Joe and I just got back from Austin, Texas and had a blast! It was filled with lots of good food, great weather, exploring downtown, hiking, paddle boarding, shopping and catching up with a friend. I promised to provide some food highlights from the trip, so let’s just get to it…
The first place I wanted to try was Wholly Cow Burger. I had done some research ahead of time and knew they had Paleo options. They even had a sign outside advertising their Paleo burger which is what I had: grass-fed beef, bacon, lettuce, tomato and grilled onions between two portabella mushrooms with a side of sweet potato fries. Delicious! I was stuffed and very happy with this one.
For dinner the first night we headed to Lamberts downtown for some “fancy” BBQ and a good happy hour. I had a wedge salad with bacon and tomatoes and smoked BBQ chicken, collard greens with bacon and a yummy slaw made with oil and vinegar. Washed it down with a local Austin beer…yum!
For lunch the second day, we tried 24 Diner which had unique, gourmet diner food for a great price. I tried their vegetable frittata that had roasted Brussels sprouts, mushrooms, spinach, tomatoes and onions and a side of fruit instead of the toast that came with the meal. Joe had a roasted chicken sandwich and mashed sweet potatoes. The frittata was huge and delicious, as were the sweet potatoes. I wanted to try so many things on that menu. They even have a separate gluten-free menu. I would go back here in a heartbeat!
I have some more highlights, and will post those soon. Overall, there are a ton of good Paleo options in Austin. I definitely didn’t stick 100% to the diet, eating things such as pizza (probably not worth it), lots of skillet potatoes with breakfast, french fries, ice cream (dark chocolate from Amy’s Ice Cream, totally worth it) and cheese. But overall, I did my best and still felt good throughout. More to come!