I arrived in Austin, ready to get my CFS on. There were so many choices with such mixed reviews, I went with a local friend's recommendation and went to Threadgill's on N. Lamar.
It looked much better than it tasted, but was still better than CFS I can get in the SF Bay Area, so okay by me. Would I recommend it? Probably not.
For the Austin BBQ experience I went to la Barbecue on 6th St. The pitmaster apparently worked at Franklin previously, so had good cred.
Mixed moist and burnt:
Small pork rib:
Housemade Texas Hot Guts (I didn't ask!)
It's not just humans who enjoy the ribs here:
Time to get into nature and walk off some calories. I visited the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Very nice break from city and hotels.
Ouch! I don't like to think about how this cactus got its name.
Wildlife in a couple of the ponds there:
Fortunately I saw no snakes, even though they warn you to watch for them.
There was a spectacular art exhibit in their gallery. These are 3-D compositions made from cut-out paper. I'm highlighting just two.
In the first one, the artist watercolor painted each of the cut-outs.
The second one was just as stunning in black and white.
Royers has been on my list for years. I chose the new Royers Pie Haven in downtown and tried their "junkberry" pie. It has berries mixed with peaches and a sour cream topping. Good flavor, but it looked to me like all of their crusts were underbaked. I'd also consider changing the name of this pie. Just saying...
In the morning I went to Georgetown, TX to Monument Cafe for CFS and pie. (Does it get much better? Yes, but that's a little later.)
No longer on their breakfast menu (although it still shows it online), they'll prepare CFS upon request. I really appreciated the 4-oz portion so I could almost finish everything!
I got their famous Monument Chocolate Pie to go, but had to taste it, of course, while it was still cold. I must say, this pie was a standout and so worth driving out of the way for! Texture, flavor, appearance--it's all wonderful.
By the way, Georgetown itself is a darling town with lovely little shops and town square. Really a nice place to visit and hang for a while.
Sweet Serendipity is a shop on the square with a dizzying array of chocolates. I was surprised to find that they had no pralines (Texas being a major pecan producer), but the person behind the counter had never even heard of them. She'd been there for six years, too.
Pecan cream "truffle"
Salted caramel (chewy type, like Kraft)
So, here's where the day can get even better: a stop at Round Rock Donuts.
Nice to know it's cop approved:
Maple frosted. Heavenly, even if not very mapley.
Their applesauce cake:
Headed to the airport and could not resist trying the Salt Lick store there, in spite of mixed reviews.
Here's their chopped brisket sliders plate:
I do understand the mixed reviews; however, I loved their BBQ sauce and brought home a bottle. It's more a vinegary style sauce, a little reminiscent of North Carolina to me. It's good on chicken, so far.
That's it! It was a fun visit to several spots on my bucket list, and I found some wonderful things to inspire my own cooking and a few great items available by mail order for the future.
Thanks again to those who've share so many tips on their travels!
post edited by love2bake - 2014/05/07 12:34:55