Pictures are worth thousands of words…but here is a brief recap of my trip to Texas City and Austin (apart from the pictures).
A cute little spot. Friday night is food truck night and often there is live music. Da Daiquiri Spot is within walking distance – I didn’t get the chance to try it but it’s on my to-do list next time I’m in town.
Shipley Do-Nuts: Located across TX, AL, AR, MS, and LA- they have good coffee, these things called kolaches (basically an oversized pig-in-blanket), and some yummy donuts – indulge and love your life.
Taqueria El Jaliciense: A Mexican joint that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I was in search for a breakfast burrito, this one was sub-par.
The Showboat Pavilion: A Texas City landmark, this building was originally a theatre built in 1942. It is now an event venue and was the location of a beautiful wedding (the entire reason I was in Texas City).
A Sunday drive away from Texas City, Galveston was a great spot for lunch and a drive. It was an overcast day and the water was rough. A quiet day in a town that typically is bustling with tourist activity.
The Spot: Lunch was at The Spot, a 5-venue eatery, on Galveston Island. I was very excited to have the fried pickles (fried in a flour batter!) and a big, juicy burger. The pina colada is served in a coconut and had rave reviews, as did the shrimp kisses (bacon wrapped, cheese stuffed shrimp). Apparently our party lucked out and there wasn’t a long wait – recommend a scoop of butter pecan or Oreo ice cream as a way to finish off the meal while you walk along the sidewalk.
Austin, Texas: Keeping it Weird
A great town filled with coffee shops, barbecue joints, food trucks and an eclectic flavor. Great time exploring the area and hanging out with friends.
The Buzz Mill: An interesting joint, where hipster meets lumber sexual but the patio is dog friendly! Ask the barista for suggestions as the staff is very helpful. I didn’t try the elixirs but the menu looked very interesting and worth trying!
South Congress Cafe: A great spot for brunch – don’t let the exterior fool you, this seemingly hole-in-the-wall has style and class. I had the goat cheese and bacon omelet with an adult iced pumpkin spiced latte. The service was good and the food most excellent.
Terry Black’s Barbecue: The first of two BBQ joints I tried. The coleslaw was amazing, the smoked turkey divine. The brisket was good but I would recommend getting it dry not moist, hard pass on the mac-n-cheese (very little flavor). Grab some seasoning rub for the trip home.
Chi’Lantro: When Korean BBQ meets Chipotle you get Chi’Lantro. Pick a meat, decide if you want a bowl, salad, or burrito, and then add the toppings. Solid 3stars and the beverage selection has some great non-high fructose corn syrup alternatives!
Picnik Coffee: Drink the butter coffee. Don’t ask questions, just do it.
La Barbecue: Wait in line and jam to the music. Skip the pulled pork and chipotle coleslaw and go straight for the beef rib and brisket. That is really all you need to know. O, get there early.
Figure8 Coffee Purveyors: Cute spot with outside tables. Get some caffeination and enjoy sitting in the sunshine – the chocolate chip cookie hit the spot.
After you have stuffed yourself to the brim, go for a drive, walk along the river, do some shopping on South Congress street (cute shops with some unique items) and drop into Crossfit Central Downtown – the Misfits class with Nader is where the pain-cave is at. Make sure to give the pup-patrol some loving as they are the sweetest welcoming crew ever.