South Congress Café

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by zabelle on March 14, 2007

If you are looking for a restaurant that will give your taste buds something to sing about, I want to suggest the South Congress Grill. We were looking for a restaurant within walking distance of the Austin Motel. Some of the restaurants nearby were not open yet after the ice storm, we asked the desk person for some suggestions. With those in hand we headed out going south. It really was pretty funny, we crossed four lanes of traffic only to fund out that the restaurant was closed so back across; we went and being me I refused to cross again and insisted that we find something on the west side of the street. Sometime being a stubborn pays off. The first restaurant we came upon the South Congress Grill. We peeked in, it looked attractive, we all agreed this was the place.

We were given a nice booth on the back wall and soon had drinks and menu’s in front of us. I decided that I wanted to try the salsa sampler. There were three salsas, sencilla, morita and salsa de arbol or as we called them hot, hotter and hell that’s hot. Add to that the most amazing homemade chips made from yellow and blue corn and also taro root and you get a small idea of the delight we were engaged in devouring.

We raised our teary eyes to the high ceilings and light wood tables and chairs with rainbow colored plates and just sighed in happiness. It was a perfect beginning.

Joe ordered a house salad that came with their amazing house dressing with the spicy avocado
vinaigrette. It had homemade croûtons and yellow tomatoes. Lovely.

I ordered the Angel Hair Salsa Fresca -angel hair pasta tossed with jalapeno-garlic olive oil with tomatoes, sweet pearl onions and fresh herbs. Topped with eggplant, zucchini, red and yellow peppers, Parmesan and crumbled cotija cheeses. With four crunchy garlic toast it was light , full of flavor and out of this world delicious.

Al tried the Beef Milanesa, tenderloin medallions crusted in cracker crumbs and flash seared ‘A la plancha' served with a crayfish cream gravy, garlic mashed potatoes and vegetable of the day which was broccoli and corn. It was just divine, the beef perfectly cooked and plated.

Joe ordered the pork chop special which was humongous and also was served with the garlic mashed and vegetable of the day. He was very happy with his choice.

I ordered a cup of tea and then a cup of coffee. There was a very nice selection of teas offered. It was here that I had my only complaint, they stick the spoon through the handle of the cup and I spilled my first cup of tea getting it out. Maybe I am just clumsy but...

We got dried cherry pecan bread pudding with bourbon sauce and a scoop of ice cream for dessert to go. Enough for two to share and enjoy.
South Congress Café
1600 S Congress Ave.
Austin, Texas, 78704
(512) 447-3905

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