The East Side Show Room

by Gavan on April 8, 2010

Over Easter weekend I met my Missus & her fam in Austin, Texas for a little southern hospitality. I quite like Austin. Everything about it is great–the food, the beer, things to do around town and just outside of town, the attitude of the people and so far I’ve been lucky with the weather.

Back to the food (my favourite part of course). The Mexican food runs a plenty but this new restaurant our friends took us to, The East Side Show Room, really stood out among the crowd. This family owned restaurant located in Austin’s up and coming east side, was fresh and funky with a brilliant menu containing many things I had never eaten before like curried grits, a lamb & goat burger (very tasty!) and antelope carpaccio. Of course I gave them all a go (and then some). The food had integrity and grit with ingredients supplied by local farms. Love that all the condiments are homemade–right up my alley!

“Ingredients come straight from local farms in & around Austin to our chef who handmakes condiments, mustards, syrups, preserves, pickled vegetables of the season, to braised ribs, the molasses bbq sauce in our lamb/goat burger, and even garnishes such as Mezcal cherries, and our town creme de mure for our cocktails in the bar. Our menu changes with the  season and what is available locally, therefore daily specials are offered.”

The overall vibe & experience was great—-I dig drinking beer out of mason jars, very cool. Did I mention there is also live music there? We missed it but maybe next time, that is if I’m brave enough to take on the Texas heat as I’d like to venture back to check out the summer menu and music. If you live in Austin or plan on visiting you should definitely try this place out.

Between The Salt Lick & Stubb’s BBQ from last time and then this trip, I’m really diggin’ Texas food! If anyone has any suggestions for other great places I should check out let me know!

as something fresh and funky

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