september restaurant round-up

september restaurant round-up
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Jeffrey’s, established in 1975, holds a special place in my (Amy’s) heart and houses some of my fondest memories. This 40+ year old restaurant and Austin staple is located in historic Clarksville and offers an array of dishes served with the utmost class and sophistication. My parents would dine at Jeffrey’s about once a week before I came about; my father would order a steak or the veal and my mom, the fish. I absolutely loved hearing all of the tales from Jeffrey’s, and it makes all of my dining experiences here more special than ever.

Jeffrey’s makes every single meal incredibly personal, from the service your waiter gives you to the greeting card on the table for special occasions. We absolutely love Jeffrey’s and typically go to celebrate big events, or for happy hour, of course. We highly suggest starting your night off with the Martini cart because who doesn’t want their Martini shaken, not stirred, right there at your table? If you’re not in the mood for a Martini, they make a mean Old Fashion inspired cocktail, the Jack Ruse. We aren’t picky naturally we love the escargot and the lump crab & avocado toast to start. Let’s just say everything you order at Jeffrey’s is absolutely incredible, but take it from us and order the hamachi carpaccio (truffle, almonds, and yuzu, oh my!), the Shellfish Risotto (, and the Ribeye topped with Garlic Confit + Rosemary Butter that literally melts in your mouth. Our favorite dessert is the birthday cake ice cream surrounded by a chocolate shell, so make sure you tell them it’s your birthday upon arrival (seriously, the BEST). Jeffrey’s offers an amazing happy hour special; 50% off all bar food items (hamachi carpaccio + bolognese + wagyu burger + cheese plate) in the bar area. If you haven’t been to Jeffrey’s, we’ll see you Monday night!

Jeffrey’s bar opens from 4:30 pm, dinner begins at 5:30, and they offer happy hour Tuesday-Sunday 4:30-6:30 + all day Monday.

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This chic and trendy spot is located on South Lamar and is one of our top 5 go-to brunch spots in Austin. Why? Mimosa Trio, one and done. Not only do they offer a great selection of champagne and juice pairings, their brunch menu will satisfy the pickiest eater. Our favorite is the shrimp and grits (smoked gouda grits + shrimp + housemade bbq sauce), but we love the Eggs Florentine (because who doesn’t love a good benny) and the Dandy Don (loaded chili cheese fries topped with an egg). We will admit, we have not been to Olivia for dinner but we know it has got to be superb with thai inspired mussels (green curry), pork belly, and a cheese plate on the menu!

Olivia offers brunch Saturday 10:00-2:30 and Sunday 10:00-4:00, dinner Wednesday-Thursday 5:00-10:00 + Friday-Saturday 5:00-11:00 and unfortunately, is closed Sunday, Monday and Tuesday nights.

VOX Table

Located in the new Lamar Union on South Lamar, Vox Table, is a beautiful spot for farm-to-table dining served in small bites. They focus on seasonal foods, but there are a few things that stay on the menu, one being... three words. Smoked. Hamachi. Pipette. Once you get over the weirdness of squirting vinaigrette into your mouth out of a plastic piece of medical equipment, you'll be in pure bliss. This dish is crazy out of this world delicious. If you don't order this, you're crazy! We also love getting a few server-recommended cheese and charcuterie options, because meat and cheese, obvz. We also love the raw oysters and the calamari noodles. Be sure to get a table at Vox and enjoy this unique dining experience.

Vox offers dinner Wednesday-Thursday 5:00-10:00 + Friday-Saturday 5:00-11:00 and brunch on Saturday and Sunday 11:00-2:00.

Walton's Fancy & Staple

Just like pretty much everything Sandra Bullock stars in, Walton's (her restaurant) is a hit! Located on West 6th, the historic building holds everything from killer chicken sandwiches to scrumptious ginger cookies and even hanging terrariums full of air plants. Some of our favorite dishes include the shrimp & grits (jalapeno cheddar grits), avocado toast (beets + goat cheese + an egg), the turkey sweet sandwich (top 10 sandwich in Austin), and if you go on Friday for lunch, get the seafood po'boy fo'sho. They have your staple brunch cocktails, but we're fans of the lavender latte when you need your caffeine fix. Get it, it's oh so good! And they serve breakfast until 2pm everyday, so that's always a winner in our book!

Lucky for us, Walton's is open Monday-Saturday 7:00 to 7:00 and Sunday 8:00-4:00.