When I go to get my hair done at Shag I love to make an event of the whole thing. I love to get myself dressed in an outfit that will completely show off how amazing my hair looks, I pick accessories- like killer earrings or a statement necklace, and I definitely take care to do my makeup so that when I walk out of the salon I like to feel like the hottest thing walking. And as a picture of hotness I would be doing a disservice to the city of Austin if I just took my adorable self back to my suburban neighborhood so I make sure to grab a killer meal and do some shopping. There is also a strong possibility that my husband will be gently forced to join me. 😉 This is a list of 5 of my favorite places to eat when I have an appointment at Shag:
SNOOZE 1700 S Lamar (Breakfast & Brunch)
This has quickly become one of the hottest brunch places in South Austin, and with good reason. They encourage you to experiment and to put together your ideal breakfast or lunch creation (what?! I guess I am used to making a special request and hoping it comes out as requested and minus spit from cranky staff) in addition to the stuff offered on their menu. The pancake flight will change your life and the pineapple upside down pancake will give you a tummy ache in the best possible way. They offer morning cocktails with bubbles on tap and have an awesome variety of bloody marys. Yum!
ODD DUCK 1201 S Lamar (Lunch & Dinner)
So yummy and such a cool atmosphere. Lunch & dinner are pretty unbeatable and the atmosphere feels very cool. The menu is inspired by seasonal locally sourced ingredients and they make everything from scratch. And OH MY GOSH, so so good! My lamb meatloaf sandwich with chile mayo was so delish I had to buy a couple beers for the kitchen, offered at $1 a pop. They also offer an excellent wine list and crazy good desserts.
GORDOUGH’S PUBLIC HOUSE 2700 S Lamar (Lunch through late night drinks & grub)
This place has been around for a while after starting as a food truck in North Austin. Thankfully they opened the brick and mortar in South Austin so it can still be a convenient favorite. I have to admit that I was super skeptical the first time someone told me that I could get a burger with a donut bun (for real?) but believe me- it is one of the best things I have ever tasted. The donut bun is a savory, fluffy wrapper for a delicious burger that is so juicy you will go through about 10 napkins. My other, indulgent, go-to is the Country Clucker donut entree which is fried chicken, creamed corn and candied jalapenos served on a piping hot donut. The desserts donuts….I can’t even! Bring a friend, have a couple beers, and share some tasty sh!t.
VOX TABLE 1100 S Lamar, Ste 2140 (Dinner)
The menu at Vox is all crafted with local produce and changes based on the offerings of the local farms. The offerings like bacon & eggs (grilled pork belly with a fried duck egg) and calamari noodles seem simple they are mouth watering. I’ll be honest, though. My favorite thing to do is to sit at the bar and have cocktails and dessert. The bartenders carefully craft cocktails like Liz Lemons Mistake #43212 (a vodka, Myer lemon, Texas wildflower honey concotion) and the Tom Sellick’s Mustache (Knob Creek rye, coffee infused cocchi torino, bitters and smoke) in a way that feels like a dinner show.
BARLATA TAPAS BAR 1500 S Lamar, Ste 150 (Dinner)
Barlata is right up my alley, I love having a drink and making a meal out of appetizers. As a Spanish tapas bar we got to share small plates which means tasting a lot of deliciousness. The ceviche, fennel sausage in squid ink, and peppers stuffed with crab- OH MY GOD! And to pair that with a cava flight? Heaven. The vanilla churro ice cream was also to die for. The atmosphere is perfect for a date night where you want to linger, chat, and enjoy the shared experience of good food and drink.
Have other ideas on what the best restaurants on South Lamar are? Add them in the comments and we can see if we can expand this resource!!