Category Archives: Texas

Austin: Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden

Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden
79 Rainey St.
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 386-1656



I’ve been back from my Texas trip for almost a month now and I still cannot stop talking about how awesome Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden is. I literally want to go back this very second.


It’s so cool for multiple reasons…

First off, the ambiance is chill. Banger’s reminds you of a backyard BBQ, only way bigger. There are picnic tables, strings of white lights galore, a stage for local musicians to entertain on and of course, good cooking and great beer.

Banger's Welcome Sign


The atmosphere even extends to fur-friends. As a dog lover, it’s pretty cool that you can bring your 4-legged best friend with you for grub.

They offer a Woof-Wurst with pork, beef and veggies for the pups. I know my chihuahua nephew, Tucker, would be excited about that!



Secondly, the food is so memorable.

My sister, Kerri, and I started our dining experience with a bang (pun intended) by ordering the Poutine.

As a self-proclaimed poutine connoisseur, Banger’s take on this fry dish was superb; the fries were crispy, well-drenched in gravy and amply covered in cheese curds.



Banger’s sausages are made in-house and they are long links of perfection. They have fun flavors like Buffalo Chicken, Rabbit & Mushroom, Jalapeno Cheddar Bratwurst and a vegetarian Shiitake Manchego. (My vegetarian sister loved it!)

Although the decision was difficult, I went kind of traditional with the plain Bratwurst served with sauerkraut and grain mustard.

To accompany my brat, I chose the ying to the bratwurst’s yang; the Hot German Potato Salad. It was warm and full of bacon-y flavor. It was like a gift from the food Gods to my mouth.

Bratwurst & Potato Salad


The third reason Banger’s is amazing is the beer.

Banger’s boasts the largest tap wall in Austin. And it really is big and banging.

My sister and I had trouble deciding on a brew but our server was so helpful in steering us in the right direction with their sour selections. Odell’s Pyrus and Prunus and Independent Brewing Company’s The Illustrated Man Dark Sour (both pictured below), were the perfect libations to go with our meal.


Lastly, the staff was top-notch. As mentioned above, our server, Clinton, was kickass at helping us pick out beers. He also answered all our questions about the menu and helped Kerri find vegetarian options. So much Southern Hospitality in this place.


I cannot say enough good things about Banger’s. My only regrets were that we didn’t get to try the Fried Cheese Curds (they were sold out  *insert tears*) and that we didn’t get to experience brunch and Manmosas. (Banger’s, if you’re reading this, maybe you could FedEx some cheese curds to Florida!?) Okay, that’s totally unrealistic.


I guess, I’ll just have to start planning another trip to Austin…

– JK



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Austin: Fixe Southern House

Fixe Southern House
500 W. 5th St.
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 888-9133


FixeIf I had to describe Fixe Southern House in one word, it would be EXTRAORDINARY! From the food and drinks, to the atmosphere and impeccable service – it was everything you’d hope for in a dining experience. In fact, I’m not exaggerating when I say it was some of the best food I’ve ever eaten.


When you walk in, it feels like you’ve entered either your best friend’s backyard gazebo or an upscale, antique shop. It’s rustic and homey, in the most perfect way. The restaurant is full of soft, white strings of light, beautiful woodwork, vintage parlor chairs and eclectic décor.




My sister and I decided to get a complete Fixe experience, from drinks to dessert.

As Fixe was the first stop on our trip to Austin, it only seemed appropriate to toast to our 5-day vacation. We choose to clink glasses of the Fixe 75. It was the perfect mix of fizz and tang; made with gin, lemon, housemade simple syrup and sparkling Rosé.

Fixe 75


Just as we were about to skip the starters and head right to the main course, our server convinced us that we HAD TO try the biscuits. After all, it’s what Fixe is known for.

We were soooo glad we did. They were hands down, the BEST biscuits I have ever eaten. (And my sister makes some damn good biscuits.)

I’ll tell you about them but I guarantee my description won’t do them enough justice.

The made-to-order biscuits were toasty on the outside and warm and buttery on the inside. They were fluffy and crispy and accompanied by an array of spreads. There was whipped Steen’s butter, homemade apple butter, local raw honey and a savory pork sausage spread. I truly could have died happy after eating these biscuits.



For the main event, we shared the Lobster & Crawfish Pot Pie and the Smoked Oyster Fried Rice. They were both rich in flavor and delicious in their own ways.

The Pot Pie was filled with juicy Maine Lobster, Louisiana crawfish, mushrooms and a sweet corn béchamel. The filling was made just right – flavorful without being overpowering, as seafood entrees can sometimes be. The crust was perfectly flaky.



The Oyster Fried Rice was a decadent blend of Carolina Gold rice, kimchi and lardo. It certainly wasn’t your typical Chinese take-out fried rice, it was full of crunch and unique flavor. In my opinion, the kimchi gave the dish a nice “pop”.



For the finale, we had just enough room left for Fixe’s Carrot Cake ‘Tres Leches.’

What a way to end the dining experience! The cake, made with a carrot jam, was appropriately moist. (Sorry, I hate that word too.) Alongside it was a candied pineapple and a scoop of creamy goat milk ice cream. It gave my taste buds all the feels.

IMG_0665Fixe Southern House really holds the bar high for Austin cuisine. About three hours in to being in Austin, I was already beyond impressed.


Now will you all please do me a favor and go eat some biscuits from Fixe!?



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