Larb Moo and Sticky Rice with Mango at Dee Dee
Dee Dee has been on my list for a while because I heard their Northern Thai food was incredible. The reviews are correct! This trailer on the east side serves spicy, sizeable dishes and an unforgettable dessert.
Eats in Houston
At the beginning of this month, I indulged in great eats in Houston. Check out this “best restaurants in Houston” post for the details.
Did you know Lick has pints in-store? I picked up a pint of Milk and Cookies to enjoy. It’s brown sugar ice cream with oatmeal chocolate chip cookie dough. The milk flavor was stronger than I expected and the cookie dough morsels were my favorite.
My friend Amy of Sushi in the ATX and Our ATX hosted a sake tasting at Texas Sake Company. The company brews the sake right in Austin, and it was interesting to taste and learn about the different types. The Junmai Nama was my favorite one. I also loved the beautiful and tasty sushi cookies by Sharp Cookie. Head over for your own tasting and or sake cocktail happy hour.
I finally tried out Geraldine’s during lunch. Our table started with the Ceviche and Beet Salad for appetizers and I had the Braised Short Rib Sandwich as my entree. Surprisingly, the beet salad was my favorite of the meal. The sandwich left more to be desired but the side salad had a good vinaigrette.
Poke is the new trendy dish in Austin. Raw fish tossed or marinated in seasoning and/or sauce is served by itself or with rice. I tried the salmon special marinated in shoyu sesame oil, green onions, and spices. I love sashimi and tartare but I think poke might be too much raw fish at once for me. It was tasty at first, but I would prefer to get it with more rice next time. Otherwise, it was a fun place to try poke.
I hadn’t been to this restaurant since college but their popular peppercorn chicken is still as crispy and satisfying as before!
When I tried the workouts at The Lab, I also got to try the juice and snacks at their in-house The Honest Bar. My favorites were the Greenie smoothie (Spinach, Kale, Banana, Pear, Spirulina, and Almond Milk), Fall Kale Salad, Wild Animal Juice (cucumbers, celery, lemon, apples, ginger root, and cayenne), and the Apple Cinnamon Energy Balls.
For my friend Peter’s birthday, we met up at Delicious, a new-ish spot in South Austin. They are a grocery store, bar, and counter-service restaurant. The Korean Fried Chicken Sandwich was spicy and the chicken was good. I enjoyed the Wagyu Tartare more. The staff is very hospitable and made sure our every need was met.
This warm and gooey muffuletta sandwich was heavenly. This traditional New Orleans sandwich has olive salad, mortadella, salami, mozzarella, ham, and provolone. I also had to try Laura Sawicki’s soft serve. A vanilla and chocolate twist with carrot cake crumbles was delightful!
For our Austin Food Blogger Alliance happy hour this month, we tried the dishes at BaseCamp, a sports bar on 5th Street near Congress. We tried the beef slider, buffalo wings, dry rub wings, barbecue wings, shrimp tostada, and queso. My favorites were the shrimp tostada (with black bean and avocado) and the slider.
My friends and I ended the month well with a special dinner at one of the best restaurants in Austin – Barley Swine. I had convinced my friend Dan to bid on this special dinner for six at the Pay It Forward event and we were very excited to win! The restaurant is now in a new, spacious location with a patio on North Burnet. Take a look at our menu:
Each dish was thoughtful, creative, and tantalizing. My favorites were the Shiitake Pasta (it’s like a soup dumpling!), the chocolate ice cream sandwich with honeycomb and pecan, the masa cornbread, and the Akaushi Ribeye with bone marrow hash and corn pudding.
What delicious things have you been eating lately? Let me know your recommendations below.