Azul Tequila

Azul

Located at 4211 South Lamar Blvd. Azul Tequila is hidden in the crowded strip mall on the corner of South Lamar and Highway 290. They are described as Mexican Restaurant with Aztec inspired cuisine. A full bar complements the great food selection and of course there is plenty of tequila and mezcal to chose from.

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The Chamoy Margarita is spicy, sweet and delicious!

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Azul’s extensive menu features creative and unique dishes like the Pozole Mexiquense which is a red hominy pork soup, served with lettuce, radish, onions, avocado and oregano.

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Another signature dish is the Albondigas en Chipotle, made with meatballs stuffed with rice and spices in a caldo sauce, topped with chipotle sauce. Served with beans.

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For something a little more conventional Azul’s offers several plates that include tacos, enchiladas and tamale combinations.

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The Salt Lick BBQ

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The Salt Lick BBQ located at 18300 FM 1826 Driftwood Texas. Hidden among the ancient oak trees and budding wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country, Salt Lick finds itself providing patrons with a beautiful backdrop for some of the best BBQ around.

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With a rich history that spans several decades. Salt Lick has become a popular destination for vacationers and Austenites alike.

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Salt Lick’s legendary “Pit” is something to behold, wood, fire meat, meat and more meat!

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Bring your friends, family and big appetite to this carnivores paradise. I fully support the “Family Style” dinning. It’s a meager $25 per person for all you can eat brisket, ribs and sausage combined with bottomless bowls of potato salad, coleslaw and beans.

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Don’t forget to check out the Salt Lick Cellar and vineyard. A small caveats, it’s CASH ONLY although there is an ATM on the grounds. They sell great wines and some good Ol’ Texas beers and Salt Lick is also BYOB.

 

 

Adelbert’s Brewery

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Adelbert’s Brewery is located at 2314 Rutland Drive, Suite #100. The tap room is open Friday from 5-10 pm, Saturday 1-10 pm and Sunday 1-7 pm. With an selection of intriguing Belgian-Style brews with names like “Naked Nun”, “Dancin’ Monks”, and “Scratchin’ Hippo”I definitely recommend taking the tour, where you will hear some of the fascinating and hilarious stories behind these aptly named beers.

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Mackey Adelbert’s Manager and Tourism Extraordinaire

 

The prices are great the beer is fantastic. $13 a glass option which includes the souvenir glass, tour and six sample pours or you can get individual beers at $4 or $6 depending on the brew selection.

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Adelbert's Beer Menu

My first visit to Adelbert’s Brewery happened to be during an art showing and contest. This event featured live music, some great BBQ provided by Wunder Pig and amazing art work from many local artist.

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I’ve sampled several of Adelbert’s beers and I have yet to find one that I didn’t enjoy with my personal favorite being the Gold Metal Award Winning “Vintage Monks”. Some of my other favorites are “Flying Monks”, “Philosophizer” and the “Mango Wit”.

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100 Pizzitas

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100 Pizzitas is located at 900 E 7th St. This converted little house holds some big surprises. The wood plank flooring, wooden tables and benches give the interior a warm rustic feel.

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Personal pizzas, tapas sized, individual portioned, whatever you call them these little pizzas pack a huge flavor. The menu is daunting at first glance and the combinations of unique ingredients seems endless but once you get started you just can’t wait to try several of the many selections (my favorite is the #33 Goat cheese, brisket, caramelized onions and a Pedro Ximénez sauce) These thin crusted gourmet pizzas are handcrafted, made to order, and full of flavor with distinctive toppings like chimichurri sausage, chorizo and brisket to zucchini, asparagus and pine nuts. More cheeses than you can shake a stick at, Brie, Goat, Roquefort and Provolone just to name a few.

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The back patio  of 100 Pizzias is spacious and comfortable with a beautiful view of the Austin skyline. This is the perfect spot to hit up Happy Hour enjoy some delicious food and watch downtown Austin while everyone else is stuck in the gridlock of I-35.

 

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Twisted Root Burger Company

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Twisted Root Burger Co is located at 7211 Burnet Rd. Part bar, part miniature golf course, part gourmet burger joint and all delicious.

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These fun silly named burgers are serious on flavor and big on ingredients. Burger ingredients can include deliciousness like guacamole, fried green tomatoes and pineapple salsa.

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This beautiful creation is the Big Tex burger! There is a beef patty buried under a healthy scoop of guacamole, fried onion strings, a wheel of cheddar cheese, chipotle sauce and I added some delicious mushrooms. Other burgers include names like The Kevin Bacon, The Spicy Goat, Freshman 15 and Enough Said.

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Twisted Root has three Signature Sauces made in-house. Chipotle Ketchup, Grandpa’s BBQ Sauce and Horseradish Dijon. Don’t forget to check out the Pickle Bar with crazy flavors like Atomic, Sweet & Spicy and Ranch!

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24th Annual Austin Powwow

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Every year Austin host the 24th Annual Austin Powwow and American Indian Heritage Festival held at the Tony Burger Center. Despite the rain and chilly weather this year was another great turnout.

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Drumming and Dancing. All dancers and the tiny dancers.

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There was no shortage of great traditional foods and I ate everything!

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A bird in the hand...

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Fry bread, Navajo Tacos, Turkey Legs, Grilled Chicken, Buffalo Burgers, Sausage on a Stick, Soups and Stews. More food than I can remember and all of it hot, fresh and delicious.

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Even with the rainy weather there were plenty of venders selling handcrafted jewelry, pottery, beadwork and clothing.

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Hope to see everyone there next year!

Piranha Killer Sushi

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Piranha Killer Sushi is located at 207 San Jacinto Blvd. Happy hour is Monday thru Thursday 4pm – 7pm. One of my favorite happy hour martinis is the Sexytini made with Stoli raspberry vodka, cranberry, pineapple, lime & champagne with an orchid garnish on the side of the glass. It’s really the orchid that makes the drink. Piranha Killer also carries my favorite Japanese brew Asahi Black Kuronama.

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Piranha Killer has some outstanding choices on their menu. Sashimi, Sushi, hand rolls, classic rolls but the things that keep me coming back are their Signature Rolls.

PKS Signature Rolls

In the order as they appear in the picture above. Dragon Roll: shrimp tempura & asparagus with salmon & avocado. Marry Me Roll: shrimp tempura & ginger cream topped with avocado, tuna & strawberry. Forget About It Roll: masago, scallions, shrimp tempura & ginger cream with avocado & crawfish. Can I just recap some of these crazy ingredients? Asparagus, Strawberries, Crawfish. I was pretty hesitant the first time I heard about a sushi roll topped with Strawberries but it is delicious, a wonderfully surprising combination of sweet and savory.

PKS Blue Crab Fried Rice

I highly recommend trying the Blue Crab Fried Rice. It’s made up of fried rice, some assorted veggies, shrimp, crab and smothered in cheese. Don’t be fooled by its deceptive size in this picture, this plate will easily feed three or four people.

Cheesecake with Compote

Last but not least is dessert. The Cheesecake with Compote is incredible. Vanilla ice-cream placed in a crispy sweet wafer shell, drizzled with a strawberry and chocolate compote sauce with a fresh-cut strawberry on top.

 

Seared Tuna & Escolar

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