Adams House Bed & Breakfast
Top 50 Restaurants in Austin 5 Dec 2013, 1:44 pmIn the Austin 360 Issue from November 15, 2013 Matthew Odam shares his Top 50 Restaurants in Austin. We think this is a well rounded list of our growing dining scene. Let us know if you agree. NOTE- restaurants coded #AHB&B mean they are near the Adams House B&B.
1- Barley Swine
2024 S. Lamar Blvd
801 S. Lamar Blvd.
4200 N. Lamar Blvd.
1807 S. First St.
200 Congress Ave.
5- The Carillon
1900 University Ave.
1014 N. Lamar Blvd.
7- Foreign & Domestic
306 E. 53rd St.
1417 S. 1st St.
1600 E. Sixth St.
10- Franklin Barbecue
900 E. 11th St.
301 E. Sixth St.
12- Ruth's Chris Steakhouse
107 W. Sixth St.
13- Driskill Grill
604 Brazos St.
14- Fabi & Rosi
509 Hearn St.
15- El Naranjo
85 Rainey St.
98 San Jacinto Blvd.
17- Olive & June
3411 Glenview Ave.
8222 N. Lamar Blvd.
19- La Condessa
400 W. Second St.
20- Swift's Attic
315 Congress Ave.
4710 E. Fifth St.
1200 W. Sixth St.
23- La Traviata
314 Congress Ave.
1204 W. Lynn St.
800 W. Sixth St.
26- 2nd Bar + Kitchen
200 Congress Ave.
2027 Anchor Lane
2043 S. Lamar Blvd.
29- Vino Vino
4119 Guadalupe St.
30-Texas French Bread
2900 Rio Grande St.
31- Noble Pig
1181 RM 620 N. Suite 4
408 E. 43rd St.
33- Home Slice Pizza
1415 S. Congress Ave.
11005 Burnet Road
35- Ramen Tatsu-Ya
8557 Research Blvd.
2307 Hancock Drive
200 Lavaca St.
3110 Guadalupe St.
39- Fonda San Miguel
2330 W. North Loop Blvd.
40- Perla's Seafood & Oyster Bar
1400 S. Congress Ave.
41- Little Deli
7101-A Woodrow Ave.
2218 College Ave
5408 Burnet Road
43- Green Pastures
81 W. Live Oak St.
44- East Side Pies
1401 Rosewood Ave.
1610 S. Congress Ave.
801 E. William Cannon Drive No. 205
47- Whip In
1950 S. Interstate 35
48- El Alma
1025 Barton Springs Road
49- Stiles Switch
6610 N. Lamar Blvd
2944 E. 12th St.
Eric's Music Pick of the Week (Friday October 25- Thursday October 31st) 25 Oct 2013, 9:15 am
Austin Museum Day is this Sunday, September 22! 21 Sep 2013, 9:14 am
Started in 1998, Austin Museum Day has been a great opportunity to rediscover Austin’s amazing array of museums, for free!
If you have a smart phone, take advantage of the mobile app. It can help you modify your search to find events that fit your interests, and schedules.
Participating museums, and other local exhibits, include:
Austin Fire Museum
Austin History Center
Austin Nature & Science Center
Austin Tour Guide Association
Blanton Museum of Art
Briscoe Center for American History
Bullock Texas State History Museum
City of Austin Cultural Arts Division
The Contemporary Austin
Elisabet Ney Museum
French Legation Museum
George Washington Carver Museum
German-Texas Heritage Society
Goodwill Computer Museum
Harry Ransom Center
Joseph & Susanna Dickinson Hannig Museum
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
LBJ Library and Museum
Mexican American Cultural Center
Neill-Cochran House Museum
O. Henry Museum
Old Bakery & Emporium
Pump Project Art Complex
Save Austin's Cemeteries
The Sheffield Education Center
Texas Archive of the Moving Image
Texas State Preservation Board (Texas State Capitol)
Texas Capitol Visitors Center
Texas Department of Public Safety Historical Museum
Texas Medical Association- History of Medicine Gallery
Texas Military Forces Museum
Texas Music Museum
Texas Natural Science Center's Texas Memorial Museum
Tiny Park Gallery
Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum
The Williamson Museum
Women & Their Work
More information can be found here:
Also, check out the facebook event page!
Erics Music Pick of the Week (Friday September 13 - Thursday September 19, 2013) 13 Sep 2013, 11:28 am
The Continental Club Gallery (upstairs)
1315 South Congress
Day: Friday, September 13
Artists: Robert Kraft Trio, Mike Flanigan with Jimmie Vaughan, George Rains
Chocolate Revel Bars 6 Sep 2013, 10:25 amThese delicious dessert bars are hearty, sweet and bound to make you go back for seconds.
