Monday, February 8th

The Best Banh Mi in Austin

Banh Mi in Austin

Everyone is always debating who makes the best bánh mì in Austin. At least, my friends always are. Maybe your friends have loftier things to worry about, but my crew is serious about sandwiches. What started with a few simple comments on Instagram manifested into a full-scale event, with the aim to finally put it to bed. We were going to crown a winner.

When a determined group of food bloggers put their minds to a competition, you’d better believe the judging was not taken lightly. Master of data, Tasting Buds ensured that we didn’t enter into this haphazardly. There was voting ahead of time to determine who would make it into the competition. We settled on two categories: grilled pork and the traditional combo. Scoring sheets were simple. Each sandwich was to be scored from 1-10 and there were places to write notes about the bread, the filling, and anything else we wanted to talk about.

Banh Mi in Austin

The contenders were selected in advance and we dutifully fetched our assigned sandwiches before convening at the home of Foodie is the New Forty. The restaurants were not told about the competition, so the sandwiches were as authentic and regular as any other Saturday. The players:

Baguette House

Lily’s Sandwich Restaurant

Lulu B’s

Ng BMT

Saigon Le Vendeur

Tam Deli & Cafe

Thanh Nhi

Austin Banh Mi

In a state of raging hunger, we painstakingly set up the sandwiches. The Smoking Ho, pictured above, brought butcher paper and a massive cutting board. He’s our resident AFBA bánh mì expert so be sure to check out his City Guide post on the topic. After a lengthy photo shoot of the sandwich table, it was time to dig in. The room was quiet as everyone worked their way through the sandwiches, thoughtfully taking notes and sipping the Vietnamese coffees made by Girl Eats World.

Afterwards we discussed our findings over cream puffs and love letters. And the verdict is…

Banh Mi Austin

…that taste is subjective. Sorry, were you expecting a definitive winner? I’m getting to that. But before you skip to the bottom of this post, let me note that if one bánh mì was significantly better than all the rest, everyone would already know about it. But let me break down some of our findings.

When it came down to bread, everyone agreed that the most desired factor was crunchiness. And across the board, the bread was softer than we’d hoped. Lulu B’s bread held up the best, in my opinion. Lily’s was the best looking but possibly the worst quality bread. Lily’s was actually the worst overall.

Baguette House fared well on the combo (and also make the longest sandwiches) but the pork was abysmal. Still, Baguette House ranked among the top two. Which place had the best ranking among the group? Saigon Le Vendeur! More than half the judges picked Saigon as their favorite overall when polled at the end of the day. But Saigon’s combo was the most polarizing of sandwiches, yielding the highest and lowest of scores. (I ranked it as the worst sandwich of the day, but rated the pork very highly.)

What role did preconceived notions play?

Most of us came into this with personal preferences, but only a few kept those opinions after tasting the sandwiches side by side. My favorite, Tam Deli, remained my favorite. The same for Brisket and Bagels, who remained loyal to Ng BMT.

The judging was very individual, as each of us valued different things. While all agreed that filling carried more weight than bread, we had differing opinions on texture, flavor, and sauce. I gave higher points for those loaded with jalapeños, while South Austin Foodie felt they could be overpowering. Some appreciated a good sauce but Craft Taste was repulsed by mayonnaise. Gaminess was prized by some, but a negative for other’s palettes.

I placed a higher value on the veggies over the meats and might have been alone in that. Lulu B’s does not make a combo, so their lemongrass chicken was the lone variation. As someone who doesn’t love lemongrass, I appreciated how subtle it was. Others disliked that they could barely detect the lemongrass.

Value and service didn’t place a huge part in the rankings but we did discuss them. Tam Deli ranked as a high value option for low price point and sandwiches loaded with filling. (They were also the shortest in length.) Lulu B’s was the most expensive and also has the worst service of the group.

We did not include Elizabeth Street’s bánh mì purely for cost reasons, so I’ll have to head over and try one while the others are fresh in my mind. Because there were only so many of us and we could only reasonably eat so many bánh mì, we had to leave some out. Sadly our tasting and this post do not account for Dang Banh Mi, Bun Belly, Pho Van, I Heart Pho, Ya Ya’s, and more. If you have strong opinions about any of those places, please leave a comment so that others can see it.

Austin #BanhMania

So there you have it, the results of #BanhMania. On this day, the victor was Saigon Le Vendeur!

To read more about our Banh Mania, check out this post from Foodie is the New Forty.

