Noble Sandwich Co. on Burnet Road

Known for crafting stellar sandwiches from mostly housemade ingredients, Noble Sandwich Co. has inspired many a reverse commute to its original trailer turned brick-and-mortar 620 location. Thus, after waiting for what seemed like eternity, fans (i.e., yours truly) of Noble Sandwich Co. rejoiced with the opening of the cult favorite’s Central Austin location last month.

A meat lover’s dream, Noble Sandwich Co. has garnered much of its notoriety from sandwiches featuring ingredients such as high-quality charcuterie like the Smoked Duck Pastrami as well as more ambitious options such as the Red Chili Braised Pork Cheek sandwich. On this visit, the restaurant’s namesake sandwich The Noble Pig won plenty of praise thanks to a pig three ways blend of spiced ham, pulled pork, and crispy bacon. Topped with melted provolone, mayo, and delicious whole grain mustard, it’s a gut check worth investing in.

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Oyster Mushroom Rueben – $8

 

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SXSW 2014 Top Picks: KUTX SXSW 2014 Morning Showcases at the Four Seasons

Mentioned here, one of the best ways to wake up during SXSW is by attending a KUTX morning showcase at the Four Seasons Austin. KUTX’s four days of music kicks off Wednesday, March 12 at 7am and continues through Saturday, March 15. In addition to live music, guests of the morning broadcasts will also enjoy coffee, delicious tacos, and other breakfast eats.  Attendance is $10, with proceeds benefiting the Seton Shivers Foundation. Full music line-up can be found below!

Each day features a line-up of four must-see bands, including today’s Band of the Day Brooklyn-based indie rockers Lucius. Taking the KUTX stage Wednesday, Lucius’ blend of dual harmonies and foot tapping percussion is both fresh and catchy. Check out the band’s single Turn it Around below!

KUTX SXSW 2014 Morning Showcases, 98 San Jacinto, Austin, TX 78701; Discounted parking in the garage.

Wednesday, March 12

7am Wild Child

8am Lucius

9am Typhoon

10am Rodney Crowell 

Thursday, March 13

7am Kins

8am Phox

9am The Bright Light Social Hour

10am Wye Oak

Friday, March 14 Continue reading SXSW 2014 Top Picks: KUTX SXSW 2014 Morning Showcases at the Four Seasons

Drink of the Day, National Margarita Day Edition: El Meson

Saturday, February 22 is officially National Margarita Day, which, of course, is something Austinites typically celebrate every day. In honor of all things tequila and lime, today’s drink of the day comes from one of my favorite Mexican restaurants, El Meson. El Meson, mentioned here, is home to some of the best interior Mexican dishes in Austin, especially given their wallet friendly prices. In addition, El Meson has also always had a respectable margarita program, thanks in large part to the restaurant’s use of fresh ingredients over premade mixes.

However, the South Lamar restaurant upped the ante in recent months by expanding their list to include both traditional and modern mezcal and tequila-based cocktail offerings. I couldn’t get enough of one of these additions, the mezcal-based El Fresa, during my last visit to the restaurant. The well-balanced combination of sweet muddled strawberries and balsamic vinegar against the smoky mezcal and peppery basil is fantastic. Though not exactly a traditional margarita per say, it’s a drink that needs no reason to enjoy.

 

El Fresa at El Meson

El Fresa at El Meson

El Meson South Lamar, 2038 South Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78704. 512.442.4441.

Looking for more? Here are a few other spots that boast standout margaritas:

Texas Chili Parlor – Despite with this blog has led you to believe, the Texas Chili Parlor does actually serve other cocktails besides the infamous Drew Drink. The TCP’s deadly margarita, made entirely of fresh squeezed limes, triple sec, and tequila, might just be the best $5.00 you’ll spend all Saturday. 1409 Lavaca Street. 

El Naranjo – Mentioned here, El Naranjo’s broad selection of tequila offerings, combined to the restaurant’s commitment to quality, makes these margaritas exceptional. A little on the pricier side, but well worth it. 85 Rainey Street. Continue reading Drink of the Day, National Margarita Day Edition: El Meson

Breakfast of Champions: King and Country

Every once in a while, I stumble across a dish at a restaurant that is so deliciously perfect, it becomes – in my mind – the touchstone by which all future similar dishes are compared. Such is what happened during a visit to a tiny diner in Brooklyn, NY a few years ago when I discovered an omelet to end all omelets. Since that time, my search to find an equivalent match in Austin has proved to be a sad and fruitless endeavor.

