Winter is officially over and we're now smack dab in the middle of prime patio season here in Austin. These are some of my favorite places to enjoy drinks outside.
I don’t know if Austinites like spending time in coffee shops or actually drinking coffee more. Whatever the case, we’re always thinking about the next place to go for a cup of jo. In many cases coffee shops serve as ‘offices’ for local small businesses. Even in the 105 degree summer heat we don’t miss a beat.
Cold weather in Austin calls for hearty and seasonal recipes featuring anything from creamy soups to comforting pasta dishes. From slow braised local lamb shank to a savory seafood paella, a 24-hour short rib to a savory duck confit with foie gras sausage. Here's five Austin restaurants that are worth a visit in this chilly weather.
The Driskill Grill has hosted many a romantic rendezvous, but only one was of national importance. In 1934, Lyndon B. Johnson took Claudia Taylor (later known as “Lady Bird”) there on their first date. Later that day, after a long drive in the country, Johnson proposed, and the two wed within a few months. Not every date at the Driskill ends so happily, but given the posh setting and magnificent wine list, it’s easy to see how a couple might get carried away.
Wine might be the traditional beverage that comes to mind when you think about tastings, but spirits are the newest rage for gourmet flights and tasting events. Scotch tastings are increasingly common, and infused vodkas are not far behind. In the Southwest, it’s all about tequila. Thanks to a strong Mexican-American tradition, cities like Austin have come to embrace the south-of-the-border booze, and many local drink spots now offer tequila tastings that are sure to impress.
Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, but brunch is the most favorite meal of the week. Boozy cocktails, stacks of pancakes, and eggs served in any way you like them. Start the weekend off with these local brunch spots in Austin.
It’s a challenge to dine out with squirmy toddlers and fidgety kids. That’s especially true if the adults do not want to compromise on the quality of the food. Fortunately, keen Austin restauranteurs are well aware of the need. Below are 5 family-friendly dining destinations that don’t dumb down their menus. Best of all, they offer ample space for the kiddos to stay busy once they’re done with their grub.
Perla’s – 1400 South Congress Avenue
If I could afford to eat at Perla’s everyday, I probably would. The ambiance is very ‘Yacht Club,’ yet it’s right in the middle of South Congress. There's a wonderful outdoor deck that offers comfortable seating and is shaded by large trees. The calamari and scallops both make for great appetizers. The oysters are pricey but amazing. You order them by the region, and the options change with the seasons.
Kale, have you heard of it? This dark, leafy green vegetable has taken the world by storm over the past couple of years. Whether served raw, roasted, deep fried, or braised, kale gives a more intense flavor and texture than most salads with mixed greens. Over the past couple of weeks, I've tasted lots of kale and here's my favorite kale salads in Austin.
Austin's craft beer scene has been growing rapidly. From crisp ales to hoppy IPAs, and everything in between, the city boasts some noteworthy microbrews. Naturally, we have our fair share of watering holes to enjoy a few cold ones. Here are some of my top picks:
Chances are if you work in Austin, you get to work from home. A lot. No matter your job title or industry, it’s just a known fact that no one goes into the office on Fridays. It’s what makes Austin, Austin. It’s great right? Until you realize you have the whole season of some random, obscure show on your DVR. Then productivity goes down by 100%. In those instances, I suggest getting your work done elsewhere. Austin boasts some of the most interesting (see: weird) cafes in the country so why not take advantage?
Wine lovers unite! Austin is a great place to learn about wine, try new styles or simply enjoy a tasting with friends. Here are some of the top spots around town to have your own wine tasting experience.
For those who love their dogs, being able to take the furry friends out to eat or socialize is a very big deal. Here are some of Austin’s best pet-friendly spots around town, where your dog can be part of the scene.
In parts of the country where outdoor dining is only limited to a few months a year, “patio weather” is a big deal. Those in the Pacific Northwest, for example, relish in the few months when the drizzle peels away to reveal fair weather.
There's definitely an art to crafting the perfect cocktail. The following five are our favorites to get perfection in a glass.
I'm not going to pretend that I've eaten every breakfast taco in Austin because that would take a lifetime. However, with a bit of research and advice from other food lovers, I've narrowed down 5 of my current favorites.