February 2016

Go for A Sparkling Brunch With 14 Mimosa Destinations
Eater Austin
Free mimosa with order of brunch entrée. Enough said.

Austin Pastry Chefs Dish On Their Favorite Breakfasts
Eater Austin
Austin’s pastry chefs are very familiar with breakfast, with early morning hours to roll, bake, and put together the city’s best desserts.

12 Indulgent Chocolate Desserts in Austin
Zagat Austin
The Chocolate Chocolate dessert at Trace is a must for chocolate lovers. The geometric masterpiece features chocolate blackout cake, dark chocolate mousse and ganache chocolate pearls, finished with a creamy quenelle.

Where to Eat, Drink and Play in Austin on Valentine’s Day
Austin Food Magazine

Celebrate your love on Valentine’s Day weekend, with a romance-infused menu. Trace will be offering Valentine’s Weekend Prix Fixe Dinners Friday February 12th-Sunday February 14th.  

Killer Wings for Super Bowl Sunday in Austin
Zagat Austin
In addition to the Super Bowl watch party held in the W Austin's screened-in porch (complete with happy-hour pricing and a giant complimentary sub), TRACE will be providing grab 'n' go boxes on game day, with team-themed snacks and fan favorites like chile lime–grilled chicken wings.


January 2016

The Final Dinner Bell: Austin’s Beat (And Last) Dinner Services of 2015
Tribeza
For a high-style experience, make a reservation at TRACE, where the evening’s four-course menu includes escargot, lobster spaghetti and a Champagne and citrus trifle.

7 Off-Menu Items to Know About in Austin
Zagat- Austin
In the spirit of going big or going...well, back to your comfy bed at the W, TRACE always offers an off-menu megaburger called the All the Way Burger.

We Are Austin
KEYE Austin
Toast to 2016! We're keeping the celebration alive with The W Austin this morning! William Rogers from The W Austin Living Room and TRACE restaurant joins us to share more.


December 2015

10 Must-Try Pastrami Sandwiches in Austin
Zagat- Austin
TRACE REUBEN - Easy Tiger rye bread cushions housemade pastrami and sauerkraut, Gruyère cheese and Thousand Island dressing. It's part of the On the Fly lunch menu, but you can get it anytime at TRACE. - Veronica Meewes

These Desserts Make All The Holiday Stress Worth It
BravoTV
At Trace, inside the W Austin Hotel, the kitchen cranks out innovative farm-to-table dishes, plus desserts like the Ginger & Spice from pastry chef Angel Begaye. This dreamy holiday-inspired confection is made from gingerbread cake, milk chocolate bavarois (Bavarian cream) and juicy caramelized apples. - Marcy de Luna


November 2015

Austin's Best Bets for Hotel Restaurants
Eater Austin
For prime-people watching in Austin, grab a seat on the patio at Trace. Opt for brunch, where dishes like chicken fried quail and waffles all come with a complimentary cocktail.


October 2015

Tricky Treats: 11 Classic Candy Bar Desserts
OpenTable Blog
As anyone who has ever eaten at a state fair or a carnival knows, deep frying makes everything taste better. Case in point is pastry chef Angel Begaye’s dark chocolate candy bar packed with crunchy rice crisps and salted caramel. The sweet ingot is dunked in beignet mix, frizzled golden, and served with warm chocolate dipping sauce. - Nevin Martell


September 2015

10 Austin Restaurants Perfect For That Big Second Date
A Taste of KoKo
"For a swanky dinner that’s sure to impress, take your date to Trace at the W Hotel. The outdoor patio is great for people watching. Grab a couple of cocktails afterwards at W Hotel’s bar, the Living Room Lounge, and cozy up in the record room. If you need a room, it’s conveniently upstairs." - Jane Ko

13 Childhood Throwback Dishes to Try in Austin
Zagat -Austin
"Pastry chef Angel Begaye's favorite childhood dessert was a moustache-shaped mint chocolate ice cream sandwich, so she made this high-quality version, which uses both fresh mint from the farmer's market and high-quality spearmint extract from the Savory Spice Shop." - Veronica Meewes

Up Your Brunch Game at These Austin Hotspots
Austin Way
"On Saturday and Sunday, listen to funk/soul and local jazz respectively during brunch, where every meal comes with a complimentary cocktail." - Frani Lieberman

22 Things to Eat and Drink This Fall in Austin
Zagat -Austin
"Pastry chef Angel Begaye's latest seasonal creation is a praline mousse resting on praline cake, dabs of maple cremeux and a sprinkling of caramelized pears." - Veronica MeewesE

Austin Chefs & Restaurateurs Discuss The Future of Dining
Eater Austin
Angel Begaye, pastry chef of Trace: I believe the future of dining will evolve into a more conscious diet. This will include people making healthier choices, choosing to support their local farmers and businesses. -Nadia Chaudhury


July 2015

Zagat - 12 Tomato Dishes You Need to Try This Summer in Austin
"TRACE gives their tomato and cucumber salad flair with the addition of goat feta, dill, olive croutons and sherry vinaigrette." - Veronica Meewes

Citygram - Next Level Scoops: How Seven of Austin's Elite Pastry Chefs Put Their Spin on Ice Cream
"Pastry Chef Angel Begaye grew up eating rainbow sherbet, now she channels her love of ice cream into sweet and tart creations at TRACE. Her flavor profiles are inspired by achieving perfect textures — the silky smooth praline ice cream topped with the crispy crunch of malted chocolate is an excellent example." - Natalie Paramore


