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Mind blown. Stomach full. Was I just on East Cesar Chavez? Jacoby’s isn’t too far off the beaten path, but the lakeside location and general ambiance will make you feel miles away from Central Austin.

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Let’s talk more on the location. It sits on the shores of The Colorado River about two miles east of I-35 on Cesar Chavez. Adam Jacoby’s family runs Jacoby Feed & Seed in Melvin, TX, and many of the meats, cheeses and other produce come from the family ranch.

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The ceiling and decking are from old barns on the family’s ranch as well, and there are countless other items that have been repurposed to decorate this addition to the Austin culinary scene.

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Onto the food. I couldn’t get enough of any of the bites I sampled. There was a cheeseburger slider with Havarti that literally melted in your mouth. They also had an offering of chips with pimiento cheese that served as my favorite starter. The deviled eggs were also a hit. We finished things off with a coconut cupcake- okay, maybe I had about three of them, but they were the icing on the cake to a perfect evening.

In regard to beverages, they have an excellent wine list and cocktail menu. The Uppercut Punch is both refreshing and delicious. It tastes like summer.

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Lastly, it makes me so happy to say that owners are amazing. I spent time talking to both of them and you can tell that every detail of this establishment was thoroughly thought over, and that this truly is their baby. I wish them nothing but success, as I foresee many, many nights sipping cocktails on their patio in my future!

Bravo y’all, I’m already planning my next visit.

Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 5:30 – 10:30
Lunch & Brunch coming this fall

Phone: 512-366-5808 (they take reservations, I’d make one)

Location:
3235 East Cesar Chavez
Austin, Texas 78702

http://www.jacobysaustin.com

You may have heard of the Food Truck, Garbo’s, which I instantly fell in love with upon discovering about a year ago. Well, a few weeks ago they quietly opened a brick and mortar location, and not surprisingly, it’s fantastic.

Owner, Heidi Garbo’s family runs lobster traps in Maine so each day fresh lobster is overnighted to her for her rolls.

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I don’t think it’s possible to have a bad meal here. However, if you’re looking for suggestions on what to order, the blistered shishitos, the lobster rolls, and the Wagyu burger are undoubtedly menu winners. I know you’re thinking, “a burger at a lobster joint?” But both our server and the owner recommend it so it had to be order. It was bar none, one of the most fantastic burgers I’ve ever had. For those with deep pockets, there’s the Hamptons Roll, which is a $45 roll that sounds amazing.

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Now, here’s what seals the deal for me, it’s BYOB. They do serve wine from local winery, The Austin Winery, but you also have the option of bringing your own!

They’re currently working on a lunch menu, and once completed, they’ll offer counter service during lunchtime to help you get in and out quickly.

Save  room for a root beer float!

 

Hours:             Monday – Thursday: 5 pm – 9 pm
Friday & Saturday: 5 pm – 10 pm

Location:
14735 Bratton Lane
Austin, Texas 78728

http://garboslobsteratx.com

This is definitely one of the best weeks to eat out in Austin. I advise taking a week off your ‘get ready for summer’ diet, because if you’re like me, you don’t stand a chance of sticking to it.

Austin Restaurant Week gives you an opportunity to explore all kinds of local restaurants, and they’re all offering great deals. Participating restaurants have pre-fixe menus with insane prices.

Looking at the list of participating places gets me so excited. The only problem is that this event doesn’t last long enough to fit them all in!

If eating out at these places for a fraction of the normal price wasn’t enough- a portion of all proceeds from restaurant week benefits Meals on Wheels.

Important – for the best experience, make sure to call ahead and make reservations!

iPhone/Android Users: download the free app. It’s great for helping you organize your week of fine dining! http://restaurantweekaustin.com/mobile-app/

Pre-fixe prices:  Lunch: $12-$17, 
Dinner: $27-$37

When: today, May 18 – Wednesday, May 21

Location:
Various Locations

http://restaurantweekaustin.com

Today is the first day I’ve woken up and can confidently say that I’ve shaken my SXSW hangover. I finally feel human again, but a small part of me actually already misses that seemingly never ending week.

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I grabbed sammies from one of my favorite spots in town last night and realized I’ve never blogged on them. Well, their day has come.

