Thursday, October 20, 2016

Tacos and Ice Cream

In the short time we've been in Austin we've gotten a chance to check out the local food scene a bit. This is pretty much the most important part of any city, right? So far, we've pretty much focused on tacos and desserts. Obviously.

Tacos



Okay, Torchy's Tacos is the greatest restaurant ever in the history of the world. I'm not kidding. There are a million different tacos to pick from and they're all soooo good. Plus, they're huge and you can kind of customize how spicy you want to make them. Side note: coming from the North, I think we have a different concept of "spicy" because I typically order mild but even that here is pretty hot. Ali accidentally ordered a taco with "diablo sauce" and pretty much had a heart attack.

There are a bunch of Torchy's locations, each with a different style/atmosphere, and I have a personal goal to visit every one of them.
We headed to Snooze on Sunday morning for brunch, and I ordered these breakfast tacos. I asked for the spice on the side, which was a good move. Snooze is actually a Denver-based chain and it's extremely popular. We woke up early and got there before 9 am just so we didn't have to wait in line. When my mom, Ali and I were in Austin over Labor Day weekend visiting, we tried to eat a late brunch at Snooze and ended up going elsewhere because the wait was almost two hours. 

 

Dessert



Ali got pancakes at Snooze, which pretty much count as dessert ;). You can order three different flavors, so she got one chocolate chip, one cinnamon roll, and one blueberry danish. They were equally amazing. 

There's a cute little food truck area in the South Congress neighborhood not far from where we live, so we decided to try out Hey Cupcake! and all agreed they were some of the best we had ever had. P.S. they aren't kidding about the traffic being TERRIBLE in Austin. We live about two miles from this area, and it took exactly six minutes when we went after dinner the other day when there was little traffic. But, during the day it takes a good 15 minutes to get there. We've driven around at 2 pm and encountered rush hour level traffic that you'd expect in a much bigger city. Pretty much, we just avoid 35 altogether if possible.
The other night while Peter was out of town, Ali and I heard about free scoop night at Lick ice cream. Parking was a bit of a struggle, but the free (and really good) ice cream made it worth it. Plus, Lick gets all its milk products from a small family farm in Texas, which is really cool. 
Lastly, we went for a drink the other night at a coffeehouse nearby and I spotted this Minneapolis-based coffee for sale! Kind of random, but fun to see something from home.

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