On the Road Dining Review: Austin

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I love going to Austin!  It’s a quick flight or drive, there are some great vacation spots, I have fantastic clients there and the food scene is amazing.   I visited one of my favorite spots for breakfast and tried three new places, two of them recommended by one of my clients.

Ranch 616
I asked one of my client for a recommendation and he suggested Ranch 616.  It’s next to Star Bar and was a casual spot for me to have lunch. My dining companion at the bar(pictured below) was “dead” silent through the meal but the bartender who served me was super friendly. I ordered the Shrimp, Oaxaca cheese and poblano tamale with a side of tomatillo cream and guacamole.  Delicious, casual and a great price point that meant I had per diem left to splurge on dinner.

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Odd Duck

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I have been wanting to try Barley Swine for a while so when I found out Odd Duck was open and offered small plates I couldn’t resist. I was with a colleague that was open to ordering a bunch of items to share!  We ordered a roasted turkey leg that was an off menu special, the shrimp salad, the grilled bacon and the foie gras mousse. WOW!  . The bartender made great recommendations and  one of the partners(Jason) checked in to make sure we enjoyed our meal.  Everything was absolutely wonderful!

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Gordough’s
Donuts.  Huge donuts.  With lots of flavors and toppings.  I decided after the wonderful meal I had just finished at Odd Duck to go simple.  I chose the Naughty & Nice, a donut with Sugar & Cinnamon.  Perfect to end the day but definitely too big for me to eat the whole thing.  Four bites and I was in a very happy place.

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24 Diner
I decided to start my day in another “happy place”.  Chicken and Waffles.  Salty and Savory.  The perfect start to my day but a smaller portion to hold me until lunch.  24 Diner has so many awesome dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner but a cup of coffee and this dish puts me in a great mood for the whole day!

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St. Philip Pizza Parlor + Bakeshop
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I had high hopes for this restaurant.  Again, recommended by my client, I checked out the menu and there was one item that caught my eye.  The St. Philip Pizza – Clams, Fresh Ricotta, Garlic, Bacon Jam.  My colleague and I decided to share the pizza and shared the same opinion.  The pizza(crust) was great, the toppings- not so much.  The bacon jam was the dominant flavor, the ricotta was not generous enough and the clams were chopped and not very flavorful.  I had high hopes….maybe it was just an off day.

 

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