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Tastemakers :: Josephine House

March 19th, 2013

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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19 Comments under :: Tastemakers :: Josephine House
  1. Jennifer Rose Smith says:

    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.

  2. What a beautiful place! This blog has given me so many reasons to make a trip to Austin.

  3. esmergonzalez says:

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

    • Elizabeth Winslow says:

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

  4. Beautiful photos, I’m gonna have to give it a try!

  5. 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.

    • Elizabeth Winslow says:

      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!

  6. Looks gorgeous and yummy!

  7. 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!

  8. April says:

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

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