Contigo, an East Austin gastropub, opened recently in Texas’ capitol city. I happened to be in town for a wedding and was able to cull some serious Texas fare on 3 out of 4 nights. The restaurant is modeled after its namesake, the South Texas ranch owned by the proprietor’s family. It focuses on thoughtful and hearty meat-based dishes from the ex-Napa Valley area chef and co-owner Andrew Wiseheart. The menu ranges from quail legs confit, rabbit and dumplings, ox tongue sliders to a house-made sausage that accompanies the trusty stand-bys like burgers, grilled cheese all coupled with a wide selection of cold beers. The property lies under an expansive canopy of oaks that shade the beautiful hand-crafted cedar and steel tables and seating with the perimeter being lined by hand-made boxes that house herbs, succulents and cacti – all fashioned and planted by the local sustainable landscape design company, San Isidro. The official grand opening is May 7 despite hundreds of folks being fed and watered each night thus far. Menus and more information here.