There are so many things I love about living in Austin, from the people to the scenery to the social scene. It is one of the most enjoyable cities I have ever lived in. I have lived in quite a few cities.
One of my favorite things about living in Austin is the incredibly diverse culinary landscape. By diverse, I don’t mean that they have an Olive Garden, a Cheescake Factory, and a Brio right down the street, all within walking distance. Although those restaurants do exist here.
No, it is the fun, eclectic, and varied little mom-and-pop holes-in-the-wall restaurants that I am referring to. The type of restaurants that you see on The Food Network or The Travel Channel, where Andrew Zimmern or Anthony Bourdain sit down in a cozy dining room and get to know the staff and the cuisine. These are the types of restaurants that you might not go into without a recommendation from someone you know well.
I have been fortunate to experience many of them in the last year, thanks to a great group of friends with a taste for great food, fun, and adventure.
This past week, my newest expedition into the culinary delights of Austin was to Kerbey Lane Café, a 24/7 café in the heart of Austin that serves a wide variety of delicious dishes all day and night, with a smile. It’s the perfect place for a lazy, Sunday brunch or an after-party munchies stop.
Kerbey Lane Café was started in 1980, with the goal to serve homemade quality food made from healthy, local ingredients, in a warm, family atmosphere.
Other creative dishes were on the menu, like:
- Wild Boar and Bison Frito Pie (Broken Arrow Ranch wild boar and all-natural bison chili on top of Fritos)
- SoLa Enchiladas (Portobellos, spinach, red bell peppers, and red onions with cheddar cheese)
- Eggs Francisco (English muffin topped with scrambled eggs, bacon, tomato, and avocado)
- Signature Pancakes (Scratch made buttermilk, apple whole wheat, gingerbread, blueberry)
On the menu were also many vegan and gluten free options, as well as a nice variety of cocktail drinks.
If I had a big enough appetite, I would have tried a little bit of everything on the menu!
The service was quick and friendly. A big PLUS!
My only complaint was that there were a lot of flies in the dining area, and the first set of plates that came out was dirty. Our waitress was quick to replace the plates, and any silverware that ended up being a landing pad for a fly. These complaints might be specific to this location (Kerbey Lane); when I go back to Kerby Lane Café I will try another location. And I will be back!
There are 5 locations of Kerbey Lane Café in Austin. Check out the website at http://www.kerbeylanecafe.com/and happy eating!
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