I could easily go into a very detailed list of all of the food we ate. So much of it was just wonderful. Instead, I'm just going to post pictures (since that's really the fun part). I'll provide a brief caption for each. If you, dear reader, have any questions, please feel free to leave me a comment. Good food is meant to be shared, and this is how I intend to share with you!
A big ole' plate of brisket, ribs, sausage, and sides from The Salt Lick in Austin. Easily the best barbecue I've ever had.
Spinach and goat cheese crepe with caramelized onions and fresh tomatoes from Flip Happy Crepes, one of Austin's most popular airstreams.
Strawberry and carrot cupcakes from Hey Cupcake!
Mr. Orange taco from Torchy's Tacos. Blackened salmon, roasted corn and black bean relish, avocado salsa, queso fresco, cilantro, and of course, a healthy squeeze of fresh lime juice.
More Torchy's. Check out the Democrat and the Brushfire tacos on Torchy's menu to find out exactly what these beauties are.
Lemongrass pork bahn mi from Lulu B's Vietnamese sandwich trailer.
The Afternoon Delight from Bananarchy. A frozen banana dipped in vanilla, chocolate, and peanut butter and covered in crushed graham crackers and peanuts.
Brisket and pork ribs with corn and creamy coleslaw from Ruby's BBQ.
New Orleans, LA
The best gumbo we had in New Orleans was on our first night at The Gumbo Shop. It was to die for, and after one bite, gumbo quickly shot up the list of my favorite foods.
Beignets from the one and only Cafe du Monde. Hot out of the deep fryer and very messy.
Muffaletta sandwich from Verti Marte. This place was absolutely amazing. They had the best shrimp po-boys in New Orleans as well. Check out their Yelp page for more info.
Praline bacon and cornbread waffle topped with duck-sweet potato hash and house-made pepper jelly from Elizabeth's. Not for the faint of heart.
Raw oysters on the halfshell from Acme Oyster House. Touristy, but very delicious.
I couldn't help myself, we had to make a stop at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum.
San Antonio, TX
Classic Tex Mex fare from Mi Tierra.
Lamb burgers with sweet potato fries from The Cove, a local burger joint, bar, live music venue, laundromat, and car wash. They are committed to serving up SOL, sustainable, organic, and local food.
The Texas burger at The Cove boasts an impressive list of condiments. An all natural, farm raised beef patty is topped with refried beans, cheese tortilla chips, avocado, and salsa.
Impressive photos, no? Makes me hungry just looking at them. Seriously though, these are all places I would highly recommend to check out if you're in any of these lovely cities. To me, food is one of the richest ways to experience a different culture and a new place, and I felt so lucky to have dined so well on our trip. It was a memorable experience to be sure, and one that my taste buds and I won't soon forget.