I may not be an expert on certain genres of the culinary world, but sandwiches I know. As the name suggests, G’s is a quaint little deli located on South First.

They have the freshest bread, which is key to a great sandwich. I’d recommend the G’s Club, Manwich (pictured)  or the Turkey Jalapeno Melt. They also do a solid Muffaletta if that’s your thing, and everybody should try one at least once in their life.

They also make a delicious ‘big house salad’ that makes me think of that Seinfeld episode. Anyways, if I was a healthier eater, I’d be chowing down on that instead of my sandwich.

Also, the girls who work there remind of the staff at SnoBeach. They’re just the nicest people, always making you feel extra special.

Hours:
Monday – Saturday: 11am-9pm
Sunday: Noon – 5pm

Location:
2312 South First Street
Austin, Texas 78704

Photo cred: G’s Dynamite Deli Facebook Page

http://www.gsdynamitedeli.com

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I decided to take a rare break from ‘Trailer Tuesday’ today as many food trucks around town are taking some time off post SXSW. We will resume ‘Trailer Tuesday’ next week.

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I’ll still leave you with somewhere new to eat and drink! Last week I needed a break from the downtown excitement and found myself a few miles south at a new place on South First Street, Porter Ale House.

I love the rustic atmosphere, outdoor patio, and the cocktail and food menus. I started with the French 04, (a play on a French 75, but with Porter’s trendy zip code as a suffix) I’d definitely order again. They also make a solid Cinco Mule (their take on a Moscow Mule), served in a copper cup to keep it ice cold. If I hadn’t been there midweek on my SXSW binge, I would have also tried to Banana Nut Old Fashioned, but I guess that’s just an excuse to go back.

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While there, I also tried the Porter Burger. As someone who’s easily tasted burgers from over a hundred restaurants in Austin, I can confidently tell you that this one is excellent. Obviously no burger is complete without a side of solid fries, and these ones complimented the burger perfectly.

This will definitely become a go-to spot for South Austinites looking to avoid the downtown scene. The prices are on the higher end for an ‘ale house,’ so don’t expect to pay bar-food prices, but expect higher quality ingredients as well.

Also, parking is not an issue, and that’s becoming more and more of a rarity in Austin.

Location:
3715 South 1st Street
Austin, Texas 78704

http://porteraustin.com

Photo Credit to my wonderful and always supportive friends Nathan & Elizabeth Archer.

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La Condesa:  My personal favorite, and according to this poll on Eater Austin, I’m not alone. They’re unfortunately also on the higher end of pricing for this list, so I’d recommend trying them at happy hour (select cocktails and appetizers are massively discounted) to make sure you’re committed to spending 10+ bucks on the best margarita in Austin. There, I said it.   –JN   

Polvos: They were the first place I ever experienced margaritas by the pitcher, so naturally I have fond memories and a soft spot for this place. If you want to venture off the traditional path, I’d recommend the mango margarita. -KO

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Fonda San Miguel: Often praised as ‘the best Mexican food in Austin,’ the ambience alone makes FSM worth the trip. When you have good bartenders who make real margaritas, they just taste better than the run-of-the-mill drinks you’ll find at more Americanized Tex-Mex joints.   –JN

South Congress Café: I love everything South Congress Café does so it’s no surprise that they have to be included on my margarita list. While I like their specialty ones, the Pomegranate  Margarita is awesome. My favorite thing to do is go with the house margarita and ask for the chili salt on the glass. -KO

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Vivo: Apparently I have expensive taste, because these ones are also a bit pricey comparatively. The happy hour suggestion applies here as well. They have about twenty different options for margaritas; I’m not huge on fruity additions, but I hear the prickly pear is well worth the extra 75 cents if you’re into that sort of thing. They also have a really great patio (when the weather is nice), and the décor inside is equally rewarding.   –JN

Tacos & Tequila, TNT: This place is like my kryptonite. It’s not a place that you can go and have just one drink. As you can imagine, a place that has ‘tequila’ in the name definitely knows how to make a margarita. If you are a margarita drinker there will be more than one on the menu that will perk your interest. This place knows margaritas so spring for one of the specialty ones instead of the house! -KO

