South Congress Cafe

Last night S and I ventured to South Congress Cafe for our weekly romantical date night.  S had reserved us a perfect booth towards the back, but with a view of South Congress in all it’s glory.  He knows I’m a sucker for looking out windows.  We started off with the Pesto Goat Cheese Bruschetta – amazing.  The mountain of beautiful green goat cheese, shaved proscuitto, and sauteed red peppers was so enormous, that our 6 toast slices couldn’t keep up. The waitress kindly offered to provide us with more – which we promptly mounded the remaining pile of green and red onto and devoured.  Perfectly sweet and savory, with a perfect crunch underneath. We also split the Very Bleu Salad (hint: you can get a small portion of any regular salad for $2 off with an entree order), which included candied pecans (yum), gorgonzola crumbles (yum), and quail eggs (to which I gave the old college try, but decided were less yum).

I was so full by the time it came to order dinner, that I stuck with an app portion of crab cakes, which I would probably give a better review if I had been able to eat more of the dish (tummy so full…).

Crab Cakes

S got the Lollipop Pork Chop: Hunter’s Style, which he chose because it sounded manly.  “It’s got Foresterie sauce.  Forests are manly.”  S is on the hunt for Austin’s best porkchop, or at least one that can measure up to one he recently had in Kentucky.  Any recommendations?

Lollipop Pork Chop

Ambiance was perfect.  Service was chipper, helpful, and prompt.  Highly recommend.

Tip: They accept reservations until 7pm — and you’ll probably need them!

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Austin, Texas
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3 Responses to South Congress Cafe

  1. sarah says:

    Mmmm, that’ some pretty food.

  2. Meg says:

    I have to say, So.Congress Cafe, recently became my favorite food in Austin. I recently had the Beef Milanesa, beef medallions with Crawfish gravy. The food melted in my mouth. Absolutely divine.

    For our app. we had blanched asparagus wrapped in prosciutto, with lumb crab and hollandaise sauce served over the top. Really quite perfect.

    We however saved room for dessert. Creme brulee that was the perfect compliment to the evening. At a table of seven, not a single person had a complaint. And the waitstaff was fabulous as well- I have found that to be a lot harder to find than good food.

  3. Daniel says:

    If Sam is still looking for the best pork chop, the search is not complete without trying the famous pork chop at Perry’s. While this place is definitely on the high side, it’s food and service is definitely worth it. Be hungry though…the pork chop is enormous.

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