Celebrate International Women’s Day at these Austin restaurants operated by women

Woinee Mariam’s cooking and personality warm both of her locations of Taste of Ethiopia.

Women (and allies) around the world will join tomorrow to acknowledge International Women’s Day, a day meant to raise awareness in hopes of cultivating a “more inclusive and gender-equal world.”

The organizers of the Women’s March are encouraging people to acknowledge the day by taking a day off of paid or unpaid labor; wearing red in solidarity of A Day Without A Woman; and not shopping, “except for small, women- and minority-owned businesses.”

In recognition of International Women’s Day, below is a list of restaurants owned and/or operated primarily by women in Austin. Of course, ownership and management teams are complicated, and the list doesn’t cover a host of husband-and-wife teams (Asti and Cantine, Baguette et Chocolate, Fabi & Rosi, Franklin Barbecue, Gourmands, Justine’s, Kome, Pieous, Poke Poke, Sawyer & Co. and Vince Young Steakhouse), family-owned restaurants (Tamale House East) and the many trailers (Tacos Guerrero, La Flor) run by women, but it is a good-faith effort. If we’re missing some, please email me at modam@statesman.com.

68 Degrees. 2401 Lake Austin Blvd. 512-766-6868, 68degrees.com. The Mediterranean sister to restaurant to La Traviata, here you’ll find Italian staples like homemade ravioli and bistro entrees like crispy duck and grilled trout. (Owners Marion and Joan Gillcrist)

El Alma. 1025 Barton Springs Road. 512-609-8923, elalmacafe.com. Order a plate of sweet, gooey and savory Gringas (quesadillas of cheese, árbol salsa and al pastor with pineapple) and a skinny margarita on the rooftop patio and thank me later. (Chef-partner Alma Alcocer)

Amy Simmons of Amy’s Ice Creams. (Credit: Georges Schemagin)

Andiamo Ristorante. 2521 Rutland Drive. 512-719-3377, andiamoitaliano.com. Authentic Italian in North Austin with a family-owned vibe will set you at ease. So will the homemade ravioli. (Owner Daniela Marcone)

Amy’s Ice Creams. Multiple locations. amysicecreams.com. One of Austin’s leading entrepreneurs changed the way Austinites thought about ice cream and fast-casual service with a quirk and a smile. (Owner Amy Simmons)

Baby Greens. 1508 W. Anderson Lane. 512-770-6255, eatbabygreens.com. Salads and, for a couple of bucks less, wraps with familiar flavor profiles at this North Austin reboot of an old South Austin favorite. Bonus convenience points for drive-thru ordering. (Owner Sharon Mays)

Bouldin Creek Cafe on S. First St. in Austin. (Ashley Landis FOR AMERICAN STATESMAN)

Bouldin Creek Cafe. 1900 S. First St. 512-416-1601, bouldincreekcafe.com. One of Austin’s true temples to vegetarian and vegan fare. Even the most avid meat-eater will be impressed with dishes like portobello fajitas or the zucchini migas. Bonus points for best veggie burger in town. (Owner Leslie Martin)

Brentwood Social House. 1601 W. Koenig Lane. 512-362-8656, brentwoodsocialhouse.com. Coffee, tea, pies, quiches and more at this charming cafe and bakery in Brentwood. (Owners Suzanne Daniels and Sarah Olano)

Bribery Bakery. 2013 Wells Branch Pkwy #109. 512-531-9832;  1900 Simond Ave #300. 512-297-2720, briberybakery.com. The bakery will serves sweet and savory breakfast items, pastries, pies, cookies, cakes, cupcakes and more, as well as coffee drinks, cocktails and wine. (Chef-owner Jodi Elliott)

Buenos Aires Cafe. 1201 E. Sixth St. 512-382-1189; 13500 Galleria Circle. 512-441-9000, buenosairescafe.com. This Argentine café serves excellent empandas (for meat-lovers and vegetarians) and make a fantastic chimichurri to go with their steaks (and steak sandwiches). (Chef-owner Reina Morris)

Capital City Bakery. 2211 E. Cesar Chavez St. 512-666-7437, capitalcitybakery.com. Individualized cakes, cookie sandwiches, brownies, cheesecake… and somehow it’s all vegan. (Chef-owner Kristen Davenport)

