My friend, Julia, is hosting a "Hooked On Fridays" party, which means we can just blog about whatever we're hooked on. I figured this would be a good excuse to promote one of my favorite Austin restaurants.
There's a road in south Austin called Barton Springs Road, and there's a stretch along that road with some great and somewhat historical eateries. My favorite is Shady Grove.
Shady Grove opened in 1992, but the building appears to be older than that. While the stone facade is intriguing, of the many times I've eaten there, I have never sat inside. The patio, featuring a flagstone floor and outdoor bar, is HUGE. The centerpiece of the space is the very old and large live oak tree. Campy Christmas lights string out from the tree in a hub and spoke fashion, so the outdoor atmosphere is great during the day and fun and festive at night. As for the food, we like the hatch green chili burgers. Yum!
Now on to today's Friday cocktail...
I first heard this Austin-based band, nelo, perform on a local morning news show last summer. If you like bands like Sister Hazel and Hootie and the Blowfish, you'll like nelo (rhymes with yellow). Enjoy and Happy Friday!