One of my best friends, Amir Bushehri turned the ripe age of 33 on August 17th and we spent the weekend in Austin with some close friends. This was essentially my trip to make up for him not being able to attend the restaurant craziness in Chicago. Our plans called for the following:
Snow’s BBQ in Lexington, TX
Louie Mueller in Taylor, TX
Jester King Brewery in Austin, TX
Barley Swine in Austin, TX
Gourdough’s in Austin, TX
Partying Like We’re back in College (lol)
Our projected 8am depart time was loosely held, some of us had to get gas and fill up on Starbucks, our real depart time was 830am when all was said and done. We arrived to Snow’s BBQ around 10am with Raudel and Jacob running a bit behind. Annie, Amir, Ladan, Mo, Hunter, Frankie, Chreeno, Tu, Dimitri, and Kim all arrived together and I was surprised there was no line between us and the epic bbq. My first trip out here with Mo and Dimitri changed what I thought about bbq and how great it could be. This trip didn’t disappoint. Amir’s first taste of Snow’s and his life was forever changed as well. Super moist Brisket, Ribs and Potato Salad changed everyone’s outlook on BBQ.
We took the nice 30 minute run on back roads to Taylor, TX where all of our lowered cars battled the pothole ridden parking lot at Louie Mueller BBQ. I had one thing on my mind that I had last time, and it was the massively large Beef Ribs that run $12.99 per pound. Some of the bones that the group purchased came in around $20 for what they deemed was a “dinosaur bone”. Mine came in around $16, we added a chipotle sausage and some peach cobbler and we were done eating for a while. One large stuffed group later and we made our way over to the next destination.
Another 30 minute drive and we started going uphill only to be greeted by a nice unpaved dirt road, our cars had to take this super slow, I think Hunter hated me a bit for having to take this dirt road, but we all moved forward, for the Jester King Brewery was ahead of us. We walked into the room where 3 taps were waiting for us, all that was between us and some Commercial Suicide, Wytchmaker and Black Metal was a scant $10 for a glass to hold the Jester King goodness. Did I mention they had a special Wytchmaker Cask with Whiskey and Oak?
After our allotted 3 beers we all headed back to our respective hotels and chilled until 530ish, fitting 13 people into BarleySwine seemed more hassle than it was worth so we headed to Gourdough’s to enjoy some fat motherfxcking doughnuts. Along side Gourdough’s was Odd Duck and Trey’s Cuisine. Those 3 food trucks more than filled our stomachs to prep for the impending alcohol binge for Amir’s birthday.
Saturday night ended with some great cocktails at Haddington’s and ended with some shots at Malaia and 512. Food came from Rappolo’s and Chi’Lantro. No Drunk Photos, Sorry!
The next morning we woke up and headed to meet our friends at Foreign and Domestic. Fried Okra and Shishito Peppers, Crispy Beef Tongue, Fried Chicken Biscuit, Fennel Sausage and Oyster Po Boy and some Tripe Chili made for an epic brunch before heading back to once again regroup and head out for Chris Leung’s dessert tasting.
#birthweek was a success