Falling Into Love With Revelry Kitchen + Bar’s New Fall Menu!

You know how you have one or two go-to spots in Austin for that consistent great food and experience? Revelry Kitchen + Bar is that spot for me and the hubs. The staff have been there from the beginning (their 1st anniversary is coming up) and they keep their menu fresh and seasonal. Quite unusual for East 6th Street and what people know as the “bar” scene in Austin.

Revelry’s Beverage Director, Alana, is simply a genius when it comes to creating new seasonal cocktails. We tried out the new “If Figs Could Fly” and Pomegranate Margarita because the hubs loves an old fashion and I love pomegranate.

“If Figs Could Fly” – Bulleit Rye, house-made fig-maple simple syrup and plum bitters – the hubs loved it!

The Pomegranate Margarita was perfection – not too sweet, not too tart!

Of course, Chef Dominique always whips up super creative cajun-inspired bites with seasonal ingredients, like the Blackened Redfish Sandwich, Cauliflower Hummus and NOLA Style BBQ Shrimp.

Blackened Redfish Sandwich with fennel-apple slaw – so legit!

NOLA Style BBQ Shrimp – be careful, these have the shell on them but you can eat it if you want! Spicy and tasty!

Loved the cauliflower hummus with veggie chips and veggies!

Next time you’re on the Eastside and want some solid food at a normal time or even late, head on in to Revelry Kitchen + Bar. The cocktails, draft beers, wine and food is all on point. They have happy hour all week long as well as daily specials! Their brunch on Sundays for #SundayFunday is one of the best in town!

Hope to see you soon for a bite or two!

-Shveta

October, 2017

ATX_Bites’ Guide to Dining in Portland

I finally went to Portland – it’s been high on my list for years and we took the plunge and planned a trip there!

Of course, PDX is known for the food scene in addition to the brewery and vineyard and coffee scene, so I had a rather lengthy list of spots to hit up in the 4 days we were there.

Here are some highlights and feel free to message me if you want more details!

Crema Coffee and Bakery on Ankeny:

Cheddar Corn Biscuit was perfectly flaky and savory!

Honey Vanilla Almond Latte – love the coffee bean in here!

Dinner at Pok Pok off of SE Division Street is a must—

Order a Salted Plum Vodka Collins – it’s heavenly!

Chinese Broccoli with crispy pork belly (top), Papaya Salad PokPok (left), Khao Soi (right) – you’ll love them as much as we did!

While you may have to wait to get seated at Pok Pok, hop on over to Whiskey Soda Lounge and order a Lord Bergamot – you can thank me later!

Blue Star Donuts – leave room for a donut or two – you’ll regret missing out!

No visit to PDX is complete without a Blueberry Bourbon Basil donut!

Brunch at LeChon before heading over to the Portland Saturday Market—

Fried Chicken – you had me at fried chicken – and then you add a jalapeno cheddar biscuit and an egg – woah!

The most perfect Strawberry Salad with mango, edamame, spinach and a citrus vinaigrette!

Dine at Bollywood Theater for a fun, casual, super authentic Indian meal —

The Gobi Manchurian was super delish!

Order Khatti Rolls!

Don’t leave without some Bhel Puri!

For sure, you’ll want to brunch at Tusk or you’ll have some serious FOMO—

The cutest coffee mug with HEART coffee and a side of toasted almond creamer — y’all they offer that free of charge!

The Breakfast Sandwich with avocado comes on an soft sweet onion roll – this will have you swooning!

Frittata with potatoes, zucchini, cheese curd, broccoli and cumin – holy wowzas!

You can’t leave without devouring this Toast with Beet and Labneh!

Marukin Ramen serves up a no-frills ramen—

Pork and Chicken Ramen b/c rainy Portland nights!

Grab you a few cold craft brews and be sure to order this epic meat and cheese board at Commons Brewery

The epic Deluxe Monger’s Board

 

So as you can see, there is a ton to eat in Portland – we didn’t even make a dent. Hope you’ll enjoy all my recommendations and feel free to suggest some of your own for my next visit!

