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 April. I’m a little late this edition – sorry! The end of the school year is upon us and basically, every teacher everywhere is just barely hanging on. Anyway, links to all my favorite April things are included in the post.
Previous editions can be found here: Austin Eats Round-Up.
Razzoo’s Cajun Cafe
201 University Oaks Blvd, Round Rock, TX 78664
I always have such a fun time when I visit Razzoo’s! They did give me free food and drinks during my visit, but all opinions are my own. They do some pretty epic crawfish boils for around $7.99/lb (price can vary). I’m not a big crawfish eater, though, so I had to consult the table on the quality and let me tell you, I heard nothing but praise! The crawfish are huge and intact (read: extremely meaty) and come apart easily, even for inexperienced crawfish eaters. For the seasonings, you can get Original Spice or Fire Melt. The Fire Melt is a great spice, but boy, it really adds up the more you eat! It’s not for the faint of heart. As a non-crawfish eater, there are two things I really love at Razzoo’s – the insane drinks and the appetizers! Rat toes (shrimp and crab stuffed jalapenos), fried pickles, popcorn shrimp, and the cracklin’ with cheesy dip are my favorite. To drink, the 32 oz mason jar chillers ($9), 22 oz Cajun Sunrise – a half rocks, half frozen margarita ($9), Dirty Cajun Martin, Dixie Passion Lemon Drop, Tipsy Cobbler (all $9-$9.50)… they’re all DELICIOUS and so fun to look at.
1709 Bluebonnet Lane, Austin, TX 78704
This bread bakery has been on my “to-visit” list since it opened. While the outside is unassuming, the interior is very colorful and fun – It’s decorated with horse racing flags (get it, ThoroughBread??). I tried their olive sourdough loaf and banana Nutella cookie. At first, I thought the cookie looked a little dark… I expected it to be crunchy, but OH NO. It’s baked so that the outside is crisp and the inside is ultra gooey! They also fill the inside with what feels like half a jar of Nutella (amazing). I made a HUGE mess while eating mine, so beware. The olive loaf was also delicious. I toasted it and ate it with butter and peanut butter for breakfast over the next week. Pro tip: If you know you’re going to want a loaf of bread, call and ask them to hold one for you. They often sell out!
Your closest HEB.
While I did get this sample pack for free, I’ve been a fan of Mighty Swell for a while now. They have a new flavor out – Cherry Lime! I still think the Watermelon Mint is my favorite, but if you like cherry flavored things, this one is for you. Whichever your favorite is, drink away knowing it’s being sweetened by white grape juice, which only adds 4 grams of sugar to the whole can! No artificial sweeteners, no high-fructose corn syrup, no artificial dyes, no artificial flavors, no sodium benzonate, no red dye #3… just 110 calories of spiked spritzer goodness.
1703 South First, Austin, TX 78704
Fresa’s is SO GOOD. They serve up some pretty incredible wood-grilled half chickens meals. I went with one of their Power Bols, which has agave-lime chicken, power greens, sweet potato, avocado, adobo chickpeas, roasted cauliflower, pickled red onion w/ sherry shallot vinaigrette. Wow. Although they do have a small indoor seating area, most of the restaurant is outdoors under incredibly large trees draped with lights. It’s the perfect place to hang out, drink, and eat food you can feel good about. If a healthy meal leaves you craving dessert, they have some blueberry cheesecake ice cream that has actual cheesecake chunks. Can’t say enough about this super delicious spot.
South Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78704
Underrated: Walking around South Congress. It’s very touristy, sure, but sometimes it’s fun to be a tourist in your own city! I walked up and down South Congress recently and had a wonderful time. We stopped at Big Top Candy Shop, Toms Coffee, the “I Love You So Much” mural, and Guero’s Taco Bar. If it’s been a while since you perused South Congress, give it a visit!
There you have it – that’s what I was loving in April! Where should I go in May? Any suggestions? Comment below or hit me up on Instagram @DiscoveringATX.