Mellizoz: Let’s Taco Bout It

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Mellizoz makes some of the best tacos in Austin, and there’s absolutely no argument against that. See that fish taco? You can’t argue.

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How about the ‘Escobar’ filled with carne guisada?

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See that little face drawn on the fresh avocado? You aren’t going to tell him to his adorable, little face that he’s not delicious.

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Oh, maybe you’re vegetarian, and you think Mellizoz doesn’t have your back? Think again: Shroom. Tacos.

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Have you had one of the greatest green salsas town? Okay, we know Taco Deli has a magical one too, but just look at that stuff up there.

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Argument = won. Mellizoz makes some of my favorite tacos, and often has $5 off PayPal deals. You must try them!

Brunch at Russell’s Bistro

Poached Egg at Russell’s Bistro
 Russel’s Bistro is nestled just shy of 38th Street, near the original Kerbey Lane Cafe. We were on our way to Kerbey, but the massive line (and rather annoying drum circle at the shop next door) made us stop to see just what Russell’s had to offer. 

When I learned that they give you complimentary mimosas and coffee while you wait for a seat, my mind was made up.

House Breakfast $10 at Russell’s Bistro
 The menu was overwhelmingly focused on eggs, but that’s pretty standard for most brunch spots. The mimosas, cheaper than the advertised price if you don’t spring for the Prima Perla Prosecco, were lukewarm and dismal. The wait between each one on their otherwise enjoyable patio became unbearable. At one point I had to leave my seat to seek service.

Crab Cake Benedict $15 at Russell’s Bistro
 Dishes run from $9 all the way up to $17. The crab cake benedict was disappointing. The potatoes were fine, the poached eggs were good, but the crab cake was all cake and no crab.

My partner enjoyed the complimentary fruit served with our meal, and even the coffee. We thought the ambiance, particularly the patio, was pleasant, but I don’t think the food dazzled us. If they upped their game on the mimosas (such as serving them cold and fizzy), and if service had been even a little attentive… I’d have loved it.

Lunch at Banger’s


Banger’s is the new sausage and beer garden on Rainey Street that’s famous for their 103 taps. I’ve been 3 times so far, and though they’ve been less than perfect when I went, I love it. Perhaps it’s because they carry sours?


The first time I went was at night (hence the shotty photography). They were incredibly busy, and their famous tap wall was broken. I’m chalking that up as a one-time thing, but it did have a profound effect on our enjoyment of our evening. This is a place where you come for the beer and stay for the sausage! Or is that the other way around? 


Who knew that fresh, sliced tomatoes could be such a win? This delicious side comes with basil and can have goat cheese added on for as little as 75 cents. Trust me, this simplistic side is a must.


Also on the healthy produce list? Pickled vegetables served up in a mason jar and extra briny. These, I could live without, but did like them.


The sausages are both sizable and endlessly customizable. You have 3 vegetarian sausage choices (I choose the mushroom one), and more meat options than you can shake a piece of venison at. After that, you choose your type of bun, garnishes (including BYFO peppers which stands for “Burn Your Face Off”), and sauces. 


You’re going to want to put the spicy mustard on the side, and think hard about whether or not you want the BYFO peppers. I’m Cajun, and this place terrifies me when it comes to heat. Spicy really does mean spicy to them.


My partner got the chili cheese fries. It’s literally a tray filled with, well, what’s shown above. It is a monstrosity (portion-wise) and should be shared by, I don’t know, 50 people? 


The very best time to come is during lunch. They have an “Executive Lunch” deal which is any sausage, any side, and any Texas draft for $8. Sausage and beer fans rejoice!


Oh, and they have a deal with a tattoo artist. Really. You can get a free tattoo of the Bangers logo if you like them that much. I like them a lot, but only enough to make Executive Lunch a regular staple to my diet.

Truth be told, food has come out wrong 2 out of the 3 times we went, but the errors were minor and all new restaurants are going to experience growing pains; so grab your dog (there’s a dog run!), a drinking buddy, and your appetite. I think Banger’s is really going to impress you.

Brunch at Hillside Farmacy

I admit to being less than dazzled by Hillside Farmacy the first time I ate there, but a follow-up visit about a month later really won me over. Fresh seafood? Yes, please.


The cost of a cocktail is a bit on the pricey side, and the same goes for mimosas. If you have to have a drink with your breakfast (I know I do!) I think the carafe is the most affordable way to go. The orange juice is super pulpy, which I view as a mega-plus.


The croque monsieur (shown above) was a big hit with my partner. He had a pretty bad experience with a grilled cheese-like sandwich, the “dough well done,” on our first visit so I’d steer clear of that one. 


The smoked salmon was a hit with both of us, except for the cole slaw, which is a matter of personal preference. I HATE COLE SLAW!


As pretty as those boiled shrimp look, they weren’t really worth it. Don’t get me wrong, they taste fine. I just can’t justify what you get for the cost on that one. It’s extremely plain, but maybe you’ll be into it; who knows?


As adorable as the food and space are at this hip, little gem… I must confess that the seating is extremely uncomfortable and tables are painfully small. 

Pro-tip: They have half-off all oysters every Monday!

All in all, do I like Hillside? I love it! Grab that citrusy delicious crab salad and a carafe, and go have brunch!

Brunch at Blue Dahlia Bistro

Blue Dahlia Bistro is an east side gem with delicious offerings perfect for a weekend brunch.


Their famously delicious tartines (open-faced sandwiches) are truly divine. I had the salmon which was accented with lemon and dill, a very Swedish-like dish.


My partner had the meat and cheese plate, which alone would have been almost enough food for the both of us.


My favorite part of Blue Dahlia is the ambiance. I feel like I’m in a European cafe! The cheap mimosas on weekends, and weekday happy hours with $4 tartines, inexpensive beer, and wine as low as $3 a glass are close runner-ups.

If you’ve never been, go!

Happy Hour At Trio

Trio at Four Seasons holds the holy grail of all my happy hour delights.
$5 plates of delicious items like tuna tartare, ceviche, chicken fried steak bites, and crispy brussels.


The big draw for me is half-off wine (over 30 choices by the glass!); these deals are available Monday through Saturday from 5-7.


The outdoor grounds are unbelievable. You can view Town Lake, the bats, and joggers from the most serene settings I’ve ever found in Austin.

Go to Trio, sit at the bar, and hope that you get Suzy (my all-time favorite bartender).


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