Until then, bon voyage!

-Shveta

October, 2017

Old Thousand – dope Chinese now available for lunch!

Old Thousand has been serving up some modern Chinese food on the Eastside of ATX and when I heard they were starting lunch service, I had to make my way there to try out their new menu!

Dined with @atxeatsandtreats and we shared the following (I didn’t eat it all by myself y’all) —

Forbidden Rice – such a beautiful and flavorful dish with the goji berries and citrus-chile vinagrette

Khao Man Gai Spring Roll – the braised chicken thigh, pickled cabbage, mint, carrot and all the other goodies in here had me wishing I didn’t have to share!

Never leave Old Thousand without eating their Brisket Fried Rice!

Nommmmm – Dan Dan Mian with ground pork, chili oil and preserved black bean was out of this world!

Prices are reasonable and you’ll have leftovers! Head on over…invite me for a lunch date 🙂

Get you some #dopechinese,

-Shveta

October, 2017

Grizzelda’s Sunday Brunch Buffet – NOM!

The Sunday brunch buffet at Grizzelda’s is a must! You can even listen to the DJ Vibing with 90s vs 80s or Cher vs Madonna!

I finally made it in a couple weekends ago and it won’t be my last time to go. The buffet is $20 for all you can eat, also pancakes and eggs made to order, $5 Margaritas and $10 Mimosa Pitchers. Quite a steal for all the best Interior Mexican food you can eat!

My first plate with all so much yumminess! And a Mimosa in the background and fresh corn tortillas.

Second plate of more goodness – but, ordered over easy eggs to put on top.

Enter, the over easy eggs

Plate 2 with an egg on top!

And last but not least, Mexican Chocolate Pudding – so perfect!

 

Stop in the next time you want one of the tastiest and affordable buffets for brunch — make reservations  on Grizzelda’s site if you can plan ahead because they get packed!

Happy brunching,

-Shveta

October, 2017

Austin Daily Press Starts Bar Menu at The Wheel!

Two of my neighborhood faves have partnered together to offer a Bar Menu at The Wheel daily from 5PM to close with yummies from Austin Daily Press!

I had the pleasure of trying out all of the items on the menu: Grilled Queso Fresco with a Seasonal Fruit Salad, Crispy Pork Belly with Grilled Broccoli, Fried Brussel Sprouts with Marinated Feta, and the September monthly special, The Princess of Mushroom Kingdom (chicken edition).

If you haven’t enjoyed an ADP entree before, head on over soon. They’re mostly a scratch kitchen and use local produce for their grub. I love the names of their monthly specials, like The Princess of Mushroom Kingdom pictured here (but with fried chicken instead):

That’s a huge fried queso fresco on top!

Did you know for every Monthly Special you purchase, a meal is provided to someone in need through Mealshare? Just another excuse to eat for a cause, y’all!

Here’s everything pictured in this overhead shot:

ADP is opening a second location off of E. Cesar Chavez soon so be on the lookout as their empire grows!

Bon Appetite,

Shveta

October, 2017

Frosé Tour with Envy and Me! Because Frosé all day (literally)

Haven’t heard of Envy? Well, what are you waiting for — check out findyourenvy.com for all the details about this amazing visual search engine for all the things you love. I’m one of the Austin Ambassadors for Envy and had the pleasure of co-hosting a Frosé Tour! Thanks to all of you who joined and for those of you who were interested but unable to join, there will be more tours with me in the near future!

There were 5 stops along the way and each of the stops participated either with free snacks, discounted food or drinks, and they were all wonderful hosts!

First up, Revelry Kitchen + Bar where everyone who had a ticket to the tour came by to pick up their wristband and grab a frosé!

Second stop was Kitty Cohen’s — it was so hot out that day so a FrosĂ© was in order!

Next up, Irene’s because who doesn’t love a good FrosĂ© with some amazing nutella toast and popcorn?!

Moving along to downtown off Red River, Cheer Up Charlie’s welcomed us in with Watermelon FrosĂ©!

