*Top Rec! (Top Rec’s are Go-To Rebeccammendations for any occasion)
After about four different mentions of the same restaurant from four different people within the same week, I was pretty sure this sampling of my friends was on to something…a true local Austin restaurant find. I heard about Blue Dahlia Bistro’s brunch from Jodi, and dinner from Jen, and came across their website through my blog research and had to try it. I’d been trying to fit it in, and last night, when Aunt Bonnie was in town and our paths crossed for only one hour before her plane home, I jumped on the opportunity to squeeze it in. We both loved it! Although my time there was short (only 45 minutes…such a tease!), it was love at first sight. The ambiance did it for me, with jars of home-made marmalade on the wooden tables, freshly made breads, patios in front and out back, and a menu that makes me want to try everything on it, I WILL be going back soon, who’s with me?
Their happy hour specials look fab, including wine and cheese plates, hummus and mediterranean bites…yum! Our shrimp salads with avocado, cucumbers, tomato-mango salsa fused the elements of a fresh shrimp cocktail, and ceviche (one of my favorite dishes!) in a salad! And, the fresh sourdough bread was the icing on the cake! I’ll put this in my Green Entertainment category since they use organic products whenever possible.
Fresh Breakfast/Brunch/Dinner/Happy Hour/Coffee Rebeccammendation: Blue Dahlia Bistro on E. 11th.