in an attempt to find somewhere to eat brunch today that wouldn't require fighting with ACL crowds, i told hubby to look around on yelp to find something we hadn't thought of. he surpassed my expectations by happening across an entry for The Traveling Bistro caterers (http://www.travelingbistroaustin.com/) who set up a small but well-prepared brunch table (two, actually) at the Nomad bar off of Cameron Rd. i'd never heard of Traveling Bistro or the Nomad bar today, so it was somewhat of a gamble. I will forewarn you that they use plastic cutlery, wax-coated paper plates, and serve the whipped cream cheese straight from the tub. but that doesn't really mean anything when you consider the food.
we started with a couple bloody mary's from the bar, which were excellent. they also have $3 mimosas or $10 bottomless mimosas. the coffee was dark and delicious. once we started our bar tab and got a ticket to present to the caterers, we dug into the food. they had: pear and blue cheese frittata, spinach feta frittata, tiny little grilled goat cheese sandwiches. some other kind of grilled meat and cheese sandwich. bagels, the whipped cream cheese, capers, and smoked salmon (yum!). waffles to order with real whipped cream, fresh raspberry compote, and a couple different maple syrups. there was a goat cheese and pecan spinach salad - unfortunately, i missed the bottle of dressing, but i still enjoyed the salad. then around the corner on the second table were smoked pork chops with some kind of fruity sauce. creamy hash browns. and best of all: biscuits with sausage gravy. i can assure you that i am a fair-weather sausage fan and not huge on gravy either. but this was WONDERFUL. big chunks of breakfast-y sausage, creamy gravy, homemade biscuits. very good over all. and for dessert, a nice cakey peach cobbler which i put more of the raspberry compote and whipped cream on. all this for $13pp plus the drinks.
i am a fan of the brunch at moonshine. this was maybe a third as big, but the fact that there was no wait for brunch on a Sunday at 11:15 (they start at 11), it was so incredibly worth it. and the food was very delicious. we called Nomads before hand to get an idea of what to expect, and the bartender said that Beau Been (Traveling Bistro's exec chef) changes it up every week. sometimes they'll do a Spanish theme or Korean. i would love to go back and try new offerings. i admit i was a little skeptical about eating brunch in a bar, but there was a nice patio and lots of windows in the front. there were playing some old fifties sounding music which was pleasant.
here are the couple of yelp reviews for it: http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-traveling...