Monday, January 25th

Korea House

Korea House, Austin Texas

It’s been a long time since I’ve talked about food over here. Or, ahem, ANYTHING. So if you’re reading this and haven’t written me off for dead, thanks. I recently bought a new laptop which prompted me to clean up my old laptop. Buried in a series of forgotten folders, I discovered these photos I had taken at Korea House.

I can’t remember when I last ate there, but Chris and I used to visit from time to time for some grilling. I had heard that their sushi was pretty good, too, so on this particular visit I ordered a spicy roll of some sort. Probably tuna. Based on this one roll, can’t say much about the sushi. But for some simple grilling and light Asian beers, this place is A-OK.

Spicy Tuna Roll at Korea House, Austin Texas

The banchan is solid and my favorites are fermented black beans, kimchi, and pickled cucumbers. If you want bean paste, you’ll have to ask for it. Most people come for the bulgogi, and I am no different. It’s flavorful and satisfying. Perfect for a novice griller because it doesn’t matter too much if you overcook it.

Korean BBQ at Korean House, Austin Texas

Octopus at Korea House, Austin Texas

Now octopus takes a little skill. It’s easy to overcook. But you also don’t want to undercook it. When you hit that sweet spot it’s nice and tender, slightly chewy.

Banchan at Korea House, Austin Texas

While the atmosphere falls far short of charming, Korea House is the type of place you feel immediately comfortable, such as you would in a dive bar. It feels worn in, tried and true. The service is efficient and sometimes terse, but you’ll be glad of that when you’re waiting outside for a table. Despite the crowds, the wait is never too long. Everything moves quickly and your water glasses will be refilled and you won’t want for anything. Looking at these photos, I think it’s time I go back.

Kirin at Korea House, Austin Texas

What are your favorites at Korea House?

Korea House

2700 W. Anderson Lane, Austin TX 78757

M-F 11 am-10pm, Sat-Sun 12 pm-10 pm

Monday, December 21st

The Big Fake Wedding

The Big Fake Wedding

Photo by Grey to Blue

Recently I was tipped off to a unique experience for brides. The Big Fake Wedding is a bridal show alternative, with vendors showcasing their stuff in a wedding format. Kind of like Tony and Tina’s Wedding, but attendees are scoping out the dresses, catering, and other details for their own big day. My friends Rachel and Brian are getting married next year and I wanted to hear their take on The Big Fake Wedding when they were in Austin. To my delight, Brian wrote down his thoughts and I wanted to share it will all of you. My message to all the brides out there is to get your grooms involved! 

A Whole New World

This fall The Big Fake Wedding was kind enough to host an event at The Palm Door on 6th Street. My fiancée—let’s call her Brachel—and I had tickets; Brachel thought it would be a great way to introduce me to the upcoming steps we would need to take for planning our wedding. She was absolutely right. I did not title this A Whole New World because Aladdin was my favorite Disney movie as a child (who doesn’t love Gilbert Gottfried?) but because I learned more in one night than I had in attending a lifetime’s worth of weddings.

We arrived right before the wedding vow renewal was about to begin. This is the part of weddings with which I am most familiar. A couple stood in front of an officiant to exchange vows, rings, and a prayer that no one stood up to shout any objections. After the ceremony we were invited to stay for dinner, enjoy the music, and meet with area wedding professionals.

There was not a wasted space, nor a wasted opportunity for me to learn. Brachel herself has worked in facets of the wedding industry for years and had always told me I had no idea what we were signing up for. While waiting in line for food and drink I learned that tables and chairs are not always provided by the venue. China, flatware, tablecloths and napkins are also available to rent for the big day. Each table was decorated to show different décor options. The menu was also diverse and featured items that I would not have previously thought would be served at a wedding. Like quinoa. (Did you know that quinoa and couscous are two different things? #deepthoughts)

The second half of the venue was the vendors’ space. This is where Brachel really shined, as she introduced me to some professionals in industries I was familiar with, like photographers, and others I was not aware of, such as invitation and save-the-date designers. It was like a baby visiting Santa Claus for the first time: overwhelming with a lot of shiny objects to catch my eye.

My visit to The Big Fake Wedding was a blast, and I learned so much more about what we can consider as options for our big day. Long country tables, vibrant linens, German chocolate cake. The possibilities are endless! This event is a must attend for any engaged couple, and has helped me get more involved in the planning process.

