Welcome to another edition of Austin Eats Round-Up! Think of these posts as little glimpses into what I’m loving right now. It has been nearly a month since my last post and two months since my last round-up. If you want to get deeper into the nitty-gritty of my life, you can read the #Roadto100Rejections update post about my freelancing. Finishing up some photo jobs paired with the start of a new school year has really gotten me off course with blogging, but I have a new schedule now that I’m very excited about! Hopefully, the new schedule will allow me to prioritize blogging again.
Anyway, let’s get into it!
Previous editions can be found here: Austin Eats Round-Up.
6100 E Riverside Dr #103, Austin, TX 78741
Since my last round-up… I hit 2,000 on Instagram! I decided to celebrate the achievement by ordering custom donuts from Master Donuts. They’re classic donut style (I prefer cake donuts), but they’re still good. Master Donuts did a great job with my order. I originally had it spell out “2000 followers!” but it was too big to photograph. It only costs $1.25 per letter plus $2 on top of the total. Talk about a deal!
Lick Honest Ice Creams
Many Austin locations!
Cow Tipping Creamery
4715 S. Lamar Blvd., Sunset Valley, TX 78745
On July 21st, I celebrated National Ice Cream Day by visiting two of my favorite Austin ice cream locations – Lick and Cow Tipping Creamery. Let me tell you – photographing ice cream in Texas in July is SO DIFFICULT. That Lick cone melted all over my hand in minutes! Cow Tipping Creamery was doing a special gold dust-coated cone, which I obviously had to try. No, I couldn’t taste the dust, but it looked cool.
Donkey Mo’s Korean Fried Chicken
11301 Lakeline Blvd, Austin, TX 78717
You know what else was in July? National Chicken Wing Day! I went to Donkey Mo’s to celebrate. I went to their HMart location, but they’re also inside the Lakeline Mall food court. Their Korean fried chicken is so crispy! I really enjoyed it. We tried a couple different styles and I think my favorites were the tenders. We also got some kimchi fries and creamed corn. The owners were super friendly and hospitable. I’ll for sure be back to Donkey Mo’s!
Mueller and Lakeline Texas Farmers Markets
I don’t know about you, but when I go to the farmer’s market, I usually come away with cookies, macarons, hand-made pop tarts, chocolate… you get the picture. I’m literally eating a Magical Macaron as I type because I went to the farmers market this morning and bought half a dozen! Because life is all about balance, I was super excited to try Table Eatery. They’re serving up some of the healthiest made-to-order paleo plates at the market! They’re at Lakeline on Saturday on Mueller on Sunday. This is their Nourish Bowl and it truly was just that – super nourishing. I felt GOOD after eating the entire thing. Full and satisfied, not heavy and bloated. Its got brussels sprouts, purple cabbage, sweet potato, dry-cured oak smoked bacon, and a fried egg. BOOM. Tasty and nourishing.
Oz. Tap House
10601 Ranch Rd 2222 Suite H Austin, Texas
I’ve been waiting for a place like this to come to Austin! Oz. Tap House is a pay by the ounce tap house. You get a little card that you insert at whichever beer pull you want to try, then it charges you by the ounce that you dispense. This way, you can try all kinds of different stuff! We also loaded our table with burgers, fries, a pretzel, fried pickles, and a salad. The food was pretty dang delicious! We were very impressed. Overall though, I kind of wished the vibe was… cooler and more intimate. If you’re looking for a family-friendly atmosphere, you’ll love it here. There were several families with kids which wasn’t quite what I was expecting. I think I was hoping for more of a place to drink and socialize with fewer kids running around. I love kids, don’t get me wrong! I’m a teacher for Pete’s sake. It just wasn’t the vibe I was expecting when I went in.
Batch Craft Beer & Kolaches
3220 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78723
Perhaps my favorite place I’ve been recently was Batch. I was first intrigued by their combination of kolache and beer. That sounds perfect to me. With my new schedule, I was able to actually go out to breakfast, so I decided it was the perfect opportunity to finally try Batch! I got a mix of sweet and savory kolache. My favorites were the sausage, cheese, and jalapeno one, and the chocolate and peanut butter one. They have a pretty large indoor seating space and an even larger backyard patio. Since it was 10am, I had to skip the beer. However, I know I’ll be back because they are starting a BREWERY on site! I’m so excited for them!
Dolce Bacio Gelato
2207 E Cesar Chavez 78702, Austin, Texas
Have you seen a pink cart and food truck around town? It’s Dolce Bacio and they are serving up some authentic gelato, sorbet, cannoli, and other treats in their batch freezer. Owners Francesca and Dante started their skills in Bologna, Italy 5 years ago. Now, they’re bringing their epic gelato-making skills right here to Austin! They are usually located at 2207 E Cesar Chavez (the cart can often be found around congress street downtown) but they often travel to different events.
2207 E Cesar Chavez 78702, Austin, Texas
If you’re on the east side, hit up Lahleenea. They’re serving some really incredible Honduran meals. I tried two of their main menu items – their tapado: Honduran Style Bowl with Coconut braised beef, chorizo, smoked pork chop and yucca served with white rice, spicy mango and sweet fried plantain and their baleada sencilla: handmade flour tortilla with refried red beans, cheese, Honduran Crema & spicy pickled onions. If you visit, don’t forget the ginger lime jamaica! The name Lahleenea actually comes from “La Linea” in La Ceiba, Honduras. It’s a popular place where street food vendors gather to sell incredible meals. Alejandra, the owner of Lahleenea sent me this photo of it to include in the blog! It’s so awesome to see where the inspiration for Lahleenea comes from.
There you have it – that’s what I was loving recently! Do you have recommendations for me? Comment below or hit me up on Instagram @DiscoveringATX.