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Highly anticipated seafood destination, Monger’s Market + Kitchen opened it’s doors in East Austin earlier this month. We stopped by last week to check out the space and to try a few dishes as well.
Nestled into a lot with ample parking on the corner of E. Cesar Chavez and Clara Street, the restaurant provides a cozy interior with an Eastern-shore vibe both inside and out. Upon entering Mongers you’ll find fresh fish and shrimp from the gulf on ice and available for wholesale, as well as an oyster bar with full service that provides guests a glimpse into the kitchen while they dine.
Outside, Mongers has several handmade wooden tables on a large patio. We chose to grab one of these for the warmer-than-average spring evening in Austin. Their drink menu provides several beer and wine selections including a few drafts, but the real treasure is in their food offerings.
We started with a few selections from the raw bar including the peel n’ eat shrimp.
We then moved into the appetizer section of the menu and tried the angels on horseback (crispy oysters with pork jowl rillette, raisin rhubarb, and pecan creme fraiche). These came highly recommended from Executive Chef and Owner Shane Stark, and were definitely a highlight.
We then tried several main course entrees including the fish & grits which was delicious… to the point that we were undecided on whether it was the fish or grits that were the star of the plate.
We also tried one of the chalkboard specials of the evening, the crispy snapper collar, which tasted as good as it looked, and vice-versa.
We ended things on a lighter note with a hamachi crudo (raw hamachi sliced perfectly thin with blood orange, pickled fresno chile, and fennel pollen), along with a few more glasses of wine.
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Here’s a round up of some of your best bets for Easter Brunch. Mark your calendar it is going to be here before we know it, April 5th!
Fried chicken and good music? Sign me up. This is the 5th year for the annual fried chicken revival.
This is a great option if you want to hear some live music but not head downtown. The have a tent up so you can avoid some of the rain.
They have a great line-up including Ray Wylie Hubbard!
Here is the schedule:
Noon: Harvest Thieves
1 p.m.: The Painted Redstarts
2 p.m.: Jail Guitar Doors, USA Presents The Magnificent 7: A Clash Hoot
3 p.m.: Israel Nash
4 p.m.: Barfield
5 p.m.: Ephraim Owens & Friends
6 p.m.: The Psycho Sisters featuring Susan Cowsill & Vicki Peterson
Noon: Randy Weeks
1 p.m.: Ramsay Midwood
2 p.m.: Kelley Mickwee
3 p.m.: Ice Cold Singles
4 p.m.: Jonny Langford & the Far Forlorn
5 p.m.: Mike and the Moonpies
6 p.m.: Ray Wylie Hubbard
Lucy’s Fried Chicken
2218 College Ave.
Austin, Texas 78704
If you’re looking to avoid the SXSW madness today, take a little trip out to Jester King Brewery!
Every weekend Jester King Brewery invites you to come out and take a tour of the brewery and sample some beers in their tasting room.
They have a unique setup, the tours take place in the tap house, outside there is massive farmhouse and bar area where you can buy wood fired pizza from Stanley’s Pizza that pairs perfectly with your beer. The combination of the great outdoor seating, pizza and beer creates an atmosphere where you can easily pass an entire afternoon.
Time: noon – 6 pm
13005 Fitzhugh Rd. Bldg. B
Austin, Texas 78736
Happy SXSW! The day has finally arrived. There is so much that I love about this week in Austin, everything from the delicious eats to the seemingly unlimited things to do.
For those that are on a mission to find the bets eats around SXSW, join us self guided ATX FoodCrawl. We’ve mapped out the best places to eat and if you instagram your food, you can be entered to win cool prizes. The Grand Prize is a set of tickets to the Food & Wine Festival.
Another favorite thing about SXSW is South Bites. South Bites is a one stop shop for trailer food during SXSW. Aside from their stellar location (the parking lot at the end of Rainey), they also have some amazing places to grab a bite.
Here’s a rundown of my top picks from South Bites:
Burro Cheese. It’s a local Austinite and pro BMXer Aaron Ross’ latest project, and it’s downright amazing. They take grilled cheese to an entirely new level.
Chi’lantro. They just took first place in Austin’s Mobile Food Throw Down, and they’re legendary among Austinites. Try the ‘Kimichi Fries.’
East Side King. Post Top Chef, Paul Qui became a household name. His original project with friend and Uchi co-worker Moto Utsunomiya, was the trailer East Side King. Local Austinites know to go here to enjoy his delicious creations at a fraction of the price of his latest restaurant, Qui.
Garbo’s: the lobster is shipped in fresh everyday making for one heck of a Lobster roll.
When: today, March 13 – March 21st
Time: 11am – midnight
604 Driskill Street
Austin, Texas 78701
Kick off SXSW 2015 with the 3rd Annual ATX Food Crawl, the largest food crawl at SXSW. The ATX Food Crawl will feature over 20 local restaurants and food trucks in downtown Austin for the biggest photo scavenger hunt at the SXSW festival.
Share pictures of your meals from participating restaurants and food trucks on Instagram with the hashtag #ATXfoodcrawl. Prizes include a pair of weekend passes to Austin Food & Wine Festival, restaurants gift cards, and more!
The 3rd Annual ATX Food Crawl is presented by local experts and top Instagrammers: A Taste of Koko, 365 Things To Do in Austin, Austin Convention Visitors Bureau, and Food Coma King.
“Over 30,000 people fly into SXSW and most of them are new to Austin. There’s a ton of restaurants in Downtown Austin and the ATXvFood Crawl has narrowed down the best spots that are worth eating at during SXSW,” said Jane Ko, A Taste of Koko.
