Joe’s Place and Connie’s Beer Garden – An East Austin Gem
One of the categories of the Austin Chronicle‘s Best of Austin reader’s poll last month was Austin’s Best-Kept Secret. My vote? Connie’s Beer Garden on Friday and Saturday nights.
I happened to drive by Joe’s Place and Connie’s Beer Garden one day, and noticed their sign boasting about their great reviews on Yelp and Urban Spoon. By the way, the name is kind of confusing, but I believe the business is called Joe’s Place, and Connie’s Beer Garden is how the husband-and-wife owners refer to the outdoor space.
There are a lot of magical things about Joe’s, but what won me over immediately was the wonderful backyard seating area. It feels like you are in a friend’s backyard and is totally relaxing and hidden away from the busy East Austin street.
What a perfect place to hang out with my girlfriends. We ordered a bottle of wine that was just $15, and then we ordered another.
The food at Joe’s is definitely made with love by Joe (the owner), and his staff who he treats like family. His wife and co-owner Connie stopped by our table to see how everything tasted and it was delicious!
One of the best dishes I’ve ordered is the roasted vegetable panini with yellow squash, carrots, asparagus, cauliflower, zucchini, goat cheese, and olive tapenade.
Joe’s is open 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Located in East Austin on MLK at Chicon, I can’t wait to go back for happy hour and dinner and to hang out with good friends once the weather cools down.Tags: beer, Connie's Beer Garden, east austin, Joe's Place, outdoor seating, sandwiches