Category Archives: Eating-Out

Flip Happy Crepes

Flip Happy Crepes is a great food stand near Barton Springs and Lamar. They have some of the best food I have ever eaten at a very affordable price. The feel of the eatery is great too.  Crepes are served out of a vintage airstream tailor and you eat under a grove of trees.  They have savory crepes and desert crepes in a variety of different flavors.  My favorite is the chicken and mushroom crepe.  You can check out their website here.

They are also well-known for winning against Iron Chef Bobby Flay in his show Throwdown! with Bobby Flay.  Very few restaurants on the show can beat the experienced chef.  Flip Happy proved their worth by making a better crepe than Bobby.

Before you make the journey to this airstream tailor make sure they are open first.  They usually only open Wednesday through Sunday for lunch.  It is amazing food at a great price!

Post by Sarah Lacy

Wine Flights At Cru

Cru Austin Domain Location

Cru Wine Bar via photo courtesy of company website

Ok, so I know the previous post also discusses wine, but I want to talk about how some (myself included) are often overwhelmed by how much there is to know about wine. Taste, food pairings, regions, reds, whites, blushes! Luckily, my friend gave me a tip about a very reasonably priced solution right here in Austin. Cru, a wine bar with two locations in the Domain and 2nd Street District, does several things to make the somewhat elitist idea of wine knowledge fun and inviting—all at a great price. If you are new to the wine game, Cru’s popular wine flights are a great way to go! Each flight includes three different 2 oz. tastings of wines grouped by theme. The flights can range in price, with some as low as $11! Mandy Stiles, Cru’s event coordinator, demonstrates how less than $20 can get you great wine and knowledge:

Beside the flights, Cru also offers several deals you wouldn’t expect from the intimate candlelit restaurant. Weekly specials include champagne Thursdays (every bottle is half-priced), “Grillin’ Out” Sundays where from 1-5  there are Kobe Beef Hamburgers for $7 and a weekend Brunch from 11-3 with $7 bottomless mimosas. And it wouldn’t be an Austin establishment without a happy hour: Weekdays from 3-6 the appetizers and their gourmet pizzas are half off. I must say I was little bit intimidated by the idea of a going wine bar, but this one has a Facebook page so it is definitely a place where you can have some fun!

Posted by Jill Harris

Baskin Robbins 31 Cent Scoop Night

Chocolate or vanilla?  Cookies and Cream or Jamoca Almond Fudge?  Can’t decide?  Get both!!!  Baskin Robbins is one ice cream shop that is well known for its variety of flavors.  They offer well over their promised 31 flavors.  This week you can sample all the flavors of your choosing for a good cause.

This Wednesday, April 29th, Baskin Robbins is offering up small ice cream scoops for just 31 cents.  From 5:00 to 10:00 pm, Baskin Robbins is serving to raise money for the National Volunteer Fire Council.  Along with the money made in that hour, the chain is giving $100,000 to the organization.

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Master Pancake: The Lord of the Rings

Alamo Drafthouse, photo courtesy of Alamo Drafthouse

Alamo Drafthouse, photo courtesy of Alamo Drafthouse

As a way to celebrate being one week closer to the end of the semester, go to Alamo Drafthouse’s Master Pancake: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings. The Drafthouse will give its take on the movie. Here’s what they say:

…Will these brave LOTR-men be able to bring soothing relief to the Crack of Doom? You won’t find out in this installment of the Trilogy. But you can bet your 12-sided die that we’ll all have a blast as we rip on the overstuffed plot …

This may not be the best place to go for LOTR purists, but it is still a great way to kick back and relax with friends. 

Tickets are about $6.50 with your student ID. The one thing I love about this idea is that you get Kerbey Lane pancakes, while you watch the movie. (Too bad pumpkin is a little out of season.)

Alamo Drafthouse – Downtown at the Ritz

320 E 6th St., Austin  TX  78701, Map (512) 476-1320

Show Times: Friday, April 17, 2009 o 7:45p o 10:45p, Saturday, April 18, 2009 o 7:45p o 10:45p

Also showing at the Alamo Ritz:

Austin’s Indie Coffee Shops

Soy Latte by BrittanyBush, Flickr. CC 2.0 Attribution.

Soy Latte by BrittanyBush, Flickr. CC 2.0 Attribution.

Before coming to the States, I hated coffee. I could not fathom why people would torture themselves with espresso shots and macchiatos when there were sweeter alternatives like hot chocolate or tea. Being Indian, I’ve always loved chai and the only coffee-based drink I ever had were the sugar-loaded frappuccinos from Starbucks. But living in Austin for nearly three years has made me a 360 degree convert. Lattes are now an integral part of my life. Recently, I have been on a quest to get cheaper coffee when I found myself spending a fortune on my caffeine fix.

