Welcome to another edition of Austin Eats Round-Up! Think of these posts like little glimpses into what I’m loving right now for the month of February. Links to all the locations are included in the post.
Previous editions can be found here: Austin Eats Round-Up.
1911 Aldrich St, #160 Austin, TX 78723 // 1720 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704
Last month, I had the chance to sit down and talk with the found and owner of Acai Hut, Rodrigo Cid. I loved hearing their story! Fun fact: It was actually Rodrigo’s nephew that came up with the idea to open an acai truck. Rodrigo is from Brazil and that makes him super picky about his acai. At Acai Hut, the bowls served are 90% acai, with a little bit of banana and orange juice to help it blend together. They don’t use acai in powder form and it’s not watered down. Because his knowledge of acai is so extensive, they have some really great ideas for unique recipes. For example, they put powdered condensed milk on the “Cookie Monster” bowl. Pro tip: Don’t sleep on the cheese bread. It is absolutely delicious.
Acai Hut now has a brick and mortar location at Mueller! It’s a super great location. Next time you’re at the farmers market, do something else good for your body and visit Acai Hut. They also have a pretty sweet catering set up. They make huge batches of the acai bowl base, then bring the toppings separate for guests to decorate with.
If you still need more convincing to visit Acai Hut, Rodrigo has a vision to start the Acai Hut Foundation. The foundation will help raise money for kids in Brazil.
Waltons Fancy and Staple
609 West 6th Street Austin, Texas 78701
This place has been on my “to-visit” list for a LONG TIME. Waltons is a restaurant, bakery, and florist all in one! The mix of plants, food, and massive pastry display against exposed brick comes together to create a really awesome, relaxed vibe. They have a wide variety of soups, salads, and sandwiches along with heavier dinner meals. If you’re there before 2pm, you can get yourself some breakfast sandwiches, challah french toast, biscuits and gravy and more! If you’re really serious about breakfast, come between 10am and 2pm on the weekend for brunch and order some benedicts or beignets with berries. I ordered their veggie sandwich and devoured it. I also took a few desserts with me, including a fudgy chocolate brownie. The desserts are high quality and are reasonably priced.
Cannon + Belle
500 E 4th St Austin, TX 78701
If you’re looking for a new brunch place, Cannon + Belle is pretty solid. Their menu is small but covers everything you could be craving. They have sweet banana pancakes, savory brisket hash, fancy crab cake benedicts, and more! You can always get sides of eggs, bacon, and housemade biscuits to complement any dish. I was very impressed with service and their prices are in the $10-$15 dollar range. Overall, Cannon + Belle offers an excellent brunch experience. I did receive complimentary food and drinks from Cannon + Belle, but my opinions are my own.
8300 N. FM 620, Bldg M, Ste. 100 Austin, TX 78726
If you have family in town and are looking for a dinner place that’s nice, but not TOO nice, and will accommodate everyone’s ideas of what a “good dinner” means, I’d recommend taking them all the Napa Flats. Their menu is “Californian fare with Italian flare,” which means they have a delicious selection of pizza and pasta. You can order crowd-pleasing appetizers, full entrees with chicken, steak, or salmon, soups, salads, pizzas to share, sides of pasta… There’s something for everyone. There’s also an outdoor play area for families with little ones, romantically lit tables for date night, and authentic Italian gelato for dessert. In addition to a menu with something for everyone, the cocktail menu is equally robust. Margaritas, frose, wood-fired deliciousness… Napa Flats has it all. There’s even a parking lot, and that makes everyone’s lives easier. I did receive complimentary food and drinks from Napa Flats, but my opinions are my own.
1315 W 6th St Austin, TX 78703
One of my favorite happy hour items in Austin are the spiced cauliflower tacos from the Peached Tortilla. They are absolutely DELICIOUS. Bar Peached is the latest venture of the Peached Tortilla group, so Brian and I went to check it out. The vibe is awesome. The colors (interior and out) are so fun. There’s an elaborate patio space with plenty of instagram-able walls and tables. I will say, I liked the “social hour” menu at Bar Peached better than the menu at the regular Peached Tortilla restaurant (I felt like I couldn’t order what I wanted because of the time certain menus were available. There were also a lot of questions about where we wanted to sit because you got different menus depending on whether you sat at the bar as compared to a table… It was very confusing). At Bar Peached, however, Brian and I were seated easily and quickly made a meal of appetizers, paired with several $6 draft cocktails. It made for a way better dining experience! Bar Peached also has a unique Korean ice cream dessert – bingsu! It’s kind of like shaved ice, but the flakes are incredibly small and milky. It melts instantly in your mouth!
There you have it – that’s what I loved in February! Where should I go in March? Any suggestions? Comment below or hit me up on Instagram @DiscoveringATX.