Just west of Congress Avenue in the hip warehouse district around 4th Street, great little food and craft cocktail spots like this one are popping up. Hemingway would love this pre-Prohibition absinthe bar and nose-to-tail gastropub. Péché is a clean, well-lighted place, with an eclectic daily menu of “European comfort foods” from chef Jason Dodge. Try the crispy-skin duck breast with mushroom arancini, beurre rouge, and crispy sweet potato greens, or for a late-night treat (they're open until 2am), order the blood sausage cowboy breakfast with duck confit pancakes. Most of the menu items here have hints of fresh thyme, lemon juice, and salt—the chef's own holy trinity of ingredients. The drink menu is equally interesting: If you're not a straight absinthe type, try a traditional New Orleans Sazerac. I like the the "Death in the Afternoon" absinthe and champagne cocktail. Papa would be so pleased, or at least "isn't it pretty to think so."
208 W. Fourth St.
Our Rating Neighborhood Central/Downtown/Warehouse District Hours Mon–Fri 4pm–2am, Sat–Sun 5pm–2am Phone 512/494-4011 Prices Main courses $16–$34 Cuisine Type GASTROPUB, AMERICAN Web site Péché
Map208 W. Fourth St. Austin
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