Ok, ok I’m definitely having a Texas moment, but hey I’m spending 2020 living at home. Here in the lone star state our food scene is bomb, so what better way to calm down in these uncertain times than feed the soul! I spent Halloween weekend in Austin, Texas. My bestie and her roomies, who happen to be food industry alum, had a lot of great input on where to eat. We stumbled on “The Odd Duck” and it truly did not disappoint. Founded in 2009, Bryce and Dylan Gilmore started out in a Food Truck. The now brick and mortar became well known for locally sourcing ingredients to create their tasty cuisine. I learned that they are also role models for the Austin food industry. The restaurant not only serves loyal customers, but also goes above and beyond taking care of its employees.
So now the food. My friend Hannah and I came in for Sunday brunch. We started with fresh and smokey Bloody Mary's garnished with a pickled beet, and reusable metal straws (YAS environment). For food we ordered the Cajun BBQ pickled shrimp and grits, Pork belly in a coconut-black garlic rice bowl, and Bourbon pecan chicken and waffles with CARAMELIZED GRAPEFRUIT. Yes, that deserves all caps. The nuances of flavors in each of the dishes was astounding. The waffle was light and airy with crispy fried chicken, the pork belly tender and smokey, and grits creamy but not heavy. On top of that the servers and host accommodated us with outdoor seating, and were nothing but kind. I can’t really put into words what a gasm these flavor profiles combined create in your mouth, so you’ll just have to come down to Austin and find our for yourself! @oddduckaustin