It was almost noon and we hadn't had coffee yet, so I had some coffee even though next time I would love to try one of their homemade fountain sodas...they sound so awesome, and they either come virgin or you can add alcohol. I wouldn't be able to choose between the turmeric with lemon, ginger and black pepper, or the pickpocket (strawberry, basil and balsamic)...YUM! 🍹
The hopped cider and honey were my favorites! Then, if you want to switch over to beer, walk next door to Friends and Allies for some beers and board games.
Started our day off with coffees from Houndstooth, then just kinda skipped breakfast and saved room for the burger at Launderette. BTW most of the recommendations I had were from stalking @shelbysorrel 's instagram, and messaging her for an even more extensive list. 😍 So when she told us the best burger was at Launderette, we had to go. The burger was so delicious, but I may have been an even bigger fan of the deviled eggs we shared to start.
It was surprisingly cold while we were in Austin, so we stopped for an afternoon latte at Flat Track Coffee - super cool, biker vibe with the coffee roasting right in the back of the shop.
That night, we were going to a show at the Historic Scoot Inn (such a cool venue!). We got there early during happy hour, then got tacos from a food truck (AGAIN) before the show started! Obviously there is live music all over in Austin, so don't miss out.
I think I went overboard on the food on day three. Time was running out and there were still so many places to try! 😂 I knew I wanted to get a donut from Gourdough's so we headed that way but we got there before they opened at 10am. Luckily for us, it was right next to Elizabeth Street Cafe. We intended to go in for a coffee but left having eaten an entire breakfast - the menu is so awesome. I had a Banh Mi breakfast sandwich and Ricki had a heavenly nutella/banana crepe. And their vietnamese coffee was the best I've had.
So I was pretty full, but we had come for the donut so I still had to have one...Impossible to choose because Gourdough's menu is just INSANE, they have a donut with fried chicken and honey butter on it...I had to go simple since I had just eaten so I got a strawberry shortcake donut with cream cheese frosting and fresh strawberries. Don't get me wrong, it was so good, but it was a lot more like carnival fried dough than a donut.
The eating was still just beginning. Ricki insisted on heading over to Franklin BBQ and we naively thought on a Thursday morning, how long could the line be? We got there and the line was around the side of the building. 1 hour, 45 minutes, and some new friends from Boston later, we were ordering pounds of brisket, ribs and pulled pork. Was it worth the wait? Yes, for the food and the experience, but I wouldn't do it again. Next time, I'd check out La Barbecue which we heard is pretty much the same deal.
That night we hit up the legendary White Horse to see a band play - super country, very Texas kind of place but super fun! Once again, there was a food truck posted up right outside so obviously we had more tacos. 😝
Found the best açai bowl that I've had this trip at Blenders and Bowls. This day was based on trying to be a bit healthier than the past three...
After the açai bowls, we decided to venture out of Austin about 40 minutes to a Sotol distillery called Desert Door. This may be my top recommendation if you like tequila and have an appreciation for amazing interiors. It is where they make their Sotol and the tasting room is so beautiful. Combine the atmosphere with an amazing spicy, strawberry margarita and it's way worth the 40 minute drive.
Worst part of living in Nantucket is that happy hours don't exist. Luckily, they're everywhere in Austin...which was perfect because by the time we got back into Austin from Desert Door we were pretty hungry and were just in time for happy hour at June's All Day. Half off all food and sparkling rosé! 👌🏼 We had the most delicious burrata appetizer, served with warm squash and mushrooms. Then I had a smoked salmon nicoise salad and Ricki got the matzo ball caldo which was huge!! It was the perfect stop.