Foodie Does Austin

Last weekend went to visit friends in Austin.

Austin

Apparently there are more restaurants per square mile in Austin than in any other US city.

As luck would have it our friends love food as much as we do!

We arrived about 7pm Friday night and headed to Chuy’s for Tex Mex.

Chuy's Tex-Mex

I ordered the Friday Special which was a pork burrito with tomatillo sauce.

Chuy's Tex-Mex

We can’t get anything close to this good at home.

They also have a creamy jalapeño sauce that you’ll want to drink.

The next morning we picked up kolaches from Lone Star Kolaches.

Kolaches originated in Eastern Europe. It is a slightly sweet pastry filled with deliciousness.

John had a couple stuffed with chorizo, egg, and cheese:

Lone Star Kolaches

I had a bacon and cheese:

Lone Star Kolaches

And a jalapeño and cheese:

Lone Star Kolaches

After breakfast Jeff and Mindy took us for a drive and showed us a little bit of Austin.

Our first stop was The Oasis on Lake Travis.

The Oasis on Lake Travis

It has the largest outdoor restaurant in the state of Texas and is located on a cliff 450 feet above the lake.

The Oasis on Lake Travis

The Oasis on Lake Travis

From there we went to Mount Bonnell, the highest point in Austin.

Austin

Austin

We checked out the food trailers on South Congress for lunch, or as the locals call it, SoCo.

Austin

Austin

Everything smelled so good and it was hard to decide which one to choose.

Austin

We ended up at Coat & Thai for shrimp spring rolls and chicken wings.

Austin

Austin

There isn’t a picture of the wings — we inhaled them before I even thought about it.

That night we went to Austin Land and Cattle for Jeff’s Birthday Dinner.

We started with beef prosciutto with capers, onions, and shaved parmesan:

Austin Land & Cattle

And escargot:

Austin Land & Cattle

Their steaks were delicious!

Unfortunately none of those pictures turned out so you’ll just have to take my word for it — they looked and were amazing!

They claim to have the best steaks in Austin and I’d place a bet that says they’re right.

Breakfast the next morning was the kind you’d expect after celebrating a friend’s birthday Downtown Austin.

We started with chips and queso at Torchy’s Tacos.

Torchy´s Tacos

John had chorizo, egg, and cheese breakfast tacos.

Torchy´s Tacos

I went straight for lunch and ordered the Crossroads Taco with smoked beef brisket, grilled onions, jalapeño, cilantro, jack cheese, and a slice of avocado.

Torchy´s Tacos

I wish there was a Torchy’s Tacos near us. I would be their best customer.

After lunch we went to Bull Creek for a casual hike.

Austin

Austin

Austin

We called that our exercise for the weekend and headed to Salt Lick for BBQ.

Salt Lick BBQ

You may have seen Salt Lick on Man v. Food or The Food Network’s show “The Best Thing I Ever Ate”.

Salt Lick BBQ

Salt Lick BBQ

John and I both had the Pork Ribs and Brisket Burnt Ends.

Salt Lick BBQ

The burnt ends are a delicacy in my opinion.

Salt Lick BBQ

Seriously good eats!

I can’t wait to go back and try all of the other must-do BBQ places.

On Monday morning we went to Gourdough’s Food Trailer for breakfast.

Gourdough's

I was told there was a bacon donut there that I had to eat.

Gourdough's

Well, okay… if I have to.

I was expecting a bacon donut but I wasn’t expecting THIS bacon donut.

Flying Pig at Gourdough's

The Flying Pig is a donut with the best maple icing I’ve ever tasted on top, and then 6 slices of crispy bacon on top of that.

Flying Pig at Gourdough's

Heaven. On. Earth.

John had the Slow Burn — Habanero Pepper Jelly with Cream Cheese.

Slow Burn at Gourdough's

It was good but the Flying Pig blew it away.

They have several interesting donuts on the menu but I doubt I’d ever order anything else.

We flew in and out of San Antonio and had a couple of hours there before our flight home Monday afternoon.

San Antonio

We went to the Alamo and walked around the Riverwalk.

The Alamo

The Alamo

San Antonio River Walk

San Antonio River Walk

A good friend of ours went to school in San Antonio and recommended Boudro’s for lunch.

They prepare a Guacamole for Two at your table.

Boudro's San Antonio

Diced avocado, roasted tomato and serrano pepper salsa, cilantro, and fresh lime and orange juices.

Boudro's San Antonio

Boudro's San Antonio

Boudro's San Antonio

Yes. It was as good as it looks.

Boudro's San Antonio

I had the Gulf Coast Seacakes with fresh lump blue crab, roasted corn sauce, jicama slaw and serrano aioli.

Boudro's San Antonio

John had Ropa Vieja — Braised beef flank steak with sofrito, capers, matchstick radish, cilantro and grilled pineapple on fresh mini corn tortillas.

Boudro's San Antonio

Boudro's San Antonio

Another delicious meal and a great way to end our short visit to Texas.

There are so many places we still need to try and I can’t wait to get back there and do just that.

Huge thanks to Jeff and Mindy for showing us around Austin, and to Meisje for recommending Boudro’s in San Antonio.

Cowboy Bob

This was my first trip to Texas and I can see why Texas loves Texas.

It’s the food!

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5 Responses to Foodie Does Austin

  1. Chris says:

    Seriously? Now you’re just taunting us ;)

    Fantastic post. I could eat those pictures.

  2. Mickey says:

    I told you so. Outstanding post. Now next March you have to come back and only 45 miles away to the Salado EggFest as your Egg friends await. As said in Austin: Help Keep Austin Weird.

  3. Thanks, Guys — It was a delicious city! I’ll keep Salado in mind — I’d love to meet y’all!

  4. TexAg87 says:

    I understand that Chuy’s opened a new restaurant today in Gainesville, FL, so maybe they’ll be in your area soon? Or you’ll make the drive?

  5. Good to know! Thanks, TexAg87!

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