1 c butter or margarine
2 c packed brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 c all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
3 c quick-cooking rolled oats
1 14oz can (1-1/4 c) sweetened condensed milk
1 12oz package (2 c) semisweet chocolate pieces
1 c chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
1. Set aside 2 tablespoons of butter or margarine and beat the remainder in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer, on medium speed, for 30 seconds. Beat in brown sugar until well mixed, then add eggs and 2 tablespoons of vanilla. In another large bowl, stir together flour and baking soda; stir in oats. Gradually stir dry mixture into beaten mixture. Set aside.
2. In a medium saucepan, combine the remaining 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, sweetened condensed milk, and chocolate pieces. Cook over low heat until chocolate melts, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Stir in walnuts and 2 teaspoons vanilla.
3. Press two-thirds (approx. 3-1/3 c) of oat mixture into the bottom of an ungreased 15x10x1 inch baking pan. Spread chocolate mixture over the oat mixture. Using your fingers, dot remaining oat mixture over the chocolate.
4. Bake for 25 minutes, or until top is lightly browned (chocolate mixture will still look moist). Cool on a wire rack. Cut into 2x1 squares. Enjoy!
Lola Cookies 23 Aug 2013, 12:22 pmWe found this recipe from a great cookbook named flour that focuses on baking. This is somewhat of a chocolate cookie recipe on steroids.....filled with chunky chocolate chips, oats, and coconut. It is filling and delicious.
1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2/3 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
9 ounces bittersweet chocolate chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
1 1/4 cups pecan halves, toasted and chopped
1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
Using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or a handheld mixer), cream together the butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar on medium speed for about 5 minutes, or until the mixture is light and fluffy. (This step will take about 10 minutes if using a handheld mixer). Stop the mixer a few times and use a rubber spatula to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl and the paddle to release any clinging butter or sugar. Beat in the eggs and vanilla on medium speed for 2 to 3 minutes, or until thoroughly combined. Scrape the bowl and the paddle again to make sure the eggs are thoroughly incorporated.
In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, oats, baking soda, and salt. Add the chocolate, pecans, and coconut and toss to combine. On low speed (or with a wooden spoon), slowly add the flour mixture to the butter-sugar mixture and then mix just until the flour mixture is totally incorporated and the dough is evenly mixed.
For the best results, scrape the dough into an airtight container and let it rest in the refrigerator overnight (or for at least 3 to 4 hours) before baking. When ready to bake, position a rack in the center of the oven, and heat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Drop the dough in 1/4 cup balls onto a baking sheet, spacing them about 2 inches apart. Flatten each ball slightly with the palm of your hand.
Bake for 20 to 22 minutes, or until the cookies are golden brown on the edges and slightly soft in the center. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet on a wire rack for 15 to 20 minutes, or until they are cool enough to remove with a spatula. Then transfer the cookies to the wire rack to cool completely, or enjoy them warm.
The cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. The unbaked dough may be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
Pumpkin Muffins with Golden Raisins 23 Aug 2013, 11:25 amIngredients:
1/3 cup golden raisins
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 stick unsalted butter, melted and cooled
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
3/4 cup canned pure pumpkin
1/4 cup well-shaken buttermilk
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 tablespoon raw green (hulled) pumpkin seeds, divided
Preheat over to 400 degrees F with rack in middle. Butter 12 (1/2 cup) muffin pan if not nonstick.
Soak raisins in hot water for 5 minutes, then drain. Meanwhile, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices, and salt in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together butter, brown sugar, pumpkin, buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla. Add to dry ingredients and stir until just combined, then stir in raisins and 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds. Divide batter among muffin cups and sprinkle with remaining seeds. Bake until wooden pick comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Cool slightly on a rack.
Yield: 12 muffins
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Chocolate Ginger Cookies 23 Aug 2013, 10:42 am
1 1/4 c. Brown Sugar
1 stick Butter
1 tsp. Vanilla
1 1/2 c. Flour
1/2 c. Cocoa Powder
3/4 tsp. Salt
3/4 tsp. Baking Soda
1/4 c. Molasses
2 tbs. Crystallized Ginger (minced)
Pinch (large) Cinnamon
Pinch (large) Cloves
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Beat the sugar and butter until fluffy. Combine egg, vanilla, molasses, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves and add the butter mix. Whisk flour, cocoa, salt and baking soda. Stir into the butter mix. Drop by tablespoons, sprinkle with coarse sugar and bake 8-12 minutes. Leave on the pan for a few minutes then transfer to wire rack for cooking.
