|FYI: These are all locations I have visited and enjoyed! I received no comped meals or discounts to mention any of these awesome places!|
I need to get back into these regular "What I've Been Eating" posts. I also should probably figure out a different name, "What I've Been Eating" isn't really that interesting.
As a Half-Assed Foodie (the love of food without the restrictions of what "good food" is/should be) I dine out. A lot. More than I should with all that student debt I keep bitching about. But, I always take pictures and I always throughly enjoy it so... there's that. Carpe Diem.
Without further ado, here are the places I've been exploring in Austin lately!
Pop: Pop is a champagne bar on West 6th. Far enough away from the craziness that is dirty, but close enough to get to easily and super fun. The decor is my dream bar--huge, fancy couch-type seating, pink accents, and a huge selection of drinks with a focus on champagne. But what most DON'T know is that they have a KILLER sliders menu! And, during Happy Hour they're all half off. I popped in (no pun intended) while waiting for a friend's comedy show to start next door, and treated myself to the Monte Cristo and the Belly, both incredible. I could eat at least five of the Cristos without stopping if I had no self control. They even do brunch! Next time you feel like a glass of bubbly and a snack, do yourself a favor and pop into Pop!
TNT: This is a favorite lunch spot of my coworkers and I--not only is it within walking distance of our office, but it has yet to disappoint on all the important factors: lunch, brunch, happy hour, and booze. I typically get the Taco Platter or Skewer Platter, which comes with three tacos/skewers, dipping sauces, and the street corn for $13. Mondays Happy Hour is all day with discounts on their famous drinks, and all week Happy hour begins at 4:00 and goes until 6:00, where you can get tacos at the taco bar for $1.50. I'm dyyying to go to brunch here (weekends 10am-3pm, $19.95) with all you can eat with the freshest tex-mex items up for grabs. I believe you are even provided a complimentary mimosa!
Chi'lantro: I have been waiting for this brick and mortar to open for MONTHS, and I was NOT disappointed! Chi'lantro began as a food truck that roamed around Austin but tended to stop on 5th and Colorado, catering to those exiting 6th after a night of drinking (I credit those kimchi fries in keeping many a hangover at bay). I was surprised that in my enormous first order of kimchi fries, kimchi balls, churro tots, and bulgogi rice bowl, my favorite thing wasn't the kimchi fries--those came a close second!--but the kimchi balls! Deep fried spicy rice goodness, be still my heart. I can't wait to return and gobble down everything else. My only complaint is that the space is so small, and there are not nearly enough tables for how long the line is. But for takeout, it is just perfect.
Gourdough's: This is a donut. Can you tell that it is a donut? No? I think that's the point? Despite the fact I could feel the years being shaved off my life as I consumed this sugary monstrosity, it was absolute heaven on a plate. Or styrofoam clamshell, as it were. I got the "Puddin'" a donut covered in cream cheese frosting, vanilla pudding, bananas, and vanilla wafers. As someone perpetually struggling to lose a few pounds, this is a once-in-a-great-while treat, but if you want a solid dessert there really is nowhere better. It literally took me three sittings to finish.
Cover3: This is from their newest location, on West 6th Street. After reading that Cover3 had one of the best Frito Pies around, I had to check it out. And I was not disappointed! The homemade chili covered with spicy peppers and crunchy fritos was such a filling lunch, I hardly needed the parmesean fries on the side... but I ate them anyway. I've been to Cover3 a handful of times for lunch and am always extremely happy with my meals. The shrimp po'boy also deserves mention, and I've heard their sliders are pretty fantastic, too.
Winflo: I've tried to cut carbs and avoid temptations like this but sometimes you just have to say "YES!" to the duck ragu. It is hands-down the best pasta I've ever had in a restaurant, and their lunch menu portion is the only place I've ever found something with "duck" in the title for less than $20 (it's only $11!). The portion is generous for lunch, the sauce is rich and the duck is tender. I've also had their pizzas (both the regular and gluten free) and they are pretty fantastic. Their patio is gorgeous in the warmer weather, and the drink menu is decent. A bit pricier than I can typically afford, but well worth it every once in a while!
Anything from Postmates: My new favorite app. I can get all my favorite foods delivered to my door when I'm feeling lazy. It costs a $5 delivery fee, plus tip, but when it's gross outside or you don't want to deal with traffic, it's well worth it. I've gotten P.Terry's, Gourdough's, Clay Pit, Chick-fil-A, and Frank delivered to my office on busy days I can't get out for lunch. Totally worth it!