chef-owned & operated
Meet Our Chefs
We are proud to introduce our chefs, Sarah Heard and Nathan Lemley, whose passion for great food began early in their childhood. Like many of us, they were fascinated by watching their moms and grandmas cooking traditional homestyle food every day, and just knew that this would be their future.
Crafting the Dish
Sarah and Nathan first met while working at local Chef Shawn Cirkiel’s super-popular restaurant, Parkside, in downtown Austin. There, both chefs honed their skills & prepared for the next step, ownership.
Fast forward a few years, when Sarah and Nathan knew it was the right time to open their own restaurant. A place where they could create their own version of bold and creative Texas food, all delivered from farm to table in as short a timeframe as possible.
The dream became a reality in 2017, when the duo took over Foreign & Domestic. Since then, they have been serving cohesive dishes with bold Texas flavors & ingredients. Their approach to food has made F&D a great crowd-pleaser, with many customers being happy to return time and again to this restaurant in downtown Austin.
We Love our Farmers
We have a strong ethos of supplying our customers with the freshest, organic produce possible, and we know that our restaurant wouldn’t be the same today without the superb ingredients from our friendly partner farms.
Barton Springs Mill- Flour & grits
Gundermann Acres- All things root vegetables
Hifi Mycology- All mushrooms
Francis & Thatcher- Soft salad greens
Hausbar farms- Duck eggs & unusual greens
Buena Tierra- Fancy potatoes
Village Farms- Tomatoes
JBG- Leafy, green vegetables & carrots
44 Farms- Beef
ChubbyDog Farms- Charcuterie Pork
Capra Farms- Lamb Heart
Windy Hill Farms- Goat & some pork
Windy Meadows Farm- Chicken
Dennis Sloan- Wild boar
As you can see, we do not use a “typical” selection of ingredients, but these impeccable products are at the core of what we do and our daily inspiration for unique and satisfying food.
Follow the Story
We write our blog just like we cook our food – with love & care. Follow along as we share the foods, finds and people that excite us.
We look great on TV
F&D is a must-visit in Austin. Just ask these guys!
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dive
“F&D is the real deal. It’s a genuine food-focused place, what you see is what you get. You definitely gotta check this joint out when you’re in Austin.”
– Guy Fieri, food guru, host of the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
“…this 47-seat small bistro is celebrated for creative seasonal cuisine and unforgettable pastries and desserts.”
– Andrew Zimmern, TV personality, chef, writer and teacher, host of the Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods.
Foreign & Domestic, Austin
walk-ins welcome | reservations at opentable.com or 512.459.1010