Austin is the capital of Texas and a fast growing city with modern architecture mixing into the landscape and in-fill downtown.
Easy Tiger is a bakery and beer garden in Austin, and has been recognized as one of the best bakeries not only in Austin, but also in the country. Located on the much less rowdy end of Austin’s "Dirty Sixth Street" and housed in a beautifully restored historic building adjacent to Waller Creek, Easy Tiger is the perfect place for a flaky, buttery croissant and coffee at breakfast or a house made sausage sandwich (duck with rosemary, Cajun chicken and garlic are a few varieties) for lunch or dinner. If you’re looking for a place to relax with friends over Ping-Pong and snacks, it's also a great setting for charcuterie and soft pretzel boards, pitchers of cold beer or smooth, oaky bourbon.
The space and the mood at Launderette, are as colorful and playful as the dishes and plating. Chef Rene Ortiz pulls from globe-spanning flavors, with emphasis on the Mediterranean. His restaurant was named one of the country’s best new restaurants by Food & Wine this year. We started off with crab toast. Then had a Hanger steak and Brussel sprouts with duck fat fried fritz. Best ever Brussel sprouts and you could cut the steak with a fork!
One of the quirkiest and bizarre places we have ever eaten is "Nubian Queen Lola's Cajun Soul Food". That being said, WOW! - the best cornbread, dirty rice, Cajun fried chicken wings and collard greens! All under the watchful eye of chef Lola who feeds the hungry, preaches and sings along to old time gospel music. Her bus out front has the slogan "You Know Who She Is". As we were leaving after eating this delicious but heavily salted and spicy food, Mike asked Queen Lola to please pray for his health. Long live the Queen!
A quick lunch at 24 Diner, meat loaf sandwich and chicken & waffles before we explored Lady Bird Lake area.
We shared a salad and burger at Roaring Fork before going to the historic Paramount Theatre for "ADAM RUINS EVERYTHING - ELECTION SPECIAL". A humorous and timely show about this years unusual election.