-by Brian Helmick, with fiancée Brachel Rachel Gill

Tuesday, November 17th

First Look: Wu Chow

Wu Chow, Austin Texas

The most anticipated restaurant opening of the year (for me, at least) has finally happened. Wu Chow has appeared at various events over the last year treating us to samples of egg rolls and soup dumplings and the city has worked itself up into a lather while we waited for more.

Ever since I went to the dim sum pop-up, I’ve been obsessed with checking out the dinner offerings. A couple weeks ago I had my chance at the soft opening. Our group of four sat outside on the patio to enjoy the beautiful weather, although I took a quick stroll inside and saw that it was equally chic and modern. There’s not a bad seat in the house and the music is mostly 90s hip hop, just like at sister restaurant Swift’s Attic. I completely dig this vibe.

Chicken & Taro Eggrolls at Wu Chow, Austin Texas

Shanghai Soup Dumplings at Wu Chow, Austin Texas

In addition to the aforementioned egg rolls ($6) and soup dumplings ($10), pictured above, we ordered a few more starters. The Hot & Sour Soup ($4) was close to the version I grew up eating, just a little less spicy. Did your mom feed you hot and sour soup from your favorite Chinese take-out when you were sick? Mine did, and it’s such a comfort food to me.

We also had the Pork Steamed Dumplings ($8), which are delicious in their own right. Soup dumplings get all the attention, but I have enough love to give all the dumplings. It’s been a long time since I’ve had Mushu Pork ($11), many years, actually, but it was such a treat. I won’t let so much time pass before ordering this again. A steaming mound of savory pork, eggs, and veggies was served with delightfully thin pancakes and house-made hoisin. It was one of the most filling dishes we ordered.

Hot & Sour Soup at Wu Chow, Austin Texas

Pork Steamed Dumplings at Wu Chow, Austin Texas

Mushu Pork at Wu Chow, Austin Texas

Pancakes at Wu Chow, Austin Texas

A dish that came highly recommended by our server was the Twice Cooked Pork Belly ($15). He did not steer us wrong. The slices were perfectly cooked and loaded with saucy and oniony flavor. It was the unanimous favorite at the table.

Twice Cooked Pork Belly at Wu Chow Austin Texas

Another dish that’s getting a lot of attention is the Mapo Tofu ($14). The tofu is pillowy soft and the black bean sauce and ground meat make for a hearty bowl of goodness. Mapo Tofu normally packs an intense heat and numbing quality, but this version is mellow. Wu Chow has a house made chili oil that’s loaded with flavor and like fire in your mouth, so you can add more heat if you want.

Mapo Tofu at Wu Chow Austin Texas

The Spicy Deep-Fried Chicken ($12) is one of the best values on the menu. The tender, crispy bites of chicken are ideal for sharing and the plate felt bottomless. The Singapore Noodles ($17) were lighter in texture and flavor than expected. Those looking for the curry to pack a bigger wallop might want to ask for that when ordering.

Spicy Deep-Fried Chicken at Wu Chow Austin Texas

Singapore Noodles at Wu Chow Austin Texas

Salt & Pepper Squid ($16) is a personal favorite and I was so happy with Wu Chow’s rendition. It was light, tender, and uncomplicated. The fresh squid was allowed to shine and wasn’t buried under heavy batter or overcooked. Dry Fried Green Beans ($10) were tasty and bright. Like the chicken, this is a great dish to share with a table of friends and nibble on throughout the night.

Salt & Pepper Squid at Wu Chow, Austin Texas

Dry Fried Green Beans at Wu Chow, Austin Texas

A note about the quantity of food you should order and portion size: Upon seating, our server described the portions as small plates and even used the term “Chinese tapas.” So we ordered quite a few things to share. These are decidedly NOT small plates, but normal portions. So there’s no need to go crazy. Go with a few people, order a few things to share, and enjoy.

Have you been to Wu Chow yet? Tell me what you think.

Wu Chow

500 W. 5th, Austin, TX 78701

M-Th 5 pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 5 pm-11 pm, Sun 11-3 

Monday, September 28th

Heritage BBQ by Cochon 555

We have no shortage of barbecue events in Austin. This city is crazy for meat, and dare I say, our barbecue is the best in the world. I might be biased. So we’re an obvious choice for a stop on the Cochon Tour, where a nose-to-tail competition featuring the heritage breed pigs helps support family farms and treat ticket holders to damn good eats.

