Austin Monthly critic Jolène Bouchon dropped a mixed review of North Austin bar and restaurant Provision this week, calling the restaurant promising but noting a few stumbles. Provision opened in October 2019, taking over what had been Red Porch’s Quarry location.
Bouchon noted the restaurant’s sports bar-leaning food with upscale touches like sourcing information on menus and intentional flourishes. On an early visit, she enjoyed the “juicy” brisket and dry-aged chuck burger, but found the menu disjointed. A redfish dish had inedible skin, crab puffs were “the best hush puppies I’ve ever eaten […] yet they lacked any discernible crab,” and a farro bowl was over-salted and bland.
However, things improved on a later visit, with a “bright and rich” braised pork sandwich and, Bouchon’s favorite: the shrimp and grits:
Wild Mexican brown shrimp, plated over a bed of mascarpone-fortified grits, was delightfully decadent. Slices of lightly pickled Fresno peppers gave the dish just enough prickly heat to cut the richness of the cheese and shellfish, while a smattering of corn nuts provided great textural balance.
Bouchon noted that the team appeared to be “wading through a number of execution issues” but that the “ethereal” shrimp and grits was enough to warrant a return visit.