Hyde Park- Best food neighborhood in Austin? 15 Aug 2013, 11:36 amHere was a nice write up on the restaurants two blocks away from the Adams House:
When was the last time you got to choose between fried chicken, chicken-fried chicken, chicken-fried steak, or chicken-fried pork? When you see that huge fork on the road (well, in the parking lot), you know you’ve come to the right place. Serving up comfort food and decorated with throwback mod furniture and colors, Hyde Park Bar and Grill has been serving good eats since 1982.
4206 Duval Road, 512-458-3168
A passionate cheesemonger (that’s what they call the people behind the counter) happily passed me samples of cheese from the semi-soft section of the jam-packed display case. This wildly popular spot, which opened in 2010, is known for its expertise in all things cheese.
4220 Duval Road, 512-531-9610
Curl up with your tablet, order up a latte and stay a while at this funk-meets-chic spot that serves a variety of coffee drinks and more. Curb your sugar craving with a slice of tiramisu or cup of gelato (our favorite flavors are the guava lime, jalapeno berry, or prickly pear). Dolce Vita also offers a small breakfast menu including Italian Eggs — red onion, tomato, and greens sautéed with two eggs and house-made pesto.
4222 Duval Road, 512-323-2686
Quack’s is short for Captain Quackenbush’s Intergalactic Dessert Company and Espresso Café, which originally opened in 1983 on Guadalupe Street near the University of Texas campus. The menu has expanded since the bakery’s humble beginnings (patrons can get a cup of French-pressed coffee now), but the philosophy has stayed the same: Homemade goods, fresh ingredients, Austin vibe.
411 East 43rd Street, 512-453-3399
This no-frills spot has an outdoor patio that’s great for people-watching, but locals flock to this tiny cafe for the succulent roasted chicken. The house-made chicken and vegetable soup is a favorite too. Breakfast tacos — chicken, bean, veggie, rice — offered à la carte make this spot a no-brainer for Saturday mornings.
4320 Duval Road, 512-452-1040
This cozy, colorful spot has been ahead of the game since it opened back in 1980 serving only vegetarian and vegan food. It has now added gluten-free entrées like the Southwestern Stuffed Pepper — a fresh roasted poblano filled with organic brown rice, green peas, and organic soy tempeh, baked, and then topped with jack cheese.
4215 Duval Road., 512-451-3994
We like to hit this fashionable spot for lunch and treat ourselves to a delicious pizza (we like the Bianca — mozzarella, fontina, and provolone with fried sage and a drizzle of truffle oil). Not in the mood for pizza?
408-C East 43rd Street, 512-451-1218
Click here to see article by Austin Culture Map
Tribeza Magazine July 2013: Hyde Park Neighborhood Top 10 13 Aug 2013, 2:23 pmWe were thrilled to be mentioned in John & Michelle's Top 10 things they love about Hyde Park for the Tribeza Magazine's Neighborhood Issue July 2013! There are so many wonderful things about this area but we think they did a great job with this list. Here is what they had to say:
Quack's 43rd St Bakery (411 E. 43rd Street)- The first coffee house in Austin. Cookies and cupcakes for the kids, espresso and dessert for us.
Shipe Park and Pool (4400 Avenue G)- Our neighborhood park and the best place to stay cool in the summer. With two kids under the age of 10 we have made Shipe Park an extension to our own backyard!
Vino Vino (4119 Guadalupe St.)- Great food, great wine, and the heart of the emerging commercial district on the western boundary of Hyde Park.
The Flightpath Coffee House (5011 Duval St.)- Even though the planes don's pass over their descent to land at Mueller Airport anymore, it's still a great place to get coffee. And now you can actually hear your table conversation.
Elisabet Ney Museaum (304 E. 44th St.)- The former castle-style home and studio of the German-born sculptress now exhibits her work focused on legendary Texans. Admission is free, perfect for our young kids, who can only last 10 minutes in a museum anyways.
Avenue B Grocery (4403 Avenue B)- Austin's oldest continuously operated grocery store, built in 1909. Handmade, fresh deli sandwiches and "old-school" candy for kids.
The Col. Monroe Shipe House (3816 Avenue G)- Built in 1892 by the founder of Hyde Park with lumber from the grandstands of the old State Fair of Texas. Hyde Park is known for having a historic home on almost every corner of the neighborhood.
Julio's Cafe (4230 Duval St)- Breakfast tacos in the morning, roasted chicken for lunch or dinner. Bring cash. No credit or debit cards accepted!
Adams House Bed & Breakfast (4300 Avenue G)- Another Austin Historic Landmark, built in 1911 and converted to a bed-and-breakfast in 1997. A great place for the in-laws to stay, within walking distance of our house.
To see the entire online magazine: click here