In lieu of a review this week, Statesman critic Matthew Odam rounds up the best in Round Rock dining besides Jack Allen's Kitchen. Beluga Sushi, Curly's Carolina, TX, Blind Squirrel Sandwiches, Tortuga Flats, and Greenhouse Craft Food all garner mentions. On the food at Greenhouse:
People in Austin would have difficulty finding a BLT that can stand up to the Greenhouse Special in Snow's cute, rustic café that features design elements like a 1950 Dodge milk truck and a chandelier made from a vintage bath tub. A fried farmhouse egg oozes its golden yolk over bright tomatoes, crisp spinach and sturdy slabs of homemade bacon when pressed between crunchy sourdough bread from Brothers Bakery of Marble Falls. Jalapeno maple jelly adds a touch of heat and sweet to the signature special.Those without subscriptions can also check out his recommendations in slideshow format.
The Chronicle's Virginia Wood gives Bryce Gilmore's new restaurant Odd Duck an early-ish rave. The restaurant opened in mid-December, and very recently launched their lunch service. On dinner:
We chose eight sharable entrées, everything from comforting pinto beans with smoked pork belly ($9), earthy carrots charred in hay with goat cheese and toasted pistachio crumble ($8), and a perfect square of redfish in a robust pool of étouffée puree with spinach and pickled peas ($14) to our favorite, spicy boudin grits with tangy pickled shrimp ($14). The dessert that had spoons fighting over the last morsel was a dainty, pink beet panna cotta encased in a puffy cloud of ethereal Meyer lemon mousse, drizzled with lavender honey ($7).Wood's verdict is that Odd Duck's food is "straight from the terroir of Austin."
THE BLOGS: Kristi's Farm to Table loves every moment at Lenoir, Hungry Girl Austin first looks chavez, Forks Up digs Garbo's Maine Lobster, and South Austin Foodie recaps recent eats at Lone Star BBQ, Uchi, Kome and more.
· Five to Try: Round Rock Restaurant Round-Up [Statesman]
· Bryce Gilmore's Uniquely Austin Duck [Chronicle]
· All Week in Reviews Coverage [EATX]