Marie-Louise Friedland, Contributing Writer, Food Culture
301 E. 6th Street
Austin, Texas 78701
This week, I had the pleasure to dine at Parkside, a local Austin restaurant, that showed me that American bistro fare is clearly leaving its mark on the food industry. Parkside has been featured in magazines such as Texas Monthly, Bon Appetit, and Food Arts, who all tout the easy-going, ingredient-driven nature of this 6th Street bistro.
Executive Chef Shawn Cirkiel has definitely left his mark on the culinary scene in Austin. As a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Cirkiel has trained in such reputable restaurants as Café Boulud, Domaine Chandon, and Uchi. He has grown a huge fan base for his approach to American cuisine that utilizes only the freshest ingredients at Parkside.
On to my experience at this much talked about 6th Street eatery. I went into Parkside aware of all the press it has received for the food and ambiance. It is a rare thing to have a gastronomical haven down on Austin’s infamous 6th Street, but I was hooked and no number of drunken college kids could keep me away.