AUSTIN, TX — The wait is over — The Scarlet Rabbit, a whimsical, “black tablecloth” Texas bistro is now open in the Austin suburb of Round Rock, Texas. Spearheaded by one of the area’s busiest chefs, Rob Snow and co-executive chef Rich Taylor, The Scarlet Rabbit is a cozy, imaginative restaurant where “all things odd are cool”.
Nestled in a beautiful 1940’s bungalow, just west of Round Rock’s Downtown Historic District, The Scarlet Rabbit features a playful Alice in Wonderland theme, recalling various passages from author Lewis Carroll’s 1865 novel. Interiors, created by designer Sonja Snow, highlight delicate, yet bold accents, romantic lighting, robust colors and stimulating decor that blurs the lines between wonder and fantasy. The magical atmosphere of the restaurant immediately makes you feel like you are immersed in the classic tale. The attention to creative detail is evident in everything from the vintage tea cup chandeliers to the fantastical hall of doors, created from reclaimed entranceways.
“I have always loved the mystery behind this story,” comments Sonja Snow. I love the famous quotes from the books, the ballets, the movies and the classic rock song, “White Rabbit”. When we saw this little house with the amazing trees, this is immediately what I thought of. It is a whimsical, imaginative place.”
The Scarlet Rabbit’s menu features Texas-style comfort food with tasty twists, highlighting the Lone Star state’s wide-reaching cultural influences — from Cajun in the southeast to German in the Texas Hill Country to Mexican in the southern regions — and points in between. The carte du jour is split into three sections: “Begin Your Journey” for small plates and appetizers, “Rabbit Food” for soups and salads and “Serious Plates” for the restaurant’s main entrees.
Lunch at The Scarlet Rabbit offers a wide range of selections such as Seafood Cobb Salad ($12.50) with shrimp, mussels, crab, tomato, avocado, tortilla strips and a Meyer lemon vinaigrette; Fried Oyster Po-Boy ($11.50) on a sweet hoagie roll with spicy mayo, slaw, fries; Quail Flatbread ($11.50) adorned with caramelized onions, Poblano cream, Mozzarella, mushrooms and tomatillos alongside a side salad and the popular Hatter’s Burger ($11) made with ground brisket, sharp cheddar, caramelized onion on a warm brown bun with house-made sauce.
Begin your dinner journey with appetizers like Bacon Shrimp Bites ($9) with spicy tiger sauce, candied pecans and pineapple pico de gallo; Macaroni and Cheese ($6) fried with Hatch green chiles and Tasso ham; PEI Mussels ($10) in citrus broth and Fried Oyster Nachos ($8.50), blue corn chips topped with house-made chipotle aioli and slaw. Dinner options include creative cuisine such as Smoked Rabbit & Andouille Gumbo ($15.50) with fried okra and pepper sauce; Texas Bouillabaisse ($17) melding Gulf shrimp, oysters, mussels and black drum in a spicy broth with a side of grilled bread; Chicken & Waffles ($14) with zucchini waffle, crispy boneless chicken breast, spinach and jalapeño maple glaze and Grilled Rib-Eye ($28), a 12 oz. beef steak with crispy onions, house-made chimichurri, Huitlacoche rice and seasonal greens.
The Scarlet Rabbit, located at 410 West Main Street is open Monday-Thursday, 11AM-9PM, Friday-Saturday, 11AM-10PM and Sundays from 11AM-8PM. For more information, call (512)502-5164 or visit TheScarletRabbit.com.