Friday April 27
For the last 6 1/2 years I've been haunted. Back when I was on CAT duty for Hurricane Katrina back in 2005, I passed by this place several times when I ventured towards town. Unfortunately they were already closed for the day and CAT Duty started way too early (@ 7AM) for me to even consider heading here in the morning.
I made a mental note and finally had the opportunity to visit. Joe's Bakery and Mexican Food.
The parking lot had a decent amount of cars and it was still relatively early.
The place was starting to fill up as well. With a good Mix of Anglo and Mexican customers.
And a bottle of their home made salsa is customarily placed on the table.
I already knew what I was getting.....yes, another rare day when I order a full breakfast.
Migas, a local specialty-
Eggs with tortilla chips, cheese, onions tomatoes and Jalapenos.
Refried beans and a side of tortillas came with the meal.
Their homemade salsa really added the finishing touch to this hearty breakfast. Joe's Bakery was certainly one of the highlights of this trip. And as it turns out, I got a thumbs up from a local Roadfooder
(but that's not till the next chapter) when I told him about my visit.
Since the coffee there was bad (what else was new) after returning to my motel, I walked back to downtown and enjoyed a superb cub at Halycon Coffee-Bar-Lounge- an "only in Austin" experience. Both coffee house, lounge and bar they're open till 3AM on weekends.
I spent the rest of the morning trying desperately to get a hotel downtown. Everything was solidly booked due to the Food and Wine Festival. I didn't feel like staying at the dingy Day's Inn a couple of miles north of town which I kept as my back up, so I ended up for the duration of my trip at the Marriott Spring Hill Suites 10 miles north of town for $50 a night on priceline.
It was now time for lunch, and a short drive east out of town brought me here.
BBQ Nirvana Southside Market
- in Elgin
Noticing that they sell their hot sauce by the bottle
I wondered why they would have any sauce?- this is TEXAS for crying out loud!
You have the option to order a plate or by the pound, since I was planning to have dessert afterwards, I decided to order a combo plate.
I went with the Brisket Sausage combo, and I really liked that they had a whole pickled jalapeno- They go oh so well with Texas Q
Here's a better look at the Smoked Q
I regret not ordering the ribs, the brisket was fine, and the smoked sausage was even better - I believe they refer to these as "Elgin Hot Guts"
I was very surprised to see they offered sauce- I did take a very small sample to try - but it wasn't necessary. Overall a fine meal, but I think I enjoyed J Mueller's
a little more. I'm still thinking of that beef rib!
A short distance away in the heart of town was my next designated stop. City Cafe
A place that looks like it's been around forever
and the decor just screams "Texas"!
Of course I have found my limited opportunity for pie-
I ordered coconut cream.
I wish I could say it was as good as it looked, the filling was fine, but honestly the crust was as hard as a rock, and overall the pie tasted "stale". Fortunately this is the last item of the trip that left me disappointed.
I walked around Elgin's small main street for a bit after I finished the pie.
This caught my attention.
Unfortunately they weren't open yet, and I couldn't wait since I had to get to my next destination back in Austin.
The LBJ Presidential Library and Museum
and there is the man himself
Unfortunately most of the building was being renovated and there were only two floors that were open
There were some interesting tidbits
Including photos of the national historick park, It would have been great to visit had I had more time.
Most of the other floor focused quite a bit on Lady Bird,
but there were a few cool LBJ things too.
Including a replica of the oval office
I understand that LBJ had 3 tv's in here and had all three major news networks going at once.
What a far cry from today's Social Media.
and his boots.
here is a replica of Lady Bird's office.
this was actually my second presidential library that I visited. The first was the JFK Presidential Library and Museum in Boston which I visited with Buffetbuster
back in January of last year.
I checked into my new hotel, in a way I was glad it was far from the hustle and bustle of downtown Austin which is practically a 24 hour city, I didn't get much sleep the night before.
My dinner stop wasn't too far from my hotel, in fact I didn't even have to get back on the interstate- it was only a couple of miles away. Ross' Ol' Texan Cafe
For some reason, I thought Ross'
would offer waitress service, they don't. You order at the counter and then they bring the meal to you when it's ready.
the day before, I decided to do a mini smackdown
Another meal of chicken fried steak. This time with fresh cut fries, fried okra and it also comes with Texas toast. This CFS reminded me of the one I enjoyed at the now defunct Massey's
in Fort Worth, several years back. It was good, but does not compare to Hoover's
I actually ended up chatting with the owner a bit before I left.
Since I didn't sleep very well the night before, I spent a few hours relaxing back at the hotel before returning to the night life of Austin's 6th street once again.
I started out at this place which I thought was a brewpub called Lovejoy's Tap Room, on a side street off of 6th street.
I'm still trying to figure out what exactly I was at.
I've been to many brewpubs in my life, some look commercial/corporate , some look like your friend's basement or living room, one actually looked like a college sports bar (In Morgantown WV) but this one takes the cake- It's a dark dank place full of tattoos, piercings and loud loud nu-metal blasting through the speakers. I couldn't even listen to what I was drinking. I've been going to brew pubs now for nearly a quarter of a century, this is the first time I ever walked into one and felt completely uncomtortable and out of my element. I only lasted one drink.. (and I couldn't even remember what it was)
I continued on 6th street...and I could see a band through the glass window, I could see a long tuft of blonde hair just shaking all over the place at the drum kit, I did a double take and had to stop.
Guilty Pleasures is the name of the band. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSfAuoh0CTs&feature=channel&list=UL
Doing mostly 80's chick band music, they did other more contemporary stuff as well including this song by White Stripes.
The lead singer, looked like a chubby version of Brittany Spears.
and like she pointed out at least once during the show
"We've got V*****S"
"And We Rock"!
I decided to stay - hey they had Shiner (in bottles) how I could I refuse?
Afterwards I walked around 6th street once again, back to my Car which was about 1/2 a mile away, drove back to my hotel and called it a night..
much more to come.....
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