Cochon 555 Heritage BBQ

The event takes place at the Driskill on October 18th. It will be my first time attending a Cochon 555 event and I’m excited to see what the local talent brings to the table. Competing this year:

  • Josh Jones (Salt & Time)
  • Andrew Wiseheart (Contigo, Gardner)
  • Sarah McIntosh (Epicerie)
  • Thai Changthong (Thai-Kun)
  • Quealy Watson (Hot Joy)

Each chef will create six unique dishes from a 180 pound heritage breed pig, so attendees should bring their appetites. As if that wasn’t enough food, some badass chefs who aren’t competing will also be cooking.

  • Daniel Olivella (Barlata)
  • Andrew Curren (Italic)
  • Shane Stiles (Stiles Switch)

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To learn more about the competition or to purchase tickets visit their website. 

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Tuesday, September 22nd

Topgolf

This post is sponsored by Topgolf International in the promotion of the #FirstTimersClub.

Top Golf Austin

I’d always been curious about Topgolf but until recently had never been. I confess, I’m a little intimidated by golf because I think of it as an older gentleman’s pastime. But the truth is, golf is for everyone: men, women, young, old, my Pop-Pop, Justin Timberlake, and everyone in between and beyond. I don’t know that I’m ready to take on 18 holes yet, but practicing driving balls is fun. Add brunch + friends + cocktails for a relaxing way to spend some downtime on the weekend.

Top Golf Austin

Top Golf Austin

There are lots of games to choose from and you can get as competitive as you desire. My group was more competitive at the Bloody Mary bar, seeing who could cram the most olives and bacon into their drinks. That’s a game where everyone wins.

Bloody Mary bar at Top Golf Austin

We took turns swinging from our two bays, complete with comfortable couches and attentive servers. You don’t have to be a pro, obviously, or even any good at all. But you can take lessons if you’re looking to improve your game.

The menu is surprisingly diverse. Our resident banh mi afficionado gave her meal a thumbs up and other favorites included Asian Sesame Wings, the flatbreads (we tried three!) and the Cobb Salad, which was what I ordered.

Pepperoni and Sausage Flatbread at Top Golf Austin

Cobb Salad at Top Golf Austin

Topgolf Wings at Topgolf Austin

Smokehouse Burger at Topgolf Austin

Char-grilled Steak Flatbread at Topgolf Austin

Mushi at Topgolf Austin

The dessert offerings are also interesting. We tried the Sensational S’Mores (on chocolate chip cookies) and Injectable Donut Holes. The group loved the interactive nature of the donuts, trying the chocolate, raspberry, and Bavarian cream fillings.

Sensational S'Mores at Topgolf Austin

Injectable Donut Holes at Topgolf Austin

Maybe you don’t identify with the labels golfer or foodie. That’s okay. They love newcomers and will walk you through the process so you don’t have to feel weird. In fact, there’s an official group for Topgolf novices, the First Timers Club.

First Timers Club, Topgolf, Austin

Sign up by October 31st and you’ll receive a free Lifetime Membership to Topgolf as well as $10 off Game Play. This is the time to try something new. Still have reservations about trying it? This hilarious video might change your mind:

There are plenty of TVs and a comfortable bar if you’re just looking for a place to watch a game and grab some good grub. But give the golf a try. You might be surprised at how much fun it is!

Topgolf

2700 Esperanza Crossing, Austin, TX 78758

M-Th 9 am-12 am, F 9 am-2 am, Sat 8 am-2 am, Sun 9 am-12 am

Thursday, September 17th

All Aboard the Meal Train

Japanese Beef Noodles

A month into parenthood, I can look back at the following weeks and am grateful for our survival. I’ve mostly been hunkered down at home with Violet following her endless demands for food, diapering, and snuggling her tiny face into my neck. I’ve accomplished little else and am finding it difficult to even respond to texts or emails. My house is messier than I’d like it to be. So it’s been an adjustment, having little control of my days. I’m learning to go with the flow…most of the time.

Sausage Mac & Cheese

Boozy Chocolate Covered Strawberry

But overall, it’s been less stressful than I anticipated. I have to credit much of that to my fabulous friends who have taken such good care of Chris and I. My friend Mary Helen organized a Meal Train, which essentially is an online scheduler where people can sign up to drop off meals at a specific date and time. And sign up, they did! We didn’t have to worry about cooking for weeks. Almost everyday brought a new visitor, along with something tasty and nourishing.