Casa Maria. 4327 S. First St. 512-444-8861, casamariarestaurant.net. Fatima Robles has been serving Austinites Northern Mexican cuisine for 20 years in South Austin. There are also now locations in San Marcos and Kyle. (Owner Fatima Robles)

Chez Zee. 5406 Balcones Drive. 512-454-2666, chezzee.com. Texas, Italy and France all play friendly at this West Austin bistro staple with a brunch featuring the popular and decadent creme brulee French toast. (Owner Sharon Watkins)

Counter Cafe. 626 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-708-8800; 1914 E. Sixth St. 512-351-9961, countercafe.com. You can almost reach over the counter and into the galley kitchen to flip your own crab cake that comes with poached eggs and curried peanut and lemon aioli dipping sauces. (Owner Debbie Davis)

Counter Culture. 2337 E. Cesar Chavez St. 512-524-1540, countercultureaustin.com. The gluten- and soy-free version of mac and cheese at this restaurant will make you a believer in vegan cuisine, as will a Reuben made with tempeh. Pizzas are made with organic cornmeal crusts and can be ordered gluten-free as well. (Owner Sue Davis)

Crema Bakery. 9001 Brodie Lane B3. 512-282-1300, cremabakerycafe.com. Breakfast croissants in the morning, sandwiches on freshly baked bread and desserts all day at this bakery. (Chef-owner Jessica Forkner)

Eastside Café. 2113 Manor Road. 512-476-5858, eastsidecafeaustin.com. Comforting dishes that take a light approach, relying on seasonal vegetables at this quaint house in East Austin. (Owner Elaine Martin)

Eden East. 755 Springdale Road. 512-428-6500, edeneastaustin.com. Hard to get more farm-to-table than Sonya Cote’s bucolic al fresco restaurant at Springdale Farm. (Chef-owner Sonya Cote)

Chef/Owner Sarah McIntosh at Épicerie.
(Ashley Landis FOR AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Epicerie. 2307 Hancock Drive. 512-371-6840, epicerieaustin.com. This French-Louisiana bistro delivers well-constructed sandwiches like an open-faced cured salmon with cream cheese and egg on toasted rye, as well as heartier dishes like boudin. (Chef-owner Sarah McIntosh)

Fresa’s. 915 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-428-5077; 1703 S. First St. 512-992-2946; fresaschicken.com. Walk up or drive-thru at the original on Lamar Boulevard for healthy salad bowls, some of the best queso in town and complex tacos like the El Sancho, with chicken pastor, pineapple pico, jicama and tomatillo salsa. The South First location, which opened last year, includes larger format options like chimichurri grilled steak and aji shrimp, as well as a playscape for kids. (Owners Margaret Vera and executive pastry chef Laura Sawicki, partners with executive chef Rene Ortiz)

Garbos. 14735 Bratton Lane. 512-350-9814, garboslobsteratx.com. The restaurant in Wells Branch expands its food truck menu to include fish spreads, grilled fish, a solid burger and more, in addition to the excellent lobster rolls. (Chef-owner Heidi Garbo)

Hillside Farmacy. 1209 E. 11th St. 512-628-0168, hillsidefarmacy.com. Pâtisserie and café in the morning, solid deli in the daytime and an evening menu full of bistro classics and oysters, this well-designed space has a little bit of something for everybody, including outdoor cafe tables. (Owners Jade Matthews, Mickie Spencer and chef-partner Sony Cote)

Home Slice Pizza. 1415 S. Congress Ave. 512-444-7437, homeslicepizza.com. A commitment to unflappable service, quality execution and ebullient spirit have as much to do with the pizzeria’s success as the toasty crunch of a large New York-style pie with rosy pepperonis and snappy green peppers (Owners Terri Hannifin and Jen Strickland, and Jen’s husband, Joseph)

Juice Society. 1100 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-596-2947, juice-society.com. This bright, airy shop sells cold-pressed, organic juice and granola. (Owner Danielle Sobel)

Julio’s. 4230 Duval St. 512-452-1040, juliosaustin.com. Breakfast tacos, roasted chicken, enchilladas and more throughout the day at this Hyde Park staple since 1983. (Owner Estella Lucero)

