Oui Oui Gimme Everything Le Politique!

I’ve dined at Le Politique twice in the last week – once for brunch and once for dinner with my coworkers. Both experiences were great with outstanding food and drank!

First off brunch:

The short rib hash – with an egg on top!

Quiche Lorraine!

Legation Burger and Pommes Frites – I’d eat this everyday!

Love their custom cheese boards!

OH MY WORD, YOU MUST EAT THIS PAIN AU CHOCOLAT!

 

Dinner time grub:

A custom cheese board and Escargot to start!

The Boudin Blanc – really really good!

I’d say go in for brunch or dinner soon so you can see what all the hype is about. Let me know your faves! Oh and please, eat a pain au chocolat and get a capuccino!

Bon Appetite!

-Shveta

December, 2017

ATX_Bites’ Guide to Dining in Denver

Planning a trip to Denver and want to know where to eat? Did you know the food scene in Denver is bumpin?! Did you also hear that the next season of Top Chef is in Denver?!

Here I am sharing my most recent trip to Denver and all the eats and drank I enjoyed! And keep in mind, this is just scratching the surface —

Breakfast

Snooze, An A.M. Eatery

Snooze, An A.M. Eatery was born in Denver back in 2006 – we in Austin only got our first bite of Snooze a little over a year ago! I usually prefer to eat at the Denver locations only for authenticity’s sake πŸ™‚

Their menu can be a bit intimidating but a few of my favorites are their boozy coffee drinks, the hashbrown cake, pancakes, and the benny duo. If you’re feeling “healthy,” they have tons of options like the egg white scramble I enjoyed here with a side of bacon (because their bacon is perfectly crispy just like I like it):

They always have some fun syrups to add to your coffee drink of choice. Being that it’s fall, I got the Pumpkin Spice because #basic:

You can always get a pancake flight if you don’t want to commit to any one pancake! You can do the same with the Benny Duo (pick two benedicts)!

We didn’t want a flight – just a bite or two or three of the Chocolate Chip Pancake with Strawberries on top:

Pro Tip: You’ll have to wait at many of Snooze’s locations so go early or closer to closing time.

Jelly Cafe

I don’t typically eat donuts but when I go on vacation, I tend to crave them. Especially the donut holes at Jelly Cafe! Just as Snooze has a wait for a table, so does Jelly Cafe. That’s the whole point of the Donut Holes – order you a bunch of them to hold you over until it’s time to get your grub on.

And, enjoy a Bloody Mary while you wait…

 

Carbon Cafe

We totally just ran across Carbon Cafe in LoHi and fell in love with the ambiance, music, plethora of seating, drinks (coffee, beer, wine, booze), breakfast hashes, toasts, sandwiches, Wu Tang Tots and Doughnuts from next door neighbor, Habit Doughnut Dispensary.Β  Pretty much fell in love with Carbon Cafe πŸ™‚

The Mushroom Avocado Toast on 7-grain bread was so good I ate it two days in a row (not ashamed of it)!

The latte in the picture is HONEY LAVENDER y’all! They have at least 10 different super creative syrups available for all your latte spiking needs.

And leave room for a doughnut (minis available at Carbon) or full-size next door at Habit Doughnut Dispensary. I couldn’t resist the pretty pink Raspberry White Chocolate Doughnut. And the doughnut itself is Brioche! NOM!

We had no room for the Wu Tang Tots but they’re totally customizeable – think of them like making your own nachos!

Brunch/Lunch

Root Down

I love to support community-focused restaurants and when I came across Root Down, I was intrigued by everything they encompass. They use sustainability practices such as growing their own 4,000 sqft garden providing about 20% of their own seasonal produce, sourcing up to 50% of their ingredients locally, using only certified humane animal proteins, composting and recycling, etc.Β  So much goodness in one neighborhood-centric restaurant!

I was excited to try all of their fresh ingredients and my bestie is vegetarian, so Root Down seemed to be the natural place to fill our tummies.

