Austin may be known for its savory options like BBQ and Tex-Mex, but a number of pastry chefs have begun to put the city's sweets on the map. Plinio Sandalio, pastry chef at The Carillon, located on the University of Texas campus, is one of these dessert masterminds. His modern, seasonally-driven approach has garnered Sandalio praise from both the James Beard Foundation and Star Chefs. See where he likes to get his sweet fix in his current hometown of Austin.
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Though she was recently nominated for a James Beard award and Food and Wine Best New Pastry chef, Laura Sawicki hasn't been taking time off to celebrate. Instead, she's now running the pastry program at both Austin hot spot Condesa as well as the new restaurant Sway. We caught up with Laura to watch the art of how one her sweet creations is made.
Assembling a list of only 10 must-eats is difficult in a city like Austin where new restaurants and food trucks are opening constantly. With many out-of-towners visiting for SXSW, we've assembled a collection of eats that are representative of Austin's personality: barbacoa taco, rabbit and dumplings, barbecue, and more!