James Beard Award Restaurants in Austin

The James Beard Foundation Awards are one of the most prized recognitions within the restaurant industry. Given out each year, these awards celebrate restaurants, chefs, and authors who have excelled in their field. Since Austin is known for its vibrant culinary landscape, many eateries and chefs around the city have been recognized by the foundation, many within a short distance of Cole Apartments. For a James Beard Award-winning experience, check out these restaurants near our South Lamar apartments:


Located in East Austin, Suerte was selected under the category of Best New Restaurant in 2019. Bright and airy with contemporary decor, Suerte is fairly new to the Austin dining scene with an opening in 2018. Since then, this casual restaurant has garnered a following who flock to experience the eatery’s innovative Mexican cuisine. The playful menu includes innovative dishes such as the Duck Breast y Mole Negro and the Mushroom Tlacoyo. 

Jester King Brewery

Self-described as an “authentic farmhouse brewery”, Jester King Brewery opened its doors in 2010. Recognized in the category of Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Producer in 2019, Jester King Brewery prides itself on locally sourced ingredients when producing its beer. Located on 165 acres of preserved land, this brewery has become a mecca for beer and nature lovers alike. Rotating and seasonal beers are available throughout the year and include house favorites such as the hoppy El Cedro and the hibiscus-infused Mr. Mingo.


Nominated for both Best New Restaurant in 2016 and Outstanding Pastry Chef in 2019, Launderette has received many accolades. Housed in a former gas station and laundromat, this Holly neighborhood restaurant uses bright pops of color and clean lines to create a welcoming space for diners. The New American fare is both creative and comforting with items such as a Striped Bass Crudo and a Whole Branzino as well as delicious desserts like Buttermilk Panna Cotta and Hummingbird Cake.

For the times you prefer a more Austin-style dining experience, check out these quirky nearby restaurants. Resort-style amenities and luxurious living spaces make Cole Apartments the ideal home in the Austin area. Please contact us to learn more about our community.

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