Austin >Eastside Cafe
Long before seasonal food and on-site gardens became fashionable, this humble little restaurant was serving traditional food with flawless integrity. An Austin classic.
Love my Eastside Cafe! The brunch is divine, but the manicotti and acorn squash is always a delectable dinner option.
Eastside Cafe contributes to their menu with items from their own garden, and often that involves delicious vegetable soups, like gazpacho and chilled watermelon. The chicken mushroom soup and accompanying, crumbly cornbread make for a nice Fall lunch.
Please order Bootsie's buttermilk pie with strawberries. Wild mushroom crepes are the best. Love the huge variety of fresh grown veggies.
A favorite. We love dining at Eastside Cafe. Each experience has been wonderful. The atmosphere is charming. If you have a wait for your table, walking around the grounds and their shop next door is a great way to kill time. The food has been fresh, innovative, and delicious. Great service also.
Citysearch Editorial Review. It's elegant without being overly formal. The interior of this old house features several small rooms that hold a few tables each, giving the space a cozy and intimate ambience. Walls painted vanilla or slate-blue/gray make an unobtrusive backdrop for framed leaves and flowers. Nearby residents and workers enjoy the artichoke manicotti, featuring carrot, noodles, mozzarella and mushrooms in a tomato-cream sauce. Still, desserts like the pumpkin-gingerbread cake are the real standout.
I had dinner a few nights ago at East Side Café with an old friend who was in town for business, and we had reservations at 6:45pm. I had previously gone many times over the years but hadn’t been back for over a year or so. Unfortunately, East Side Cafe did not live up to its reputation and prices. Although we had reservations, we were placed in not very desirable table in a far corner of the Garden Room. Worse, we were rushed the whole evening; it seemed that the server was most interested in moving the table; there was little time to rest between courses; our plates were swooped way as soon as possible--even though my friend was still eating--and the bill was presented barely after we declined dessert. Any thoughts of lingering or having coffee were dashed. What should have been a calm and relaxing spring evening had turned into a sprint. Furthermore, the food was a disappointment. The salads were fresh, and I
did enjoy the side salad, but the radishes in my side dish were crudely chopped in chunks (rather than neatly sliced). Inexplicably, too, the mushroom crepes were heated up rather than freshly made--and how long does it take to make a couple of crepes? The experience left me feeling that I'd made a bad choice of to take my friend to dinner. It was neither a good experience nor a good value.
East Side Cafe mmmmm good.
Went for lunch, seem to always after Thankgiving every year. The food is fresh and flavorable (is that a word?) The place is homey and warm. It's not inexpensive, but you can't beat it for a treat. Table cloths and cloth napkin kind of place, not as pricey and dressed up as Green Pastures, but just as good.
The peach oolong tea sounded better than it was. The chicken artichoke soup was to die for.
Talk About False Advertising!.
Initial conversation at the table went something like this:
us, "what's fresh from the garden today?"
them, "at the moment, for tonight, we have some nice herb garnishes and also fresh herbs that are an ingredient in the fish special's sauce."
us, "so much is in season right now. you are not serving a dish from the garden?"
Wannabe. I just got back from this place, and I have to say, it sucked. It's hard to describe how much it sucked. I just felt like it was a place that was trying to be snooty, when it had no reason to be snooty. And I honestly believe all the reviewers that gave it 5 stars, are the kind of people that like snooty places, just because they're snooty. The food was ok. I had the pecan and panko crusted chicken. It wasn't particularly flavorful, the flavors of the didn't match (jalapeno cream gravy on the chicken and soy ginger on the squash?), and the vegetables weren't all that great, just normal vegetables. The dish was kind of small for $14. Service was fine. The worst part was how quiet it was. The room we were in was full (4 tables to a room) yet is was so awkwardly quiet that you could hear every word of every conversation around you. I didn't feel comfortable speaking above a whisper. I couldn't wait to leave so I could be myself again. I will definitely never go back.
Delicious! Charming! You have to try it!. We got a gift card to this place and were so excited to try it. It was adorable! The first time we came it was 30mins before closing. I felt bad for being one of THOSE GUYS who comes in at the end. But the waitress was super nice, and talkative and you can tell had a passion for what she was serving. The mini cornbread jalepeno muffins are so yummie. I had the catfish which was also good. We also came back for brunch later that week. I had the salmon eggs benedict, my husband had the apple almond waffle w/bacon. The ingredients are fresh and tasty. The bacon was probably the best I've ever had, it was smoked. The resturant itself looks like its in a converted home with little side rooms for dining. Very intriguing. Their garden is very impressive. You can tell they know what they're doing and are doing it right! We will definitely come back.
We made reservations for 7pm at 5:45pm so no wait and sat right down. We were seated in the room directly next to the entrance. They had nice music playing at the perfect level and it was just lovely! The drink/menu service was prompt as well as the service to come. The chalk board contained the vegetable, soup and specials of the day and made the decision difficiult. We started with the Chicken/Mushroom/Artichoke soup. The Pecan/Panko encrusted Chicken and a Garden Salad with Goat Cheese for our entree's. Out came the soup with cornbread muffins. First words out of my mouth was YUM!! Then the entrees. The Chicken entree could not have been better. Large moist portion with great crust and gravy. Sides of Mashed Potatoes, Acorn Squash and Broccoli with spices that really brought out the flavors. The salad was good but could have used a tad more substance and dressing. (But still good). We got the Carrot Cake to go. It was dense. Moist and full of all the good stuff. I could almost eat the frosting by itself. Everything tasted like it was made to eat and not to sell.
Always looking for the out of the ordinary in Austin. Can't wait to take my family and friends when they come to visit. They will enjoy. Best yet....$50 bucks for Wine, appetizer, entree's, coffee and dessert.
My new favorite place. Good atmosphere, excellent service, and very tasty food.....best I have had in Austin in a while at the price.
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