Austin Dining Fave Reopens
Mattie’s serves up Southern-inspired menu
BY BECCA HENSLEY — Winter 2018
outhern-intoned Austin, the Texas capital, knew how to entertain long before it topped every traveler’s hit list. Home to lobbyists galore and a heady university crowd, the town boasted a bevy of social butterflies who relished classy, sometimes boozy, soirees. Many a fete took place at landmark Green Pastures, which featured a Victorian garden complete with peacocks, in South Austin’s Bouldin Creek neighborhood. Its restaurant, ensconced in a circa-1893 mansion, reigned as the city’s most renowned spot for celebratory dinners for 70 years — until it closed in February 2016.
Now it’s back, but with a new name — Mattie’s — new owners, and swank interiors by Austin’s Joel Mozersky. Not only are the peacocks still there, but the reimagined eatery has quickly regained its top spot in the city’s culinary hierarchy.
With a kitchen helmed by Chef Joshua Thomas, Mattie’s serves a Southern-inspired (but modernly executed), responsibly sourced menu. Dishes such as buttermilk biscuits, pimento cheese, and fried chicken already have garnered devoted fans, while classic cocktails served on the ample porch reflect past times. Try the 1965 Milk Punch, made from one of the original owners’ potent recipe, which mixes aged bourbon, VSOP cognac, and Jamaican rum with sweet vanilla cream and nutmeg.
The live-oak-studded estate continues to host group events in its indoor and outdoor venues, still known collectively as Green Pastures. 811 W. Live Oak St.; 512-444-1888; mattiesaustin.com
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