No brunch is complete without a cocktail right? πŸ™‚ I enjoyed the special cocktail of the day, Down the Rabbit Hole, which was made from fresh carrot juice, Gin, lemon juice and thyme. It was super refreshing and absolutely delicious. And pretty too, right?

My best friend ordered the Masala Tofu Scramble but subbed eggs for the tofu. I ordered the Roasted Beet Salad with cured salmon on the side. The Masala eggs tasted just like my Mom’s Indian breakfast dish! And the roasted beets (golden and red) was divine! Loved the salmon on the side for some added protein (although the salad was big enough that I could have gone without the protein).

Closeup of the Roasted Beet Salad

Masala Eggs (bottom left)

We had no room for dessert but I bet we would have loved it all! Oh and they have bottomless mimosas for brunch πŸ™‚

Dinner

Linger

I ate at Linger back in 2014 on my first visit to Denver with my husband and we were so blown away by the diversity of the menu as well as the beautiful location and views from this LoHi spot! The plates are meant to be shared and the menu spans the continents and various street food from each.

Because I loved the grub so much 3 years ago, we made reservations for dinner on my bestie trip!

You’ll get a bowl of popcorn upon arriving, so take that into account. It’s seasoned with cumin, paprika and a few other spices and I found myself stuffing my face with them even before we ordered. It’s kinda like chips and salsa, if you know what I mean – SO ADDICTIVE!

We ordered the sweet potato waffle fries (because I order fries always), Dahi Puri “Perfect Bites”, Pad Thai, Korean Fried Chicken Bao, and Tom Yum Soup. My favorite was the Dahi Puri mostly because it reminded me of my Mom’s except honestly (don’t tell her I said this), these were the best I’ve ever had. They didn’t crumble in my hand before I popped one in my mouth.

Sweet Potato Waffle Fries

Dahi Puri “Perfect Bites”

Pad Thai

Korean Fried Chicken Bao

Tom Yum Soup

It’s upstairs right next to Little Man Ice Cream in LoHi and has some pretty epic views of Denver at sunset and night! Go up to the rooftop if you enjoy the breeze and an outdoor view of the city. It’s really breathtaking!

El Five

Make a reservation at El Five as soon as you decide to visit Denver. Book a table for sunset on the west side of the restaurant. Thank me later πŸ™‚

The restaurant is HAUT! Up on the 5th floor in LoHi (around the corner from Linger), this spot is reminiscent of a club in Vegas or NYC.

Grab a drink at the bar and enjoy the best views of downtown Denver. I think the views at night under a full moon was pretty dope – I can’t imagine the view at sunset!

So the menu is Mediterranean Tapas – I’m drooling just thinking of it honestly. They feature food and flavors from 10 counties in the Mediterranean.

We enjoyed the Cauliflower Yuka, Chicken Kofta, Charred Baba Ganoush, and the Green Sofrito Paella. Do not leave the restaurant without having dessert – especially the Dragees (dark chocolate hazelnuts dusted in powdered sugar). Trust me, they’re worth it.

Save the paella for the next morning and have it for breakfast – that’s what I did. It’s loaded with superfoods and guaranteed to satisfy your tastebuds.

If you love wine like I do, then get a glass. They have quite the selection. Cocktails looked really good too.

Sorry in advance for the weirdly lit pics – it was dark in the restaurant and I did my best πŸ™‚

Wine with a view! That’s the moon at the top left corner of the wine.

Amuse Bouche – manchego cheese and other flavors that were ridiculously good!

Charred Baba Ganoush

Chicken Kofta

Green Sofrito Paella

Cauliflower Yufka – tastes like a thinner, tastier samosa

Dragees

I swear we didn’t just eat our way through Denver πŸ™‚

Enjoy your next trip to Denver and let me know if you need any suggestions other than the ones here!

Bon Appetite,

Shveta

November, 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

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 reservationsΒ  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

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 πŸ™‚

Bon Appetite!

-Shveta

October, 2017