Are you ready for Part 2 from our Austin adventures? We couldn’t pass up the opportunity to check out a few spots that serve cool beverages along with some classic eats to pig out on for dinner. Let’s go check them out!
Easy Tiger Bake Shop & Beer Garden
We decided to check out the infamous 6th Street after we had finished breaking out of jail from The Escape Game Austin and we happened upon the Easy Tiger. It’s a great place to sit down, chill, and have a snack after using up all our brainpower. Also, how many eateries do you know that allows you to order a whole loaf of bread and pair it with an Antonelli’s cheese plate? We ordered a variety of their housemade sausages to share: the kielbasa, classic bratwurst, green chili hotlink, and Cajun chicken. Plus, we had the housemade potato chips, which were so well seasoned. You could not simply stop at just one chip! Check them out here!
This. Place. Is. Packed. It took our group quite a long time to find tables that had enough space for all of us as they mainly have communal-style seating. In the end, we had to break up into 3 groups. But we shortly found out why this place is worth the wait. Their pies and pizza rolls are delicious, the flavours balance each other beautifully (even the fancy pies), and they have have the cheese pull! It’s probably best to come here in smaller groups so that you can have an easier time finding space to sit. Check them out here!
Family Business Beer Co.
Even though none of us NC ladies did a beer tasting here, the majority of our nerd family did. This spot was another must stop for us as some of the nerd fam are huge Supernatural fans, as the owners of this brewery are none other than Danneel and Jensen Ackles!
This place is huge yet it still feels very homey and it’s pet and kid-friendly. They have a space for live music, a fenced-in playground for the kiddos, as well as tables on the porch and picnic benches in the backyard. The trees are decorated with white twinkle lights and large tea-like lights are strung between tree to tree. They even have a beanbag toss game setup available for the big kids.
And if you have the munchies, they haave barbeque smoker out back from Just Like Mama’s Soul Food food truck! We had a great time and to food was finger-licking good (especially the super creamy mac n’ cheese)! Check out the brewery here!
As a fan of the classic gin and tonic, this Nerdie Foodie had to try the complimentary gin tasting at the distillery. The tasting consisted of four varieties of gins of varying alcoholic proofs, starting with the strongest and working your way down to the mildest.
Our server started us off with the classic gin: Austin Reserve Gin, with lavender and strong juniper finish. The second gin (Amico Amaro) is more like an aperitif and is usually used in a spritz. This one had a slightly medicinal taste which the group didn’t particularly enjoy. The first two tasters were just a touch strong and bitter. The third gin taster (Cafecito) was infused with coffee and tasted like a spiked double roasted black coffee. While the final gin (Chocolate Cafecito) had a similar coffee flavour to the third bottle with the addition of dark chocolate cacao.
This Chocolate Cafecito was by far my favourite from the four and group was pretty much in a consensus in picking the third and fourth gins as their favourites. After the tasting, you could purchase their gin-based drinks from their bar. The White Russian was delicious and reminded me of an iced latte with reduced sweetness. Delicious!
They also were giving away flavoured sparkling water from Big Swig (a local company) that comes with a kick! I tried the pineapple/jalapeno, but I definitely preferred the mango/chili flavour. Check out Revolution Spirits here!
A huge thank you to the manager at Pappdeaux’s for sorting out the mix up with our group’s reservation. We ended up being seated in the banquet room after waiting around an hour for our lost reservation to be sorted out on the restaurant’s end. A massive thank you to our server, Dyamond, who really too good care of us. It is not easy to keep track of such a rowdy group. We know, we had struggled all weekend with roll calls! We had such a lovely time and the food portions were massive. Sharing is a must if you decide to visit (see the photos in the gallery). Everything was flavourful and most of our plates were scraped clean! Our favourite dish was definitely the étouffée as every bite was delicious.
Have you visited any of these spots before? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below! And stay tuned for the final part of our Austin nerdventure series. If you missed it, be sure to check out Part 1!