Apis Restaurant: A User’s Guide
Backyard Beehives | 20-Course Signature Tasting Menu | Seasonal Ingredients | Sous Chef Series | Country Setting
Snack: shigouku oyster with valley grapefruit
Small plate: Heirloom potatoes with smoked pork jowl and nasturtiums (dried and fresh)
Entree: Yogurt-marinated chicken with glazed Brussel sprouts and pickled pear
Drink: the Apiary with honeycomb infused Texas bourbon, lemon, sarsaparilla, and dry curaçao
The honey at the restaurant was made right in its backyard. “Apiary” means “a collection of beehives,” and the restaurant shares a six-acre property with 20 hives.
Reservations require a credit card—but since the restaurant only has 60 seats, it’s worth it.
If you share a dietary restriction or allergy when you when you make your reservation, the chefs will accommodate it.
When to Go: On Tuesday nights, you can experience the Sous Chef Dinner Series, where every week a prix-fixe menu from a different sous chef is featured.
Rants and Raves
“Honey mostly shows up where it’s opportune, in a honey vinegar dressing... and in a substantial and gorgeously lacquered cast iron skillet–baked honey bun topped with pecans from Katy and horchata ice cream. (Save room for that!)” —Austin Monthly
“The accoutrements may change with the seasons, but nothing could change the silken quality of this foie gras terrine... with blood orange gelée, pickled rhubarb, ramp relish, yeast miso and green strawberry.” Zagat
“Overseen by executive chef Taylor Hall, Apis exhibits commitment to craft and cultivation, as with the wild boar program it uses to create a salumi board that includes soppressata, loin, and culatello”—Austin 360 Eats
Five Things to Know About Grand Central Café
Grand Central Café serves plenty of hearty meals, though the first thing you eat up may be its iconic surroundings. Situated in a Queen Anne house that was built more than 100 years ago, the café has been a destination for visitors, diners, and even movie cameras—cementing its place in the pop-culture landscape. Read on for more about the food, history, and sights at Grand Central Café:
The setting is beautiful—and historic. Grand Central stands on the grounds of the Antler’s Hotel, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The 1909 Victorian-era house cuts a regal profile amongst the quaint hotel and cabins, with fishscale roofing, gingerbread trim, and lush gardens.
Breakfast is an all-American feast. With omelettes named “Amtrak,” pancake stacks named “Freight Train,” and items such as biscuits and grits, the menu pays homage to hearty American fare—that is, as long as you look past “Canadian bacon.”
They roast their own coffee. Well, sort of. Grand Central’s owners are also the masterminds behind the local Kingsland Coffee Company, which is served at the restaurant.
The desserts are worth it. Roasted jalapeno burgers, steak fingers, and chicken-fried steaks are hearty enough, but save room for dessert. The caboose, for one, features deep-fried pancake balls topped with ice cream and coated with Ghirardelli sauce.
The building was a set for a cult horror classic. If the building looks familiar, you might recognize it from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Whether movie fans or simply lovers of Americana, visitors can purchase souvenirs to mark the occasion when they escaped the building unscathed.
If warm tortillas and chips 'n salsa is your idea of a good time, Santa Catarina Restaurant in Lakeway should be right up your Mexican-food-eating alley. Rave reviews are the norm here, so come ready to eat.
The restaurant's menu also includes options for those with gluten allergies or sensitivities.
Drinks all around! Pair your dinner with a beverage from this restaurant's full bar.
With its kid-friendly vibe, this restaurant is a great spot for families to chow down.
Santa Catarina Restaurant offers a free wifi hot spot — perfect for surfing the web or getting a little work done.
Come order a flavorful feast at Santa Catarina Restaurant, and sit outside if it's nice!
Score quick and easy seating for your large group at Santa Catarina Restaurant.
Business casual attire is acceptable, so guests can let go of the "dress to impress" standard.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your meal or snack to go.
Catering from Santa Catarina Restaurant will take your party to the next level.
Dine at Santa Catarina Restaurant and keep your car safely parked in a nearby lot.
For a decently-priced meal that s not too fancy, Santa Catarina Restaurant hits the nail on the head.
Come experience an amazing array of Mexican dishes when you try the highly-rated Santa Catarina Restaurant.
For a fun evening out, Santa Catarina Restaurant 's Mexican food will have you begging for more!
So take a walk on the wild side and discover the flavors and trends of Mexico at Santa Catarina Restaurant.
Five Things to Know About Flat Creek Estate
Located about 20 miles east of Marble Falls, Flat Creek Estate sprawls across 80 acres in the Texas Hill Country. Despite its secluded location, the estate is constantly bustling with activity. Read on to learn more about what you can do at this hidden gem:
Guests are welcome to take self-guided strolls through the vineyards. Indeed, wine enthusiasts can explore the property’s ponds, gardens, and labyrinth of vines, but don’t forget to grab a map: it has descriptions of the soil, varietals, and historical tidbits about all the vineyard blocks.
