In our Austin Part 4 update I think we will just touch on some of the food places we visited. Did we mention that our friends Becky & drew are foodies? Well if not….. THEY ARE FOODIES LOL!! And they know their way around the food joints in the Austin and Lakeway area so we most likely would not have known about or gone to a fraction of these places without their guidance and of course there companionship was the icing on the cake, or the sauce on the BBQ in most cases. .
The first place we will talk about is a spot that we visited probably 4 times during our visit in the Austin area called Torchys.
Torchys has right around 60 locations between Texas, Colorado, Arkansas and Oklahoma with a number of locations slated to be opening soon and I’ll tell you what, if we were going to move to one of those states I would try to pick a town that had a Torchys in it!!
Now it may sound funny to say that a Taco joint would have an influence on picking one town or another but if it sounds funny it can only mean one thing, YOU HAVE NOT HAD TACO’s AT A TORCHYS!!!
In fact as I’m thinking about it I think we will check to see if Torchys offers stock on the stock market and if so I know where our Nike stock will be transferred LOL!!!
Damn, it’s 4:30AM and I want a Torchys Taco. We will supply a link to them so you can check out their menu. https://torchystacos.com/culture/
** Side note, it seems Torchys is not on the stock market and is privately held (probably smart). But they did team with an equity group in 2018 in order to grow the company. I’ll be watching these guys.
Ok, another spot we hit, actually on our first night in town was Poodies Roadhouse.
I think Poodies Roadhouse is probably known more for their music venue and drinks than anything else but we can tell you that they serve a darn good burger as well.
I guess from what we have heard and read a number of well-known musicians like Willie Nelson, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Billy Joe Shaver, Jerry Jeff Walker, Freddy Powers, Asleep at the Wheel, Billy Bob Thornton, and many more.
It just had a good ol nothing fancy, no bells & whistles Honky Tonk feel. We liked it.
I know we mentioned the Redbud Café in Blanco in a previous update but because we are talking about food joints I figured we would give them another mention.
Redbud isn’t a place that if we were 50 miles away that we would make a special trip to go visit but for being in a town of just over 2000 people it’s a pretty good stop and they offer a darn nice sandwich for the money.
Then there is the “It’s All Good BBQ” joint we had to check out.
Now in our blog we say it the way it is and call it the way we see it with no punches pulled so we have to admit that “It’s All Good BBQ” was probably our least favorite spot we ate at during our visit but we also know that any place you eat at can have a bad day so we wouldn’t strike it from our “give it another try” list.
From what we read about the place they have entered the “Texas’ best BBQ competitions” for the last 20 years or so and have gone up against the best in the business and have walked away with awards for their pit-smoked brisket, ribs, chicken and sausage. So with credentials like that they certainly deserve he benefit of the doubt. Just unfortunately for us they were not a cheap BBQ joint and we caught them on what was probably an off day.
Then there is the “Don Mario Mexican Restaurant”. So for me “Dave” Mexican is towards the bottom of my favorite foods but go figure that it’s at the top of Diane’s so of course we eat at Mexican joints more than any place else LOL!!
As far as Don Mario’s, I like the story more than anything else because they started from a small roadside taqueria operation and then grew to where they were able to open a brick & mortar location in Lakeway with a full service bar and an outdoor patio so they must have done something right.
And even though Mexican food isn’t my favorite I certainly did enjoy what I had at Don Mario’s as did Diane, Becky & Drew and you have to give them a thumbs up for the value offered during Happy Hour, that’s for sure.
The “Lebowski’s Grill” in another spot we hit one afternoon.
There are a few Lebowski’s Grills around the country from what we have found out but this particular one was located in a Bowling Alley. So if you’re looking for more of a restaurant atmosphere this might not be the place to go. But on the other hand if you are hungry for a good burger and happen to be in the area like we were it’s a good stop.
Another good burger stop for us was the “Sandeez Hamburger Hut”.
