The Hightower Celebrates Two Years ~ You’re Invited to Help Celebrate

Special Food & Drink Pairings Offered Week of January 11

The Hightower (1209 E. Seventh Street) is excited to commemorate their two-year anniversary with a special all-week celebration starting on January 11. Patrons are invited to enjoy a special pairing of either a cocktail, beer, or wine, with one of The Hightower’s popular appetizers and entrées for $22 per person. With the pairing, guests get a choice of red or white wine, local draft beer, or Caipirinha, Paloma, Cherry Twist or the High Tail; an appetizer choice of fried chickpeas, brussels sprouts or blistered green beans and for an entrée, patrons can choose from grit fried chicken tacos, roasted pork jowl or smoked tofu. On January 17 they will celebrate with brunch and all-night happy hour. The special pairings are meant to highlight favorite dishes on the restaurant’s menu over its two years of operating.

The restaurant, co-owned by Chef Chad Dolezal and Victor Farnsworth, opened on January 17, 2014, after a complete remodeling of the space. The remodel included revamping the patio, which is a welcome destination for East Austin visitors and rebuilding the restaurant bar. Over the past two years, The Hightower has become a go-to neighborhood restaurant, serving as a gathering place for nightly happy hours, brunches, dinners and weekday lunches. The restaurateurs have been active in the culinary community in East Austin by regularly hosting dinners benefiting local charitable organizations, partnering with breweries to host beer dinner nights, and creating “Eat East,” a monthly neighborhood event promoting dining at East Austin establishments. The Hightower’s commitment to supporting local communities is also evident in their use of sourcing ingredients from Austin farmers and vendors, including Springdale Farm, Farm to Table, Joe’s Organics, HausBar Urban Farm and Boggy Creek Farm.

“We are very excited to be celebrating our second anniversary, having watched our restaurant grow and evolve to what it is today. It’s been such a journey for us to not only physically transform our space on East Seventh Street, but also to adapt our menu over time with new and exciting additions,” said Dolezal. “I love creating dishes that people want to share and enjoy. We are very thankful for the welcome we’ve had into the Austin food scene.”

The menu at The Hightower is reflective of Austin and the blended cultures of the Central Texas region. The restaurant started two years ago with a vision for cooking a blend of culinary styles, meals and ingredients that owners Dolezal and Farnsworth, both native Texans, grew up with. This has resulted in memorable dishes with big flavors. Chef Dolezal is influenced by the regional blend of Mexican, Czech, German and traditional Southern cooking styles to create a menu of family-style shareable plates. This unique blend can be seen throughout the menu with the influence of Mexican flavors represented in the hanger steak sope and queso fundido, Eastern European fare represented with the pimento cheese starter dish and Southern-style flavors in the restaurant’s blistered green beans and grit fried chicken. Dolezal makes food that has personal meaning to him and entices diners to visit The Hightower when seeking a relaxed lunch, dinner or brunch. In its two years of operation, The Hightower has sought to create an affordable, approachable menu, made with quality ingredients and creativity. The restaurant team hopes to deliver interesting food in a welcoming atmosphere for many years to come.

Celebrating NYE at Sala & Betty and The Hightower

Sala & Betty will be celebrating with a delicious 3 course menu with optional wine pairings and The Hightower will be serving its regular dinner menu and will be giving all guests a complimentary glass of champagne.
NYE Special Menu:
3 course menu  - $35 + tax
3 course menu with wine pairing-  $50 + tax
Starting at 5PM
To make reservations, call Sala & Betty at (512) 645-0214
House Smoked Salmon, Fennel Relish, Pomegranite, Caraway Toast
Roasted Beets, Apple Butter, Toasted Pecans, Swiss Chard
Prawn Bisque, Gulf Prawn, Sherry, Tarragon
Roasted Black Drum (Photography Courtesy of Drew DeGennaro)

Roasted Black Drum (Photography Courtesy of Drew DeGennaro)

Roasted Black Drum, Parsley-Garlic Crumbs, Melted Leeks, Roasted Red Peppers, Dates
Red Wine Braised Short Rib, Potato Puree, Carrots, Turnips, Celery
Quail, Kale, Bacon, Pickled Pearl Onions, Dijon Mustard

Bread Pudding (Photography Courtesy of Drew DeGennaro)

Bread Pudding (Photography Courtesy of Drew DeGennaro)

Bread Pudding, Brown Sugar, Pear, Pine Nut
Peppermint Brûlée, Strawberries

Brussels Sprouts (Photography Courtesy of Drew DeGennaro)

Brussels Sprouts (Photography Courtesy of Drew DeGennaro)

Grit Fried Chicken Tacos (Photography Courtesy of Drew DeGennaro)

Grit Fried Chicken Tacos (Photography Courtesy of Drew DeGennaro)

NYE: Will be serving its regular dinner menu and giving all guests a complimentary glass of champagne.  Now accepting reservations at (512) 524-1448.

October 4 is National Vodka Day: A Few of our Favorites

National Vodka Day is October 4, we wanted to share some delicious vodka cocktails from some of a few our our favorite and Austin’s most popular restaurants and bars.

