Restaurants & Bars

Austin Tapas

Simplicity Wine/Tapas


Restaurants & Bars 4

Simplicity Wine/Tapas

amysuehere | Aug 4, 2010 08:35 AM

We went for the first time on Saturday. Why the HECK haven't I been here before? Seriously, we went because of the fire at Jezebel and decided it was important to show our support.

We got there around six and the place only had a few other diners. It was waaaay too hot for the patio, but the interior was pleasant enough, although the TV. was distracting.

We had the most lovely-tempered waitress who helped us through the menu and gave excellent suggestions. We started with a pitcher of sangria ($18, but $5 off for happy hour) and it was a surprisingly refreshing one! It was a grapefruit sangria and was absolutely perfect for such a hot day.

We were served a bowl of French bread with warm seasoned olive oil while we waited and I really liked the warm oil - it was very flavorful.

Next was the fondue - think Houston's only much better with the cheese. Deep and complex and very addictive.

We also had a "condensed" watermelon dish served with cracked pepper and a basil sauce. It reminded me very much of a dish I'd just had at Uchico (sans the fish) and was light and refreshing and savory at the same time.

Lastly, we got the shrimp and grits....yum-yum-yum-yum. Six or so shrimp on perfectly-made grits with a perfect Louisiana sauce on top. My only complaint was we were fighting over the sauce with the remaining grits, but our waitress did offer to bring more. We declined, as we were plenty full.

All in all a really pleasant evening at a very reasonable price. We got out of there for $30! Now, you really can't beat that.

On a side note, the waitress said they won't be able to open Jezebel until at/near New Year.

Want to stay up to date with this post?

Recommended From Chowhound