Welcome to the heart of Austin, Texas, a city ripe with a unique union of charm, warm hospitality, and the robust, irresistible Southern flavors. And at the heart of it all, simmering in the city’s vibrant culinary landscape, awaits Mattie’s, a Southern Cuisine marvel that will transport you, bite by delicious bite, into the heart of the South.

In this spotlight, we’ll traverse the gorgeous grounds of Mattie’s, take a trip down memory lane, explore the gastronomic jewels that lie at the heart of its menu, delve into the orchard of its wine selection, and revel in the soothing ambiance that sets this gem distinctively apart.

Embracing a Storied History

As you leisurely traverse down the path, sheltered lovingly by a murmuring canopy of live oaks, you’ll sense the whispers of history echoed in every corner of this Austin gem. Nestled in the heart of the historic Green Pastures, a Victorian estate that blooms with rich heritage, Mattie’s unites the rustic elegance of the past with a contemporary appeal.

Built over a century ago in 1895, this grand Victorian establishment generously weaves authentic Southern charm into the Austin cityscape. The compelling history, seasoned with whispers of the various epochs, permeates your dining experience at Mattie’s. This Southern charmer isn’t a relic from the past, frozen in time. Rather, it’s a living, breathing culinary artist that evolves to cater to the contemporary palate, while preserving its quaint and timeless essence.

Southern Comfort Exemplified: The Dining Experience

Your journey to the heart of Southern comfort cuisine commences as you cross the threshold into the warm, welcoming space, the utter soul of Southern hospitality. Instantly enveloped by the charming atmosphere, adorned with vintage relics from epochs past, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into the cosy embrace of a childhood memory, evocative of your grandmother’s inviting home.

Starting from the delectable Biscuits and Honey Butter starter, a warm, comfort-infused treat aimed to tantalize your taste buds, to the illustrious Fried Chicken entrée, every bite at Mattie’s is a tour de force of Southern flavors that resonate with authentic homeliness.

Here are some mouth-watering crowning jewels of the menu that have etched the name “Mattie’s” into the culinary map:

  • Buttermilk Fried Chicken: Perfectly seasoned, this succulent dish, fried to a juicy golden crisp, will transport you straight to the heart of Southern cuisine. This iconic dish is lovingly prepared in-house, acted as a fast-track ticket to an authentic Southern culinary experience.
  • Shrimp and Stone-Ground Grits: This sacred staple of the Southern culinary bible is treated with the reverence it commands. The rich, creamy, wonderfully gritty texture blends in a tantalizing dance with fresh, plump Gulf shrimp, resulting in an exceptional taste symphony you can’t resist.
  • The Cheese and Charcuteries: An artful medley of local, lovingly-crafted artisanal cheeses and expertly cured meats. This tasteful tapestry of flavors is the perfect accompaniment to enjoy alongside a glass of wine from their extensive selection.

With a vibrant, ever-evolving menu that surprises and delights, there’s always a new Southern culinary pearl to discover at Mattie’s. Whether you’re looking for a quaint, pastoral spot for a hearty brunch, a perfect setting for a serene afternoon tea, or a grand stage for a sumptuous dinner, Mattie’s exceeds expectations at every turn.

Uncorking an Array of Flavors

At Mattie’s, the dining experience extends beyond the plate into an exploration of taste through its carefully selected, internationally-acclaimed wine list. Whether its reds that lean towards the ruby or you’re more attuned to the elegant charm of whites, you’ll be spoiled for choice.

Their cocktail menu refuses to play second fiddle. Paying homage to tradition whilst embracing the thrill of new inventions, every libation is an ode to mixology. Mattie’s signature cocktail, the Peacock is a particular stand-out, balancing a hip modern zest with respect for heritage and tradition, like a delicately crafted symphony.

A Feast for the Soul

At its soul, Mattie’s, the enchanting aura, the tranquility, and the invitingly warm interiors transform each visit into an experience. This is more than an eatery – it’s a sensory journey that feeds not just the body, but the soul.

Choose your perfect ‘gram among the antique furniture adorned surroundings, marvel at nature’s casual ambience where peacocks roam, even as you partake of your meal. The evening canopies lit by café lights, twinkling like far-off stars, add to the al fresco dining charm. Step indoors for an equally magical experience — the elegant chandeliers and floor-to-ceiling windows foster a timeless, cozy atmosphere.

Wrapping Up

Every moment at Mattie’s is a reminder to slow down, play the perfect host to conversations that linger, and savour every delectable detail. It’s not just a haven for food lovers, but a culinary testament to Austin’s warm, eclectic character. The inviting Southern flavors, the nurturing hospitality, and the picturesque venue — all weave together to create an unforgettable Mattie’s experience.

Mattie’s is a must-visit whether you call Austin home, or are a curious traveller looking for an inviting local spot that exemplifies Austin. Expect to leave Mattie’s with a heart brimming with memories and a belly packed with the finest of Southern hospitality.

To book your journey into the heart of Southern flavors at Mattie’s, all the details are available here.

Savor the Southern Charm: A Spotlight on Mattie’s Austin — the experience at Mattie’s promises to be a Southern charmer. Come live the rich traditions, soak in the comforting Southern hospitality, and satiate your palate with Mattie’s culinary masterpieces. The heart of the South is waiting for you in Austin, at Mattie’s.

Lauren Critzer

I was born in Charlottesville, Virginia and after college, I moved to San Francisco to explore new opportunities and broaden my horizons. I fell in love with the city's vibrant culture and unique atmosphere, but eventually, I moved again, this time to Austin, Texas.

As much as I loved living in different parts of the country, having a baby boy brought me back to my hometown in Charlottesville, where I now live with my husband, our little one, and two furry friends. I enjoy going to wineries, taking my pups everywhere, and spending quality time with my family.

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