So, I flew in yesterday to 85 degree weather, and it was just gorgeous--so we were on a search for an outdoor happy hour margarita. that being said, we went straight to Polvos, but it seemed dirty (tables sat dirty, salsa bar was dirty--and it was only 4:45pm (and really smoky) so we left. did not really seem to even have much of a kitschy Austin vibe --what gives--am I missing something?
Leaving there, we went to vivo's to sit outside on their patio (and it was nice albeit a bit loud with the music being piped in-..I even liked the little outdoor area next door at El Gringo). They do not do happy hour, so I had a $10 cucumber margarita (which was a bit bitter), chips and salsa (the salsa was horrible--t was almost as if salt had just been poured into it--and I love salt!) Then we tried two different puffy tacos, which left us disappointed--greasy, without much flavor, and left. I know, I know, a lot of you will say you told me so, and I was full warned...but isn't there anywhere to go for Mexican that has great food (either interior mex ot tex mex) and a bit of charm--be it kitschy, or with an outdoor area, etc? I know hounds, me included, don't typically care about ambiance, but when visiting Austin and bringing my sister, a single 29 year old, it would be fun to dine in a more Austin type place...my husband said El Arroyo, or hula huts, but the last time he chose a place, he said Gueros, and I thought the food was horrible! Help, please Austinites!! Need a Mexican plae and another fun place--do we have to eat at Shady Grove? Help, help!
so, I guess I didn't finish our dinner last night--even though I was admittedly kind of full, we went to Enoteca Vespaio and sat inside. We shared a great bottle of Barbera D'Alba, and at $32, I found it a great bargain. then, we had the tagliatelle with funghi and truffles, and the spaghetti with polpetta--veal meatballs,,,although I preferred the tagliatelle because the marsala red sauce on mine was a bit light/oily, I really enjoyed them both. Our caesar was also great, and the service, sublime. Great place! I loved the cozy ambience inside with the small round tables and little votives on the tables. Great for a date night! I just usually don't want Italian in Austin...but I was cold from the snow and 15 degree weather in Chicago when I left! A great place that I would return to in a heart beat.
Heading to Black's and City Market for brisket today, and then going to pick my sister up..also need a fun happy hour place with outdoor area for her tonight...Little Woodrow's? Opal Devines? thanks for all the help.