Thank you, Grizzelda’s, for hosting the latest Austin Food Bloggers Alliance happy hour! We were incredibly spoiled by the set-up. While I did enjoy some free drinks and eats (and an awesome Herradura Tequila swag bag), all opinions are my own.

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Grizzelda’s is located on far east Cesar Chavez. The outside is unassuming, but the pink cinderblock walls give a hint as to what’s inside. The interior took my breath away – I honestly made an audible “wow!” when I walked in. You can tell the restaurant and patio space have been meticulously designed with a very fun vision in mind.

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Our tables had props to help us capture the vibe! These awesome succulent centerpieces made great additions to the photographs. We even had a custom menu made for the food blogger’s happy hour. It’s attention to detail like that that made me go, ok, this restaurant is special.

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I talked with owner Kris Swift about the design. He described it as light, bright, airy, and beachy. It’s a mix of Tulum, Mexico City, and Palm Springs. Pops of color are meant to enhance the feeling of FUN. I wandered around inside and took photos of the various wallpapers, kitchen/living room chairs, and accessories.

There’s also a personal touch that goes into the design. St. Francis sits behind the bar, a childhood church of owner Adam Jacoby. There is an incredible chandelier that hangs on the patio as well. It’s from Adam and Kris’ wedding! How crazy is that!?

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The Tex-Mex menu matches the aesthetic perfectly. We started with queso, guacamole, and salsa. It was all tasty and basic – just the way I like it. Our welcome cocktail came with a little umbrella which was, again, colorful, beachy, and FUN. We also had some ceviche. I’m no ceviche expert (I know you’re out there!) but I ate my whole serving right up.

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Colorful tortilla warmers hold handmade corn and flour tortillas. There actually aren’t that many restaurants in Austin making their own tortillas, believe it or not. I stacked mine up with chicken fajitas, crema, cheese, and guac. There was also some pretty wonderful al pastor with pineapple pico. My favorite food item, however, was the fish taco. When I go back to Grizzeldas, you better believe I’m eating as many fish tacos as I can.

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In addition to our fun welcome cocktail, we had a very photogenic Grizz Mizz house margarita on the rocks, and a Queen Bey (Herradura Ultra, Luxardo, G. Marnier) with a salted rim.

Grizzelda’s nailed it. It is a FUN restaurant. If you need a place to hang out, surrounded by bright colors and fun design, Grizzelda’s is it. PLUS, they’re now serving BRUNCH! Count me in.

Thank you, Grizzelda’s, for such a wonderful evening. Thank you, Herradura, for your delicious drinks and amazing SWAG. I truly appreciate the time and effort that went into our bloggers’ happy hour.

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Kelly Phillips is the writer and photographer behind You can view more of her photos on Instagram @DiscoveringATX and her photography portfolio at

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