On my first day in Austin, I was in the car with Frankie and her friend Rachel. It was revealed that Rachel and I were both vegetarians, and after the obligatory hi-fives, I was quizzing her on the best veggie dishes in the city. I expressed my love of burgers and she told me that the best burger was at ABGB.
So on my last evening, I only had one thing on my mind. A big, fat veggie burger.
But seriously, what a nice place. Outdoor communal tables in the bright evening.
Live music. I was told that every bar in Austin has live music. It’s just the norm.
I was excited for beer and burger.
Just to make sure I made the right decision (the pizzas look amazing too), I asked the lovely lady behind the bar about the burger, who responded “Oh yeah”. OH YEAH IS RIGHT.
Back outside we go!
… With our jug of beer.
Can you guess which Frankie poured and which I did?
I clearly drink all the beer. I forgot it was like pouring champagne.
And my two companions – Frankie and her flatmate Michael.
AND ALL THE DOGS. Did I mention Austin is the most dog-friendly city in America? Seriously, even the first packed bar I went to on the Sunday had dogs all over the place. I didn’t know whether to dance, drink or pet all the dogs.
Thank goodness the food came to distract me before I ran away with any pups.
Michael had the Meatball Sub, with provolone on a hoagie with a caesar salad. Had to Google ‘hoagie’ and it’s a submarine sandwich. I’m learning so much.
Frankie got a slice of pizza, one of their Special Slices. It’s Spinach, Roasted Bells, White Beans, Mushrooms, Roasted Garlic, Truffle Oil + White Balsamic Reduction.
Classic Frankie, her eyes picked up the word ‘truffle’ and the rest was history. They’re big slices, but of course it was so good she wished she’d gotten a whole pie (pizza pie, I’m so American now).
And I got what I’d been waiting for. Feta-Stuffed Veggie Burger with sautéed mushrooms and onions, sundried tomato pesto, avocados and sprouts on brioche with potato chips.
WHAT A BEAUTY.
The patty squished out a little but since experimenting with veggie burgers, I’ve found that it’s tricky to make ones that aren’t so squishy. But it was delicious nonetheless.
And who doesn’t love a brioche bun?
Such a great spot in the city. Austin, you’ve been too much fun!