We survived a wild week here in Austin. It started out fun, with beautiful snow and a SNOW DAY from school, but turned scary pretty quickly. I hope everyone is doing well and is recovering (physically, mentally, home-repair…). I’ve been pretty quite on social media this last week so that people that were sharing resources could be heard and seen front and center!
On top of weather crisis we all experienced, we’re still in the middle of a pandemic. What a world. I know things are constantly changing with COVID, but as for now, I’m open to doing outdoor activities. Comment on this post or over at @discoveringATX with your favorite spacious patios and outdoor Austin activities! Of course, I’m always extremely cautious – I order takeout/curbside when possible, sit outside at well-spaced tables, always wear my mask, and sanitize sanitize sanitize.
Now that I have consistent power, running water, reliable internet… let’s do an Austin Eats Round-Up! Previous editions can be found here: Austin Eats Round-Up
18616 Limestone Commercial Drive, Suite 250, Pflugerville, TX 78660
I’m pretty much on a once-a-month donut kick right now. You already know Duck Donuts are my favorite (because cake donuts are life) and they just got EVEN BETTER. Duck Donuts now has chocolate cake donuts as an option. I’m a chocolate person, for sure, and MAN does Duck Donuts do it right. They are constantly doing fun assortments as well. As a part of the “Quack Pack,” I’ve been gifted two boxes of donuts over the last few months – their Holiday Assortment and their Love Assortment. They’re so fun and festive! I’m all for little things that bring joy right now and Duck Donuts is certainly one of those things.
Hold Out Brewing
1208 W 4th, Austin, TX, 78703
I’ve been trying to do as much takeout beer as possible, since I’ve not sitting at any happy hours or touring any breweries. Hold Out Brewing (next to Better Half Coffee & Cocktails) has an awesome selection, but my favorites by far have been their bourbon barrel party juices. They’re out of stock right now (2/15/2021) but hopefully they’ll get more soon! I tried the Pineapple Upside-Down Bjorn and the S’mores again Texan. Both were EXCELLENT (and in 19oz cans). 10/10 would get again.
Little Ola’s Biscuits
1610 San Antonio Street, Austin, TX 78701
Talk about turning lemons into lemonade. Little Ola’s Biscuits was born when Olamaie temporarily closed its dining room in 2020. So while we don’t have Olamaie right now, we DO have Little Ola’s Biscuits and MAN is it popular. This take-away biscuit shop features Olamaie’s famous flaky biscuits conveniently delivered to your car. You can opt for full on sandwiches, like the sausage eggs and cheese breakfast sandwich or the fried chicken biscuit sandwich. Or you can just order the biscuits on their own with spreads. For the holidays, we also got some of their cinnamon rolls (delicious) and their to-go cocktails. Mega delicious. I must go back again soon!
Little Brother’s Coffee & Kolaches
1512 S. Congress, Austin, TX 78704
As soon as photos of this tiny, industrial window started popping up on my instagram feed, I knew I had to visit. Little Brother’s Coffee & Kolaches is from the same team that brings you Little Brother Bar on Rainey. They’re still serving up “solid bevs” on South Congress, just in the form of your favorite espresso. Pair it with one of their rotating sweet and/or savory kolaches and you’re good to go.
Teal House Coffee & Bakery
Truck: 1716 E Slaughter Lane, Austin, Texas 78747 // Store: 2304 South Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas 78704 (opening mid February 2021)
It’s tradition now – every Christmas we order frozen take-and-bake cinnamon rolls from Teal House. I can’t believe how fresh and delicious those frozen rolls are. If you ask me, this is just the BEST little breakfast food truck. If you haven’t been yet, it’s totally worth it. One of my all-time favorites. Their cinnamon rolls – PERFECTION. The best in Austin. I also love their sausage and cheese kolache. It’s so simple and SO tasty. Their coffee is excellent too! With so many tasty treats in super high demand, it’s no surprise that they’ve decided to open a brick and mortar as well! I cannot wait to visit. They should be opening any day now… that’ll probably get its own post, so keep an eye out.
Tiny’s Milk and Cookies
1515 W 35th St building c, Austin, TX 78703
I’ve raved about Tiny’s Milk and Cookies ice cream on my “Top Places to get Ice Cream in Austin” blog, but their cookies are just as good on their own. I love these places with walk up windows. I’m often by myself when I go on a blogging run (even more so, with COVID). Little places like this make it way less awkward for me to just get my snack, snap some photos, and then leave. These cookies are so doughy and delicious – worth a stop if you’re driving by!
Try Hard Coffee
1115 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702
Speaking of little walk up windows… You gotta go toTry Hard Coffee! This unassuming patio on east 11th is serving up some incredible tacos and drinks. I recommend the veggie lunch taco: avocado, roasted potatoes with herbs, pico, serrano, and queso fresco. It was SO. DANG. GOOD. and on a homemade flour tortilla?? Amazing. I also highly recommend the Matcha Rider: Matcha green tea, Mayawell strawberry ginger hibiscus soda, and coconut cream foam. Such a tasty, unique drink.
Need another reason to visit? Try Hard Coffee is supports Austin musicians! As of November 1st, $2 from every bag of Try Hard Coffee sold is donated to HAAM (Health Alliance for Austin Musicians). HAAM provides access to affordable health care for Austin’s low-income working musicians, with a focus on prevention and wellness. STILL NOT SOLD? Try Hard is also now selling vinyl from local Austin artists.100% of album sales go directly to the artist. Additionally, all artists involved will donate 10% of their Try Hard album sales to HAAM. BOOM. Visit them right now.
7211 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78757 // 2304 Lake Austin Blvd. Austin, TX // 4501 N 183A Toll Cedar Park, TX 78613
What’s my favorite chicken sandwich in Austin, you ask? It’s gotta be The Lil’ Chicken Sandwich from Tumble 22. I get it “wimpy” because I’m always worried about things being too spicy, but that does NOT compromise the flavor. It’s serious a delicious chicken sandwich. The mix of the coleslaw too is *chefs kiss*. I always get the side of Mac and cheese. It’s super creamy and cheesy, just the way I like it. If I’m feeling crazy, I’ll get one of their frozen margaritas to go. It packs a punch, let me tell you!
That’s it! The 27th edition of Austin Eats Round-Up is in the books. Follow me on instagram at @DiscoveringATX to see my Austin foodie adventures in real-time! I’ve got plenty more take-out and patio dining still to come, so give the blog a follow too! That way, you’ll get an email when I post something new.
Stay safe out there. Keep those masks on, keep your distance, and sanitize sanitize sanitize!