As my days dwindle down, I decided to make the most of my time left in Austin and to try and do some of the ‘Austiny’ activities and eateries that Austin is known for, which I haven’t completed already. Four days left in my apartment until I’m left homeless for the rest of the summer session. I already moved out most of junk out of my apartment and only have left that I need for the week… which will hopefully (must!) fit in my car.
One stop was The South Congress Cafe. It’s a very nice, more upscale than an average cafe, with some patrons dressing up and others very casual in tshirts. Everyone was drinking on a Friday at noon, so bottoms up!
Voveti prosecco: italy. honeysuckle, green apple, ripe peach – $9
Scottish Jive: henrick’s gin, cointreau, fresh muddled basil, grapefuit juice, simple sytrup, a splash of lime juice – $8
I had the Scottish Jive. Let me tell you- I am really picky about my drinks- but this was absolutely delicious. I had to pace myself before gulping this down. You need to try this drink, I know I’m going to be ordering this again!
Crab Cakes – I didn’t try these because I don’t care for seafood, but my friend said they were delicious!
Smoke Brisket Hash: mesquite smoked brisket, fingerling potatoes, collard greens, red peppers, jalapeño, egg- $16
South Congress Burger: served with house cut french fries – $11
white cheddar & applewood smoked bacon – add $3
I had the burger- it was great. Fries were delicious, thin, crispy, and had a nice spice. I also had a bite of my friends brisket, which was amazing. I would recommend the Smoke Brisket Hash to anyone (which I would had gotten, if I liked eggs).
The next day I had a friend come visit from out of town. She also likes Sandra Bullock, so I took her to Bess Bistro. I’ve been there before, but it’s the perfect place to start out your night before bar hopping on 6th.
The waiter recommended a drink, I can’t recall the name and their website doesn’t have it either. It was a 1953…something? Anyways, it was basically a margarita. Delicious, but a tad overpriced at $12 ($12 topped out the specialty drink prices) Although, they were very strong, which was a nice kickoff of the evening.
Since we originally planned on getting appetizers and drinks at a few places, we ordered lightly.
Crispy artichokes: semonlina-crusted artichokes, crispy spinach, lemon whells, parmesan, garlic aioli- $12
Mac and cheese au gratin– $9
I ordered the mac and cheese, because I absolutely love macaroni and cheese and I think it’s neat that you can order fancy mac at a fancy restaurant. My friend loved their artichokes. We were both full at the end of our appetizers. She even helped me out with the mac and cheese (which is order a la carte) and we still didn’t finish it. We left stuffed and didn’t order any other food for the rest of the night.
We ate on the terrace, arriving around 8pm the sun was starting to go down, so it cooled off as the night went on. They have mister fans as well. There were only 2 other groups up there the whole time we were there. Our waiter had tables downstairs, so we were able to enjoy our time sipping our drinks without being rushed out the door and I didn’t feel bad enjoying our time because we weren’t taking up a table. Also, The waiter can’t split the check through select items, only down the middle.
Picture from their Facebook page of the terrace.
Here’s a quick pic we took before heading out for the night!
What other places should be on my Austin bucket list? Any recommendations for places to eat or places to go would be appreciated!