If you’re looking for a night on the town, Boiler Nine is the place to be. Located in the heart of Austin, Texas, Boiler Nine’s bites and drinks are worth being on any foodie’s list, yet it’s on very few’s. This is because its facade is rather inconspicuous. Located in the power plant of downtown Austin, Boiler Nice is one of the most frequently overlooked restaurants in the 512, but once you head inside, you will never forget it. Their art-deco interior consists exclusively of steel and stained wood. From some tables, you can see inside the kitchen to the chefs hard at work. From others, you can see out onto their luxurious patio. The first floor isn’t the only notable spot in this new restaurant. There are three sections of this restaurant, each with it’s own menu and drinks. Above the first floor’s bar + grill is the “observatory bar.” If you want a view of downtown, this is the spot. There is a viewfinder to take in the views and a casual cocktail bar. Down in the basement is The Boiler Room, a more serious “cocktail laboratory” where their beverage director brings a new flare to traditional drinks from the ‘60s and ‘70s.
The power plant brings inspiration to the food on every level. The historic Seaholm Power Plant was originally a coal-powered station, but the transition to fuel oil happened before the construction was finished. Today, the preserved power plant space is used mostly for office space and Boiler Nine is one of the only public space there. How does the energy plant inspire the food? The answer is fire. Much of their food is heated over various woods in their open kitchen, such as oak. The fire cooked ingredients include brisket, fish and chicken. This restaurant isn’t meat centric however. There are many fresh meals such as grilled cauliflower and smoked mushroom carbonara. Their website also boasts “a lunch of vibrant, crisp salads, grilled sandwiches and grains.” Hurry there though, the menu changes frequently with ingredients from local farms.
It’s an interesting mix to have food that’s very remnant of warm comfort food in such austere, steel-based restaurant atmosphere, but Boiler Nine pulls it off. Whether it’s the fantastic cocktails, the delicious foods, or the generous staff, this strange combo pulls itself together perfectly to bring fine dining and industrial aesthetics to the Austin restaurant scene, a never before seen combo.
Reservations are suggested 48 hours in advance. The restaurant just opened summer 2016, so get ahead of the curve and eat or drink there while it’s still relatively off the radar.
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