When Jorge told me he new of a good Barbecue place I did not expect what we got. It was so good! I think the best I've ever had! The ribs were smoked perfectly and fallin' off the bone, of course. They were my favorite, then the sausage -- I usually don't prefer sausage so that says a lot -- and then the brisket. But make no mistake, it was all delicious. The plates came with coleslaw, beans, potato salad and bread. Thank goodness the portions were enough to fill up but still have room for dessert. We got the peach cobbler with ice cream and oh man, what a great way to finish dinner. We ate it all, and it was.. perfect. The service was impeccable. We were seated immediately and in no time our server was taking our order. About 5 minutes later he returned with our food and apologized for the "wait". For a split second I thought he had the wrong table but then I got the joke. All in all it was a great experience and we'll be going back for sure.
I would love to say that eating here was all rainbows and butterfly's, but that wouldn't be true... The place was packed! We went around 10:00 a.m. so I suppose any good breakfast place would be busy. The parking out front was full so we parked down the street and around the corner... The wait was 35 almost 40 minutes and there wasn't much of a waiting area, maybe 4 chairs inside and a couple benches outside. Other than that a lot of people were standing outside. We took first available so we were seated on the back patio. Surprisingly, it felt much better back there because they had big fans. I don't want to knock the whole place. It was probably just our server, but to be blunt, he was not very attentive. Even after we told him we had never been there, he almost talked down to us, as if he didn't have the patience to explain the menu item to a new customer. Then we waited for what seemed like a lifetime for the food to come out. --Which was a world away from being seated right away at Salt Lick, ordering and receiving our food all in under 15-20 minutes! And the parking lot for that place was HUGE! -- Our food finally hits the table and suddenly made all that worth it. It was delicious.
P.S. I Love That Smile
Okay, rant over. All in all, it doesn't matter how big it is or what they call it. What mattered is that Jorge and I were spending time together, relaxing and enjoying each others company. The fact that we can leave on vacation, spend so much time together and still not want to ring each other out, still surprises me. Maybe I'm still surprised by it because our relationship is young but I cherish that we can travel together.
Anywayyyy, the tour was a blast! First you take a boat ride to the other side of the lake. Then,from the dock, its a short hike to a gazebo where you receive your gear.
So, our tour ended around 10:00 p.m. We went back to the registration office to pay our tab, give the guides a tip and purchase photos. After all of that it was almost 10:30 p.m. We didn't get back to the airbnb until after 11:00. But, being the young and exuberant couple that we are, we decided sleep could wait and it was time to visit 6th Street.
I was okay after my third crown and coke but then we took a shot of tequila. We left soon after and I still felt okay. I quickly got the Uber because subconsciously I suppose I knew I wasn't going to be able to do it in a few minutes. And what'd'ya know. In the time it took the Uber to get us home I was in my own little world. I had a really good time though. I didn't feel to out of place. Now that I've been there and seen it all, next time we'll go crush the dance floor like those girls.
The next day...
We slept in pretty late and had to check out by noon. We looked all over for a mom and pop shop for breakfast and finally came across Joe's Bakery and Coffee Shop, known for their tortillas. (Keep in mind, we had breakfast the day before, then about 4 beers each for lunch and dinner at 11:30. He had 2 tacos and I had one. Then pile on all the alcohol after that...) I wasn't hungry but my body was arguing otherwise.
At Joe's, there was a very down to earth, small town feel and I had expected it to be pretty good. I stuck with what I knew, eggs and bacon, because I was starting to feel really nauseous. I never in my life, have looked at a plate of eggs and bacon and wanted to throw up so bad. I really feel terrible about saying the place wasn't any good but my hangover aside, the eggs were really bland and dry, the bacon was hard as a rock and the tortillas were the only thing good about that meal. The food took awhile to come out too so I drank a lot of water. And try as I might, I couldn't keep the food or water down. For the first time in all of my drinking career I had to let it out. I felt so much better after but the car ride home was still no fun. I felt really bad for covering my face most of the time and leaving him basically alone but I didn't want to make us stop for any reason.
Well it was a weekend of firsts for me.
1. I have been to Austin but I had never driven.
2. I had never been zip lining.
3. I had never been to 6th street.
4. I had never thrown up from drinking.
And more, like all the new places we ate and the swimming hole but those are.. specific to Austin. I suppose could count them but you get the point.
Lastly, the city itself was beautiful and surprisingly green! It was refreshing to see so much forest surrounding the area. There are no others words to describe it. It was just so green. There were many hills too. I never realized how flat Houston compared to it's neighboring cities.
Congratulations for making it this far in the blog! I really appreciate you taking the time to read about my adventures! Comments and suggestions are encouraged! There's always room to grow.