Tasty Tuesdays: Austin’s Best, Oldest, Restaurants
This past weekend, Adam and I visited his grandmother Sylvia in Tulsa, Oklahoma. One of the things I loved most about the trip was hearing more about Adam’s family history — and eating at places that Sylvia had loved for years. This included Goldie’s Patio (1961) and Braum’s Ice Cream (1968). We also visited Hideaway (1957), a childhood favorite of Apron Adventures‘ Lindsay.
All of that vintage eating activity made me think about restaurants in Austin that have stood the test of time. The ones that popped into my head include Scholz Garden (1866), The Original Hoffbrau (1934), Nau’s (1934), Matt’s El Rancho (1952), The Frisco (1953), Top Notch (1961), Sandy’s Hamburgers (1978),
In Tulsa, the hamburger at Goldie’s was outstanding and the fries were impressive as well. The burger was juicy and perfectly cooked to medium rare. The fries were coated and extra crispy. The pizza at Hideaway was delicious and the ice cream at Braum’s was just ok but I think it’s always fun to go out to ice cream almost no matter what.
In Austin, I visited Top Notch for the first time and was really disappointed. I wanted to love it — the signage is so cool and I had heard great things about their burgers and fried chicken. However, the food was greasy and flavorless. I’ve had slightly better experiences at Nau’s although I haven’t been recently. The one time I visited the Frisco (the original location), I loved the atmosphere, waitresses, and even the food but I hear I’m in the minority.
What are some of your favorite historic or old school restaurants in Austin or elsewhere?Tags: adam, apron adventures, austin chronicle, Braum's, Goldie's, Hideaway, hoffbrau, matt's el rancho, nau's, sandy's, scholz garden, Sylvia, the frisco, top notch, Tulsa