We have to admit that the main reason we visited this spot was not only because we heard they had good burgers but also because we heard that the Lakeway Classic Car Club gathered most Friday afternoons here and it’s hard for us to pass up a good gathering of old iron of any sort.
So we got there early so we would have a spot to park our big ol truck and watched as it was surrounded by classic cars until we were actually blocked in LOL!!! Hey we didn’t care, the burgers were darn good and there were plenty of cars to check out.
Ok, now another BBQ joint called “Schmidt Family Barbecue” and without a doubt the best BBQ spot we hit during our visit.
This is one of those spots that have a pretty good history story and one that we can’t do justice by just typing it out so we will provide a link to click on and check out if you care to, here it is http://www.schmidtfamilybarbecue.com/restaurant
As far as our experience goes it was very apparent that Drew & Becky just MIGHT eat more meals at Schmidt BBQ than they do anywhere else in town because as soon as we walked in they were recognized and addressed and before long after sitting down with our food the Pitmaster came to our table and started holding a conversation like old friends do. And not long after we finished eating we were getting a behind the scenes tour with the pit master which was pretty interesting.
Ok, now on to the “Lighthouse on the Lake”. The main reason we were drawn to this spot on that particular night was to listen to a 2 person band that our friends Drew & Becky knew of and has listened to numerous times at different locations including cruise ships. Heck they are basically groupies of the “2 Country 4 Nashville” duo.
This was to be the first time for us meeting Jo’el and LeAnne “2 Country 4 Nashville” and as we walked onto a nice patio overlooking the lake we saw that Dew & Becky had our VIP table all ready right on the railing and up front and person with the band where 10 of us ended up enjoying and great evening of music, food and friendship.
The Lighthouse on the Lake is a family owned business and the owner Robin can be found working on site every day and his wife Samantha can be found on site most days and we enjoy supporting people like thing.
The food, music and food was very good and the scenery was the icing on the cake.
Another spot we strapped on the food bag at was “Jack Allen’s Kitchen” and boy did we strap on a BIG feed bag.
We went during happy hour and for some reason we thought for the price the portions would be small so we all ordered 1 appy and agreed to share, and we did.
We shared and shared and shared until we just couldn’t eat any more and had to leave food on the table. It food was amazing and the quantity of food was even more amazing.
Now normally we would take to go boxes but that particular night we were headed off to see the Bat’s under the Bridge (which we will talk about in our next update) so we knew any food we took with us would not survive.
Here is a link to Jack Allen’s in case you care to take a look. https://jackallenskitchen.com/
Then there was the “Oasis Restaurant and Bar” which was a fun spot to be either for the food or to see the sunset or to just take in the huge complex itself.
We actually visited the Oasis twice but went to eat, visit with friends and listen to music one evening. It’s just one of those places to need to check out if you are in the area.
Unfortunately for us the night we went the sunset was underwhelming but we had a great time none the less.
Now last but not least let’s have desert at “Gourdough’s”
How do we explain Gourdough’s? Hmm, donut heaven, sweets gone wild, calories unlimited, sugar high higher than high, donuts that you would never thing existed, or just plain GOOD!! I don’t really know how to explain it to do it justice.
I know one thing, even though we may not be willing to try every concoction on the menu there are enough of them we WOULD try that we would return, and return and return over a long period of time to try them. It would have to stretch out over a long period because a person just can’t have that much good, I mean sugar day after day LOL!!!
They have two locations so we went to the Airstream Trailer location for the roadside café feel. Here is a link you should check out. https://gourdoughs.com/
And of course we can’t forget an evening at Drew & Becky’s where Drew slaved over the BBQ which was followed by a rip roaring game of Mexican Train.
That’s about all we can say about our food experience during our stay and if we could we would probably need to admit ourselves into some sort of foodie’s anonymous program.
Ok, our next update will be on some of the other fun stuff we did.