Olivia Restaurant 2043 S Lamar
‘Picnic style’ fried chicken w/ potato salad
Brioche French toast w/ peaches & vanilla or citrus almond syrup
I pass by Olivia everyday, and was dying to try it. The restaurant is open and bright, and decorated well. I heard Sunday brunch was good, so I was so excited I convinced my significant other to go. He had half of the French toast, and I had the fried chicken and the other half of his French toast. Sadly, I liked the toast better than the chicken. If I’m paying roughly $16 for fried chicken, I expect a delicious entree of fried chicken. I know picnic style denotes room temperature, which is fine. But look at them shits. It looks burnt because it was. I just didn’t like it. I’ll take Popeye’s over that anyday. But Olivia deserves another chance, and I will eventually give it that.
Bouldin Creek Coffeehouse 1501 S 1st Street
A coffeehouse that serves vegetarian food, coffee, and beer = my haven for alone time. This is the cutest/’hippest’ place. Despite everyone looking like thrift store scavengers, and bullshit plastered all over the walls, I really like this place. They have a great menu, and sitting at the bar for a solo lunch is a great way to pass time. It’s also right down the street from my chosen public library, and Mary Street [the cross street] is lined with fantastic little houses I love looking at.
Barley Swine 2024 S Lamar
Foie gras, pork belly, goat cheese grits, and watermelon
SO GOOD. Unfortunately, this place is fairly expensive, and fills up quickly so it can’t be a frequent destination. But it is well worth it. I must say that ol’ Barley Swine really got my hopes up about Austin’s food scene. Even though I think it’s sad, or very pretentious of me, to only be impressed by a place I have to spend at least $50 at.
Hula Hut 3825 Lake Austin Blvd
Having a [Canadian] friend in town really gave me a chance to see Austin, and spend quality time with the city I am still not used to. Hula Hut is a kitschy restaurant concept, but it sits right on Lake Austin, and the heat was bearable sitting outside. We were able to watch turtles while sipping on margaritas, and that is not a bad way to start a Sunday.
Tam Deli & Cafe 8222 N Lamar
I live in South Austin, so anything “North Lamar” seems really fucking far sometimes, but I finally grew a pair and ventured that direction because I NEEDED Vietnamese food. The place was packed when I walked in, and I noticed I was the only Asian person not working there. That is ALWAYS the first indicator, but I really did not want to just leave. I was by myself, and wanted to dine in, so they sat me at a table with one of the other employees. I never mind communal seating, but I couldn’t help but I think I was being shunned. I took that as another warning sign, but the food was actually decent. They messed up my iced coffee, but other than that, I was satisfied. I don’t know if I will be back though.
Contigo Austin 2027 Anchor Ln
Grilled cheese and mussels
The best thing about Contigo is their patio. When I’m able to eat, drink, and smoke all at once, it is a beautiful thing. The sun was setting by the time I arrived there, and the menu is very easy to navigate so I was ready to go when the server came by. ‘Chicken little’ was also ordered, but eaten very fast because it was tiny [but delicious]. There was some sort of feature available that night, and I ordered it because I heard pork belly, and didn’t care what it was aside from that. Turns out, it was a giant sandwich even I couldn’t finish. Contigo was a great experience overall. My server was great, the food decent, and the setting was perfect. For that reason, I will go back.
Phil’s Ice House 2901 S Lamar
Burger sampler platter!
3 mini birthday burgers for the price of one! I wish every burger place had this because I was able to try 3 different signature burgers. My biggest nemesis is too much of one thing. I can probably continuously eat for days as long as it’s different food along the way. So being able to have a variety of burgers that may equate to one was a birthday wish come true! Plus, Phil’s Ice House on S Lamar is connected to Amy’s Ice Cream: the perfect combination, right?