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Eastside Showroom Keeping Austin Cool

17 May 2010 3,214 views 13 Comments

A quick post about how much I love East Side Showroom, a place I love in spite of myself. Why didn’t I want to like it? Mostly, because of it’s popularity with the hipsters, higher prices, long waits, and smoky interior (due to ventilation issues in the kitchen that may now be resolved).

eastside showroom brick

However, when Adam and I joined our friend Jon for dinner and drinks on a recent Monday night, we all felt it lived up to the hype. I’ve been thinking about it ever since and am going back tonight — just three weeks later.

Here’s a recent cocktail menu since I couldn’t find one online (first rule of food blogging is….take pictures of the menu!)

cocktails

I believe this one is Manuel’s Swizzle:

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Maybe the Corpse Reviver #4?

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Fried Chicken! Only available on Monday nights and absolutely delicious. They use Dewberry Hills birds and serve them with honey, sweet potato mash, and purple cabbage slaw. Also, the fried chicken comes with a side of local honey. Are you kidding me with this deliciousness? Yum!

fried chicken

Another entree that really floated our boat was the Axis Venison and Bacon with spicy molasses BBQ and hand cut frites. Oh mi god it was wonderful! I was all prepared to be disappointed by the house made ketchup (I’m a Heintz girl) but that was fantastic too!

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Prices aren’t low here (as I mentioned before) – the Axis entree was $32 and the drinks were in the $10 range. However, Eastside Showroom uses local, high quality ingredients, makes everything with love, is gorgeously decorated, and if you drink enough, you’ll be totally happy and fine with the bill (we recommend sharing entrees – they are large).

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OK I believe the above drink was the violet translation but I’m not really sure because at that point, I told them to bring me whatever they wanted (nice heavy drink pours here — no need for more than one or two to have a very good time).

Also on Mondays, the musical entertainment is Mazel Tov Cocktail Hour — a Yiddish and Klezmer Carnival Band. They’re really fun and added more to the specialness of the evening.

Finally, the chef is a woman. Something you don’t see all the time. Props to you, Sonya Cote….and to the beautiful human being responsible for that fried chx!

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  • mckinzey

    Um, that fried chicken sounds RIDICULOUS! I don't even like fried chicken all that much, but with honey + sweet potato + cabbage slaw = assortment of happiness. And a band called Mazel Tov Cocktail?! This whole thing has really changed my opinions of Mondays as a whole, just knowing this exists on an otherwise depressing day of the week.

  • jodibart

    You are the sweetest! It really did brighten up my Monday (and my Sunday for that matter) knowing I'd be enjoying delicious food and beverage at this wonderful spot! I'm now hearing that Cipollina has very good fried chicken and I think it's time for a Tasty Tuesdays — best fried chicken in Austin. What do you think?

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  • Betsy

    Such a timely post! I tried Eastside Showroom for the first time on Monday night and will definitely be back for more of that fried chicken goodness. The Gulf shrimp and curried grits is also worth trying. Get it while it lasts, because they don't mess around with imported shrimp. Another reason I love this place! The Klezmer music seemed out of place though; made me feel like I was at a Bar Mitzvah. A hipster Bar Mitzvah with awesome food and cocktails, that is.

  • jodibart

    You are the 2nd person in 24 hours to rave about the grits. I definitely need to try them next time! So glad you enjoyed :-)

  • jodibart

    You are the 2nd person in 24 hours to rave about the grits. I definitely need to try them next time! So glad you enjoyed :-)

  • Kendal Willits

    Where is the Eastside Showroom located?

  • jodibart

    Hi Kendal – It's on E. 6th Street — a few blocks East of I-35.

  • jodibart

    Hi Kendal – It's on E. 6th Street — a few blocks East of I-35.

  • Kellywood

    Just so you all know, you cannot go wrong with their nightly specials served in a coffee cup. I have seriously never gone wrong with them. I think i've been to ESS 6 times. They have each been so good i went with whatever they were serving that night! Have ranged from pot pie type thing, to a rabbit stew to some curried something amazing. Great as apps or as a smaller meal. I tell you, you will not go wrong.

  • Kellywood

    Just so you all know, you cannot go wrong with their nightly specials served in a coffee cup. I have seriously never gone wrong with them. I think i've been to ESS 6 times. They have each been so good i went with whatever they were serving that night! Have ranged from pot pie type thing, to a rabbit stew to some curried something amazing. Great as apps or as a smaller meal. I tell you, you will not go wrong.

  • Kellywood

    Just so you all know, you cannot go wrong with their nightly specials served in a coffee cup. I have seriously never gone wrong with them. I think i've been to ESS 6 times. They have each been so good i went with whatever they were serving that night! Have ranged from pot pie type thing, to a rabbit stew to some curried something amazing. Great as apps or as a smaller meal. I tell you, you will not go wrong.

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