We had to check out the trendy new kid on the block located in the old Austin Power Plant. It's a little hard to find if you don't know your way around the Seaholm building, we don't, so we wandered around like lost puppies for a bit, but once you stumble across it, you'll fall in love with this industrial gem. Thirsty after all that wandering? Sip on the Green Velvet, Devil's Cup or the Jungle Drums, perfect summer cocktails! We also ordered the Beer Bread, the Summer Salad (a sweet+spicy twist on a caprese salad), the Berkshire Pork Ribs, Texas Egglpant & the Crispy Chicken Thigh Confit. We clearly over-ordered (or did we?), it was too hard to choose, but everything we ordered at Boiler Nine was oh so fine (too cheesy?).
Jinya Ramen Bar
Let's start out by saying we LOVE noodles, and Jinya knows how to make 'em right. We have both have eaten at Jinya in Houston once before with our favorite ramen queen, Amy, and we immediately wanted to go back. Lucky for us, this gem opened up down the street at Rock Rose in the Domain this month and now we can enjoy these golden noodles whenever we please (aka everyday). We started our feast with a few apps - the Spicy Creamy Shrimp Tempura and the Takoyaki (octopus balls; they sound intimidating but they were to die for!). Our noodle choices varied as we ordered the Premium Tonkotsu White, JINYA Chicken Ramen, and the Vegetable Soup Ramen. We love that Jinya offers a chicken broth as opposed to pork, and they have tons of add-ins to make THE perfect ramen bowl. Trust us, you're going to roll out of this place full and happy.
This Denver based eatery finally made its' way to Austin this month and we're head-over-heels in love! Cocktails are a must at any brunch we go to and Snooze has it all. They have everything from your mimosa to the classic bloody mary to a dirty drunken chai tea latte (have to try next time), even a rendition of our favorite childhood popsicle - the dreamsicle. We ordered the Bangkok, an Asian inspired bloody mary, and the Violet Beauregarde (yep, that's Willy Wonka inspired). Every good brunch consists of the best eggs, and we didn't go (over) easy. We highly recommend the Benny Goodman (smoked salmon benedict), Juan's Breakfast Tacos, and the Havana Daydreaming Sammie (your traditional Cuban sandwich with an egg). If you snooze, you definitely won't lose here! Brunch, the most important and our favorite meal of the day, is now available EVERY DAY 6:30am - 2:30pm.
There's a lot of hype around Qui and for good reason. Paul Qui, owner and top chef + James Beard award winner, creates a funky mix of global flavors and puts it in one bite just for you. We recommend ordering in the style of tapas (if there are styles of ordering, this is our go to!) where you get a bunch of plates for the table and everyone gets a few bites. A few of our faves were the fried chicken with banana ketchup (weird in your head, but yummy in your tummy) and any of the handrolls, we went with the pork belly, yellowtail & salmon. But our shut-the-front-door fave was definitely the Kinilaw crudo with yellowtail & coconut milk (heaven!).