The staff leads tours of the production facility. Tours take place on Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m., and they include a seated wine tasting, a souvenir wine glass, and, of course, a walk through the 10,000-case wine production facility.
Its wines are explored in depth during tasting experiences. Experts guide visitors through the Estate’s portfolio with conversation about the vineyards, facts about the wine-making process, and tips to get the most out of your tasting.
The kitchen serves up fancy bistro meals. Flat Creek Estate’s kitchen plates wood-fired lunch specials, lavish multi-course dinners, and even casual weekend brunches.
It has a sister wine bar—Flat Creek Enoteca. Flat Creek’s urban outpost is located on Highway 281 in Marble Falls. It features a wine bar, wine and appetizer pairings, and rustic bites from a wood-fired oven.
Visit The Grille at Rough Hollow for some true American comfort food smack dab in the middle of Austin's Rough Hollow.
Beer, wine, and more are also available from this restaurant's extensive drink list.
Enjoy the luxury of eating a delicious meal outside at The Grille at Rough Hollow.
Your group can sit comfortably at The Grille at Rough Hollow, a local restaurant.
Not to be overlooked is The Grille at Rough Hollow's no-charge wifi.
The Grille at Rough Hollow is a dog-friendly establishment, so bring your pup along.
Great place to bring the whole family with great food and a business casual dress code.
Through their catering service, The Grille at Rough Hollow can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
You can also grab your food to go.
Parking is never an issue at The Grille at Rough Hollow, a local restaurant near garages, lots and street parking.
Hitting the mid-range mark, The Grille at Rough Hollow s prices are perfectly reasonable for food that goes above and beyond.
Conveniently charge by major credit card when cash isn't an option.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but the dinner menu is the real standout.
For a dish just like mom made, you'll definitely want to stop by The Grille at Rough Hollow's tasty restaurant.
So take your next meal to the next level and indulge in some great American eats at the highly-rated The Grille at Rough Hollow.
When Reina Morris relocated to Texas from Argentina in 1997, she quickly impressed new friends with the Argentinean dishes that she brought to dinner parties—in particular, the desserts. That conversational praise inspired her to hone her skills by enrolling at the Texas Culinary Academy. Today, she's the owner and head chef of the award-winning Buenos Aires Café, where she earns adoration for puff pastry layered with housemade dulce de leche or rolled strawberry cake laced with Kahlua and coffee. "Morris' pastries, the likes of which are found nowhere else in Austin, are delicacies worth every calorie," wrote Claudia Alarcón for the Austin Chronicle.
Morris also creates savory recipes as unique and flavorful as her last courses. She fills empanadas with spiced beef and raisins, forms gnocchi from scratch with pumpkin and cinnamon or cilantro and jalapeño, and fashions small plates of tapas for the happy-hour crowd to enjoy with glasses of wine poured into glasses or feedbags. On a whim, she'll concoct specials such as wild-mushroom-stuffed quail with cheddar-bacon grit cakes and broiled tomato. The kitchen stays stocked with organic produce and hormone-free beef and pork from local farmers, ensuring that the dishes are as fresh as they are ready to give directions to the interstate.
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.
Ables on the Lake | 3825 Lake Austin Blvd
You can’t beat the location, right on Lake Austin. Is it just me or do cocktails taste better when you're looking at a body of water? It’s a great spot to go for lunch as they offer a legendary Bloody Mary served with their signature garnish. They do a Bevo Tea that's super refreshing, and they also have happy hour Monday-Friday, 4-6 pm.
Easy Tiger | 709 E. 6th Street
They have a great location on 6th Street right along Waller Creek that creates a perfectly relaxing atmosphere. It feels like a Sunday Funday seven days a week here, with everyone mingling at their picnic tables or playing ping-pong. They also make some of the best baked goods in town, so I highly recommend their sandwiches and pretzels.
El Alma | 1025 Barton Springs Road
Mexican food and a killer patio. The patio is actually located on a deck above the restaurant, and it overlooks downtown and Butler Park. It would be criminal to go to a Mexican restaurant and not order a margarita, so I’d start with that, and then follow it up with some of their addicting sangria. Enjoy their happy hour daily from 3-6 pm.
Hotel San Jose | 1316 South Congress Ave
This seems to be one of those hidden gems that people often forget about. Their patio is located in their courtyard, next to their pool, and it’s a very chill atmosphere. Be advised that there's a limited food menu, so it’s not the place to go if you're hungry. However, if a cheese plate is what you’re looking for, you’ve come to the right place. I always get one of their House Specialties as they're some of my favorite cocktails in Austin. The Tropical Sangria is light, refreshing and made for easy drinking, as is the Champassion and Tinto de Verano. I always feel as if I am on vacation when sipping cocktails in their courtyard.
