I was recently in Austin on my own for one night which just happened to be on a "First Thursday". I had loads of fun walking around, listening to live music and checking out the shops and vendors. I had checked this board before leaving and when I found myself on South Congress, I figured I'd check out Vespaio.
I ended up with a bar stool at the Enoteca and tucked into one of the best dinners in recent memories. I had the insalata campagnia to start - mixed greens in a lovely, light vinaigrette with roast peppers, cheese and some cured meats on the side. Very tasty. My main was a gorgeous, rustic bowl filled with porchetta, soft polenta and rapini. In a word - ethereal. I practically wept when my stomach begged for mercy as I was only about halfway through. This is a meal for which I would take a serious detour to enjoy again. Service couldn't have been friendlier and I felt completely comfortable on my own.
I also loved Jo's...what a cool place to hang.
Austinites (is that what you're called?), I loved what I saw and ate in my all too brief visit and look forward to returning.
PS - Back to the porchetta, has anyone ever seen the recipe posted anywhere?