Dish Society: A Fresh Take on Local Dining

As foodies who recently had the opportunity to explore Dish Society‘s first Austin location, we were thrilled to embark on a culinary journey that promised freshness, locality, and a celebration of community through food. The café, nestled in the Mueller development, opened its doors on December 21, 2023, marking a significant expansion for the Houston-based brand outside its original area. With a reputation for sourcing locally and a menu that reflects the best of what the region has to offer, our expectations were high as we stepped into this warmly inviting space for brunch. 

The Menu 

Brunch at Dish Society is an experience that encapsulates the essence of what makes this establishment stand out. Our visit allowed us to delve into a menu that’s a love letter to Texas agriculture and culinary diversity, featuring dishes that span from health-conscious options to heartwarming southern comfort food. Given Dish Society’s commitment to sourcing from over 25 local farmers and ranchers, the freshness of each dish was unmistakable, truly setting the brunch experience apart. 

The highlight of our brunch was undoubtedly the savory Brisket n’ Eggs. This dish, with its tender, locally sourced brisket and perfectly cooked eggs, was a testament to the power of local sourcing and the culinary prowess of Dish Society’s kitchen. It was a comforting, flavorful start to our day, showcasing the best of Texas cuisine with every bite. 

While our visit was exclusively for brunch, the enticing options available for lunch and dinner have us eager to return. The Quinoa Stuffed Avocado from the lunch menu caught our eye as a vibrant, healthful option that doesn’t compromise on flavor or satisfaction. And for dinner, the Shrimp and Grits promise a perfect blend of Southern comfort and culinary finesse, featuring creamy, stone-ground grits topped with succulent shrimp. These dishes, among others, highlight Dish Society’s versatility and commitment to showcasing the breadth of options that local sourcing can offer. 

Roots

Dish Society is more than just a café; it’s a reflection of a community-centric philosophy, championed by Aaron Lyons, a local Austin-native and UT Alum. This philosophy extends beyond the menu, influencing every aspect of the dining experience, from the warm atmosphere to the attentive service. The café’s numerous accolades, including being named one of the nation’s top “Breakout Brands,” underscore its commitment to quality, innovation, and community engagement. 

Our brunch at Dish Society was not just a meal; it was an invitation to experience the richness of Texas agriculture, served with a side of genuine hospitality and culinary excellence. The focus on local sourcing is palpable, and the quality of the food speaks volumes about the care and dedication behind each dish. We are already looking forward to our next visit, eager to explore more of the lunch and dinner offerings that make Dish Society a standout destination for anyone seeking a meal that’s both delicious and deeply rooted in the local community.