I was recently in Austin for a wedding and ate as much Tex-Mex as I could. This included the obligatory visit to Chuy’s and eating as much creamy jalapeño sauce as humanly possible. Of course, I started with a frozen margarita and chile con queso. My main course was the Combination #4 Relleno & Enchilada – ordered both with chicken and creamy jalapeño sauce (really, I cannot get enough).
I had brunch at the South Congress Café and started with the Gumbo with Duck & Oysters and “Silverfire margarita” - dulce vida organic 100% blue agave tequila, cointreau, fresh sliced jalapeño, a hint of tabasco, fresh squeezed lime juice, and agave nectar. Both spicy and perfect! My main course was the “Migas Enchiladas” - farm fresh eggs, corn tortillas, tomatoes, onions, jalapeños, three cheese blend, refried black beans, smoked gouda potato pancake, house made tortillas with ranchero sauce and lime sour cream. #Perfection.
I had dinner at La Condesa with a large group and food highlights included: HUARACHE DE NOPAL Y CHORIZO (grilled cactus paddle, house-made chorizo, poblano rajas, black bean purée, queso fresco), COLIFLOR A LA PLANCHA (roasted cauliflower steak, chipotle raisin purée, marcona almond, chile de arbol vinaigrette, garlic-cauliflower soubise), RÓBALO (whole branzino, garlic-epazote oil, salsa verde, cauliflower escabeche), and ELOTE. Yet another perfect meal in Austin, Texas.
Ended the trip on a simple note at the Mean Eyed Cat: drinking a beer outside with friends and eating “Stubb’s Mean Nachos” with brisket.
Thank you, Austin. This place is food heaven. Now please bring some of your food and restaurants up to NYC!