Aside from all the hanging around and napping we did in our recent trip to Austin, TX we did a lot of eating. A lot. So much eating in fact, that it pretty much set us straight for the rest of the trip…well, almost.
But good food is definitely one of those things Austin has going for it. As we were heading closer to the city my sister-in-law contacted us asking us if we wanted to order Thai food. “Thai food?!” exclaimed my husband, “But we’re in Texas!” And so it was that upon arrival to their home late, late at night we were greeted with layers upon layers upon layers of meat, Texas style.
This set the tone for the wonderful eateries we visited and the many yummy dishes they served us. Here is our list:
Guero’s Taco Bar, located on the hip and trendy South Congress Avenue, was introduced to us as the place where one celebrity or another has been spotted. But there were no long lines or waiting periods for a table. No paparazzi taking up space or socialites dancing on tables, at least not during lunch time. We got seated right away (all eight of us). We ordered a variety of dishes, mine being the Chipotle Pollos de Güero’s, hubby’s being the Presidente. Both were large servings and both very good. I was disappointed with the guacamole however and wouldn’t recommend it at all. It was bland and tasted more like paste than anything else. But the chips were bountiful and the service was fast (ish). Ok. About the speed of service. That is one thing that was consistent throughout the South. It was slow. And yes, it was especially slow for this NYC girl, but even so for those who we were with that live there. So order up a beer and have some laughs while you wait.
The Salt Lick This place is ridiculously good and crazy in the amount of BBQ they serve. They have an option, Family Style, where you get plates of meat over and over and over till you cry Uncle for $18.95 a person. I chickened out and just went for a regular plate which already had my arteries screaming. They let you go for the Senior serving no matter what age and based on that plate, older does mean wiser if you’re trying to go light. If not, follow it up with a dish of peach or blueberry cobbler topped with ice cream, then take a picture of the awesome meat cooking as you roll on out.
Freddie’s Place was our absolute favorite place to eat. We went there later in the afternoon one day, just as things were cooling off and the sun was starting to make is way down. We loved it because, aside from the great food and service, they have entertainment for the kiddos, magic show and everything. Thus, there we were, sitting back drinking a few cold ones, sodas that is, while our kiddos played in their little play area and watched the magician and his dogs do tricks. With great burgers, giant onion rings, this place rocks! As any parent knows, to be able to sit back and relax in conversation at a restaurant with your kids is for the most part unheard of except for here. You don’t have to have kids to love it, but you will especially if you have kids. It’s enough to make Freddie’s number one on our list of places to eat next time we’re in Austin.
Chuy’s has several locations in and out of Texas. I didn’t get to check this place out, but according to hubby, who had some of their Shrimp and Fish tacos, it’s worth the mention. A casual eatery with a curbside take out option and signature sauces it’s all the rave as far as hubby is concerned. I’m just angry he didn’t bring me back a taco too.
Sugar Mama’s Bake Shop was referred to me by a friend on Twitter (gotta love the Twitter) and of course I just had to check it out. A cute, cheerful little shop, it smells divine when you walk in and wasn’t at all crowded when we visited. Have your choice of cupcake, and be ready to indulge for only $2.75 a pop. These cupcakes were our top choice when celebrating my nephew’s and son’s birthday a little early. My absolute favorite? The Rocky Road cupcake. O.M.G.
Big Top Candy for ice cream. What more can I say that I didn’t already in my previous Austin review where I mention the endless supply of any type of candy you could want? Just remember “scoops as big as a toddler’s head” and “chocolate covered bacon”.