La Barbecue. 1906 E. Cesar Chavez St. 512-605-9696, labarbecue.com. Some of the best barbecue in Central Texas. Start with the brisket and hot guts sausage and go from there. (Owner LeAnn Mueller)

Launderette. 2115 Holly St. 512-382-1599, launderetteaustin.com. This globe-trotting restaurant feels like a dinner party run by a whimsical chef who has a lot of ideas and no need for conformity or sitting still. (Owners Margaret Vera and executive pastry chef Laura Sawicki, partners with executive chef Rene Ortiz)

Lenoir owner Jessica Maher and her son, Hollis, in 2013. (Andrew Chan AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Lenoir. 1807 S. First St. 512-215-9778, lenoirrestaurant.com. This romantic bungalow restaurant uses local ingredients to replicate flavors of hot climates (Africa, Spain, Southeast Asia) from around the world, and the shabby chic design adds to the transportive feeling. (Owner Jessica Maher)

Lima Criolla. 6406 N. Interstate 35 frontage road, #1550. 512-323-5404, limacriolla.com.  Lomo saltado Limeño, aji de gallina Limeño and many other traditional Peruvian dishes at this restaurant that graduated from a nearby mall food court to a stand-alone restaurant at The Linc. (Chef-owner Susan Osorio)

El Naranjo. 85 Rainey St. 512-474-2776, elnaranjorestaurant.com. Chef Iliana de la Vega explores the wonders of mole with the deep chocolate and toasted notes of mole negro, with its more than two dozen ingredients, and will likely introduce you to something new, maybe a light, herbal green mole. (Chef-owner Iliana de la Vega)

Nubian Queen Lola’s. 1815 Rosewood Ave. 512-474-5652. Soul food and service with a smile and a mission of service at this East Austin favorite. (Owner Lola Stephens-Bell)

Las Palomas. 3201 Bee Cave Road #122. 512-327-9889, laspalomasrestaurant.com. I like to order the house special (a relleno stuffed with ground beef and pork, raisins, almonds and pecans) served in a zippy tomato sauce at this reliable Westlake restaurant. (Owner MariCarmen Corona Dale)

La Patisserie. 602 W. Annie St. 512-912-0033; 7301 Burnet Road Suite 102, 512-770-6442, lpaustin.com. No matter how you pronounce the word, the dozen or so macarons at this shop are amazing. (Owner and head baker Soraiya Nagree)

Parlor & Yard. 601 W. Sixth St. 512-524-0466, parloryard.com. Slow-cooked meats  like lamb and short rib make up the small menu at Carnal, serving out of this bar on West Sixth Street. (Owner Bridget Dunlap)

Picnik. 1700 S.Lamar Blvd. 512-293-6118; 4801 Burnet Road. 737-226-0644, picnikaustin.conm. There’s now a Central Austin restaurant to go along with the South Austin trailer that launched this paleo-friendly business that serves bone broth, butter coffee, pasta dishes made with vegetables and more. (Owner Naomi Seifter)

Quality Seafood. 5621 Airport Blvd. 512-452-3820, qualityseafoodmarket.com. The attached market at this longtime favorite means proximity to Gulf shrimp and ruby red and rainbow trout for the grill. (Owner Carol Huntsberger)

Pat Mares, owner of Ruby’s BBQ. (Julia Robinson FOR AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Ruby‘s BBQ. 512 W. 29th St. 512-477-1651, rubysbbq.com. Quality beef smoked in pits with a side of Austin music history for almost 30 years. (Read an interview with owner Pat Mares on the occasion of her restaurant’s 25th anniversary.)

