Still centralized but towards the northern border of Austin is a little piece of heaven called ‘The Domain’. One of the city’s newest developments that boasts over 700,000 square feet of retail, apartment living, and restaurants. It’s basically a one stop for all where one can reside at and never need to leave the area because The Domain provides everything you need. The Domain encompasses an entire city block. It’s borders are Mopac Boulevard, Braker Lane, and Burnet Rd.
Rock Rose Avenue
What’s booming is the new addition to The Domain is Rose Rose Avenue. Already in the general Domain area are Whole Foods, Shake Shack, Sway, Punch Bowl Social, Lone Star Court, and many others. Then there is the newly-opened Second Bar + Kitchen, helmed by David Bull, as part of the Archer Hotel. Even more slated for the rest of Domain Northside include 24/7 cupcake vending machine Sprinkles, Frost Gelato, Culinary Dropout and Flower Child.
Here are what restaurants, bars, and expansions you can already find or expect to discover at the ever-expanding Rock Rose district so far, all along Rock Rose Avenue. Courtesy of N. Chaudhury’s The Definitive Guide to The Domain’s Rock Rose, the guide provide the top 20 best eateries and places to go in the Rock Rose Avenue area of the Domain.
1. East Side King Thai Kun
This is the first brick and mortar for East Side King’s Thai Kun, and the second for the overall brand. Fans can expect favorite truck dishes along with new ones, from chefs Thai Changthong, Paul Qui, and Moto Utsunomiya.
2. General T’so Boy
The New York City food pop-up opened its first brick and mortar within Rock Rose, with Chinese-American po-boys, dumplings, vegetables and desserts like soft serve ice cream.
New Waterloo’s Sway expansion means the Domain will soon get modern Thai for lunch and dinner.
4. Lavaca Street Bar and Turf N’ Surf Kitchen
The downtown sports bar decided on the Domain for its second location with Ralph Gilmore (yes, Jack Gilmore’s brother and Bryce Gilmore’s uncle) and his New Orleans-styled Turf N’ Surf Kitchen along for the ride, dishing out po-boys and fish tacos. New to the menu are oysters.
5. Jinya Ramen
The California-based ramen chain brings tonkotsu varieties to Austin, including assai, black, and white, with a wide array of ingredients for the perfect bowl.
6. Jack and Ginger’s
One of the four bar and restaurant projects from Union Venture Group includes the Irish sports bar with a focus on beer, whiskey, and soccer. Over 82 different beers can be found on the tap. The kitchen serves Irish American comfort food, including breakfast.
7. 77 Degrees
Then there is the patio wonderland 77 Degrees within Union Venture Group’s mini-empire. The rooftop cocktail bar serves rum drinks and sharable plates.
7. Saint Genevieve
Also for Union Venture Group is the Austin location of the organization’s shuttered Houston restaurant and cocktail lounge. Find wine, shared plates, Sunday brunch, and a lounge DJ.
9. The Rose Room
The final piece in the Rock Rose puzzle for the Union Venture Group is the three-story nightclub The Rose Room, with table reservations, DJs, and much dancing.
10. Velvet Taco
The essential Dallas mini-chain is coming to the taco capital, with late night hours, untraditional fillings, and very sweet red velvet cake.
11. Apanas Coffee & Beer
One of the few original storefronts in the district, the owner of Apanas (formerly known as Two Hands Coffee) Aamil Sarfani pays close attention to where the cafe’s beans come from, so much so that a portion of the coffee sales goes back to the Nicaraguan farmers. Juice, beer, and wine will also be poured. He just opened a second location of the cafe on South Congress.
The fifth location of the fast casual Indian chain from the Claypit owners serves the same fresh menu. Depending on the pedestrian traffic, might extend night hours. Co-founder Tinku Saini is playing around with the idea of an Indian-style rickshaw food delivery.
13. Mia Tapas Bar
The Italian take on tapas from Crimson Scorsonelli leads to small plates of dates, pork belly, meatballs, manchego. Other menu items include steak and salmon to share, pasta, and pizza.
14. MAD Greens
With all of the drinking and heavy eating, the Colorado salad chain is a nice antidote. Produce will come from local purveyors like JB Organics. This is the first of four locations slated for Austin and Texas, including downtown, Lakeway, and Round Rock.
15. Salvation Pizza
Boasting of New Haven-styled Neapolitan pizza, Salvation’s third location brings white clam pies to the Domain. Owner Michael Dinsmore teased this site back in 2014, along with a delivery-only one somewhere near 183 and Northgate. The Domain spot has a full bar and 20 taps featuring local breweries, like Live Oak and (512).
16. The Dogwood
Carmack Concepts owners and brothers Brad and Chad Womack, along with Jason Carrier brought Austin’s second outpost of The Dogwood to Rock Rose this month. The two-story building features indoor and outdoor bars, including on the rooftop.
17. Kung Fu Saloon
Kung Fu Saloon’s second Austin location (and one of five spots slated, along with an impending Nashville one) brings arcade games, pickle shots, karaoke, and more booze to the district.
18. Weathered Coalition
The high-end men’s boutique opted for Rock Rose for its first brick and mortar. There will be a coffee and whiskey bar, plus wifi lounge and barbershop.
19. 24 Diner
ELM’s empire-building is extending with 24 Diner’s second location. Once open, expect all-hours comfort food and breads from sibling bakery Easy Tiger.
20. Hat Creek Burger Co.
The family-friend burger chain is coming into the Domain, bringing along playscapes and kids’ menus.