Friday, July 17, 2015

Eating My Way Through Austin

So now that you’ve read about Austin and some of my favorite coffee shops, let’s talk about all of the delicious food, shall we?! Honestly there were times that it felt like all we were doing was eating but like …it was vacation and calories don’t count. Right? Right. There were tons of places that I came across while doing research that I wanted to try, a couple that were recommendations from a local and then a few more we just stumbled upon. All delicious and all completely worth it!

Surprisingly we didn’t have much in terms of breakfast while in Austin but we did visit Torchy’s twice and I could have probably went every single morning. Breakfast tacos. Need I say more? I just got a classic potato, egg and cheese and it was 100% on point. Nothing too much but definitely hit the spot and was a perfect way to start our day. Torchy’s is kind of like a Chipotle, not really a fast food but also not a restaurant. Whoever designed Torchys, BRAVO. I mean you walk in and the first thing you see is a light up sign that says “damn good” They’re just letting you know what’s up.


We found this Italian gem within the first two hours that we were there and instantly knew we were going to make a stop. NJ has spoiled me with fabulous Italian food and I have been missing it major! Mandola’s did not disappoint. We stopped there twice and everything we had was phenom. My favorite was probably the bruschetta, and I don’t even like tomatoes, so that should tell you a lot. It was extra garlic-y so YES PLEASE. Anything we had from there was awesome. I was very surprised that this was not on any lists of “must stop places in Austin” because it is definitely on mine!

Austin loves their food trucks and I am more than on board. I am normally a pretty picky eater but I figured since I was stepping out of my comfort zone with all of my outdoor actives, I should probably do the same with my food. We stopped and got some chicken kebabs and I can’t really complain. To be honest it wasn’t my favorite, but John enjoyed his so maybe it was just too different for my palette (baby steps).

Fat Sal’s
One thing NJ (specifically Rutger’s) is known for is their fat sandwiches so we were excited when Austin had one to offer us. If you’ve never heard of them its basically just anything and everything stuffed on a roll. Fat Sal’s is owned by Jerry from Entourage which was pretty cool too. My sandwich had chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks, fries and sauce on it. They’re located pretty close to UT and I wouldn’t be surprised if they are packed between 2-4AM every day. I know that’s where I’d be. 

This was the one place on my list I knew nobody else was going to like but I wanted it so bad it was non-negotiable. I have this new obsession with mushrooms and it is TOO real. When I read the menu and saw a portobello Philly cheese steak I was sold. Frank’s is known for their …. exotic sausages, they’ve got things like antelope and alligator on their menu. Again, I’m not quite sure my pallet is or ever will be ready for something like that. However, my portabello cheese steak was well worth the dirty looks I got for ordering off the vegetarian menu. #notatallsorry.

Another one of our stumbled upon places and I don’t know if we’re just really good at blindly picking places to eat or if everything in Austin is just that good. I’m going to just go ahead and say both! A little bit more on the pricey side, but definitely worth it. I’m not a huge sea food person so I got a filet with garlic mashed potatoes. YUM. We ordered the hot n crunchy shrimp as an appetizer, and if someone could deliver those to my house right now I would be eternally grateful. 

(picture taken before John got the memo that I was going to be a food blogger all weekend)

Ruby’s BBQ
Don’t be fooled by the exterior of Ruby’s because, this place is the real deal. We were looking for places to get authentic Texas BBQ and on a recommendation from the owner of a laundry mat, Linda you the real MVP, we ended at Ruby’s. It was a little on the smaller side but that made it all the better. Apparently there is one BBQ place in Austin that people go crazy for, like wait for 3 hours, and I don’t know how it could be better than Ruby’s. The meat was delicious, the sides were great, the BBQ sauce was awesome. Definitely check it out if you’re ever in the area.

Home Slice
I wasn’t ever expecting to find pizza I liked anywhere except NJ (and NY obviously). Growing up in a place known for pizza is hard knowing nothing will ever compare. Curve ball Home Slice was better than some of the places up north. We got the margarita pizza and let’s just say there were no left overs although I seriously wish there were it would have been great cold I’m sure. I can’t really speak for anything else, their garlic knots weren’t that good but their pizza more than made up for it. Seriously, if you live in Austin or are visiting and haven’t been, you are missing out. If they weren’t closed on Tuesdays, it would have been our last stop before boarding the plane. 

(I promise it tasted SO MUCH BETTER than it looked)

OH GORDOUGHS, you are perfect in so many ways. From the outside it doesn’t look like much but their donuts are praise hands emoji. They are both delicious and photogenic, win win! Now I’m not sure I can ever get on board with burger donuts, something about that just doesn't seem right to me. But classic dessert donuts, I’ll take those! All of them sounded mouth watering and I ended up ordering the Funky Monkey. Just looking at this picture makes me wish I was ordering one off the menu right now!

Another one of Austin’s must try and I fully support that. Amy’s offers something crazy like 200 flavors on rotation. It reminded me of a cold stone, pick your flavor and have your toppings mixed in. I was super adventurous and got Mexican vanilla. Alright alright, definitely plain jane on that one but I loved it! They also had a fireball flavor the day we were there (made with real fireball) but I wasn’t sure how that would go over so I stuck to a classic.

Hope you enjoyed today’s post! I certainly enjoyed writing it and reliving the delicious week I spent eating my way through the city. Austin seriously has so much to offer and I can’t wait to try some more next time I’m there! Any must try places for my next trip to add to my list?

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