Rainey Street is always bustling during SXSW and thankfully this year we have NO VA Kitchen & Bar as an actual restaurant to dine at! Rainey Street keeps it pretty casual in general with all the trailers, which I love, but I am happy to have a place where I can grab a cocktail and some serious mac ‘n cheese, even into the wee morning hours. The atmosphere is clean and modern, a little isle of respite amidst hispter central.
Summary: Chef Brad Sorenson, formerly of Asti and The Next Food Network Star, brings modern comfort food to Rainey Street. Creative cocktails and an ever changing menu keep this place fresh. An airy and clean interior is laid-back, the three patios are perfect for grabbing drinks. Open late, the bar food menu is definitely something worth staying up for!
What to order:
- Eat: Cheeseburger, Braised Beef Short Ribs, Bacon & Eggs Pasta
- Drink: Rum Fashioned, Bloody Mary
- Address: 87 Rainey Street Austin, TX 78701
- Phone number: 512-
- Hours of Operation: Tuesday- Saturday 5pm-12am; Sunday brunch 11am-3pm
- Takes reservations: Yes
- WiFi: Yes
- Website: www.novaonrainey.com
The Rum Fashioned at NO VA is hands down my current favorite drink in town. The slow melting cider ice cube adds just the perfect amount of sweetness.
The Warm Kale and Potato pizza is great for a quick bite. Perfect for sharing and the crispy crust has a little cracker quality to it. I also can’t get enough of the housemade hot sauce, which is mild enough to please any palate.
Don’t miss the mac ‘n cheese! Creamy goodness, I like to order mine with jalapenos. They’ve sold over half a ton of it in the past six months!
This burger is infamous for being “too juicy” so be sure to have your napkins ready! It also comes with fried potato chips.
I couldn’t be happier that the Bacon and Eggs pasta is on both the brunch and dinner menus. Because let’s be honest, I really can’t get enough of the housemade noodles and crispy bacon lardons. #putaneggonit
Last but not least, the Blueberry Donuts with Lavender dipping sauce are light, sweet, gorgeously dusted. Just the right amount of sweetness to take you into an after meal cocktail.