Having spent his entire career in the food industry, Jack Raia has developed an interest in how certain foods reflect the regions and the people that create them. That intrigue fueled the founding of The Blind Squirrel Sandwiches, where Jack and his staff turn the traditional sandwich on its head. “It’s taking something familiar and making it go crazy,” he told the Austin-American Statesman. “We’re making Round Rock weird, one sandwich at a time.”
Strange as its fusion sandwiches may be, there’s no arguing The Blind Squirrel’s commitment to freshness. All meats get roasted, smoked, grilled, and seasoned in house. All sauces, stocks, soups, and sides are made from scratch, too, as are the breads and potato chips. From that hard work emerges uniquely named creations such as The Big Bad Wolf, loaded with ham, bacon, and roasted pork loin. There's also The Godfather with its new york strip steak, and The Quacker, featuring tea-smoked duck that, much like parents before having "the talk" with their kids, takes three full days to prepare.
Chow down on ribs, slaw and more at Meyer's Elgin Smokehouse, a down-home barbecue joint in Elgin.
Healthy food is in, as it should be, come here for a tasty, low-fat and gluten-free bite.
Meyer's Elgin Smokehouse is more than willing to accommodate families, so kids are welcome to tag along.
Don't miss out on the private room at Meyer's Elgin Smokehouse — you'll want to reserve the space the next time you and your whole crew need a place to celebrate together.
Bring your laptop here and tap into the complimentary wifi.
Meyer's Elgin Smokehouse tosses the jacket-and-tie dress code convention in favor of a more casual dining experience.
Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Meyer's Elgin Smokehouse as well.
If you need to get somewhere fast, the restaurant also serves up grub to go.
Store your bike at one of the many racks outside of Meyer's Elgin Smokehouse.
Going out for dinner doesn't mean overspending. Enjoy a delicious meal at Meyer's Elgin Smokehouse for a fair price.
You can stop by at almost any time, since Meyer's Elgin Smokehouse offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Rolling In Thyme & Dough dishes out a savory menu of flavorful bistro fare concocted from a sunny spread of fresh ingredients. For breakfast, rouse porcine sleepers by ordering up a pig in a blanket ($3.50), or down the smoky chipotle baguette, with a fiery combination of egg, cheese, turkey bacon, and peppers that allows you to roar cartoon flames in the sun's cackling face ($5.35).
It was a fateful night in January 1999 when the bellies of college sophomores Leon and Tiffany started to rumble. The two UT Austin students convened at Leon's apartment, where they whipped up a batch of chocolate-chip cookies in his oven. As they chewed on the warm, gooey fruits of their labor, the pair was struck by the idea to sell these freshly baked cookies to their fellow students. They began delivering treats to their peers during evening study breaks before expanding their customer base to include parents and Austin residents, all the while renting the back kitchen of a local restaurant to accommodate the growing demand.
Fifteen years later, the indulgent lure of Tiff's Treats has helped Leon and Tiffany open 13 locations throughout Austin, Dallas, and Houston. Within these bakeries, kitchen crews sculpt fresh dough into 10 types of cookies, supplementing the gooey morsels with decadent brownies and signature Tiffwiches?vanilla Blue Bell ice cream sandwiched between two warm cookies. Bakers hand-deliver batches every day, pulling them fresh from the oven instead of the overheated engine block of the delivery car.
From the exterior, it doesn't look as if much has changed about Buddy's Convenience Store, a 30-year-old stalwart of supplies and Texaco gas. The shop still sports its modest, ranch-style frame and functioning pumps, but inside it's another story. Jorge and Julie Garcia, scions of the family that spawned Curra's Grill Restaurant in South Austin, purchased the old filling station and slowly transformed it into a bastion of fresh, authentic Mexican cuisine called Señor Buddy's.
Now, in addition to the fuel that still flows from the pumps, 20 foam-flecked taps gush with draft beers to accompany a full menu of seafood enchiladas, breakfast tacos, tender cuts of pork and steak, and Curra's exclusive Oaxacan coffee. Out back, majestic trees cast cool shadows and misguided fishing lines over an expansive outdoor patio, where patrons can enjoy the soothing sounds of live music every Friday and Saturday beneath strings of twinkling lights.
Bananarchy operates on a deceptively simple principle: frozen, Turbana bananas are dipped in the customer?s choice of four melted dips and then coated in their choice of 11 toppings. Hundreds of combinations result. Patrons can opt for a wholesome snack, devouring a banana dipped in vegan chocolate and granola, or indulge in a satisfying dessert with a banana dipped in chocolate and coated with toffee, cookies, and M&M's.
In addition to offering a warm-weather alternative to snow cones or snowman tears, Bananarchy boasts a complex origin story that earned co-founder Laura Anderson a feature on McSweeney?s. In a Q&A session, she explains that the idea was inspired by the frozen banana stand on the TV show Arrested Development.