Baby A’s: No list of Austin Margaritas would be complete without a nod to the Purple from Baby Acapulco’s. I’ll warn you ahead of time, if you’re a fan of traditional fresh lime margaritas, you will not enjoy this. Legend has it that they’re made with grain alcohol rather than tequila, and at one point they were served on a two-per-customer limit. Meaning that if you ordered two of them back to back, you’d be cut off immediately.    –JN

Curra’s: They are home to the famous avocado margarita! You are probably thinking that avocados belong in guacamole, well yes. However, don’t bash something until you’ve tried it. It’s has an oddly refreshing, yet creamy taste. It will definitely be one of those margaritas that you instantly wonder where it has been your entire life or it just won’t be your thing. –KO

El Naranjo: Yet another pricey suggestion, but they make really great, simple fresh-lime margaritas. They also have a HUGE selection of both tequila and mezcal. My advice, choose a reasonably priced (anything 100% agave will do) tequila for your ‘rita, then sip on a shot of something finer if you’re feeling adventurous.   -JN

Trudy’s: You can’t make a margarita list in Austin and not include Trudy’s. There’s not much to say except they consistently make a solid drink. Sometimes you don’t want all that fancy stuff and you just want a basic margarita, this is your place. -KO

Takoba: I actually prefer the lesser-known Cantina El Milamores, which is located in the backspace of the restaurant. Their ‘House Margarita’ consists of El Jimador, Patron Citronge, fresh lime and orange juices, and house-made simple syrup. These are all good things.   –JN

 

If this is your first week reading the blog, you’re most likely assuming that I have a drinking problem, or that my life progresses from one drinking activity to the next.

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I promise that’s not the case, it’s just coincidental that two really solid drinking ‘holidays’ happen to fall in the same week. I think it’s human nature to enjoy a good glass of wine and/or a margarita on occasion, and I can’t be the only one who enjoys these simple pleasures.

This Saturday is National Margarita Day (don’t worry, that morning we’ll post a list of our favorite places to grab a margarita to help you celebrate). Jack Allen’s is turning this festive day into an entire week of celebration, as we all should. Each day they’re having a unique margarita in addition to their normal house offerings for some added fun.

Here’s the line-up:

Thursday: Tom’s Favorite (Herradura Silver, Cointreau and fresh lime)
Friday: Mango-Habanero Rita
Saturday: Blood Orange Rita and The Classic

As a Jack Allen’s regular, I suggested hitting them up at happy hour when you can score half-price appetizers. I can make a meal out of their appetizers alone.

Bottoms up y’all!

Happy Hour:
Monday through Friday 3-7pm
Saturday/Sunday 3-5pm

When: Today, Feb. 20th  – Saturday

Location:
Jack Allen’s Kitchen (both locations)

7720 Highway 71 West Austin, Texas 78735

and:

2500 Hoppe Trail, Round Rock, Texas 78681

https://www.facebook.com/JackAllensKitchen

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If this is your first week reading the blog, you’re most likely assuming that I have a drinking problem, or that my life progresses from one drinking activity to the next.

Cucumber Jalapeno Rita_low res

I promise that’s not the case, it’s just coincidental that two really solid drinking ‘holidays’ happen to fall in the same week. I think it’s human nature to enjoy a good glass of wine and/or a margarita on occasion, and I can’t be the only one who enjoys these simple pleasures.

This Saturday is National Margarita Day (don’t worry, that morning we’ll post a list of our favorite places to grab a margarita to help you celebrate). Jack Allen’s is turning this festive day into an entire week of celebration, as we all should. Each day they’re having a unique margarita in addition to their normal house offerings for some added fun.

Here’s the line-up:

Thursday: Tom’s Favorite (Herradura Silver, Cointreau and fresh lime)
Friday: Mango-Habanero Rita
Saturday: Blood Orange Rita and The Classic

As a Jack Allen’s regular, I suggested hitting them up at happy hour when you can score half-price appetizers. I can make a meal out of their appetizers alone.

Bottoms up y’all!

