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1511 S Congress AveAustin, TX 78704
Hey Cupcake is a must visit in the fall when the Pumpkinator cupcake hits the menu. By far the best cupcake on their menu and a damn-shame they aren't available year-round. Red velvet and John Lemon toe for second, and a little whipped cream makes everything better. Bug enough to share and don't…
5530 Burnet RdAustin, TX 78756
I love these guys! My whole family and friends love their variety of cupcakes! They melt in your mouth and leave you not wanting to share. I fell in love with the standard. My 7yr. old loves the Michael Jackson (rip). Guys, just try it. You'll be hooked! :~)
6406 N Interstate 35Austin, TX 78752
I ate at Cinnamon's Bakery during a trip to Austin, Texas. I thought it was absolutely terrific! It happened to be a chilly day and I had a nice hot cup of coffee to go with my delicious warm cinnamon bun. There was one drawback: it was so good, I wanted more. I went back for a scrumptious p…
401 Orchard St Ste AAustin, TX 78703
Maria Rico is the Pastry Queen! In my opinion, I think she has the best and most beautiful cookies, pastries and cakes in Austin. I have purchased all three from Maria and all are most tasty. She makes beautiful small cookies that look great on a plate. My favorites are haystacks, palmiers, l…
709 E 6th StAustin, TX 78701
Hands down one of my favorite casual joints in the city. You can't go wrong with beer, bread, and cheese. The pretzels are amazing, the baguette with goat cheese and pear and fennel mustard is life changing, and the corned beef makes my Irish family proud. Outdoor seating is dog friendly, the pi…
3573 Far West BlvdAustin, TX 78731
This is a great place for lunch. Its great healthy meals. There sandwiches are amazing as are there baked potatoes and soup. Its great friendly and quick service. They have wifi internet so thats a plus. They have this great art work around the restruant of popular places in austin like town lak…
8127 Mesa DrAustin, TX 78759
Picked up my custom ordered gift basket which was ready on time, got a block away and a cookie broke inside the basket when I made a sharp turn. Went back to store to get it replaced and was totally willing to pay for the new cookies. Not only did they get me a new cookie and decorate it on …
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So, let me just start by saying- I. LOVE. TACOS. And I have pretty high expectations for said tacos. AND I tend to get a craving for them when most places are shutting down. Well, lo and behold to find that Torchy's is open til 10 on weekdays and 11 on weekends! When I got there, Queen was playing. The guy behind the counter asked me about my day like he genuinely cared. There's Maine Root in the soda fountain. And the food is also fantastic! Since this first experience, I've frequented Torchy's Tacos several times a month. I used to always get the Baja Shrimp and the Fried Avocado tacos. Baja Shrimp is generously filled with hand battered and fried (but not greasy) shrimp, pickled vegetables, queso fresco and lime. There is a great balance of spicy, acidic and cool flavors all wrapped up in the tortilla. The Fried Avocado is a hand battered and fried avocado with refried beans, shredded cheese, lettuce and tomato. I love the texture and creamy flavors of this taco! It is so good, and I never order vegetarian items. But in the past couple years I've rotated in other flavors. The Democrat is filled to bursting with barbacoa. I was really impressed with the quality of it considering that Torchy's isn't exactly Mexican food. It is very flavorful and not greasy at all. You gotta get the Trailer Park "trashy"- fried chicken smothered in green chile queso and pico de gallo. Creative and delicious- this one is a guilty pleasure! I actually got to Green Chile Pork by mistake one time. Although it's not what I ordered, it is pretty dang tasty. The pulled pork is juicy and flavorful and the green chiles- of which I'm not a huge fan- do not overpower anything. But, the customer service at Torchy's is outstanding. I called to let them know my order got mixed up- just to make sure someone else didn't get the taco I ordered and they put me down for a free taco. I really appreciated their customer care! There is a different taco of the month each month that coordinates with holidays or weather, and they are generally pretty great. And lastly, I always ALWAYS get extra Chipotle Sauce and Poblano Sauce no matter which tacos I order. I could drink that stuff!
Gourdough's is located in a little trailer park on trendy South First Street with colorful picnic tables. It is BYOB and patrons bring their own wine or other beverages for a great night out. If you're in a hurry or want something light/healthy, this is NOT your place. They make everything to order so the wait has been up to forty minutes long when I've been. Note- earlier in the day, they're not as busy and more kid/pet friendly. The employees are super nice, willing to split charges and do accept credit cards. The food itself is AMAZING. These are no ordinary doughnuts. Each doughnut is bigger than my open hand, is made to order, and is topped with any combination of sinful and tempting toppings. I usually split my order with one or two others and walk away plenty satisfied. The best experience ever was going with a group and sharing several different flavors. Their website includes photo of every menu item so you can get a good idea of what you'll be ordering! The Dirty Berry is the perfect blend of chocolate and grilled strawberry. It is very rich but I could not. stop. eating it. Miss Shortcake was also equally delicious- with a generous spread of cream cheese icing and pile of strawberries. The Flying Pig is a personal favorite. It was coated in just the right amount of maple syrup icing and covered with 7 or 8 pieces of bacon. Porkey's with Canadian bacon, cream cheese and jalapeno jelly sounds like a really odd combination but is DIVINE. This one I devoured all on my own. Seriously, I would probably order this one over any of the dessert ones, and I am a huge fan of any kind of dessert.