Elizabeth Street Café | 1501 South First Street
Go for lunch and continue sipping cocktails into the afternoon. Everything I’ve had from here has been delicious, both food and drink. The Green Mango & Cucumber Salad may be one of my favorite salads in Austin, and no meal here is complete without at least one carafe of punch. The punches change seasonally, but are always unique and delicious.
We are spoiled for choice when it comes to dining in Austin. From local restaurants to grocery stores, there are countless delectable options. Even our eclectic collection of food trailers are dishing up gourmet eats at a reasonable price!But, taking kids out for a meal can sometimes seem like a chore. Will they behave? Is it easier to just stay home and eat cereal for dinner?Fortunately, there are plenty of places around town where you can grab a bite to eat and let the children run free! Here are a few of my family’s favorites:Midway Food Park | 1905 S. Capitol of Texas Hwy., AustinMidway is an outdoor park with seven food trucks, ranging from Dock & Roll Diner (seafood) to CoolHaus (ice cream sandwiches). The park has a festive carnival atmosphere, with carousel horses hanging from a tree, Christmas lights, a stage for live music, and brightly colored picnic tables with umbrellas. Kids love the colorful playscape (pictured above), rocks to climb, and the large fenced-in field strewn with balls. In fact, Midway is so entertaining for children, you may have a hard time getting yours to eat at all.Two things to note: 1. Go early, as food does sell out and lines get long. Parking also becomes scarce and visitors have to park on the grass. 2. Each food truck sets their own hours, so not all of the trucks are open at the same time. Check their individual Facebook pages for hours.The Salt Lick Round Rock | 3350 E Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock | (512) 386-1044There is no disputing that the Driftwood location of The Salt Lick is worth the drive, but if you’re looking for quality barbecue a little further north, the Round Rock restaurant is a great alternative. Ribs and brisket and smoked turkey, oh my! Seating at picnic tables is casual and the outdoor playscape keeps antsy kids happy.Central Market | 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin | (512) 206-1000It may seem odd that one of our go-to dining destinations is a grocery store, but when it comes to relaxed family atmosphere, Central Market is tops. The cafe serves up delicious meals and dining on the patio with free live music Thursday to Sunday is always a treat. As a bonus, kids eat free on Tuesdays after 5 p.m. Children have a blast on the massive playscape, and can burn off a little steam in the neighboring field. Family walks to the duck pond after dinner are the icing on the cake.Whole Foods | 525 N Lamar Blvd, Austin | (512) 542-2200My kids can’t get enough of the flagship Whole Foods Market downtown. The awe-inspiring array of soup, salad, cookies and other miscellaneous food bars are something that you have to see to believe. My kids love crafting their own meals, one fresh roll or spoonful of lo mein at a time. The options are endless. With to-go meals in hand, we head up to tables on the rooftop plaza and let the kids enjoy the small wooden playscape.Southpark Meadows | 9300 S Interstate 35 Frontage Rd, AustinThis shopping center in South Austin has a large playscape flanked by several restaurants, so you have your choice of where to eat. Mama Fu’s, Jason’s Deli, Waterloo Ice House, and Amy’s Ice Creams - you can’t go wrong. Dine, play, let the kids get wet in the seasonal water bubblers, and delight in the occasional band playing on the stage in The Grove. It’s a great place to hang out as a family.Photo of Midway sign courtesy of Midway Food Park, photo of Coolhaus courtesy of Coolhaus, photo of Amy's Ice Creams courtesy of Brandon Bergara
It’s three in the morning and you’re starving. Where do you eat? Here’s what’s open in Austin, from French bistro to sushi joints, and a 24-hour restaurant.
Located right in the middle of downtown, Barchi Sushi is the perfect spot for late night dining. The reverse happy hour starts at 10pm and ends at 1:30am with super discounted sushi and drinks.
Order a couple pieces of nigiri (starting as low as $1.50), agedashi tofu, and bloody sake mary.
Justine’s Brasserie serves up high-class French comfort food until 2 am in a casual, eclectic vibe. The menu includes classic French favorites like steak and frites, Coq au Vin with Ratatouille and a straight-up Royale with cheese. Grab a seat at the tiny marble-topped tables and start with the charcuterie plate featuring a trio of homemade pates and potted meats.
East Side King
Thirsty and have the munchies? Stop by East Side King at The Liberty for Asian street snacks. The Thai Chicken Karaage with deep-fried chicken thigh, sweet-spicy sauce, fresh basil, cilantro mint and onion is out of this world. Don’t forget about Paul Qui’s famous Brussels Sprouts salad with deep-fried roasted beets, kewpie mayo, schichimi togarashi and green onion.
Feeling hungry at 3pm? 3am? 24 Diner is open 24 hours serving up elevated comfort food like homemade meatloaf with bacon-braised greens, chicken and waffles, and some of the best mac n’ cheese in town.
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