I’m back with another Austin, TX roundup of Travel Chronicles! Here is the first list.
I went back to Austin for New Years Eve to visit a very special boy in my life. I have quickly fallen in love with Austin’s charm. It’s the perfect balance of city and small-town country feel. There’s always something to do in the city; but, at the same time, there’s a plethora of things to do in nature outside of the downtown area. It’s an amazing, lively place and there are always new restaurants, coffee shops, and bars to try!
FOOD & FUN
- Torchy’s Tacos: Had to give Torchy’s ANOTHER shoutout. This time around I got Crossroads (smoked beef brisket with grilled onions, jalapeños, cilantro, jack cheese, avocado, tomatillo sauce on a corn tortilla) + coldbrew.
- Snooze: Snooze is the best brunch spot and I wish we had one in NYC! We went for the boy’s birthday brunch where he devoured French Toast + a Pancake stack (yes, that’s 3 different types of pancakes). I got the most delicious 2-egg scramble with spinach, feta, mushrooms and pulled pork!
- la Barbecue: Again, another delicious spot. We can here for one thing and one thing only. BRISKET. $20 for 1 lb. We also splurged on potato salad (good – not too much mayo), spicy pickle chips, and some light beer.
- Shakespeare’s Pub: This place is bumping at night. We went on Saturday, and it was a blast. During the day we just hung out by the bar, got a $3 beer, and watched some sports!
- Sophia’s Supper Club: I brought the boy here for his birthday dinner. Described as a “sexy and modern take on a classic Italian-American supper club” it definitely lives up to it’s standard. We had a big booth in the back, lights were dim, and the decor was beautiful. I ordered the Brick Chicken (half amish chicken, garlic, rosemary, lemon, pan jus, fingerling potatoes) with roasted cauliflower instead of the potatoes. They also brought the boy a free ice cream sandwich with a candle to celebrate his birthday!
- Prohibition Creamery: Three words: BOOZY ICE CREAM. We shared a scoop of the Tiramisu Boozy Ice Cream made with bourbon. Aside from being a bit pricy, it was so worth it. So delectable, I cherished every bite. The ambiance is also great. I felt like I was back at a London pub when I studied abroad.
- Javelina: We came here on January 1st, aka the day of the hangover for most people. So it was pretty empty! We didn’t get any drinks (had enough of those the night before) but this cocktail called “That Watermelon Drink” looked really yummy! We enjoyed Chipotle Chicken Wings with homemade Ranch and each got Burgers with an egg and bacon (mine bunless).
- Easy Tiger: This is a hidden jem! They advertise themselves as a “Bake Shop & Beer Garden” which sound weird placed together, but Easy Tiger pulls it off! You walk in and are hit with the smell of freshly baked bread, then go downstairs where the bar is packed and everyone in the heated beer garden is enjoying food and brews! I got the $12 Chicken Thighs with the $5 Roasted Sweet Potatoes. Delish!
- Buffalo Billiards: Laid back bar where you can play pool, foosball, shuffleboard, darts, and fun arcade games. We played shuffleboard for $8/hour, I unfortunately lost.