King and Country French Omelette

King and Country French Omelette

However, my search officially ended last week when an omelette at King & Country, a newly opened East Austin trailer eatery, washed away any residual longing for breakfast in BKY. Light, fluffy golden-yellow eggs were mixed with Parmesan cheese and expertly folded into a creamy French omelette. A flavorful blend of sweet and spicy homegrown peppers filled the inside of the delicate dish. Paired with Cuvee Coffee espresso, it was an incredibly satisfying breakfast I can’t wait to wake up to again soon. Continue reading Breakfast of Champions: King and Country

10/24-10/27 Weekend Top Picks, Part I: Wines of South Africa, Beer Dinners, and more

BBQ to Braai this Sunday

BBQ to Braai this Sunday

With Halloween, Austin Beer Week, Austin Book Fest and more, the final few days of October are jam packed with events worth checking out around town. Part I includes plenty of weekend fun, including a special brunch at the San Jose Hotel and an amazing South African Food & Wine Sunday Funday event!

Thursday, October 24

La Dolce Vita Food & Wine Festival, 6pm-9pm @Laguna Gloria

Looking for last minute plans this Thursday, October 24? Don’t miss checking out one of the best fall food events, the La Dolce Vita Food & Wine Festival, taking place at Laguna Gloria beginning at 6pm. For more information and tickets, please visit: http://thecontemporaryaustin.org/2013/la-dolce-vita-2013/

Saturday, October 26

San Jose Hotel Courtyard Brunch 10am-1pm

Head to the San Jose Hotel this Saturday for a special brunch event this weekend. From 10am-1pm, guests will live jazz by the Rain Cross Jazz Trio while sipping $3 mimosas on the hotel’s uber-relaxing patio. The full brunch menu promises a ‘secret’ bacon recipe, Earl Grey lox, and more. Visit here for more information about this breakfast of champions!

San Jose Hotel, 1316 South Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78704

Banger’s Smoke Out Saturday

Banger’s will host its October ‘Smoke Out Saturday’ event this weekend. The Hunter’s Moon themed menu will include a smoked pig served with winter squash, pumpkin and roasted apples and sides such as cornbread and greens. Dinner will be served beginning at 8pm, but go early for beers, music, and more.

Banger’s, 79 Rainey Street, Austin, TX 78701

Sunday, October 27 Continue reading 10/24-10/27 Weekend Top Picks, Part I: Wines of South Africa, Beer Dinners, and more

(Dish of the) National Taco Day: Matt’s El Rancho

Happy National Taco Day! What you see below is a delicious trio of smoked chicken soft tacos from Matt’s El Rancho. The tacos, stuffed with tender chicken tossed in a smoky chipotle sauce, were a special of the evening, but like many of Matt’s best dishes, can be ordered as an off the menu special. Unlike the regular chicken soft tacos, these were topped off with queso fresca, avocado slices, and a drizzle of roja sauce. A solid dish that is now in the rotation of standard Matt’s El Rancho orders.

Smoked Chicken Soft Tacos

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Summer Drinks, National Tequila Day Edition: El Naranjo

In honor of National Tequila Day, it’s only fitting to highlight one of my favorite tequila –based cocktails in town: the La Fresa from El Naranjo. This little glass of goodness, featuring Jimador Silver tequila, freshly muddled strawberries, agave nectar, and lime juice, has a nice balance of sweet and citrus flavors and packs a strong enough punch to get your evening started off right.

Forget the mixes and sweeteners; like everything the interior Mexican restaurant serves, El Naranjo’s cocktails are rooted in authenticity and created using high-quality, natural ingredients. For the true tequila connoisseur, El Naranjo’s menu includes . . . → Read More: Summer Drinks, National Tequila Day Edition: El Naranjo

First Look: Mettle East Side Bistro

My apologies for the lackluster photo…dark dining rooms + mediocre photog = less than lovely pics. I promise the food is much, much better than it looks!

Despite what you might have heard, Qui is not the only new hotspot heating up the East Side this summer. Mettle East Side Bistro, the newest venture from Rainey Street Don Bridget Dunlap, open its own hotly anticipated doors in May. After getting a promising preview of Mettle at an event last fall, I’ve been anxiously awaiting its opening. And, considering I began planning my return before leaving the parking lot, it’s safe to say the kitchen, helmed by Executive Chef Andrew Francisco, delivered.

Inspired by the classic bistro style of dining, the moderately priced menu offers a seasonally rotating selection of small plates and larger entrées that are both well executed and packed with innovation. Though the restaurant’s style of dining might be French, Francisco draws on his expansive travels to reinvigorate classic American dishes with flavors found anywhere from Mexico to Malaysia. The American-Italian favorite of spaghetti, for example, becomes a hearty pho-like dish created using traditional ingredients.

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Mettle ‘Spaghetti’

 I recommend starting with small plates like the mussels served in a curry-laced broth good enough to drink or beets paired with white chocolate, jalapeños, and goat cheese. Continue reading First Look: Mettle East Side Bistro