And the last stop on the tour was Eastside Tavern where we enjoyed a gorgeous sunset on the rooftop, lots of yummy brisket tater tots and nachos and of course, the last Frosé for the night!

Cheers to all who joined and drank Frosé with us literally all day!

CEO and Co-Founder of Envy on the left and me on the right 🙂

 

Hope to see you soon for some Frosé!

Cheers,

Shveta

October, 2017

Prettiest Dinner at My New Fave – Pitchfork Pretty

Admittedly, I stalked Pitchfork Pretty for their opening date for months! Within a month of their opening, I had the opportunity to take some friends visiting from San Diego for dinner. I was so impressed with Pitchfork Pretty, I feel they deserve an entire post on my site!

Ok, so I recommend ordering the following because this is how I ate them and LOVED every bite:

Buckwheat Cornbread – that’s honey miso butter with the prettiest edible flowers on top

Pimento cheese with embered chiles and whole wheat crackers – YUM!

Aguachile – I’m obsessed with this since having it in Tulum. It has snapper, watermelon, aloe and basil and it’s just too good!

Yuca Dumplings – come here my pretty! These tasty yuca pillows with queso oaxaca, escabeche and wild oregano had me singing!

Grilled Blue Crab with cucumber, melon and sunflower – this was just outstanding…such an awesome punch of flavors. Get a bit of everything in one bite!

Poached Ruby Trout with roasted tomato, fennel, and breadcrumbs – I’ve never had Ruby Trout but I’d definitely eat this again. So light and flavorful!

Last but not least, FRIED CHICKEN with sweet potato salad, rolls, red chile paste and buttermilk dressing – oh my word! GET IT!

We had absolutely no room for dessert but did enjoy a glass of wine (or two).

Officially proclaiming that Pitchfork Pretty is my favorite restaurant. I hope you get to dine there soon!

Bon Appetite,

-Shveta

October, 2017

 

Brunch with AustinOnBudget at Eureka Austin

I’ve been a long time fan of the food and beer selection at Eureka since they opened in Austin a year or so ago!

When asked if I’d like to join for brunch, it didn’t take much convincing.

Brunch isn’t complete without a bev! The Weekend Thyme (left) and Bloody Mary (right) were legit!

Avocado toast with a hard boiled egg, diced tomato, chimichurri and watermelon radish was one of my favorite avo toasts to date!

We loved the Steak and Eggs (top) and Chilaquiles (bottom). The steak and eggs had firecracker aioli and kale inside. The chilaquiles weren’t soggy at all – they had feta, sour cream, purple onions, avocado and pico of course!

You had me at Fried Chicken! The Fried Chicken and Sweet Cornbread was a nice twist on a chicken and waffle. And some crumbled bacon in there for a nice surprise! The Bread Pudding French Toast (bottom) was a nice sweet bite after all the savory!

 

Next time you’re downtown at brunch time, or nearby, or far away but want a good brunch, head on over to Eureka. You’ll be totally happy with your decision 🙂

Bon Appetite!

-Shveta

October, 2017

Getting “Knotty” at Knotty Deck and Bar

I don’t know if y’all have noticed, but the hotel scene in Austin is really starting to pick up their restaurant game! Perhaps it’s all the competition (man the restaurant business is so cutthroat right)?!

A few food bloggers and I dined at Knotty Deck and Bar at the Renaissance Austin Hotel earlier this week and I was blown away with the freshness of the ingredients, flavor of each dish, and the concept. Did you know they source their meat products from local farms and ranches, they have an on-premise garden and they pride themselves in having a scratch kitchen? I had NO IDEA!

Chef Chris who moved from Florida to take the position as Executive Chef, has been onboard at Knotty Deck since they opened a few years ago. He really knows what he’s doing and we thoroughly enjoyed our entire experience and everything we ate (which was ALOT)!

The bar staff make super creative drinks and they even randomly started barrel-aging a few spirits (totally unintentional really).

This Negroni was delish

Rye Fashioned – my hubs would love this one!

Of course, I had to get a glass or vino!

