Saturday, October 30, 2010

Austin Texas - a Week of Celebration, Family and Friends

What a week! We were in Austin to celebrating our daughters wedding, enjoying our new family and meeting up with old friends.

Our family started arriving in Austin on Wednesday, we arrived in town mid-afternoon Friday October 15th. We had a joyful reunion with our family and our old friends in the lobby of our hotel, not a dry eye in the place.

Photograph from web site
We stayed in Austin at the Casulo Hotel***+ This was a great hotel, great location and wonderful staff. Thank you Amber and Ashley…

Just in time to join every on at a wonderful party hosted by old friends of the grooms family.

After the party a gang of meet up at Mean Eye Cat*** what a place…

Saturday October 16th
Photograph By Ashly
Joe’s Crab Shack*** We always visit this place when we are in Austin, love the location…

Crab nachos**+ Tortilla chips topped with loads of crab dip, pico de gallo, cheese and black bean corn relish.

Dungeness crab*** Cooked in fresh garlic, herbs and spices

Garlicky Mussels***+ mussels served with garlic sauce and garlic bread. So much flavor, ask for a spoon…

After the rehearsal we were off to dinner

Z’Tejas 6th Street****

All wines served were Washington in honor of our future daughters-in-Laws home state.
Photograph By Ashly
Gorgonzola New York Steak**** with caramelized onion sauce, mashed potato cake and seasonal vegetables. This was the stare of all the steaks I had while in Austin.

Photograph By Ashly
Wild mushroom enchiladas*** crimini, portabello and shiitake mushrooms with avocado and tomato relish rolled into corn tortillas, toped with an ancho-mole cream sauce, jack cheese and sour cream, served with green chili rice and black beans.

Sunday October 17th

Doc’s Motor Works Bar and Grill*** this is a fun hangout

Fajita Tacos**+ Fajita chicken or beef, served with rice and black beans.

Buffalo Chicken Salad**+ fried chicken tossed in our homemade wing sauce on a bed of house greens with tomatoes and bleu cheese crumbles, served with chunky bleu cheese dressing.

Doc’s Taco Salad**+ beef picadillo on a bed of house greens, cheese, green chili ranch, tostada shells and topped with pico de gallo.


What a wonderful wedding…

The reception was hosted by Moonshine Patio Bar and Grill****

Monday October 18th

Magnolias Café Congress Ave**+

Jalapeno Cheese Burger***

Bacon Swiss Burger***

Vegetarian Omelet’s*** avocado with steamed mushroom, red onion, green bell pepper, tomato and cheddar and jack cheese

Sonora Taco**+ spicy beef, black beans, sour cream, cheddar cheese, lettuce and tomato


Maudies Café off Lake Austin Blvd
We visit Maudies several times when ever we are in Austin…

Tamales El Jefe*** three pork tamales covered with our chile con carne sauce and topped with cheese. Served with rice and beans.

Mexican plate*** two cheese enchiladas covered with chile con carne sauce, topped with onions and cheese. Served with a crispy beef taco, a small fresh guacamole salad, rice and beans.

Chicken Fajita Nachos*** nachos topped with chicken fajitas and grilled onions. Served with lettuce, pico de gallo, guacamole, escabeche and sour cream.

Tuesday October 19th

Habana Restaurant and Bar South Congress Ave

Mariquitas**+ thinly sliced fried plantain chips served with mojo for dipping. First time for plantain, not bad...

Sandwich Cubano*** roast pork, ham, swiss cheese with pickles and mustard on pressed Cuban bread. I loved this sandwich...

Ensalada Especial*** lettuce, tomato, cucumber, avocado, onion, green and red peppers

Tres leches cake***+ yummy

Austin Land and Cattle Steak House****
Nice to meet you Scott.
I need to apologies about the poor quality of the pictures…

Air dried beef Prosciutto**+ capers, onion, shaved parmesan and extra virgin olive oil.

Oyster ‘Tex’efeller**** Rockefeller with a kick

Top Sirloin Steak***

Ribeye Steak***

Filet Mignon**** with béarnaise sauce

Wednesday October 20th

Tiniest Bar in Texas
Fun place for a drink

Guero’s Taco Bar***+
Really enjoyed the food

Hot Tamales***+ black bean. Best darn tamales I ever had…

Taco*** beef

Chiles Rellenos*** roasted poblano chiles stuffed with sauteed fresh corn kernels, diced zucchini, onion, garlic and spices, deglazed with lime juice and white wine and topped with a dollop of sour cream and jack cheese. Served on a bed of spanish rice

Thursday October 21st

Hills Cafe**+
Great time with friends...

Filet*** blue cheese butter and fried onions

Top Sirloin*** center cut with blue cheese onions. The bake potato was cold but warmed up sizzling platter

Enoteca Vespato
Lunch with family before taking off…

Calamari Fritti*** crispy calamari with lemon aioli. This is the best calamari we have had.

B.A.T.*** Nueske’s bacon, avocado, tomato, Pure Luck feta cheese & arugula open-faced on toasted walnut bread

Margherita Pizze*** fresh mozzarella, sliced tomatoes & basil

Going Home


  1. Looks like you hit some favorite restaurant spots on many Austinites, we also have some pretty great museums & parks! Maybe next time ;)

  2. Jerry and Janet,

    Congratulations on your daughter's wedding! I didn't realize that's why you went. Thanks for the peek at the food.

    -Tim at Wicked Cellars