Jambalaya and Cheddar Biscuits

In fact, since Violet was so late, we had some meals delivered before she was even born. Nelly made some of her famous salads, South Austin Foodie hit up Central Market’s one-day barbecue special and brought us sandwiches, and Addie worked on a crab cake mac and cheese recipe for The Statesman and we reaped the rewards.

Cuban Meal from Whole Foods

Having a bunch of foodies for friend certainly has its perks! We had homemade stromboli, lactation cookies, dal, and Linda‘s sausage mac and cheese. Lots more salads. Beef noodles and salad and kimchi with produce right from Melody and Pete’s garden. Jambalaya and cheese biscuits from an authentic Louisiana girl. Beautifully presented enchiladas and salted caramel bars from Girl Gone Grits.

Enchiladas, Chips and Guacamole, Salted Caramel Bars

Tempeh Salad

We savored Black Bean Soup, Vietnamese spring rolls with chicken and tofu, a recreation of my favorite menu item at the JW downtown, Faro Salad, a couple key lime pies (Chris’ favorite!)

Stromboli

Faro Salad

This list is by no means exhaustive, nor are the photos. Chris and I would dig in and relish every bite and then I’d jolt awake from my food and baby induced delirium and realize I didn’t take a picture. In addition to all the homemade food, we had lots of restaurant favorites, too. South Austin Foodie and Jodi brought us Vietnamese noodle bowls. Michelle knew we couldn’t go too long without Indian and we dined on curries together. Elizabeth brought a decadent Cuban feast from Whole Foods. Natasha brought us popcorn tofu sandwiches from Wheatsville and yummy vegan cupcakes.

Dal

Lactation Cookies

So, yes. We ate well. And we are so very spoiled by the kind and generous friends around us who showered us with love. I shed more than a few tears over the thought of each of them taking time out of their busy lives to feed us, choosing things that were special, that they knew we would love.

To those of you reading this, thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Love,

Kristin, Chris & Violet

Monday, August 31st

Chen Z

Scallion Pancakes at Chen Z in Austin, Texas, Oak Hill

It’s been a while since I’ve actually eaten at Chen Z, but as I’m making my Thanksgiving plans to travel back east, I have Chinese on the brain. And look at those scallion pancakes. Tell me that doesn’t have you craving some Chinese now, too.

Scallion pancakes are just one thing Chen Z is known for, another being hand cut noodles which are made fresh every day.

Spicy Cold Noodles at Chen Z, Austin, Texas, Oak Hill

Like most other good hole-in-the-wall Chinese spots, this one offers little in the way of ambiance. The copper penny countertop is as fancy as it gets, but you’re not here for the decor. You’re here for the stir fried noodles.

Penny countertop at Chen Z, Austin, Texas

Pork Stir Fried Noodles at Chen Z, Austin, Texas, Oak Hill

The dumplings are serviceable and I’d recommend the pan fried over the steamed. I can’t think of another place that serves this many dumplings in a single order, so this is ideal to share.

Dumplings at Chen Z, Austin, Texas, Oak Hill

The menu is fairly small, with most dishes offering a combination of meat and noodles, topped with sauce in varying heat levels.

Spicy Oil Noodles at Chen Z, Austin, Texas, Oak Hill

Black Bean Noodles at Chen Z, Austin, Texas, Oak Hill

Everything I’ve tasted has been delicious, but there aren’t any dishes I’m loyal to just yet. Which means I can try something new each time. How about you? Have you been to Chen Z? What are your favorite dishes?

Chen Z

6705 Hwy 290, Ste 606, Austin, TX 78735

Tues-Sun 11 am-9 pm

Thursday, July 23rd

St. Philip

Pizza at St. Philip, Austin, Texas

When St. Philip opened last fall, the buzz was hot. Everyone was ready to see what kind of amazing pizza was going to come out of the Uchi group’s imagination. After all, if anyone could afford to do it right, it’s them. I envisioned chefs living in Italy for months to learn classic technique which they would then bring back to Austin with modern twists in ways only they could do. However my dreams of world-class pizza on an Uchi scale were not realized. This isn’t a pizza place. It’s a restaurant and bake shop that just happens to also make pizza. And that doesn’t mean it’s not good, only that expectations should be adjusted accordingly.

Perhaps I’m the only one trying to turn Austin into New York or Italy. What can I say? I’m greedy. It’s not enough to have the world’s best barbecue and tacos. I want the pizza, too.