Happy Hour:
Monday through Friday 3-7pm
Saturday/Sunday 3-5pm

When: Today, Feb. 20th  – Saturday

Location:
Jack Allen’s Kitchen (both locations)

7720 Highway 71 West Austin, Texas 78735

and:

2500 Hoppe Trail, Round Rock, Texas 78681

https://www.facebook.com/JackAllensKitchen

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Today is ‘National Drink Wine Day’ and if there’s one holiday that I’ve earned the right to celebrate it’s today’s. I like everything about wine. I like it cheap, I like it expensive, I like tasting, pairing, and learning about it; I like playing games focused on it, I like hanging out with my friends while drinking it, and as long as wine is involved, you can count me in for just about any activity. As a matter of fact, I’m actually having a glass whilst writing this post.

That being said, I’m very excited about a day dedicated to one of my favorite beverages. Here’s a list of my favorite places to get a glass (or bottle) in Austin.

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1.     Vino Vino-  I go to Vino Vino for the extensive wine selection and the atmosphere. There’s literally a wall of wine, so the selections are seemingly endless. Their food menu is also well executed. It’s a place I find myself when I’m not running out to happy hour in workout clothes, as the atmosphere is a little more sophisticated.

2.     ApothecaryI like this place because everything here is consistently solid. Their happy hour is great- on Sundays and Mondays they offer $10 off all bottles, and on Saturdays, it’s half off all bottles of sparking wine. They have an excellent cheese plate, and many of their menu items are perfect for sharing. They also have a quaint little patio that’s perfect when the weather is nice.

3.     TrioTheir happy hour is also fantastic, its daily from 5-7pm, and they offer $5 off appetizers from the bar menu and half-off glasses of wine. You really can’t beat it. And of course, as you would expect from the Four Seasons, the service is always five stars.

4.     Botticelli’sTheir back patio feels like a hidden gem. You could easily be at a wine bar in Italy, it’s that welcoming and cozy. It’s a great place to go for hanging out, drinking wine and snacking. They have happy hour Daily from 5-7pm, and all night on Sunday and Monday.

5.     UncorkedI wish I knew how many hours I’ve spent on their patio sipping bottles of wine with friends while overlooking downtown. It’s always a place my girlfriends and I plan to get a few drinks before heading downtown, but more often than not we find ourselves hanging out until closing time.

6.     Arro- Their French inspired wine list offers something for everyone, from easy drinking, to the more bold. It’s a place that I find myself going for dinner and drinks, or just to stop by the bar for a good glass of wine. 

7.     Antonelli’s Cheese Class – This stop takes planning as you need to sign up for the class in advance. However, out of all the things I’ve done in Austin, it’s one of my favorites. You can choose to purchase the wine that they suggest for the cheese pairing, or for a $4 corking fee you can bring your own selections. One of these classes is a must do for any cheese (and wine) lover!

8.     Paggi House – After the first time I visited Paggi House for happy hour, I found my way back there two more times in the same month. The location, service, food menu, and wine were all spectacular. Their happy hour is M-Th 5-9pm, Friday & Saturday 5-7pm.

9.     Barley Swine – To be fair, Barley Swine is also one of my favorite restaurants in Austin. I love going here and ordering a bunch of small plates and enjoying their menu over bottles of wine and good company.

10.  Opa! – The extensive outdoor seating and the causal atmosphere keeps me coming back. They are family owned, and I always feel as if I’m hanging out of my Italian aunt’s patio (if I had an Italian aunt) while I ‘m there. 

Here are other places around town that are also great for grabbing a glass.

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Gourmands, you are amazing. Now I learn that you host a trivia night on Wednesday nights, does it get any better?

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If you haven’t been, Gourmands is a little spot on the Eastside that serves up some of the best sandwiches in town. They have fresh bread delivered daily, and the prices are surprisingly low for the size and quality.

Trivia might be the greatest weeknight activity outside of happy hour. It’s a great way to get out of the house, have a few drinks with friends, and still make it home at a decent hour.

You should definitely go hungry though. If you’re just looking for something to snack on, their queso is some of the best in town. They serve it up with these thick-cut tortilla chips that really make it a home-run.

When: Wednesdays

Time: 8:00pm

Location:
Gourmands
2316 Webberville Road
Austin, Texas 78702

http://www.lovethysandwich.com/events/quiz-night/trivia-every-wednesday-at-8pm/

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