rant: things i want in my belly currently

i love to eat. i'm currently obsessed with trying these places.

lenior - $35 prix fixe menu. choose any 3 dishes from 4 categories. each of the categories have three choices. add an extra course for $10. menu is seasonal and changes. what more is there to say?

noble pig - they host a 4 course monthly dinner for $65 per person and it's byob. love that they serve breakfast... biscuits and gravy, blueberry waffle with sausage and five-spiced oatmeal daily till noon.
as for the rest of the day, duck pastrami,  the noble pig,  pressed cauliflower and three cheeses and the beef tongue sound amazeballs.  

barley swine - brick and mortar of odd duck trailer. ever changing menu based on what is in season and can be locally sourced.  currently for february, the beets, scallops with brussel sprouts and grapefruit, carrot cake and sage funnel cake catch my eye.

yume burger - brand new food truck here in atx.  japanese burger truck from the wonder people of peached tortilla

foreign & domestic - another seasonal menu local restaurant.  things currently that appeal to my stomach: soft egg and clams, beef heart tartare, pappardelle pasta, lemon & carmel dessert.

fabi & rossi - classic European dishes with a young and modern twist. things on the menu that catch my eye: loncito’s braised lamb roman gnocchi, golden beet risotto, schnitzel + spätzle, & chévre tart gingerbread crust, candied lemon. i love how they support and love local products.
bonus: half price off bubbles on thrusdays. happy hour 5pm to 6:30pm m-f.

congress & second bar + kitchen - congress: 3 course or 7 course prix fixe menu...def a special occasions dinner. but the menu always look yum.
second bar + kitchen: great drinks...such as congress gt and new burzum swing. one of the few place downtown that serves a nice lunch. and the brunch...they had me a black truffled grits and french toast that list gingersnaps as an ingredient. bonus: they serve late night food till 2am.

justine's - not sure why i haven't been.  just haven't. but been dying to.  classic french fair without the pretentiousness.

contigo - um, look at this patio!  menu changes daily but something that have caught my stomach: ox tongue slider, cauliflower gratin, rabbit & dumplings, & lemon shortcake. they also have happy hour:
monday - friday from 5-7: reduced price bar snacks, $1 off draft beer and wine by the glass & 6$ select classic cocktails
tuesday: drink local tuesday featuring cocktails w/ local spirits & $2 austin beers (in addition to regular hh)
bonus: they serve brunch!

hopfields - been following the progress of this place a while back. a great gastropub for beer lovers. 42 beers on tap plus 20 bottles. and the food is classic french street food.  looks yum...crepes anyone?

easy tiger - more bar/gastropub but happy to see nicer places on east 6th street. definitely going to check out the bakery though.

11 plates - westlake’s best happy hour  m-f 3-6pm & sat 3-5pm
$5 select small plates $2 off all beers $3 off all glass wine
no time to cook?
full bird walking $18: stop by eleven and bring home a whole roasted chicken and sides for 4 people for just $18.

bacon - bacon fries, bacon aioli, broken yolk blt, bacon waffle.  mmmmm, bacon.

Zocalo Cafe Austin Texas

zocalo cafe - got my attention because of the cute patio...will have to check it out on a nice day. also, muy loco wednesday: $2 frozen ritas, $2 frozen sangrias $8 carafes all day! loca late night on wednesdays has complimentary nacho bar, music and $2 drink specials from 10pm to 12pm.  their happy hour, everyday 3pm to 6pm, isn't shabby either. highlights: carafes of frozen drinks $5, $18 bottle of malbec, & $4 bellini.  their brunch sounds pretty yummy too!

thoughts? suggestions? comments?
who's wants to go eat?


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