Austin Eats Round-Up (ed. 15)

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 March. Links to all the locations are included in the post.

Previous editions can be found here: Austin Eats Round-Up.

Bento Picnic
2600 E Cesar Chavez St. Austin, Texas 78702
Bento Picnic is an adorable little bento shop on East Cesar Chavez which serves healthy, Japanese-inspired meals. They make their bento boxes from scratch with nutrient-rich ingredients that are free of dyes and MSG. Their eggs are free-range, the pork and poultry are all antibiotic and hormone-free, and their menu includes options for vegans, vegetarians, and those who eat gluten-free. Bento Picnic also serves Gati‘s coconut milk ice cream and matcha flan made with Local Leaf‘s yaupon matcha. Best of all, Bento Picnic has started a healthy happy hour! You can get their sharing-style sides buy two get one free. If you didn’t know, Bento Picnic is BYOB with no uncorking free, so feel free to indulge!

Texas Farmer’s Market at Lakeline
11200 Lakeline Mall Drive, Cedar Park, Texas 78613
The farmer’s market at Lakeline has grown exponentially in the last few years. I’ve blogged about it before, but I absolutely had to include it on this month’s list of favorites. Highlights from my last haul include Wunderkeks, Sourdough Project, Teddy V. Patisserie, Lost Pines Yaupon Tea, and The Magical Macaron. What I’ve been doing is buying lots of dessert treats, then picking at them all week! If you’re up north or need a Saturday morning market, I highly recommend the Texas Farmer’s Market at Lakeline.

Fat Dragon
8650 Spicewood Springs Rd. #109, Austin TX 78759
I’ve finally tried soup dumplings and I must say – I’m a fan! What’s not to like about delicious, hot soup wrapped up in delicious little buns? I will say, there are better places out there for ramen, if ramen is what you’re craving, the variety at Fat Dragon is what I love best. I like having the option of getting traditional Chinese food, ramen, bao, soup dumplings… all kinds of stuff. We ordered a massive spread of sesame chicken, ramen, soup dumplings, dessert dumplings and pork bao for about $50. It felt like great deal. Also, the iced matcha latte was delicious! I know good matcha, and this was it. Powdery and not too sweet. MMM!

Lou’s Bodega
1900 E. Cesar Chavez St. Austin, TX 78702
Say what you want about Lou’s Bodega. All I know is when my family visited, we were so kindly greeted and taken care of. The people here truly went out of their way to make a great dining experience for us (We didn’t ask for any of it! They just were SO NICE to us!). I’m definitely going to have a full blog post on Lou’s Bodega in the coming weeks, but for now, just know two things:  1. Yes, it is worth the visit. Their rotisserie chicken is absolutely delicious. 2. Don’t skip the custard.

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Me So Poke
1700 W Parmer Ln, Austin, TX 78727
Me So Poke just opened earlier this month and they’re killin’ it so far! Fresh poke bowls made to order. You get an order sheet when you walk in and check off whatever you want your bowl to have. I really liked that order method because I was able to take my time without feeling rushed at a counter. I also felt like the number of toppings that came standard in a $9.50 bowl was very generous. I was able to get everything I wanted and more without having to pay any extra fees. Me So Poke also has acai bowls! A perfect pair to your poke bowl.

Plants! Specifically from East Austin Succulents, Tillery Street Plant Co., The Natural Gardner, and The Great Outdoors
EAS and TSPC: 801 Tillery St., Austin, TX, 78702  //  TGO: 2730 South Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78704 // NG: 8648 Old Bee Caves Rd, Austin, TX 78735
Our house is looking more and more like a jungle every day and I love it! This month, we hit all our favorite plant places to get a fresh new set of house plants / garden box plants for spring. East Austin Succulents is my favorite place to get succulents and cacti, Tillery Street Plant Co. and The Great Outdoors are my favorite places to get indoor house plants, and The Natural Gardener is my favorite place to get Texas native plants for the outdoors.

Reset
2600 E Cesar Chavez St. Austin, Texas 78702
With more and more people working for themselves or working with flexible schedules, coworking spaces are more popular than ever. Reset is an awesome coworking group that works with restaurants to open their spaces to remote workers during the morning and afternoon when they would otherwise be close. Reset was born out of a need for somewhere remote workers could gather, socialize, and WORK that wasn’t in a coffee shop (awkwardly hogging a table for hours at a time) or at an expensive, official coworking building. For a small membership fee, you can work from any of Reset’s three locations – downtown at Nightcap, on the east side at Tillery Street Kitchen, or at Mueller at L’Oca d’Oro. You can even jump from one location to another during the day! I was able to check out their spot at Tillery Street Kitchen. I mean, who wouldn’t want to work at this beautiful location?

There you have it – that’s what I was loving in March! Where should I go in April? Any suggestions? Comment below or hit me up on Instagram @DiscoveringATX.


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