This gorgeous new revamp of an old Austin treasure offers the utmost in genuine Texas hospitality. Set on a grand South Austin estate, the genteel wraparound porches, floodlit sunrooms, sherbet-colored interiors (perfectly balanced by the deliciously dark and moody bar) and deluxe furnishings of Mattie’s will have you at hello. The live oak-tree-dotted property alone is enough to convince you to move in with your crew, and that’s before you even taste the divinely upscale take on comfort food. Oh, and did we mention the exotic peacocks puttering around the grounds?
Mattie’s at Green Pastures
What was once known as Green Pastures has now been transformed into Mattie’s—paying homage to the matriarch who first settled the property with her family in 1916. Mattie’s daughter, Mary, later went on to create the wildly popular restaurant, Green Pastures (opening its doors in 1946), which was far ahead of its time in terms of its cosmopolitan air, worldly cuisine and extraordinary inclusiveness. Just as then, nowadays we happen to think it’s the perfect blend of Victorian grandeur, modern elegance and historic hospitality.
Gather Your Girlfriends (or Your Colleagues)
With its four separate gathering spaces (in addition to the main dining room), unrivaled grounds and impeccable interiors, Mattie’s is the ideal spot for intimate group dining and private events. Each available space is tailored to suit differing needs, with both indoor and outdoor dining spaces for groups ranging from 16 to 160. These naturally luminous, plushly-decorated settings (envision deep tufted leather, wood-paneled walls and luxe accents) will have you and your guests hearkening back to another era—while still feeling remarkably at home. Consider it a knockout locale for a beautiful birthday bash, laidback company conference or the contemporary Southern belle wedding of your dreams.
Southern Fan Favorites With Flair
Offering sophisticated Southern food with a touch of French influence, the Mattie’s menu is one for the books. Boasting an emphasis on local and seasonal fare, you’ll find a turkey confit gumbo right alongside chicken liver pâté and buttermilk biscuits. As for beverages, might we recommend the peach mint julep or the charmingly coined Kentucky Porch Tea (Louisville bourbon mixed with iced mint and eucalyptus tea, topped off with a dash of wildflower honey and lemon)? But perhaps most famous of all on the menu is Mary Faulk’s legendary “Milk Punch”—which we’ll leave to you to happily discover for yourself.
Victorian Gentility Meets Modern Spunk
There’s simply nothing better than strolling up to this stately whitewashed manse with big wood-framed windows, thin-posted porches and peacock-lined walkways…well, until you step inside. Honoring its historic roots, Mattie’s has kept its grand staircases, refined lounges and grandiose fireplaces. Rather than being imposing, these old-timey details feel right at home amidst the subtly colorful and tasteful décor that’s been updated throughout. With agate-encrusted cocktail tables, punchy accent rugs and a minty fresh-colored and cheery bar (in addition to the dark navy-walled bar for mellow brooding), every single corner has been carefully considered.
Photography by Mattie's and Nick Simonite