The Happiest Hour: Juliet

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I’ve been referred to as ‘The Happy Hour Queen’ by more than one source, and I take that as a huge compliment! I pride myself on being the first (or almost first) to try any new spot, and conquer appetizers and bar menus with gusto.

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It should come as no surprise that the moment I had a free day, I ran to Juliet’s happy hour (Mon-Sun, 3-7) to try everything.

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All rosé wines were half off, and yes, that included sparklers. House wine was available for a mere $5, beer for $4, and there were some amazing sounding $7 cocktails. I was particularly interested in the Mezcal Negroni, but I’ll be saving that for my next trip there.

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I fell in love with just about everything on the wine list, and I’m still salivating over that delicious crudo. You can view the full happy hour menu here, and I can assure that it’s all delicious.

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You’ll be surprised at how beautiful the space is, and just how welcoming the staff are. If you went to this place back in the days it was Romeo’s location, you will absolutely be astonished with how different it truly is. Both the inside and outside are completely renovated, and it makes for the ideal place to meet for an early date.

Food Find: Terry Black’s Barbecue

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There’s a new barbecue joint in town, and it’s just a hop, skip, and a jump (or perhaps a shirtless unicycle ride, if you’re like most of our locals) from Barton Springs and Town Lake. Please welcome Terry Black’s.

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This Austin location hails from famed Black’s in Lockhart (and I would like to mention that if you haven’t heard of Lockhart, we need to seriously school you in Texas Barbecue 101).

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They have a huge buffet-style spread of sides, plenty of space indoors and out, and of course: Tasty, smoked meats.

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I’m not gonna lie, my favorite feature of this place is the abundance of Texas wine available. I know, I know, you should drink beer with barbecue, and they have that as well, but major props to them for having my beverage of choice. Next time you’re hungry after a drip in the springs, or after a relaxing walk over the Lamar Pedestrian Bridge, head here, and give them a try.

Food Find: Terry Black’s Barbecue

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We made a quick stop in to Terry Black’s to try Austin’s most talked about, new barbecue stand. The weather was nice, and their patio offered plenty of seating with a beautiful view of the Long Center.

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It was late in the afternoon, but we still managed to grab some of their last brisket. Given that I can’t have beer lately (blame it on the low-carb diet), I was happy to see wine offered by both  the bottle and half-bottle ($12-$18). There were no lines, despite the restaurant being moderately busy.

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We thought what we had was above-average, and even better when you factor in that there wasn’t a 2 hour wait, or a 3 hour drive to acquire it. I should also mention that given you don’t have to jump through hoops to get their food, it’s not necessarily an insane, melt-in-your-mouth, Franklin-esque experience. It’s still good though, and definitely worth a try on a lazy Saturday afternoon after a dip in Barton Springs.

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