Good Eats in Austin

As previously mentioned, I ate and drank my way through Austin this weekend.  What a perfect way to explore the city and culture!

Austin is known for it’s Tex Mex cuisine, and it did not disappoint.  My first night in town we went to a beautiful restaurant called Vivo.  The restaurant decor was funky, and included little touches like ice in the bathroom sinks and pink parting roses for female guests.  I ordered a beef puffy taco and a chicken enchilada with tomatillo sauce. 

The puffy taco was lightly fried without being greasy, and the tomatillo sauce added a nice acidity to the deliciously cheesy enchiladaThe best part of my meal was definitely the prickly pear margarita Not only was the drink beautiful, but it was nice to try something new that I can’t find in DC.

The following morning we stopped into the South Congress Cafe for brunchJulie and I drank blackberry mojitos with fresh mint from the bar while waiting to be seated. 

I had a very difficult time deciding on my brunch entrée, but ultimately settled on the steak and migas benedict with a chipotle hollandaise sauce and potato and chive pancake.  The steak was tender and I actually liked the migas on top of the benedict for something different.  The whole meal was very yummy, inventive and surprisingly cheap!

After brunch we walked around the SoCo neighborhood, drove past Lake Austin, and even caught an Australian Rules Footy Match.  Then we headed to Erin’s home to learn how to make her family’s recipe for Capaletti pastaPlease note Erin’s adorable apron.

This stuffed pasta looks like a smaller version of ravioli, and has a delicious filling of cheese, herbs and breadcrumbsThe whole dish is served in a warm, comforting broth. 

I’m sure you’re all dying for this recipe (trust me, you wish you could try it).  These sisters make a killer pasta, and I hope I can convince them to make it the next time I’m in Austin.  Thanks so much to Erin and Jenna for letting me “help” roll out and cut the pasta.  I’d also like to give a shout out to Beth for her patience while teaching me how to work the machine. 

My last meal in Austin was at a new restaurant named Bacon.   MMMMM!

The restaurant incorporates bacon in all dishes including dessert.  We all split an appetizer of bacon, cheese and ranch fries, which were good but nothing groundbreaking.  My breakfast was the maple bacon stuffed waffles with bananas and syrup.  The waffle was both crisp and chewy and I loved the taste of the bacon inside, but found the strips a bit difficult to cut. 

The food and company in Austin were superb!  I can’t wait for my next trip there.  Anyone got any other restaurant recommendations?