Explore the Flavors of Spanish Tapas at Bullfight

A colorful quartet of fried delicacies, from crisp octopus to aromatic cheese and colorful vegetables, greet you in bright paper cones. Each dish offers a burst of color and flavor and sends your taste buds to the moon. To put it more succinctly, a meal at Bullfight is a journey for the senses!

Founded by renowned Austin chef Shawn Cirkiel, Bullfight pays homage to the chef’s first paying job in a five-star Spanish restaurant. Reminiscent of the vibrant colors and varied cuisine of Spanish farmer’s markets, the menu features tapas (small plates), like bacon-wrapped dates and the jamon croquettes, which are a melted blend of cheese, crisp potatoes, and sweet honey ham.

Bullfight serves dinner seven days a week beginning at 5 p.m. The restaurant encourages guest to make a reservation by calling ahead or booking online.

4807 Airport Blvd
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 474-2029

Ng BMT: Banh Mi and More in Austin

Although its name sounds like a secret code that only Austin locals understand, Ng BMT is actually a Vietnamese sandwich spot located within the Hong Kong Supermarket. This unique sandwich cafe-meets-bakery serves traditional Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches on fresh-baked baguettes.

Each banh mi is available with your choice of peppered shrimp, tofu, pork, or other meats to accommodate both meat eaters and vegetarian guests. Diners new to the banh mi might enjoy the pork banh mi, which sandwiches slices of marinated pork within a warm baguette with creamy mayo, pickled carrots, cilantro, and, for a little spicy kick, jalapeno peppers! Counter the heat with the chilled sweet tofu dessert.

Ng BMT is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. Regulars note that the prices at Ng BMT are easy on the wallet, so you can grab a cheap lunch that’s bit out of the ordinary.

8557 Research Boulevard
Austin, TX 78758
(512) 931-1088

Fork and Vine: New American Fare with Austin Flair

The "Austin-inspired" dishes at Fork and Vine are almost too pretty to eat—almost. Head chef Camden Stuerzenberger plates his New American cuisine beautifully, but it tastes even better than it looks. Case in point: the ptrtzel bread pudding. Smothered with mustard-caramel sauce and topped with a dollop of whipped cream, the pretzel bread pudding walks the line between dinner and dessert.

Before you indulge in something sweet, try one of Chef Camden's entrees or a few tapas. The small plates include PEI mussels in guajillo chile broth, wood-fired veggies with shrimp and Thai curry, or house-made chips with eclectic dips. Full entrees range from wild grouper with pickled shrimp to a massive 36-ounce cowboy ribeye steak, served with crunchy onions and bleu cheese butter. Any of the eats pair well with a pint from the expansive beer list or a glass from the equally impressive wine list.

Fork and Vine
3010 W. Anderson Lane
Austin, TX 78757
(512) 489-7000

Find a Farm-to-Table Brunch This Weekend at Jack Allen’s Kitchen in Austin

Whether you’re picking the perfect spot for a family dinner or a new eatery for brunch this weekend, Jack Allen’s Kitchen is always a great choice. This upscale American restaurant boasts a farm-to-table menu of creative takes on old-fashioned favorites, including shrimp and mango tacos, achiote macaroni cheese, and the famous 13-Spice Chicken Pasta. For brunch, Jack Allen’s Kitchen offers homemade strudel, fried chicken with jalapeno gravy, and fun new takes on deviled eggs. Not only are the ingredients sourced fresh from local farms, many of them are even grown on-site in the restaurant’s organic garden!

The ambiance inside is fun and welcoming, but it’s still classy enough to make your meal feel special. With a great menu of libations to complement the food, Jack Allen’s Kitchen is a perfect spot to relax and kick back after a long work week.

Jack Allen’s Kitchen
2500 Hoppe Trail
Round Rock, TX 78681
(512) 215-0372

Bee Cave Coffee Co: Feed Your Caffeine Craving

Bee Cave Coffee Co. has just about everything you could want in a coffee shop. It's locally owned, has plenty of seating, lots of electrical outlets for laptops and tablets, and offers free Wi-Fi. Best of all, though, this place serves up some of the tastiest coffee in the Austin area, according to regulars. Try a rich, foamy cappuccino, or sip on a sweet vanilla latte. Get serious with a straight shot of espresso, or relax with a plain old cup of joe.

Bee Cave Coffee Co. serves more than your morning caffeine jolt, though. You can fuel up with breakfast tacos and burritos stuffed with cage-free eggs, spiced potatoes, sausage, and shredded cheddar. At lunch try turning your attention to chicken salad served on a croissant, or bite into toasted flatbread piled high with caramelized onions, mild red and yellow peppers, peppery arugula, and fresh, tangy goat cheese.

Whatever you order, you can expect the service to be quick, friendly, and efficient.

