th edition of the Eater Austin Heatmap. On the list are four hot new restaurants: Black Sheep Lodge’s new sibling Haymaker; Hotel Ella’s restaurant Goodall’s Kitchen & Bar; coffee bar and craft beer pub Wright Bros. Brew & Brew; and the second outpost of Lucy’s Fried Chicken on Burnet Road.

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1) The Dojo

The Dojo proclaims itself to be Austin’s first-ever izakaya, and they serve ramen, Japanese-inspired bites, and drinks until late.  [Photo]

9070 Research Blvd #305, Austin, TX 78758
 2) Lucy’s Fried Chicken
The second location of popular Lucy’s Fried Chicken is bringing the fried goodness to North Austin. The opening coincides with a menu expansion including items like “fried chicken nachos” and “chicken spaghetti.”
5408 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78756
(512) 514-0664
3) School House Pub
The long-anticipated Cherrywood neighborhood pub from the Mi Madre’s and Zanduga team features a bar-snacks focused menu, speciality cocktails and local beers. Even better, there’s nothing on the menu over $10, and the cocktails are reasonably priced, too.
2207 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722
(512) 469-7630
4) Haymaker
This Manor Road comfort food spot from the brains behind Black Sheep Lodge has all the makings of a hit. A huge wall of taps? Check. 13 screens during football season? Check. Poutine? Not one, but two kinds. They serve big, gravy-covered sandwiches, too.
2310 E. Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722
(512) 707-2744
5) Goodall’s Kitchen and Bar
Not technically open until Saturday October 5th, Goodall’s is hoping to foster a “neighborhood atmosphere” at the new Hotel Ella, in the former Mansion at Judge’s Hill space. They will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as a Sunday brunch.
1900 Rio Grande St, Austin, TX 78705
(512) 495-1800
6) QUI Restaurant
Qui is not a hot restaurant. Qui is the hottest restaurant. The most anticipated opening of the year, Qui is Top Chef winner Paul Qui’s east side flagship, the first all-Qui all-the-time locale where he’s really been able to stretch his culinary legs, with a constantly evolving menu that features seven preparations of rabbit, a gorgeous Wagyu steak to share and a mind-blowing “Ode to Michel Bras” cold soup. But part of Qui’s genius is his decision to surround himself with other brilliant people, like front-of-house maven June Rodil, assistant GM Bill Man, and chef consultant Tim Dornon, though bar manager Michael Simon has already left the scene.
1600 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
7) NO VA
“The Next Food Network Star” alum Brad Sorenson brings “homespun twists on upscale classics” and clean, modernist-inspired design to Rainey Street. Dinner is the focus, with a late night menu offered as well.
87 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701
(512) 382-5651
8) Arro
When Haddingtons shuttered, ELM Restaurant Group (24 Diner and Easy Tiger) stepped into the space with this airy French-inspired restaurant. And this place has everything: a reasonably priced, $25 three course prix fixe, a bread program courtesy Easy Tiger, a cordial cart, and a wine list from master somms Craig Collins and Devon Broglie.
Austin, TX
(512) 992-2776
9) Bufalina
After an epic two-year long wait, Bufalina finally opened its doors this July on the corner of Cesar Chavez and Comal. Owner Steven Dilley has been firing off traditional Neapolitan-style pies in his wood-fired white tile oven alongside meat and cheese plates and seasonal salads. [Photo]
1519 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
(512) 524-2523
10) Wright Bros. Brew & Brew
All of Austin is buzzing about this new coffee shop and craft beer pub in the former Progress space on East 5th. They are also serving breakfast, sandwiches, and bar snacks.
500 San Marcos St #105, Austin, TX 78702
(512) 493-0963
11) Barlata
Chef Daniel Olivella’s Austin outpost of his Barlata Tapas Bar stands to be one of the most popular spots of the summer, as the NoCal chef introduces Austin to the brilliance of his authentic Spanish tapas menu.
1500 South Lamar Boulevard, Austin, TX 78704
(512) 473-2211
12) The ABGB
Local brewery Austin Beer Garden and Brewing Company makes good with an actual beer garden, featuring their own brews and a locally-sourced menu of pizzas, sandwiches, and salads. The soft opening generated lots of buzz before their opening in late August.
1305 W Oltorf St, Austin, TX 78704
(512) 298-2242
13) Winebelly
The Tran family, who own the popular Hai Ky restaurants, has branched out into Spanish cuisine with their new South Austin tapas and wine bar. Bar snacks and larger tapas plates round out the menu.
519 W Oltorf St, Austin, TX 78704
Orginal Article By Meagan McCarron with Austin Eater
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