August 01, 2013

eating my way through Austin

A couple of months ago I took a trip to Austin. Being a fairly new resident of Texas, Austin is thrilling to me. There is so much to do, so many interesting people, and so much food to eat. So I threw my "healthy eating" aside and dove in. I had Austin's best brunch, Austin's best pizza, Austin's best BBQ, and Austin's best doughnut. Top that off with a desert tour. Needless to say, I came back to Dallas fat and happy.

(editor's note: these may not be "officially" the Best of Austin, but they should be.

Kerbey Lane Cafe : Eggs Fransisco - scrambled egg atop an english muffin. Then add bacon, tomato, avocado and queso (that's right - queso). I got a side of fruit and a side of blackbeans. All for $8.95. Hands down, best brunch of my life.

Austin Eats Dessert Tour : hosted by Madame Cocoa - I'm glad I got to do this. I've always wanted to take a dessert tour. However, it was much different than I expected. Madame Cocoa is a chocolate guru, and most of the tour consisted of education rather than tastings.

Home Slice Pizza - The atmosphere was awesome here. The wait was long, but we didn't mind because the people-watching was also great. And that's the case pretty much anywhere you go in Austin. The pizza was good, as well. Probably not the best pizza I've ever had, but it was darn good.

La Barbecue - This was some of the best barbecue I've ever eaten. Granted, it wasn't cheap ($50+). But there was enough to last at least 3 meals. And, the guys were pretty cool. We stopped by Saturday early-evening and they had already sold out. I gave them my super sad face, and he said I could come mark a brisket for the next day. So, I climbed up into his smoker trailer and picked out a brisket. I wrote my name on it. Sure enough, as soon as we got to the front of the line the following day, the guy went back and found the one with my name on it. On top of THAT, they give you free Lone Star beer and live music while you wait in line.

Gourdoughs : Dirty Berry - Their slogan, "Big. Fat. Doughnuts." is not a lie. These things are massive. At about $4 a pop, these donuts are made to order. They have some crazy combinations, but the Dirty Berry is my favorite by far.

So, needless to say, I had to be rolled out of Austin. But it was worth every calorie.

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