May 2015
Zagat - 10 Top Picks for Celebrating Mother's Day in Austin

"Take your mom out for a day on the town and enjoy a decadent three-course brunch at TRACE at the W Hotel. Featured dishes include crab cakes benedict with jumbo lump crabmeat and creamed spinach and Cappellacci en Brodo, a potato- and spec-filled pasta with spring beans and consommeé." - Veronica Meewes 


April 2015
Eater Austin - The Hottest Burgers in Austin 2015

"Did you know there’s an off-the-menu burger at the W Hotel restaurant? Order the All the Way Burger, where add-ons include pork belly, fried eggs, lump crab cake, avocado, mushrooms, and bacon." - Nadia Chaudhury

Eater Austin - The 27 Best French Fries in Austin
"The unassuming French fries at the upscale restaurant come sprinkled with sea salt and herbs." - Nadia Chaudhury

Thrillist - The Best Burger Deals in Austin
"TRACE’S Butcher Burger is served with Tillamook cheddar, crispy bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion, Dai Due yellow mustard, house-made ketchup, mayo, and pickles on a brioche bun - live a little, and add a fried egg. It's discounted during happy hour and conveniently, TRACE’s drink menu is heavily discounted." - Anastacia Uriegas


March 2015
Eater Austin - Essential Patios Near SXSW

"Outdoor eating and drinking is where Austin excels. With everyone in town for SXSW, it’s time to dine and drink in the sunshine and fresh air while people-watching... Grab a bite and drink at the restaurant tucked on the side of the W on Lavaca St." - Nadia Chaudhury


February 2015
Austin Woman - Food Match Made in Heaven
"Austin foodies unite to celebrate two of the city's favorite things: bacon and beer. Standouts were the baccanolis (cannoli stuffed with bacon whipped filling) from TRACE..." - Alison Stoos


January 2015
Austin Monthly - Love Is In the Air
"If you like your Valentine's Day with a side of options, head to this restaurant at the W Austin. The choice is yours to decide between a three- or four- course meal. Don't forget the oysters." - Darcie Duttweiler

Thrillist - 12 Things You Need to do in Austin this February
"Get sexy at TRACE - where diners can select from a three-course meal with choices like Agnolotti en Brodo (foie gras-filled pasta, duck consomme) and dessert options like White Chocolate Raspberry Kiss or the Exotic Passion Fruit & Coconut Cake." - Anastasia Uriegas


December 2014
Austin Way - Holiday Menus You Have to Try
Eating at TRACE is the perfect holiday treat; you're in the middle of downtown Austin, sipping something carefully crafted and getting showered with attention... the Christmas and New Year's menus with wagyu, lobster bisque, and eggnog creme brulee are not to be missed." - Kelly Stocker


September 2014
Elle UK - Austin City Guide - Where to Eat in Austin
"Austin prides itself on great breakfasts, so you should treat yourself after a late night of live music. TRACE is your place for mimosas and eggs benedict." - Frankie Mullen


June 2014
Local Sugar - Music, Mimosas, and Munchies at TRACE
"Trace at the W has recently become my favorite brunch spot in town. First off, they accept reservations so you won’t have to fight the crowds like at some other popular brunch restaurants.  They have a beautiful and spacious patio where you can relax on comfy couches under big, shady trees or people-watch from high-top tables.   As if that wasn’t enough, they also offer music for both Saturday and Sunday brunch (Saturday a funk/soul DJ and Sunday live jazz)." - Leah McGarry 


May 2014
Zagat - Deal of the Summer: TRACE's Dining Series
"It can be a slow slog to summer Fridays but Trace can help with its new dinner series. Every Sunday through Wednesday, the farm-to-table restaurant in the W Hotel will offer a rotating prix-fixe menu for just $25." - Megan Giller 


March 2014
USA Today - Austin Rolls Out Red Carpet for British Airways' Dreamliner
"British Airways and Austin went all-out with destination-themed cakes to make the occasion. The cakes, provided by the W Austin’s executive pastry chef, were offered to fliers on BA's inaugural Austin departure." - Ben Mutzabaugh

Zagat - Where to Brunch: TRACE
"The downtown restaurant’s lux patio makes for great people watching, and it’s hard to turn down treats like crispy crab cakes, a croque madame on toasted brioche or the Trace market migas, with scrambled eggs, tortilla strips, farmers’ market vegetables, avocado, cheddar, cherry tomatoes and salsa." - Megan Giller

Rundown Dallas - Mouth by Southwest: The Top 5 Places to Eat and Drink during SXSW in Austin
"While every meal is memorable at the W Austin hotel's signature restaurant, Saturday and Sunday brunch are truly noteworthy. Ask for a seat on the prized patio (sharing live-music airspace with Austin City Limits next door) and order up your first drink (it's on the house)." - Rundown Staff

Texas Monthly - Food Issue: A Dictionary of Charcuterie
"Trace: The duck bacon is my favorite bite of cured meat in Texas." - Daniel Vaughn 


February 2014
Zagat - Hump Day Happy Hour: TRACE
From 5 to 7 PM, feast on small plates and cocktail pitchers. Try small bites like the coconut curry mussels or bigger endeavors like the happy hour burger with hand-cut fries, smoked brisket tacos and more. The downtown hot spot with an emphasis on sustainable and local food also recently welcomed a new pastry chef, Angel Begaye. We’re suckers for her fried candy bar... In other words, tonight is going to be a very happy two hours." - Megan Giller