Sala & Betty. 5201 Airport Blvd. 512-645- 0214, salaandbettyatx.com. Former Aquarelle chef Teresa Wilson flexes her French muscles with steak frites and pan-roasted redfish, while dipping into the South with buttermilk fried chicken and more. (Chef-owner Teresa Wilson)

Sichuan River. 4534 West Gate Blvd. 512-892-6699, sichuanriverchinese.com. Slurp away at a hot, oily bowl of spicy fish and you’ll feel warmed from the inside out. (Owner Cindy Zhao)

Spun Ice Cream. 1912 E. Seventh St. 512-524-1768, spunicecream.comLiquid nitrogen ice cream with quality ingredients from sister team. (Owners Christina and Ashley Cheng)

Titaya Timrerk, owner of Titaya’s. (Jay Janner AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

The Steeping Room. 11410 Century Oaks Terrace, Suite 112, 512-977-8337; 4400 N. Lamar Blvd. Suite 102, 512-467-2663; thesteepingroom.com. Healthy bowls, salads and a play on the BLT using tempeh give vegetarians and healthy eaters plenty of options at these two cafes. (Owner Amy March)

Sugar Mama‘s Bakeshop. 1905 S. First St. 512-448-3727; 2406 Manor Road. 512-220-7296, sugarmamasbakeshop.com. A host of daily specials and a small batch of regulars make this one of the best cupcake spots in town. The Banana Puddin’ (banana buttermilk cake filled with banana pastry cream and topped with fresh whipped cream and a miniature vanilla wafer) is one of the best birthday treats I ever received. (Baker-owner Olivia O’Neal)

Sweet Ritual. 4631 Airport Blvd. #125. 512-666-8346, sweetritual.com. Want to be a believer in vegan ice cream in all of its many forms? Head here. (Owners Valerie Ward and Amelia Raley)

Taste of Ethiopia. 1100 Grand Avenue Parkway, Pflugerville. 512-251-4053; 3801 S. Congress Ave. Suite 107. 512-814-3141; tasteofethiopiaaustin.com. Grab a handful of springy injera bread and scoop your doro wat or vegetarian platter with your hands at the two locations of this Ethiopian restaurant. (Chef owner Woinee Mariam)

Thai Fresh. 909 Mary St. 512-494-6436, thaifresh.com. Lemongrass soup, chicken with panang curry, steak salad and vegan desserts are just a few of the attractions at this neighborhood spot. (Chef-owner Jam Sanitchat)

Titayas. 5501 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-458-1792, titayasthaicuisine.com. Jungle curry brims with the heat of dried chilies and the floral breeze of lemongrass, and the fried catfish of pad cha and its crisp peppers will leave you grabbing for the water. (Chef-owner Titaya Timrerk)

La Traviata. 314 Congress Ave. 512-479-8131, latraviatatx.com. There’s a classic feel to this Italian restaurant that makes one of the best bolognese in town as well as homemade ravioli. (Chef-owner Marion Gillcrist)

Unit D Pizzeria. 2406 Manor Road. 512-524-1922, unitdpizzeria.com. Dai Due’s neighbor serves blistered pies full of crunch and chew with great toppings like Sweety Drop peppers, guanciale and bourbon-smoked pepper, and a few salads, like my favorite kale salad in town. (Owner Shalou Barth)

Veracruz All-Natural. Multiple locations. veracruztacos.com. This growing empire serves the best migas taco in town (and more). Try the quesadillas. And the tortas. Try it all. You may want to call in advance. They make good food, not fast food, as their sign reads. (Owners Maritza and Reyna Vazquez)

Kristen Heaney, seen here with her dog, Venkman (named after Bill Murray’s character in ‘Ghostbusters’), owner of Yard Bar. (Contributed by Anita Chumnanvech/Daisy Girl Studio)

Vinaigrette. 2201 College Ave. 512-852-8791, vinaigretteonline.com/austin. One of the keys to the balanced salads at this airy and inviting restaurant: well-dressed greens, so every bite carries a flavorful sheen. Try the Kale Caesar. Bonus points for cocktails made with juice from fresh produce. (Owner Erin Wade)

Weather Up. 1808 E Cesar Chavez St. 512-524-0464, weatherupnyc.com/austin-1/. Thoughtful small plates like mussels in coconut curry to accompany some of the best cocktails in town. (Owner Kathryn Weatherup and chef Kristine Kittrell)

Yard Bar. 6700 Burnet Road. 512-900-3773, yardbar.com. A place for pups and peeps, the bar serves a wide selection of beers, wine and original cocktails and the food menu includes sandwiches, salads and snack plates. (Owner Kristen Heaney)

 

 

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