Sunday, April 19, 2009

South Congress Café, A Butter Obsession

Savory Butter at Dinner

Blackened Beef with Horseradish Hash

Lollipop Porkchop, Blueberry and Habañero Gastrique

Smoked Duck, Port-Cherry-Chipotle Glaze

Sweet-ish butter at Brunch

Carrot Cake French Toast

Quiche Eggs Benedict, Smoked Gouda Potato Pancake


Crawfish Omelette

I don't think I've eaten so much butter in two days. My sister was in town, so we decided to have dinner with Sister #3 at South Congress Café. Out comes our amazing waiter (Tom) with equally superb butter and bread. We couldn't get enough of that damn butter. It was a simple garlicky-onion-herb mix, but so packed with flavor, it was a real stand-out. I can't even count how many times we asked for more butter. And with the amount we were consuming, there shouldn't have been enough room for the main course! How obsessed were we?

To top it off, my parents wanted to go to brunch the next day, so where did we go? SoCo Café. Plus, I was craving their decadent Carrot Cake French Toast. But what else did we have? More butter. This time, it had a sweet-ish tinge. Maple syrup, maybe? And it was served with mini-corn muffins.

How many times did I use the word "butter" in this post? Mmmm, butter.

PS - South Congress Café serves many yummy things, other than butter, that is.

Austin Restaurant Week - Jeffrey's

Amuse - fried soup

Southern Style Oysters - sesame and thyme breaded on bacon royal topped with house-dried tomato vinaigrette

Crispy Bone Marrow -sauteed bone marrow, house-made pickles, fine herb salad, house mustard, country bread

Burgundy Pastures Short Ribs -caramelized potato galette, persillade, grilled date salad

Halibut Cheeks -sweet pea glacage, celery remoulade, pea-mushroom relish

Inverted Coke Float and Pineapple Fries (pineapple fries)

Inverted Coke Float and Pineapple Fries (coke-flavored sorbet-ish thing, vanilla liquid/drink; buttered rum, strawberry wasabi?, coconut dipping sauces for the fries)

Meyer Lemon Crepe Dumplings - burnt caramel bay leaf ice cream, black berry brandy sauce



Shrimp Tempura Taco

Garlic Fries

Pineapple, the Filipino Way

Look, Ma! I can cut pineapple like they do in the Philippines!

Uchi, 1Q 2009

Sunflower Café

Mocha Tart with Blackberries

Spicy Gingerbread Cookies

So there might be some confusion. I made these cookies for a holiday party back in December... and I'm posting it in late-April. I'm so awesome at keeping up with this blog.

Salt and Pepper Squid

To me, this is what Salt and Pepper Squid should be. Lightly battered, perfectly crisp, and wonderfully tender. None of that clumpy, doughy goo I find here in Austin.