The Katie

The Katie

Icenhauer’s, known for its namesake cocktails and spirit infusions features The Katie: ginger and lime-infused Tito’s Handmade Vodka and freshly squeezed lime juice topped off with ginger beer.

Located at 83 Rainey Street, (512) 473-0005

Hours: Daily, Monday-Saturday, 4pm-2am; Sunday 2pm-2am




Deep Eddy Vodka Distillery and Tasting room, Austin’s hometown vodka features the Longboard at its popular distillery and tasting room in Dripping Springs. Made with Deep Eddy Straight Vodka, raspberry lemonade, club soda, lime garnish.

Located at 2250 Hwy 290, Dripping Springs

Hours: Friday and Saturday 11am-5pm, Sunday noon-5pm


Bottom Buzzer

Bottom Buzzer

The Townsend, Bottom Buzzer, “… a focused and lean long drink with tons of depth,” says bar manager Justin Elliott. Bright, tart lemon juice, sweet and unctuous honey, zesty and bitter grapefruit juice, herbaceous and  spicy Green Chartreuse, and floral orange blossom water are all brought together when swizzled with Aylesbury Duck Vodka.

Located at 18 Congress Ave #100 (512) 887-8778.

Hours: Daily, 4pm-2am




Cherry Twist

Cherry Twist

The Hightower, Cherry Twist: vodka, lemon juice, cherry brandy, simple syrup, housemade smoked orange bitters, shaken, poured over fresh ice in a rocks glass with a Luxardo cherry wrapped in a lemon peel as garnish.

Located at 1209 E 7th Street (512) 524-1448

Hours: Daily, Monday-Thursday, Sunday 11am-2:30pm, 5-10p; Friday & Saturday 11am-2:30pm, 5-10:30pm



No matter how and where you celebrate, please remember to celebrate responsibly.

Celebrate National Bourbon Heritage Month with a few Favorites

September is National Bourbon Heritage Month. What better way to pay homage to America’s heritage spirit than at these fine Austin establishments: Icenhauer’s, The Townsend, Gardner, The Hightower, and Travaasa put a new twist on the time honored libation.
Incenhaer’s just released a fall menu featuring five  bourbon cocktails using house made infusions and seasonal ingredients.
83 Rainey Street (512) 473-0005. Hours: Daily, Monday-Saturday, 4pm-2am; Sunday 2pm-2am
  • Maple Old Old Fashioned: Bulleit Bourbon, real maple syrup reduction, dashes of Angostura bitters, and muddled lemon peel.
  • Rosemary Bourbon Punch: Rosemary infused bourbon, cranberry liqueur, orange juice, and club soda.
  • Bourbon Bramble: Bulleit Bourbon, St. Germain, Creme de Cassis, and fresh lemon juice.
  • Apple Bourbon Sidecar: Apple infused bourbon, fresh lemon juice, and Grand Marnier.
Pecan Bourbon Peach Smash

Pecan Bourbon Peach Smash

  • Pecan Bourbon Peach Smash: Pecan infused bourbon, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, peach preserves, and fresh mint.
The Townsend 718 Congress Ave #100 (512) 887-8778. Hours: Daily, 4pm-2am,


The Townsend National Bourbon Heritage Month Promotion:
In honor of National Bourbon Heritage Month, The Townsend will be featuring “Break-Even Bottle Night” every Sunday this month. Inspired by Bobby Heugel’s bar in Houston, Anvil, the “Bobby Heugel Memorial Break-Even Bottle Night” features a rare and/or expensive bottle and sell it at cost so patrons can try some remarkable bottles with neither the prohibitive markup of buying it at a bar nor the commitment of buying it retail. During the month of September, The Townsend will feature extremely highly rated bottles such as Garrison Brothers Cowboy Bourbon, Wild Turkey Diamond Anniversary, and Elijah Craig 23 year Single Barrel.
Gardner 1914 E 6th Street (512) 354-1480. Hours: Daily, Monday-Thursday, 5:30-9pm; Friday & Saturday, 5:30-10p; Sunday 5:30-9p
Bourbon Horchata

Bourbon Horchata

  • Bourbon Horchata: Mexican Chocolate Milk Punch (milk, chocolate, bourbon, and orange juice), Oatmeal Horchata, Cuvée coffee bitters, Green Chartreuse, cocoa powder, and a Chartruese garnish.


Travaasa Austin – The Preserve Kitchen + Bar 13500 Farm to Market Road 2769 (855) 249-3004 Hours: Daily, Breakfast: 7-11am; Lunch: 11am-2pm; Dinner: 6-9pm
New York Sour

New York Sour

  • New York Sour: 4 Roses Bourbon, fresh lemon juice, honey simple syrup, malbec–served on the rocks.
  • Smoke and Feathers: 4 Roses Bourbon, aperol, blackberry syrup, laphroaig scotch, fee bros aromatic bitters — served on the rocks.
The Hightower 1209 E 7th Street (512) 524-1448. Hours: Daily, Monday-Thursday, Sunday 11am-2:30pm, 5-10p; Friday & Saturday 11am-2:30pm, 5-10:30pm
Eastside 75

Eastside 75

  • Eastside 75: Bourbon, house-made apple shrub, bitters, and Austin Eastciders cider float.


