Turning Tables: Chicago’s Mediterranean-Influenced Aba Lands in Texas
Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises has expanded to Texas, opening a second location of its Mediterranean restaurant Aba in Austin Oct. 1. The Chicago-based group includes Award of Excellence winner Shaw’s Crab House, and four Restaurant Award–winning branches of Joe’s Seafood across Chicago, Las Vegas and Washington, D.C.
“Traveling to Austin over the years, I have always admired the city for being a compelling food destination, one that continues to grow and incorporate a variety of flavors and influences,” said LEYE executive partner and divisional president Marc Jacobs in a statement shared with Wine Spectator. “We are excited to bring Aba’s cooking style and service to the Austin community.”
Aba (which translates to “father” in Hebrew), draws inspiration from Israel, Lebanon, Greece and Turkey, as well as chef-partner CJ Jacobson’s California roots. Dishes include meat and seafood kebabs, crispy short-rib hummus and shawarma-spiced skirt steak. At just over 40 selections, the wine list assembled by sommelier Alex Augustine mirrors the cuisine with a range of wines from Greece, Israel, Lebanon and Morocco. California, Italy and Spain are also represented. Most bottles on the value-driven list are priced under $100, and 15 picks are available by the glass. In addition to indoor dining, a multilevel outdoor patio and terrace is open for socially distanced dining.