Fifteen years following the debut of Lonesome Dove Western Bistro in the historic stockyard district in Ft. Worth, TX, Chef Tim Love now brings his signature urban western cuisine to the heart of downtown Austin at 4th and Colorado (originally Kenichi). The menu designed by Chef Love is influenced by all of the ingredients and cultures that have been a part of the West since the first adventure began on the Goodnight-Loving and Chisholm Trails, with an added level of modern sophistication.
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You can find wild game options such as kangaroo, wild boar, rabbit, rattlesnake, elk, guinea fowl, and rabbit. More tame options include quail, snapper, crawfish, lamb, and blue crabs.
This restaurant may not be meant for everyone. I did try all of the exotic meats but I’m personally not a fan of gamey meats. Particularly did not enjoy the smell of elk, and desperately needed a pair of cowboy boots. I did love the wild boar ribs!
What To Order: Wild Boar Ribs and Fireside Snapper En Papillote
Wild Game Fettine Trio
Duck rabbit-rattlesnack sausage with pistachios and quince. Elk, pork spinalis, huckleberries, and black garlic. Lamb, quail, Texas herbs, and citrus-chili pasta. A trio of meats spit-roasted over open mesquite fire.
Citrus, cilantro, guanciale, and serrano.
Kangaroo Carpaccio Nachos
Avocado-corn salad with huckleberry demi-glace. Couldn’t really taste the flavor of the kangaroo because the avacado-corn salad overpowered the nacho but the texture was like beef carpaccio.
Manchego rosti, and crème fraîche. Enjoyed the sausage with the crispy potato hash.
Wild Boar Ribs
Lonesome Dove BBQ sauce and pickled chilies. LOVED the boar ribs! Saucy, sticky, and fall-off-the-bone tender.
Elk-Foie Gras sliders with blueberry jam
Deviled Gulf Coast Blue Crabs
Crispy Soft Shell Crawfish
Fideos with Spanish chorizo and natural aioli. I absolutely loved the crispy soft shell crawfish at Cafe Josie but these were sadly overly breaded.
Fireside Snapper En Papillote
With summer vegetables, mint, Texas extra virgin olive oil and lime.
Hen of the woods, crispy collard, salsify, and candied grapes.
419 Colorado St
Austin, TX 78701