I found several independently owned coffee places which served larger portions, had friendlier staff and cost much lesser than the larger chains. A decent-sized, regular latte at these places costs around 2 dollars lesser than the same amount at the bigger coffee chains.  For people who pick up coffees outside on a regular basis, that translates to about $450 savings per year overall!

Here are some places I like/have been recommended to visit:

  • La Tazza Fresca is a quaint, little place on Guadalupe and 37th and makes the most amazing mocha shakes! Their drinks are cheaper than those sold by the larger coffee chains and their ambiance is much prettier. I really liked the music they played the last time I went and best of all, they are open till 2am everyday! They have free wifi and if you like hookah, they have that too (I’m not trying to make you a decadent, I swear!) Get map and directions from the UT campus here.

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Keeping Kids Occupied

Kids are great fun to hang out with. Till they get bored. Moms, if you have a house full of whiny kids, here are a bunch of cool, cheap, even free things you can do in Austin to keep them entertained and productive!

Photo by foreversouls, Flickr. CC 2.0 Attribution.

Photo by foreversouls, Flickr. CC 2.0 Attribution.

  • As we have mentioned before, parks are great places to keep cool this spring and most of them are free of charge. Austin has no dearth of green havens with playgrounds, nature and hike trails, softball, volleyball and tennis courts, barbecue grills as well as picnic spots. An interesting one for kids is the Austin Nature and Science Center, which could make for a fun educational day trip with rescued animals, an indoor lab and a dinosaur track pit. Click here for more information. A complete list of free/cheap and fun parks for kids is here.
  • Texas Memorial Museum at the Texas Natural Science Center has a host of exhibits around the year. Admission is free. If pterasaur fossils, gem collections and meteorites fascinate your young’uns, this museum is a definitely a good idea. Click here for more info including a map and timings.
  • Boggy Creek Farm features fresh vegetables and fruits, cheese, cream, ice-cream and tofu on market and tour days. This would be a great to explain about food manufacturing, farming and horticulture to kids, not to mention enjoy fresh and delicious food! More info here.
  • Congress Bridge Bats are a major tourist attraction in Austin. The bridge, which spans Town Lake, is home to the largest urban bat colony in North America and is a great end-of-the-day activity with kids. It’s also a great photo opportunity!
Congress Bridge Bats. Photo by barron, Flickr. CC 2.0 Attribution.

Congress Bridge Bats. Photo by barron, Flickr. CC 2.0 Attribution.

The Austin Children’s Museum blog includes many fun ideas for activities with kids, events and games. An interesting event coming up this Saturday, April 4, is the Home Depot kids workshop. Park your kids here for a few hours as they contruct a birdhouse with pre-fabricated kits this month. Find a local store near you here.

Search for more ideas for activities here and here. To meet and communicate with other parents, visit ParentWise, a newsletter for Austin parents and Austin Parent, a blog about raising kids here.

Post by Simrat Sharma.

Free Friendly Reminders!

logoI don’t know about you, but I am always searching, searching, searching for new things to do in or around Austin. It seems as though I am not looking in the right places or I find out about the event too late, etc. That is, until I discovered Austin Tidbits! Packed with information and variety, these free articles are available on the web site and via e-mail subscription (also free!). The e-mail subscription is especially nice because, unlike having to frequently check the web site, you are pleasantly surprised when you receive an email to alert or remind you of a fun upcoming event or idea for something fun to do!  Don’t worry, the e-mails only come twice a week so your inbox isn’t flooded with messages.  Also, the Tibdits are broken up into the categories of shop, eat and sip, enjoy, beautify, go and etc., which is quite helpful!  I actually look forward to getting mine each week!

Co-founder and Creator Pepper Ammann explains why she started the site:

“Did you ever miss out on that huge sale at your favorite boutique or miss hearing that great new band play downtown? That is exactly why I started Tidbits.  My idea was to create a website that looks like a magazine, broken into small articles that come in email format, like getting your favorite magazine piece by piece each week!”

Recent Tidbits have suggested the Yoga and Champagne Brunch at Stone House Vineyard, heading over to the new 2nd street boutique Gallery D or taking time for a good cause at each month’s Charity Bash.  And, as an added bonus, many of the Tibdits actually include coupons to various places around town!  (Try a one hour facial at Garbo Salon regularly priced at $70 for $24 for mentioning Tidbits when you book your appointment!)

So sign up and get going!  Austin is waiting on you!

Post by Kristin White