Monday, December 2, 2013

Austin Eats - The Best Food I Tasted in Austin

The most amazing food I tasted in Austin, Texas!

We’re finally getting to the good stuff! I already covered what to do with 3 Days in Austin, shopping on South Congresswalking the pits at the Circuit of the Americas, and attending a Formula Race at COTA. So for my final post about my trip to Austin, I want to share with you all the amazing food.

I love to eat, I love good food, and I really love it at bargain. Many cities around the world have great food, but it often comes at a price. LA is a perfect example of that, but in Austin I didn’t have a single bad meal and most of it was very affordable. So let’s get started!

Austin has a thriving food truck scene, perhaps one of the liveliest in the country.

And the best part is you don’t have to go hunting for it! Many food trucks actually roam the city and you must track them down via Facebook or Twitter. Austin has those too BUT in addition there are parking lots all over the city that are permanent homes to food trucks. No need to chase them down!

Food truck lot on Rainy St.

Two of my favorites were Gourdough’s Specialty Donuts and VIA 313 Authentic Detroit Style Pizza.

 Gourdough's donut truck parked at the corner of 6th St. and Red River St.

I happened to be spending the afternoon with my family when we stumbled upon Gourdough’s. I had read about it and immediately insisted we stop for a bite. At first we were going to share one donut just to get a taste but as we studied the menu, we all picked a favorite.  The Razzle Dazzle (Rasberry Filling with Chocolate Fudge Icing) for my father in law. The Miss Shortcake (Cream Cheese Icing with Fresh Cut Strawberries) for me. The ODB (Cream Filled Donut Holes with Icing Rolled in Coconut) for my mother in law, and the Naughty and Nice (Sugar & Cinnamon) for my friend. I’m not a huge donut eater, but of course, these were ahhhmazing. The donuts were fried fresh to order and dressed with a variety of creamy, cheesy, ooey, gooey goodness.

The Razzle Dazzle was a little too chocolatey for me but the Miss Shortcake was just heavenly. The ODB donut holes were great for popping into your mouth and the Naughty and Nice came with butter dipping sauce! Butter dipping Sauce! Seriously, need I say more? A word of caution, they are humungous and your appetite will be spoiled. I couldn’t eat any sweets for a couple days that. They were just so intense.

Miss Shortcake


The Razzle Dazzle

My other favorite was VIA 313 Authentic Detroit Style Pizza. The truck is permanently parked at Craft Pride, a beer garden offering 54 craft brews on tap, a fantastic spot on it's own but made even more fab with the pizza. I got The Detroiter with cheese and double pepperoni. Sounds simple but as these things go, simple was spectacular. So what is a Detroit Style pizza?

The VIA 313 truck in the Craft Pride outdoor seating area

One of the most delicious pizza's I have ever tasted came out of a food truck in Austin!

 For one thing, in true Motor City style, the pizza is baked in a blue steel automotive parts pan. It’s also prepared upside-down! You start with dough, then line it in pepperoni, cover that with cheese, and finally drizzle on a layer of red sauce.

My favorite part of the pie was the crust. Since it is baked in a square pan the crust becomes crispy yet chewy, not a like a traditional crust that bakes up. The edges of the pan, along with the cheese, create a perfectly crunchy yet soft crust. It’s hard to explain but it’s delicious!

Moving on to regular restaurants, there was one in particular that I loved so much, I ate there twice! Bangers Sausage House and Beer Garden serves up, you guessed it, sausages and beer. But they also have perfect poutine and to-die-for cheese grits!

Outdoor seating area - There's even a dog run!

Just about all their sausages are made in house; everything from traditional bockwurst and bratwurst to South Texas antelope and venison sausage, and even duck, bacon, and fig sausages! I enjoyed the traditional bock and some poutine on my first visit followed by the fried chicken sausage with mashed potatoes, a biscuit and cheese grits. Needless to say, I packed on a couple after this trip! Banger’s also has the largest beer selection I think I’ve ever seen. They feature OVER 100 taps as well as a bottled beer selection.

One of the best craft beer scenes is in Austin!

Over 100 beer taps! They even have coffee on tap!

Bockwurst and cheese grits

Large order of poutine

Fried chicken sausage with mashed potatoes and a biscuit with honey butter

I know this is getting a little long but my goodness, the food was just so good! I’m going to mention one more restaurant because it probably serves the best poutine I’ve ever had. I’m talking about Frank in downtown Austin. As the name suggest, they serve various types of franks (I’m talking about sausages, of course).

Frank restaurant from the 2nd floor

All their dogs are made in house or made exclusively for Frank by Hudson Sausage Company. Their most popular sausage, The Jackalope, is comprised of smoked antelope, rabbit, and pork sausage topped with cranberry compote, sriracha aioli, and cheddar. To be perfectly honest, the sausage itself was quite tasty and paired well with the cranberry compote but I found the amount of the sauce a tad over powering.  Their famous Red Headed Stranger bloody mary is also a must try. It was really more of an appetizer then just a libation. The secret to the Red Headed Stranger is the bacon infused vodka served with a thick bacon swizzle stick, a wedge of cheddar cheese, a jalapeno stuffed olive and pepperocini served in a pepper and salt rimmed glass. Thirty yet? Or should I say hungry?

 Red Headed Stranger

Jackalope sausage and poutine

Now to the best part of the meal, the waffle fry poutine.  Their poutine comes with their famous waffle fries which act as an excellent vehicle for the not too spicy gravy and loads of cheese curd. Being that I’m only human and had already eaten my weight in a food over the course of my visit, I left the dog and gorged on the poutine.

Quite possibly the best poutine I've ever had

I won’t go into any more details as I’m sure by now you are ready to eat your own foot but I must offer a few honorable mentions to the other outstanding places I ate.

The Backspace – Home to delicious Neapolitan style pizza, one of my personal favs. My photos from this dinner didn't come out so great but trust me, the pizza was divine!

Uchiko - I would describe this a new style Japanese restaurant serving up dressed sushi and other delectable none-fish item such as the Brussels sprouts.

Easy Tiger – You would never guess by the name that this is German restaurant with a bakery and beer garden. The pretzels and with beer cheese dip were amazing and pastrami sandwich left me full and satisfied.

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  1. Oh my word... these look incredible. Those doughnuts are just, i don't know if I have any words. Plus... it's called the ODB? Does that stand for what I think it stands for? Love it.

  2. Thanks Kate! We don't actually know what ODB stands for but I think you might be right! Not sure what that has to do with cream filled donut holes, rolled in icing and coconut, but whatever, its delicious and that's all that matters!

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