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The Apothecary, Burnet Rd., initial impression


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The Apothecary, Burnet Rd., initial impression

singlemalt | Jul 3, 2010 08:32 AM

I searched but didn't find anything about this place so I thought I would describe my initial and very brief visit to this place. This is the place right across from Simplicity Eats. It is conveniently located on N. Burnet Rd and is , imo, a real asset to the neighborhood.I am glad it is in my part of town and not in S. Austin like everything else is, or so it seems. The place has a cozy, European bistro, cafe interior with lots of dark wood, a big mirror behind the bar with the menu written on it.( They also have paper menus, as well). I expected it to smell like old leather and brandy and cigars but it didn't. Oh well, can't have everything. I had a glass of Barbera d'Asti, quite good and sat by the window and watched the rain pour down. All together quite pleasant, but don't expect that the rain will always be pouring down. The menu looked interested with interesting appetizers including cheese form Antonelli's, made on site hummus, various salads, pannini and such.

I felt that their wine by the glass list offered some good options, including my favorite prosecco and the Gruet, the champagne from New Mexico. Although I did not have the prosecco on this visit, I inquired and found that they serve the sparkling wines in champagne flutes. Now this is important to me because of all the wines available I think that the glass makes a huge difference when it comes to spakling wines. Simplicity Eats does not use flutes and that is rather distracting and ungratifying.

I believe the two places, Apothecary and Simplicity are two different places with little overlap except that they both serve wine. For my money I am going to Apothecary because of the nice atmosphere and wine selection, and yes, for the glassware.

The waiter, Enrique, was quite gracious, friendly and helpful.He graciously tolerated my ribbing him about being a communist ( in a good way) and swore he was not although I continue to have my doubts. But he was nice guy and I enjoyed his service.

That's it. I was there for one glass of wine but certainly intend to go back and could see it becoming a hangout. They have tables outside on the Burnet side and smoking cigars is DADT. We'll see.

Thanks you for your attention. J.

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