Executive chef Rene Ortiz’s vivacious (in flavor and in disposition) East Austin restaurant Launderette has been named one of the 10 best new restaurants in America by Food & Wine magazine. The restaurant, which opened in March of 2015, joined a list that includes restaurants such as Shaya in New Orleans, Death & Taxes in Raleigh and Locol in Los Angeles. It’s been a big year for Launderette, which was also a finalist for Best New Restaurant from the James Beard Foundation.
Here’s a snippet of what Food & Wine’s Kate Krader had to say about Ortiz and his food:
“At his bright, airy café in a converted Laundromat, Ortiz creates next-level versions of the standards. Take mussels, which I’d gotten bored with. Ortiz cooks his Prince Edward Island ones in a broth enhanced with ground pancetta and salami, then throws in chopped Castelvetrano olives and fermented serrano chile butter. They’re unbelievable.”
- Related: My 2015 review: Chef Rene Ortiz turns dinner into a house party at Launderette | Launderette #16 on Austin360 Dining Guide | Launderette on my Top 10 burgers in Austin list