Lunch in Austin?
There's no end to the food options in Austin! I love it when my kids, (Who know a lot about Austin) introduce me to a place that's new and different. Every place in Austin tries to be different, but Easy Tiger is different, without trying too hard.
Heidi was our guide to this unique combination of beer garden and bakery. Scott who was an anthropology student at UT not long ago, filled us in on some of the urban changes in this quieter section of 6th Street.
This is not the funky, fun, partying end of 6th Street. There are some abandoned buildings and a few homeless people, but the people of Austin are giving this area and new restaurant a chance!
Beside Waller Creek
Improvements are underway to make this creek, running beside Easy Tiger, more appealing. In the future this could be like San Antonio's Riverwalk! Even though there's just a trickle of water now, the terraced beer garden beside the creek looks pretty intriguing.
At night, I'm told this place comes to life with live music, big blowing fans, strings of lights (illuminating trees and some odd rock formations) AND ping pong balls popping across a few tables... and sometimes into Waller creek! 5 bonus points for great use of outdoor space!
Upstairs Bakery...with Windows
When you enter from the street, there's a fun warehouse feel. I love a place that let's you peek at the kitchen.
Big glass windows allow you to watch the breads being prepared. Or you can sit on one of the metal stools and read all the words on the glass, if you prefer. My favorite words of Easy Tiger Wisdom, "Slow down. Stay a while." 5 bonus points for windows that provide viewing or reading!
Mostly, I like peering through the glass and watching the bread being made.
A Bread Wall!
I also love the nice display of bread, on the wall.
There's a nice old fashioned display of baked sweets on the counter. Above that the wooden racks hold the fresh breads and pretzels on the wall.
We headed downstairs to a basement dining area, that had more of a brewery feel. Our guide Heidi, helped us pick out a Cheese Board Sampler.
Fresh rye and multigrain breads with an assortment of Anotnelli's cheeses, served with fruit mustard. (pear and fennel seed...the seeds POP with each bite!) Then our pretzel with beer cheese, which was a mix of lager, sharp cheddar and garlic. Very yummy. Great sausage in a pretzel roll with a curious corn relish!
And There's More!
The Meat Board! Corned beef and pastrami with sauerkraut and house-made mustard! The meat looked a bit fatty (I'm picky) but it melted in the mouth. 5 points for the great breads, meats and cheese. 5 bonus points for a cool place that bakes their own bread...serves craft beers along with a variety of meats and cheeses and even offers old time menu items like okra and black eyed peas!
Back in Time
I found this incredibly wonderful wallpaper, on the way to the restroom. It took me way back in time. I'm not talking about the fact that this was very funky, retro stuff. I'm talking about when I was about 8 years old and I appointed myself as the family member who would rate restrooms when our fam of 6 went out to eat.
I was always eager to return from my restroom visit to report my numbers for bathroom decor, cleanliness and sometimes excitement...if something funny or weird occured in the restroom. I still remember bursting with a favorable review of a bathroom in Des Moines, Iowa. "The wallpaper is velvety!" From that point on I gave the highest points to restaurants with fuzzy, touchable wallpaper. So 10 bonus points for Easy Tiger's great pink hallway, with those fuzzy silhouettes!
TOTAL of 30 POINTS for EASY TIGER!
The Dining Blog
This is a blog about Dining Adventures. Sometimes, I talk about food. Below, you can read how this started.
On July 4th 2011, I set a goal to try 50 culturally diverse restaurants in one year! (I knew that was possible, living in the Houston area) I spent the year pulling in friends and family to join me, on some unusual dining adventures. I met some curious people, tried some scary foods and explored places and cultures I never would have otherwise. Even though I met my goal, I learned too much to end my adventures in dining. I have continued blogging about memorable dining adventures of all kinds, near and far... and all the discoveries and funny things I've learned along the way!
Locations and types of dining adventures, are listed further down.