Flavors of the Month is a monthly feature of some of the dishes and restaurants I enjoyed. Check out this post for restaurant and menu recommendations! I’m talking about a new ramen shop in Austin, a new brewery, homemade eats, and Korean BBQ.
Lunch at Flower Child
Flower Child makes me feel bougie. There I said it. Go ahead and make fun of me for eating my kale salad and grain bowl but the joke’s on you because it tastes so good AND it’s better for me than other foods. There’s nothing wrong with liking healthy food and while some might think it’s too trendy, I think making healthy food popular is a good thing!
Boiled Shrimp and Appetizers at TLC
My blogger friend Kate moved from Austin to Phoenix last year, so of course, we had to get together the blogger gals for happy hour when she visited. We tried out new restaurant TLC in the Lamar Union complex. This family-friendly spot has a spacious patio and good eats. We enjoyed happy hour drinks, deviled eggs, fried pickles, hush puppies, and boiled shrimp. The seafood boil is the big thing here, so if you’re craving it, this is the place to go!
Chinese Food Lunch at Old Thousand
Second time at Old Thousand and I am still a fan! Can I eat the brisket fried rice every day? The pork belly bao was also a favorite. I wasn’t obsessed with the spring rolls and the Taiwanese chicken but they were good. The sesame balls with red bean paste were the perfect way to end the meal. Chinese desserts aren’t overly sweet, so it’s more savory than sweet.
Homemade Chocolate Pecan Pie
What happens when I have guests coming to visit? It’s the perfect time to make a big pie so they can help me eat it. HA! This was a pretty easy and tasty Smitten Kitchen recipe. I’ve been inspired by pie art so when it came time to do the top crust I tried doing something a little more unique than the traditional criss-cross? (This recipe was part of my Cookbook Challenge.)
Ramen at Yoshi Ramen
Can you ever get your fill of noodles? No. No need to twist my arm when it’s time to try a new ramen shop in town! This bowl of Old Classic Shoyu, which is a Tokyo-style chicken broth with the typical additions like chashu pork and ajitama, was so satisfying. I also tried the pork belly bao, which was surprising because the bao was fried and a little sweet. It was different but I liked it!
Pizza and Pastrami at Pieous
We don’t make a trip out to the Dripping Springs area without visiting Pieous. This is the pizza and pastrami of my dreams. I did list it as one of the best things I ate last year.
Cider at Argus Cidery
My cider first love. Argus is making moves with more canned varieties and testing new flavors at their cidery in Dripping Springs. Ginger Perry has been my go-to (they sell it at the grocery store) but I was surprised and disappointed to find my drink on this day had a lot more subtle ginger flavor than usual. I like their new updated cans though!
Beer at Family Business Beer Company
The reason for our trip out to Dripping Springs was to try some new beer and enjoy the beautiful spring weather. We ventured out to the much talked about new brewery – Family Business Beer Company. It’s co-founded by Jensen and Danneel Ackles, which you might know from the shows Supernatural and One Tree Hill, respectively. I went for a flight of IPAs and yep, there are definitely hops in all of these beers. My favorite ended up being the Hamilton, a pale ale, which was a lot more subtle than the IPAs.
Korean BBQ at Chosun Galbi
Boyfriend and I had just watched a show that featured Korean BBQ so the cravings were strong. We went to try Chosun Galbi for the first time, and we ordered it up! Kimchi pajeon, marinated beef short ribs and brisket for the BBQ, and Haemool Soon Doo Boo (spicy seafood tofu soup). I didn’t love the banchan (where’s my seaweed salad?!). I would definitely go back for the kimchi pajeon and marinated beef short ribs.
Homemade Braised Pork Belly by StreetSmart Kitchen
My friend Sharon of StreetSmart Kitchen is pretty awesome. At her going-away party, she made us this amazing braised pork belly. The thing is, she was getting ready to move around the world in 24 hours and here she is making US food! Food is a love language and I’m so glad we got to spend time with our friends enjoying it before they left.
3rd Annual Crawfish Boil
We hosted our annual crawfish boil and it was DELICIOUS!
Happy Hour at Barley Swine
It’s been too long since my last visit to Barley Swine. My friend Luan was in town so I suggested we do a quick happy hour before he left. The happy hour (Swine Time) menu was great and I loved all our dishes. We got the Aged Akaushi rib meat, Fried Chicken, Chocolate pecan chunk ice cream, and daiquiri from the happy hour menu, and added the pork belly dish. I’d get all of them again!
Other Food Stuff
- I posted about two Austin restaurants this month. Did you see them? Café Nena’i and 101 by TeaHaus.
- Think you know Tex-Mex? Think again. Here’s a good read.
- There are more kinds of pizza than we know. This article features some from Southern Italy.
- What happens when chefs work to create global solutions? This is the power of what World Central Kitchen is doing.
- In the world of diets, food trends, and click-bait headlines, it’s hard to navigate what we should and shouldn’t eat. This article is trying to be the end-all solution. What do you think?
What’s one thing (food/restaurant) I should try this month?
P.S. Want to see the best foodie events in Austin? Check out this list.