The Tex-Mex Charcuterie, Wild Boar Spare Ribs, and the Fried Pig Ears were a wonderful way to start our dining adventure (and night of spoiling)—–

Fried Pig Ears – and that fried egg!

Yasssssssss to charcuterie! They have a bee hive on the roof where they source their honeycomb!

Wild boar spare ribs and the side salad — so good!

Enjoy their deck if you can — it’s absolutely stunning and a beautiful view of the preserve below. I can’t wait to go back one evening when it cools down a bit. They’ve got a huge fire pit that makes for a perfect place to warm up and/or make s’mores!

Next up, more yummy food —

 

Lobsta!!!

Diver scallops!

Veggie Cavetelli

Ugh, I can’t remember the name of this fish but it’s rampant in the ocean and really tasty!

And although we had no more room in our tummies to eat anymore, a few highlights from the brunch menu came out and I’ve gotta go just for brunch now —

Knotty Patty Melt – grassfed beef, oaxaca, house bacon, hash brown, grilled onion, 2 farm eggs, picante aioli on rye bread!

Knotty Fries – pulled pork, farm fried egg, redneck cheddar, picante aioli, grilled onion

Lastly, out came dessert and we were beyond blown away…took some to-go because I didn’t have the heart to throw away the leftovers or leave it behind.

Chocolate and hazelnut HEAVEN!

Crumbled cake with meringue and edible flowers — isn’t it gorg!

Sweet Potato Cobbler – OMG!

Y’all, you’re depriving yourself of an amazing meal — go dine there now. You won’t be disappointed. It’s not even too far north, for those of you who don’t venture out of Central Austin.

Enjoy and until we dine together (soon),

Bon Appetite!

-Shveta

August 2017

Prince’s Hot Chicken from NashVegas comes to ATX!

When Prince’s Hot Chicken says they’re coming to Austin, you do what you can to get your a** over there to eat the HOT chicken! As an Envy Ambassador, I had the opportunity to devour some Prince’s Hot Chicken this week and takeover @findyourenvy ‘s IG account while I was there! Such a fun event and definitely one I didn’t want to miss!

It was hosted at Independence Brewing’s taproom by October Family Craft. The venue was perfect for the occasion and I loved the table setup! As part of our ticket price, we were treated to a Family Style meal and Indy Brewing beer tastings and pours.

I mean, how cute is this setting?

While the meal was being prepared, we were treated to samples of Independence Brewing’s Stash IPA, White Rabbit Wit, Austin Amber, and Power and Light Pale Ale. All were great for palate cleansing and cooling off the heat from the chicken we consumed shortly thereafter!


Then the food started coming out – potato salad, baked beans, seasoned fries, ranch dressing (to cool off that HOT chicken), pickles, the works! The potato salad was just like I like it – mustardy and less mayo. The seasoned fries were so addictive. Loved the crunch and the spice on them! The baked beans were sweet-ish and really helped to temper the upcoming heat from the chicken.

I only caught a pic of the fries – rest was on video!



Then plates and plates of HOT chicken. Mild, medium and hot were the levels of chicken. The guys at the table started with the hot. Not sure why! I mean, after that heat, everything was bound to be hot. Even the potato salad.
Genius that I am, started with the mild. So glad I started with the mild, y’all. Even the mild was quite hot. The medium was hotter and the hot, I could only eat 2 bites. All in all, I probably ate 1 and a half pieces of chicken given that I took too long taking pics and I had to cool down before I continued 🙂

I present my plate of yumminess! Hottest chicken on top, then medium, and then mild.



After we all died from the heat (yes, I’m generalizing and probably being a tad bit dramatic, but seriously the HOT chicken is hotter than anything I’ve eaten), we watched 3 brave souls eat a piece of the XXX Hot. It was soooooo black from the cayenne sauce, y’all.

XXX Hot Chicken




The night’s event was put together by October. Love that they’ve started this new series of events, Family Craft, which aims to highlight those families behind some of the country’s most inspired craft breweries and restaurants! I look forward to attending their next event!

May, 2017