RSVP to receive the secret food map and discover the best restaurants and food trucks to dine like the locals. ➜ www.bit.ly/atxfoodcrawl
About ATX Food Crawl
Mondays can be rough, but couple it with the day after we change our clocks and a rainy morning and it makes getting your day going more than a little difficult.
If you do make it until 5 pm, Z’Tejas does Taco Therapy to get rid of your case of the Mondays. They have $1.99 tacos, $5 signature margaritas AND half-off bottles of wine at the Annex bar!
If you’re looking for more things to do when its rainy, check out our list of things to do when its rainy in Austin, Texas.
Time: 5 pm – 10 pm
1110 W. 6th Street
Austin, Texas 78703
So far I’m two for two with my dining exerpeiences at the JW Marriott. A few weeks ago I wrote about falling in love with their Burger Bar, and last week I found myself at Corner and I’m already ready to go back.
First things first, they have an excellent drink menu with a variety of margaritas to choose from and an extensive wine list.
They put their own spin on Southern style food and it’s a homerun. The house-made zucchini cornbread is in a category all on its own, delicious. I also treated myself to the three dips and chips.
My two friends and I shared the braised short-ribs and an order of smoked gouda mac & cheese. Between the appetizers and splitting a meal it was enough for us. I’m already planning my next trip back.
If you’re lost when looking at the menu there are asterisks next to their favorite dishes which can help as a great guide when you’re ordering.
They also have a bar area where you can enjoy cocktails outside on the Corner of 2nd and Congress.
110 E. 2nd Street
Austin, Texas 78701
Last night I had the opportunity to try all the restaurants at the JW Marriott. As somewhat of a burger connoisseur the Burger Bar was what I was most excited about and it didn’t disappoint.
The burgers are simple, nothing too fancy. They range from your everyday basic hamburger, to a Big Mouth Burger (blistered peppers, jalapeno jam, bacon and cheddar), if you’re trying to keep it healthy snag the chicken sandwich.
I know what you’re thinking, why pay hotel prices when there are so many options in Austin. Well guess what, burger’s top out at $6.25 (and that’s the most expensive thing on the menus) you could easily do lunch for under ten bucks!
There is no seating. It is literally a walk-up bar on the side of the hotel. While the address says 2nd Street, it is actually on the Congress Avenue side of the building.
A little trivia, they knew that the old lot used to house some trailer eateries so they wanted to do something to channel that vibe. That’s where the idea of a walk-up burger bar came about.
Hours: 11 am – 8 pm
JW Marriott – Burger Bar
110 E. 2nd Street
Austin, Texas 78701
Top-Chef fans and food-loving Austinites in general, mark your calendars for February 22nd. A who’s who of area chefs will be competing in several lamb-centric categories with a shot at the crown for “Lamb Jam Master” on the line.
The event will take place at the beautiful Barr Mansion in East Austin, and at $60 a ticket, I’m confident this event will sell out quickly. Full details and a list of the competing chef’s and their respective restaurants are below. To purchase tickets, click here.
AUSTIN – January 12, 2015 – On Sunday, February 22, 16 top Austin chefs and more than 300 lamb lovers will gather at the Barr Mansion for Austin’s first Lamb Jam Global Flavors Tour, the annual multi-city culinary cook-off where attendees decide which chefs have earned their “chops” by voting on inventive American lamb dishes.
Competing for the titles of “Best in Show,” “People’s Choice” and “Best Mediterranean, Asian, Latin and Middle Eastern inspired dishes,” chefs will prepare and serve their most flavorful American lamb fare to be voted on by lamb-loving attendees and judged by Austin’s top food media. The Austin victor will go head-to-head with other winners representing cities from coast to coast, vying for the title of “Lamb Jam Master” at the Lamb Jam finale in New York City in late 2015.
“We designed the Lamb Jam Tour as a way to bring communities together and drive awareness about the benefits of American lamb,” says Megan Wortman, executive director of the American Lamb Board. “Texas is the largest lamb producing state in the country and Austin is one of the fastest growing markets with a nationally recognized food scene, so we’re excited to bring the tour to Austin for the first time.” This year marks the fifth national Lamb Jam Tour.
Participating Austin chefs include:
Join the Flock: Purchase a Ticket
Lamb Jam takes place from 3:00 – 6:00 pm. Tickets are $60 and provide an opportunity to sample 16 globally inspired lamb dishes, taste some of Texas’ best brews and wine, mingle with local shepherds, visit the DIY spice rub station to mix a take-home tin of lamb rub, and vote for Lamb Jam dishes.
What: Sample globally-inspired lamb dishes from 16 of Austin’s finest chefs. Visit www.americanlamb.com for the complete lineup and to purchase general admission tickets.
When: Sunday, February 22
3:00 – 6:00pm
Where: Barr Mansion
10463 Sprinkle Road
Austin, Texas 78754
Organized by the American Lamb Board, a portion of the ticket sales will benefit The Austin Food & Wine Alliance. Visit americanlamb.com for ticketing and event information.
About the American Lamb Board
The American Lamb Board is an industry-funded research and promotions commodity board that represents all sectors of the American Lamb industry including producers, feeders, seed stock producers and processors. The Board, appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture, is focused on increasing demand by promoting the freshness, flavor, nutritional benefits, and culinary versatility of American Lamb. The work of the American Lamb Board is overseen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the board’s programs are supported and implemented by the staff in Denver, Colorado.
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