I often photograph my food, but sometimes I don’t have enough photos or content to make individual posts. So here’s the round-up of my latest Austin eats. In the last month or so, I’ve been to a couple of particularly cool places. Links to all the locations are at the end of the post.
Smoothies! I’ve been a real fan of smoothies lately. JuiceLand is still my favorite (Chai Chia with Spinach and the Percolator below), but Skinny Limits is tasty as well. My go to JuiceLand is their location in Hyde Park, but I’m patiently awaiting the opening of their new store off Braker and 183!
Russell’s Bakery… the picture speaks for itself. Delicious desserts and coffees.
Want to know a place that has surprisingly excellent food? Top Golf! I went with my family recently and we were hungry, so I ordered some buffalo chicken sliders and sweet potato fries. The pitcher of beer is always an welcome accessory to Top Golf, but that food! The sliders and fries were seriously delicious. I actually asked for a to-go box and took the remaining sliders home with me. They were that good. Now, when I Top Golf, I always plan on ordering food.
Want to feel like a kid again? Find the Kona Ice truck. Brian and I were playing disc golf when we heard that familiar ice cream truck music. We both stopped what we were doing and let instinct take over – we ran towards it. Down the street, we saw the Kona Shaved Ice truck. Obviously, we waved our arms vigorously and stopped the truck. Kona Ice has the syrup dispensers on the side of the truck, so you can choose your own flavors and how much syrup you want. Pretty awesome if yo ask me!
Kona Ice trucks are also available for party rentals. They came to our school once as part of an honor roll field day. I’ll never forget eating a delicious snow cone in front of my students…
Shake Shack. The burger chain is taking the US by storm. One opened up at the Domain, so Brian and I stopped for lunch one day. Their burgers are a little pricey for me (they’re just little fast food looking things), but I must admit, they are VERY good. If you’re starving, these small paddies won’t fill you up, but they sure are delicious. You can also get shakes and ice cream here as well.
Chi’lantro. They have a brick and mortar store on Burnet now! This asian-fusion restaurant is best known for the kimchi fries: your choice of protein, caramelized kimchi, cheddar + monterey jack, onions, cilantro, magic sauce, sesame seeds, sriracha, all over french fries. However, their Korean BBQ inspired bowls are just as delicious.
I would not consider myself a pizza snob. Generally, I like all pizza and it kind of all tastes the same to me. However, I’ll admit, I found myself getting a little snobbier after moving to Austin. I felt like I could not find good pizza! After repeatedly being disappointed, I gave up on eating pizza. Then, I heard that Blaze was opening a store in Austin. I thought to myself, this can’t possibly be the same FANTASTIC Blaze pizza I used to eat regularly in Pasadena, California, could it?! But it is! I was SO excited when Blaze opened a convenient restaurant near Lakeline and 183. It’s a build-your-own individual pizza place. I pretty much always get the “Veg Out” with spinach and extra zucchini. If you haven’t had Blaze pizza yet, you should.
Blaze has a rewards program (an app), so be sure to download that. Also, make sure you check in on Yelp to get a free S’more’s pie.
Finally, ice cream from Sweet Ritual. I was a bit skeptical to try this gluten-free, vegan ice cream. They used to share a space with the JuiceLand in Hyde Park, so, since it was staring me in the face and all, I decided to try some. I got the chocolate chai and WOW. Seriously, some of the best ice cream I’ve had in my entire life. It was so flavorful, so chocolatey and spicy with chai! They opened a new shop on Airport – I highly recommended you visit.