First Night: True Food Kitchen
The first night in Austin we had dinner at True Food Kitchen, which met all my Austin-liberal-vegan-friendly-locally-sourced-low-impact-etc. food expectations.
We shared Kale Guacamole and Edamame Dumplings. I had the Seasonal Ingredient salad (far right) as a main course. It had asparagus, broccolini, cauliflower, chickpeas, pistachios, raisins, and manchego.
The restaurant was across from a dog-park and a massive Trader Joes. They served their cocktails in mason jars and gave you your check in small, vintage cookbooks. 10/10
Breakfast at Mary’s
Mary’s was a local diner near our Airbnb. Their feature wall was filled with pictures of various famous Marys, including Typhoid Mary, Mary Tyler Moore, and Mary Poppins.
Food was standard breakfast sandwiches and breakfast burritos. 7/10
Lunch: Zilker Brewing Co.
We randomly found out a local brewery, Zilker, was celebrating their 2-year anniversary. They had live music, a great selection of stouts, sours, and Belgium wheats, and the best white-cheddar popcorn.
The red, pictured above was Zilker’s Chaos Magic, their standard sour recipe with 400lbs of blackberry puree added. 15/10
Dinner: El Chilito
The first taco experience! El Chilito, despite being a hole in the wall taco shop, had five vegetarian taco options. Which is practically five more than most taco places in Delaware. I decided on the Vegetal with zucchini, yellow squash, corn, peppers, tomato, onion, and serrano peppers; and the Rajas Con Hongos with mushrooms, roasted poblanos, onion, queso fresco, and avocado. 7/10
Mary’s, Torchy’s Tacos, and Real Juice
Mary’s was a regular breakfast stop. On our last day I decided to try their house-made gelato pops. This was the triple-berry, double dipped pop.
We decided to walk across the city to get to Torchy’s tacos, which is where President Obama stopped while he was in Austin.
This was perhaps the best taco experience of my life. I ordered the Fried Avocado and the Independent (selected by the President himself, along with the Republican and Democrat-because he’s dedicated to working across the aisles).
The Independent was my favorite – fried portobello strips with refried black beans, roasted corn, escabeche carrots, queso fresco, cilantro, avocado, and ancho aioli. Bernie would be proud. Not pictured is their amazing queso and salsa. 10/10