Kale Pizza at St. Philip, Austin Texas

So about the pizza…it’s fine. You can order it and it’s tasty enough, presented well, and the menu offers a variety of white pizzas, which is a bonus. But you don’t come here for the pizza. You come for the other menu options. The rotating salads, which feature fresh seasonal ingredients. Fancy salads that make you realize you should be doing more with salads at home.

Bread and Fresh Margarine with Salad of Pickles from St. Philip, Austin Texas

Come for the Golden Cauliflower, which has no business being so good with raisins or parsley in it—two ingredients I don’t love—but sings on the plate.

Golden Cauliflower at St. Philip, Austin Texas

And for the love of all that is holy in cheese heaven, come for the Tomato and Burata Toast which is only $4 at happy hour. Their offering of the decadent cream and mozzarella cheese is my very favorite in the city.

Burrata at St. Philip Austin Texas

The bakeshop has a magic all its own, and despite some major misses upon opening, they seem to have found their groove. From the creative pop tarts and donuts, to scones, cookies and other fine treats, there’s something for everyone behind those glass cases. And it’s all very special.

Donut Holes at St. Philip, Austin Texas

S'Mores at St. Philip, Austin Texas

Glazed Donuts at St. Philip, Austin Texas

Bread at St. Philip, Austin Texas

When St. Philip started making breakfast sandwiches our collective ears perked up. No offense to the breakfast taco, but it’s nice to have another option. And these are really, really good. House pancetta on a homemade English muffin? Come on…

Breakfast Sandwiches at St. Philip, Austin Texas

English Muff Sandwich at St. Philip, Austin Texas

Bagel Sandwiches at St. Philip, Austin Texas

Part of the charm of St. Philip is that it’s simply nothing like Uchi. I guess one can make comparisons in the customer service or beautiful, attention-oriented decor, but it aims to stand on its own and it does. While the unfortunate troubles of since-departed chef Philip Speer may have stolen the headlines at first, it’s clear that St. Philip has rebounded and is making their own news.

St. Philip, Austin Texas

J Rose at St. Philip, Austin Texas

Have you been to St. Philip? What are your favorites?

Tuesday, July 7th

Sala & Betty

I’ve been holding onto these Sala & Betty photos for a rainy day. It was a while ago that Craft Taste and I met Foodie is the New Forty and her hubby for dinner—the soft opening, actually—but the memory is fond and I wanted to share.

Sala & Betty, Austin, Texas

The space is comfortable with modern industrial touches and cozy seating, a dog-friendly patio, and a bar. Oh, and there’s a drive-thru that serves quick food but not the kind of “fast food” you’re thinking of…unless fast food to you is organic home cooking. So there’s a lot going on in this little place.

They perfected the ready-to-go food during the soft opening, so that is what we tried. I need to make return visits to try the lunch and dinner menus, but on this day we all really loved what is now the drive-thru menu.

Mister T sandwich at Austin, Texas

It was hard to choose a sandwich, but we settled on the Mister T with its Wagyu Smoked Sirloin, avocado aioli, fries and bleu cheese sauce. The perfectly balanced flavors are topped with lots of fresh greens and housed in crusty bread. This was a really good sandwich and worth the trip alone.

Ready to go menu at Sala and Betty, Austin, Texas

We also shared a few more dishes, pictured above. Meats are available a la carte so we tried the Beef Sirloin which was tender and juicy, and the Pork Shoulder which was the favorite dish of the evening. Expertly seasoned and so succulent, we happily devoured the plate. For sides we had fresh garlic green beans and what is perhaps the most talked-about menu item, the fries. In fact, we ordered a second plate because we couldn’t get enough of their perfectly cooked, salty crunch.

Bake at home chocolate souffle at Sala and Betty, Austin Texas

For dessert, we couldn’t resist the Bake-at-Home Chocolate Soufflé. Of course, we didn’t have to bake it ourselves at the restaurant, so it was served warm and gooey. There’s nothing like a decadent chocolate dessert to cap off a meal. Except maybe a creme brûlée. Sala & Betty offers a Brûlée of the Day and on this day it was a black tea flavor which was shockingly good and the perfect size to share.

Brulee of the Day at Sala and Bess, Austin, Texas

Where’s the last place you had a fun dinner with friends? Have you been to Sala & Betty?

Sala & Betty

5201 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78751

M-Th 10:30am-9pm, F-Sat 10:30am-10pm