November 19, 2014 | Anastacia Uriegas

Austin’s rock star chefs have been busy this year — and you’ll be busy too, eating your way through this list. From Thai to Southern to an actual Thai/Southern mash-up, you’ll be up to your ears in local, straight-from-the-farm, house-cured, fresh baked, hand-crafted goodness. Here they are, the

11 best new restaurants that opened in Austin this year.

Jacoby’s Restaurant & Mercantile

East Cesar Chavez

Owner Adam Jacoby expanded his family’s feed & seed company in Melvin to include Jacoby’s Restaurant and Mercantile, the new and welcome addition to East Austin. With the help of talented

designer Kris Swift, they transformed the building which sits on the Colorado River into a rustic, gorgeous, and inviting space. The meat and veggies are local, as are the beers and spirits. Once you try their chicken-fried steak or pumpkin & goat cheese dumplings, you won’t be able to stop thinking about them. Pair those with a “Gin Gin” (bourbon-barrel aged Big Gin, ginger Simple Syrup, fennel bitters).