My boyfriend and I stopped here for breakfast around 10:30am on a Saturday and they were moderately busy. By the time we left, there was a line from the counter to the door. I had read some good reviews from Yelp on this place so I decided to try it out. Personally, I wasn't that wowed, but my boyfriend really liked it. I have a restricted diet and asked if I could just have an extra egg in my breakfast rather than the other stuff, and the girl said that they couldn't do that. My request actually made the meal cheaper rather than more expensive for them to produce with me paying the same price, and I wasn't asking them to go out of their way to add something completely different. So I tell the girl to just leave my sides off, and she asks my boyfriend if he wants them instead. I didn't hear any of that, so when my plate comes out, I've got the sides on it anyway. I'm still giving this place what I would consider a decent rating because everyone there was nice (though not very accommodating by my first experience). The place had a nice ambiance and was clean. I ordered the ham omelette which was OK, but nothing spectacular. For the same money, you can get a much bigger omelette from other places like Kerbey or Magnolia and with two sides. The toast was a very nice thick sliced bread and came out with an assortment of mini jam jars. The drip coffee wasn't that good, but it wasn't any worse than Kerbey's or Magnolia's either. Why can't anyone in this town make decent drip coffee?
I just tried this location out for the first time, and of course, the ice cream is as good as it always is. The guy who was helping was a really cool too. He kept trying to get us to figure out the quote of the day for a free crush'in, but despite his valiant efforts, we were too big of ding-dongs to figure it out. This place is probably the best location for kids because it has a playground. It's also good for big groups because the outdoor tables are big and round. On a nice, cool night, sitting outside is very pleasant. However, I would imagine that at the height of the Texas heat, this location would not be a good pick because there's no indoor seating to escape the heat. That's why I gave it 3 stars. 4 is my default unless there's something spectacular about a place. Then, it goes down from there. I love outdoor seating, but for an ice cream shop, I think they should still have indoor seating as an alternative to beat the Texas heat.
I've been going to Upper Crust even before I moved to Austin 13 years ago. I have a totally, crazy sweet tooth, so trust me when I tell you that this place has some of the absolute best baked goods in town. My all time favorites are their chocolate cupcakes with a cheesecake center. The bakery is a perfect place for a weekend morning. I love going there, getting one (or two if I'm being bad) pastry item, some coffee, and reading the paper next to the sunny window. Of course, that's assuming that there are any open tables when I get there. They stay pretty busy and for good reason. Parking can be a pain, but worth the effort. If you really don't want to fight the crowds, go during the afternoon when it slows down a little more.
In my opinion, it is hard to have a bad BBQ experience so the "feel" for a good BBQ restaruant usually comes from the atmosphere. That can make or break a BBQ restaurant. The County Line lived up to the hype. A well-worn but expansive dining room full of character with a cozy bar area and a fabulous patio to enjoy the beautiful Texas sunsets. The BBQ passed the test to - well-cooked beef brisket and ribs and admirable pork BBQ (I'm from the South so I just had to test it). go for the marbled 2nd cut brisket - it just about melts in your mouth. Wash it all down with a Shiner and I'm in heaven. The only thing they are missing is mac & cheese. Is that a Southern thing too?
I love Quack's! I've been going to them ever since they had the location on the drag. And during college, they nourished me with fresh, baked goods and coffee for 6 straight years. The employees are usually pretty nice and the place is always packed. However, they have so much seating available that you can almost always find some open seating. Here are some of the desserts that I really enjoy there: rosemary apple pie, coconut pie, salty oat cookie (sounds weird, but I guarantee you'll like it!), pecan snail danish, Italian cream cake, carrot cake, and the most kickass sugared cinnamon rolls I've ever had in my entire life!
Lick beats out all of the other quirky ice cream places; sorry Amy's and Ben and Jerry's, but Lick has definitely stolen your places. Lick make their own ice cream flavors; very unique and different , yet somehow the flavors mix together and taste amazing. I tried the chocolate with olive oil and salt which was good, but settled on a small with chocolate orange and too hot chocolate. Too hot chocolate is a spicy chocolate ice cream made with chili powder and other spices. I have definitely found my new favorite ice cream flavor and favorite ice cream shop-too bad I don't live in Austin.
I've been to all of the Wanfu locations several times and this one is my least favorite. I can't figure out if it's the food that's not as good or the feel of the restaurant. The food is decent and better than a lot of the other cheap Chinese restaurants, but it's definitely not as good as I and II. I like that they generally don't drown the dishes with sauces as much as other places too. They could spruce the restaurant up a little more though. Eating in there doesn't inspire an appetite, because it's so cold and drab.
Hands down one of my favorite casual joints in the city. You can't go wrong with beer, bread, and cheese. The pretzels are amazing, the baguette with goat cheese and pear and fennel mustard is life changing, and the corned beef makes my Irish family proud. Outdoor seating is dog friendly, the ping pong tournaments are fierce, and the live music is great. There's plenty of parking around back. Go once and you'll be craving the beer cheese forever.