Tastemakers :: Josephine House

For years, we’ve had tacos, barbeque and beer down in Austin. What was harder to find, though, was a touch of refined but casual elegance in our local food scene. Thankfully, Larry McGuire, Austin’s culinary boy wonder, has gotten it just right once again, articulating exactly what we wanted before we even knew quite what that was. His newly-opened Josephine House is bright and lovely and captures what’s best about the new Austin: stylish and sophisticated, but still easy and relaxed, and most of all, delicious. Think intensely-flavored, but fresh and light salads, sandwiches, soups, savory tarts, big plates and bar snacks, easy-sipping cocktails and decadent, flaky, buttery pastries, all served up with the meticulous attention to detail for which all McGuire Moorman establishments are known. After a long lunch of a hearty three grain salad with herbs, butternut, and kale, and fragrant, warm pastured pork meatballs, prepared by Josephine House chef du cuisine Jen Jackson (accompanied by a perfectly crisp and minerally white wine, and followed by pastry chef Alex Manley’s strawberry galette with cornmeal crust & chamomile ice cream) we sit down with Larry to talk entrepreneurial beginnings, culinary inspiration, and the power of positivity.

*photography by thomas winslow

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Tastemaker Larry McGuire of Josephine House in Austin | Elizabeth Winslow for Camille Styles

Who is your culinary idol?

For Jeffrey’s I’ve really been liking Martha Stewart a lot lately… may be dorky but I love it when people unabashedly live large lives. She’s not afraid of luxury and entertaining.

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  • Tastemaker Larry McGuire of Josephine House in Austin | Elizabeth Winslow for Camille Styles
  • Tastemaker Larry McGuire of Josephine House in Austin | Elizabeth Winslow for Camille Styles
  • Tastemaker Larry McGuire of Josephine House in Austin | Elizabeth Winslow for Camille Styles
  • Tastemaker Larry McGuire of Josephine House in Austin | Elizabeth Winslow for Camille Styles
  • Tastemaker Larry McGuire of Josephine House in Austin | Elizabeth Winslow for Camille Styles
  • Tastemaker Larry McGuire of Josephine House in Austin | Elizabeth Winslow for Camille Styles
  • Tastemaker Larry McGuire of Josephine House in Austin | Elizabeth Winslow for Camille Styles
  • Tastemaker Larry McGuire of Josephine House in Austin | Elizabeth Winslow for Camille Styles
  • Tastemaker Larry McGuire of Josephine House in Austin | Elizabeth Winslow for Camille Styles
  • Tastemaker Larry McGuire of Josephine House in Austin | Elizabeth Winslow for Camille Styles
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19 Responses to “Tastemakers :: Josephine House”

  1. Jennifer Rose Smith

    Beautiful photos. I haven’t made it to Josephine House yet but I’ve got to stop in soon after reading this story. When I first moved to Austin in the nineties, Jeffrey’s was kind of the superlative fancy restaurant. I have so many good memories there (graduation dinners, etc). I’m excited that Mr. McGuire is stepping in to give it a facelift. Can’t wait to see what he does.

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    • Elizabeth Winslow

      It is everything you hope it will be–down to the tiniest detail!

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    • Elizabeth Winslow

      We will look forward to it! Be sure to let us know your favorite spots when you visit.

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  2. esmergonzalez

    Beautiful photos. Josephine House is in my neighborhood and I can’t wait to try it! (And also super excited about Jeffrey’s reopening)

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    • Elizabeth Winslow

      Me too–if Josephine House is this exquisite, I can only imagine how gorgeous the “mothership” will be!

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    • Elizabeth Winslow

      Thank you. Can’t wait to hear what you think!

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  3. Capella Kincheloe (@CapellaKID)

    When choosing a vacation destination, we often rule out locales that don’t have great food. It seems that Austin should be on the list of must-visits simply for the food alone.

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    • Elizabeth Winslow

      Absolutely–we have an amazing food scene here. Everything from casual taco joints, innovative food trailers, to world class culinary destinations. And the farmers market is worth a trip in and of itself!

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  4. Rachel See Smith, MA, MT-BC

    I can’t find any place on their website with regards to a price range…any thoughts on this? Thanks for the awesome suggestion! This place looks great!

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  5. April

    Love this!! Great report! Can’t wait to check this place out. :)

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