Bee Cave Coffee Co.
13420 Galleria Circle
Bee Cave, TX 78738
(512) 263-9900


Don’t Miss the Sunday Brunch at Jack Allen’s Kitchen

Decorated with seasonal ornaments and colorful cookware, Jack Allen’s feels just like Grandma’s kitchen. This Austin eatery made its debut back in 2009 and has since been infusing Southern fare classics with locally sourced Texas ingredients.

The restaurant's unique offerings change each week according to what local farmers provide, but regulars would likely recommend you visit during the restaurant’s Sunday Brunch. With Texas-sized portions of everything from banana bread to biscuits and gravy and even gluten-free options, the brunch menu leaves no craving unsated! Among the must-haves on the menu are the dessert buffet's strudel muffins and the free pimento-cheese appetizer.

Jack Allen’s Kitchen serves up its Southwestern-style comfort food seven days a week. Be sure to arrive between 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. for the crowd-favorite Sunday brunch!

Jack Allen’s Kitchen
3600 North Capital of Texas Highway
Austin, TX 78746
(512) 351-9399

Buenos Aires Café: Argentine Cuisine in East Austin

Argentine food isn’t a cuisine that many North Americans have experience with, but that’s a situation that should be rectified. The South American country has a rich culinary history with many disparate influences, and they all come together at East Austin’s popular Buenos Aires Café.

The menu here is extensive, but regulars recommend a few can’t miss dishes. Start off with the empanadas, which are far and away the best things on offer. These fluffy little pastry pockets are deep-fried and stuffed with a variety of ingredients. Make sure to douse them in the fresh, herby chimichurri sauce, which is so good you’ll want to drink it with a straw. Other successful dishes include the lomito beef sandwich and the soups, which are universally loved. The menu also has many vegetarian and gluten-free options for those with special dietary needs. Prices are fair and the ambience and service are quite nice.

Buenos Aires Café
1201 E. 6th Street
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 382-1189

Porter Ale House and Gastropub: Contemporary Food and Drink for the Everyman

Porter Ale House co-owners Neil, Joe, and Trevor share many common interests, namely good food, good drink, and good music. In fact, Johnny Cash's ditty Hey Porter inspired the name for their Austin eatery. The moniker's meaning is two-fold, though, because it also obviously refers to porter ale—historically the drink of choice for the English working class. The trio attempts to create a comfortable atmosphere that caters to the everyman, the type of folks who would drink porter, at their gastropub. If its widespread popularity is any indication, they've succeeded.

Of course, customers don't come just for the atmosphere. The food and drink also play a major role in Porter Ale House's constant crowds. The beer cheese fondue, in particular, earns raves. It comes with apples and caraway pretzels for dipping. You can also start your meal with oxtail croquettes or a kale salad with beer-battered anchovies on top. When it comes to the main course, try the bangers and mash, curry-fried chicken thighs, or porter burger topped with triple cream brie. Don't forget to sample one of the many beers and cocktails on the drink list.

Porter Ale House and Gastropub
3715 S. 1st Street
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 291-6299

Banh Mi Tacos Meet Habanero-Infused Margaritas at The Peached Tortilla in Austin

The Peached Tortilla is a fusion in both make and menu, as this unique business operates a food truck and a brick-and-mortar location here in Austin. The food is expressive of the restaurant's personality: an eclectic mix of Southern- and Asian-influenced dishes, like bahn mi tacos for dinner and brisket hash with kimchi miso corn for brunch. Locals say you need to return regularly to ensure you taste a bite of every dish on the list.

The Peached Tortilla's hours vary during the week, so be sure to check the website before popping by, but don’t miss happy hour, offered 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily. (Make sure you try one of the specialty cocktails, particularly the habanero-infused margarita or the Wasabi Mary, which is garnished with Thai peppers.) Another popular time to visit is during the Sunday Brunch, served from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. weekly.

The Peached Tortilla
5520 Burnet Road
Austin, TX 78756
(512) 222-8781

Juarez Mexican Bakery: Round Rock Mexican Fare

Juarez Mexican Bakery is one of Round Rock's go-to places for tasty Mexican food on the fly. This family-owned and -operated restaurant has been serving the area for twenty years and is a staple for locals. Try not to fill up on the delicious chips and salsa, because there is much more to experience at Juarez.

Choose from chalupas, enchiladas smothered with creamy sauce and cheese, flautas, and tender carne asada. Each lunch and dinner plate comes with traditional refried beans and rice. If you stop by for breakfast, you won't be disappointed with the migas or the crispy potatoes they're served with.

Juarez takes to-go orders for those who want to enjoy a homemade Mexican meal at home. Note that the place can get pretty packed, especially during the weekend when everyone is clamoring for the satisfying meals at Juarez.

Juarez Mexican Bakery
1701 South Mays Street
Round Rock, TX 78664
(512) 255-6262


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