The Hightower Welcomes Us for Lunch

By William Jackson

Celebrating a one year anniversary in several weeks, The Hightower located at 1209 East Seventh Street in east Austin is still finding ways to appeal to a broader audience with its winning elements: quality, simplicity and affordability. A few weeks ago, the Hightower introduced a lunch menu which is available Tuesday through Friday from 11am to 2:30pm.

The new lunch menu highlights include gnocchi (house-made ricotta, brussel sprout greens, butternut squash puree, almonds and sorghum) and sandwich options including hanger steak (charred tomato, fried potatoes, mushrooms, caramelized onions, aioli), masa fried gulf oysters (sriracha aioli, sunflower sprouts, flying fish roe, lime, avocado oil), carnitas (fried egg, salsa verde, avocado, pickled shallot, pinto beans, crema), and jowl (sriracha aioli, fresh tomatillos, greens).

William Jackson

William Jackson

I had the pleasure of having lunch on Wednesday and found the atmosphere to be comfortable, yet modern which complements well the old Austin charm and its east Austin location. The staff is attentive and informative and didn’t seem to mind my “journalist” type questions. GM/co-owner Victor Farnsworth educated me on the meaning of “farm to table”.  As well as how he and chef/co-owner Chad Dolezal source their food to ensure guests have the most delightful dining experience at an affordable cost.

From the straightforward lunch menu, I selected the brussels sprouts paired with peanut butter, golden raisins, sambal and lemon and these were delicious. I am not a fan of peanut butter, but with the contrasts of the golden raisins (which I love) and the lemon, the peanut butter was not prominent. The texture and the flavor combinations were delightful.

Victor Farnsworth (GM/Owner), William Jackson, Chad Dolezal (Chef/Owner)

Victor Farnsworth (GM/Owner), William Jackson, Chad Dolezal (Chef/Owner)

Second course was the grit fried chicken Thighs paired with fresno, fried bok choy, orange sauce and homemade flour tortillas. This is a flavorful and spicy dish so, diner beware. As a person who does not fancy extremely spicy dishes, this actually was tolerable; quite tasty. The homemade tortillas reminded me of my grandmother’s corn muffins.

As a chef’s treat, I finished this delightful lunch with chicken liver pate with quince jam, candied peanuts, grapes and crostini; absolutely divine. You already know I don’t like peanuts, but again, the manner in which this dish was paired, the peanuts simply added texture.

As Farnsworth explained, “Hopefully the lunch menu will attract customers who will come again for dinner”. He mentioned several times how proud he and his team are of the restaurant and I can certainly understand why. Oh, by the way, there is ample parking which is becoming as rare as hen’s teeth in Austin.

Thank you The Hightower for the amazing Lunch. I look forward to many more visits and plenty of great food.

The Hightower Debuts “Sunday Morning Coming Down” Brunch Featuring Classic Country Tunes

“Woke up with no way to hold your head, that didn’t hurt?” Join The Hightower in East Austin as they serve up a best-in-the-southwest cure for whatever ails you at their “Sunday Morning Coming Down” brunch. Enjoy items like chicken and waffles made with fried chicken thighs, grit waffle, ginger honey syrup, hot sauce, and whipped butter while listening to the patio tunes of your favorite country outlaws.

The Hightower will also have their roster of signature cocktails on hand such as the urban cowboy made with Waterloo Antique gin, sugar, and 5 spice bitters, a necessity for any wrangler feeling under the weather. In addition, they will also have their house bloody mary made with Dickel Corn whiskey as well as mimosas for $1.50, and blood orange mimosas for $3.00.

WHAT: Sunday Morning Coming Down brunch at The Hightower

WHEN: Every Sunday morning

11:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

WHERE: The Hightower

1209 E. Seventh St. Austin, TX 78702


Conceptualized by former executive chef Chad Dolezal of El Arbol in Austin, and general manager Victor Farnsworth, The Hightower is the most recent addition to Austin’s Eastside gems that offers bold flavors with an intimate, neighborhood ambiance. Chef Dolezal’s modest use of worldly ingredients make dishes like their smoked tofu, made with sopecitos, huitlacoche, pinto beans, avocado, cashew and almond crema, with toasted sunflower seeds a perennial favorite.

The Hightower is located at 1209 E. Seventh St. and is open Tuesday­Thursday, 5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.; Friday, 5:00 p.m.-10:30 p.m.; Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-10:00 p.m. For more information, visit their website at or email them at

The Best Fried Chicken In Austin

Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken

Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken

Considering members of our team have experienced fried chicken from Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken and found the spicy bird delicious, we’re intrigued to read the opinions of others on this “very important” matter.

Layne Lynch has published the editorial titled The Best Fried Chicken in Austin and the Secrets Behind Our Favorite Recipes for CultureMap.

Have a read and let us know if you agree.