Monday, October 14, 2013

Texas Road Trip & Food Tour

This weekend, I went for a little business trip to cover some homes for Houzz.com. And since the timing was so close to my wedding anniversary, I grabbed Jack, my darling husband, and brought him along! We spent two days and one night eating our hearts out through San Antonio, Austin and Georgetown, TX. It was marvelous. And I was also able to visit two very cool homes, which I'll share later in the month via Houzz.com. Take notes - all three of the restaurants we visited are worth going back to.


City: Georgetown, TX
Location: cutest Old Town Square in Texas
Restaurant: Gumbo's

Lunch Menu:
Mimosa
Fireman's Four (great Texas beer)
Fried Catfish Po'Boy with mashed sweet potatoes
Grilled Tilapia with parmesan-crusted asparagus
strawberry cheesecake


Gumbo's had a great Louisiana style atmosphere and Motown music in the background. It was the perfect place to take refuge from the muggy day and enjoy a beer and some kicky food. My favorite thing was the mashed sweet potatoes that came with Jack's catfish Po'Boy. It was off the hook, made with some kind of pork fat or something heinous that I would never eat in another context. Take my word for it - just order the sweet potato stuff and don't ask what's in it.


Old town movie theater marquee.

The side of an old Georgetown public building.

Town square centerpiece.

Alley.

Gumbo's restaurant on the square.



City: Austin, TX
Location: South Lamar
Restaurant: Olivia

Dinner Menu:
Soup and Salad...
a glass each of Domaine de Fontsainte Rose
Broccolini salad - house lonzino, almond, truffle, red onion, fried egg, brioche
Corn Soup - craw fish toast, blue basil pesto, garden herbs

Shared wine and apetizers...
A bottle of Hecht & Bannier's Minevois '10 - a grenache, syrah mix
Mussels - leek, jalapeno, beer broth, smoked ham hock
Oxtail Risotto (I can't remember all the amazing stuff in this risotto)

Shared entree...
Petite Filet - parsnip, marscarpone, bacon, red chard, Malabar spinach, grilled fig, sherry veal demi

Shared desserts...
Creme Brulee - sea salt, fresh berries
Peaches and Cream - peach semifreddo and sorbet, malted milk candy, roasted white chocolate
Coffee with cream (jack) and champagne (me, because why not?)


We wanted to go someplace special for our anniversary dinner, so Jack found Olivia at Fearless Critic, one of our favorite restaurant finding sites. This meal was quite possibly the best food I've ever eaten. Seriously. It was beautiful to look at, extraordinary to taste and the whole evening was elevated in a way that made me feel like I was a part of something artful and transcendent. The food at Olivia is all locally sourced and some of it grown in their own vegetable garden, which eaters are welcome to browse at the back of the restaurant. They also have a dozen or more hens that lay fresh eggs for the kitchen. Service was warm and knowledgable and as our waiter said, "I could talk about this food all day long." I will definitely be going back as often as I can afford. The meal was pricey, but worth every penny. Oh and whatever you decide to eat - please please please someone order the Oxtail Risotto because its so good it will make you cry.

Broccolini Salad

That's right, my man drinks rose.

The menu.

Mussels. 

View from our North Austin hotel room.

City: San Antonio, TX
Location: Rover Walk
Restaurant: Boudro's

Lunch Menu:
Frozen Prickly Pear Margarita
Guacamole and tortilla chips for two made table-side
Pulled Pork Sandwich with picked slaw (Jack)
Blackened Ahi Tuna Salad (me)
Coconut Flan with Caramel Sauce

It's hard to find food on San Antonio's famous River Walk that isn't super touristy. Let's just say there's a lot of corporate food down there. Boudro's is a happy exception. This little Texas Bistro is tucked into a womb-like cave with a small river side patio and serves up delicious gumbo, Tex-mex, and soul food. The prickly pear margarita was awesome and I recommend you try it out. I know what you're thinking... frozen?  Yes. Frozen. Drink it and you'll see. The guacamole was fresh and made right at our table by our chatty, adorable, red-headed waitress. Everything about this place says 'sit down, enjoy yourself and take it easy'. It was a great way to spend a rainy afternoon.

My man on the river walk.

Prickly pear margarita.







5 comments:

Emily said...

I LOVE this area of the state. It's where I went to college. Glad Jack got to sneak away with you.

Connie said...

Fabulous post today!! I feel like I'm right there enjoying it with you. In fact my mouth is watering. ROAD TRIP!!!!

camilledicksondesign.com said...

I'm more relaxed (and hungry) just reading about your trip!

Betsy said...

You're retrospective on the places and the food is gorgeous! Interesting menus and beautiful photos. Glad you and Jack did an Anniversary Adventure. xoxo

Rachel Anderson said...

Olivia looks amazing!! Going on the "when I'm done being pregnant" list. :) R