Austin Food Highlights

October 2, 2010

I’ve been debating posting these pictures for awhile now. They didn’t turn out as nicely as I had hoped and I hate to make you suffer through a string of shoddy photos (I know I hate looking at bad photography on other blogs), but the food in Austin is too amazing to go unmentioned and, besides, mere photographs couldn’t do it justice anyway. So, here goes.

A few weeks ago, I traveled to Austin, TX to visit my sister. I love going to Austin because the food scene is amazing and I typically spend my time there stuffing my face with an insane amount of Tex Mex and other local flavors. My sister knows the drill and prepares by depriving herself of Tex Mex for about a week prior to my arrival. She’s happy to do it though, she loves Tex Mex almost as much as I do. The food in Austin is some of the best I’ve ever tasted- about a zillion times better than anything here in D.C.

But, I should mention that Austin, for me is not just about food. It’s an opportunity (more rare than I’d like) to see my precious and beloved little sister, my best friend. Our visits are filled with food, shopping, family inside jokes, playing with her adorable puppy (June Bug), and lots of sisterly fun! Oh yeah, and because she’s a stylist, she cuts my hair for free- oh yeah!

After giving me a really cute new do, Allison (sis) took me to one of her favorite local spots, Chez Zee, for lunch. Chez Zee is a really adorable American bistro-type place that offers a pretty standard menu with a few Tex Mex choices. We decided to share a couple of dishes, none of which (sadly) turned out to be Tex Mex or as good as I had hoped. Oh well, it was still a fun lunch.

Isn’t my lil sissy so cute?

Anyway, on to the food. We shared a crab cake sandwich, a goat cheese and cranberry salad, and some fried pickles. The food was so-so.

the menu was really adorable!

Needless to say, my Tex Mex cravings were not satisifed.

Later, I took Allison out for a nice, upscale dinner at Ranch 616. I knew she was a big fan and wanted to take her somewhere really special for a girls night out. I’d been there before and loved it, but this time not so much. We couldn’t get a table until after 9pm and by then, the restaurant felt more like a club- with blaring music and way too many people- than a restaurant. The food was good, but the atmosphere kind of killed it for me. Instead of having a relaxing dinner where we could converse over a bottle of fine wine, Alli and I found ourselves shouting back and forth over a crowded table. Sigh.

Once again, my food cravings went unsatisfied. I was beginning to think I’d never get any Tex Mex.

The next day we set off to float the river.

That didn’t go quite as planned, but that’s a whole other story. After a long afternoon of floating the river relaxing poolside, a group of us headed out to local pizza joint Home Slice for some piping hot pizza pies. I love this place!

Our friend Scott was on salad duty

The pizza did not disappoint! I was very satisfied with my meal, but still no Tex Mex.

Afterward, we went out downtown on 6th street and found a perfect outdoor spot for some cheep brews and great conversation.


Finally, on the last day of my visit, on my way to the airport, Alli took me to Maudi’s, one of my favorite, cheap, local and delicious places for Tex Mex. The sign out front says it all.

The food was delicious and hit the spot! Maudi’s spicy, fresh salsa cannot be beat and they have tons of veggie options to enjoy. We finished up with a little flan for dessert. Yummmmmm. Good flan is hard to beat. So simple and delicious.

After that I was off to the airport, Tex Mex craving finally satisfied! Hurray!

I’ll leave you with a few gratuitous pictures of my sister’s super adorable puppy June Bug (aka Juney or JB). I love her!

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Dominic April 10, 2013 at 12:04 am

I’d like a phonecard, please online diflucan Section One – EFT Notification

Janis August 20, 2011 at 5:18 pm

The next time you are in Austin check out Chuy’s…they have delightful Tex-Mex.
Janis from Texas

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods August 20, 2011 at 10:09 pm

I’ve been there and I love it! :)

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