Parkside Austin

Since opening over four years ago, Parkside has been a welcome breath of fresh air on an area of downtown Austin generally reserved for college shot bars. With the recent announcement that Chef/Owner Shawn Cirkiel will be expanding his mini restaurant empire to include the forthcoming Chavez restaurant at the Radisson Hotel, I’ve had a hankering to make a return trip to the new American eatery. Not to mention, with its laidback atmosphere and strong selection of both drinks and dishes, Parkside has generally always been a solid selection for fine dining with friends, despite a few service related ups and downs (more on that after below).

Classic Ceviche - $13

Classic Ceviche – $13

One of the highlights to visiting Parkside is its exceptional raw bar. This visit was no exception as a well-balanced, flavorful classic ceviche and a dozen deliciously briny oysters were the perfect precursor to our dinner.

Gnocchi - $11

Gnocchi – $11

Equally as successful was an order of buttery, creamy bone marrow served with mixed greens, rock salt and freshly grilled bread. Our final starter, an expressive gnocchi dish, packed plenty of flavor, thanks to a citrusy, peppery arugula puree. However, the overcooked, mushy gnocchi dumplings kept the dish from being a standout.

Bone Marrow - $15

Bone Marrow – $15

As for entrées, an expertly seared salmon was paired with apples, parsnips, and bacon was representative of the seasonally inspired style of food Parkside does so well. The lamb osso bucco –featuring a chile cherry chutney and oregano gremolata – reflected a modern yet comforting spin on the classic Italian dish. Though a creamy mushroom tomato risotto was well executed, it lacked flavor depth to make it memorable. However, such was not the case with the grilled chicken dish. The perfectly cooked chicken meat was tender and juicy and its skin crispy and flavorful. Paired with a citrusy jus and a delicious Swiss chard and potato gratin, it’s a dish sure to inspire many return visits.

Seared Salmon - $22

Seared Salmon – $22

Lamb Osso Bucco - $28

Lamb Osso Bucco – $28

With nary a bad dish on the menu, Parkside should have a permanent spot on the list of fine dining suggestions thrown out when choosing a spot to go with friends. Unfortunately, the only thing as consistent as Parkside’s delicious eats is its uneven service. And, as evident by this most recent visit, these issues continue to plague the restaurant. Perhaps not a dealbreaker, but it is the factor that continues to keep Parkside from graduating from good to great.

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Grilled Chicken – $22

Grilled Chicken - $22

Grilled Chicken – $22

Parkside. 301 East 6th Street, Austin TX 78701. 512.474.9898. http://www.parkside-austin.com/

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