Taste Texas: Austin: Sway

Sawasdee Pii Mai Ka! It’s Thai New Year! So what’s my favorite Thai restaurant in Austin? I’ve always been hesitant of eating at Thai food in restaurants. Being raised half Thai, I’m used to authentic Thai home cooking. My Dad is from Thailand. Him and my Grandma have always cooked fresh authentic dishes for me. So delicious! image

Thankfully, my Dad has taught me a bunch recipes. It’s nice to go out to eat every now and then, but sometimes it just doesn’t taste up to par. Funny, how a lot of my friends always want to eat Thai food when they go out to eat with me. Well, I’ve tried a few restaurants since moving to Austin. So far my favorite has been Sway.

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Conveniently located a street over from me on South 1st Street. I love everything about this restaurant. Incense burning at the entrance transport your senses. Reminds me of going to the Thai temple, or going to my grandma’s house. Beautiful wood work. Most seating is in groups with benches, perfect for Asian family style dinning. The menu is simple, clean and easy to navigate, again something I love. Definitely has a romantic, sultry atmosphere with its naturally dim lighting during the day and warm lighting in the afternoon.

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Now the food. Oh the food! One of the few places I get so excited about the food, when its placed in front of me I forget to snap pictures. Usually already delightfully devoured before I remember. Oh well, it’s something you have to come in and taste, and experience for yourself. Everything is served family style. Dishes are cooked to order and brought out as soon as they are done. Ingredients are fresh. Even though it’s a modern Thai restaurant, they have fabulously captured the authentic taste and flavors in their dishes.

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According to their Facebook page, they are going to have a special off-the-menu items this week to celebrate Songkran. Any American Thai restaurant that actual celebrate Songkran gets an enthusiastic double high five from me. The Thai New Year holiday is kind of a big deal in my family because it’s also my Dad’s birthday. See y’all out there. (I’ll probably be the girl in the cowboy boots, remembering to snap pictures after I’m done … Again).

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Taste Texas: Austin: Hillside Farmacy

Brunch, it’s just what we do nowadays. Sleep in a little but not too late. Just late enough so that we should call it breakfast. Meet some good friends to catch up and take Instagram pictures of the mouth watering breakfast/lunch infusing meals we call brunch. Yay! Sunday funday!

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One of my favorite places to go for brunch in all of Austin is Hillside Farmacy. Located on East 11th street. Brunch goers paradise. Everything quaint. Outside beautifully painted mural on the walls and few tables and chairs along the front patio. Inside, bookcases line some of the walls with sauces, wine and antique looking bottles, still reflecting the pharmacy image. Order a craft of mimosas and it’s usually brought out in an Erlenmeyer Flasks. Every inch from outside to inside, Insta- worthy.

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Now on to the food! Oh deliciously comforting food. My hands down favorite dish to order is the Mac & Cheese. Perfectly slightly sharp yet still creamy comforting. I usually add pancetta and a poached egg for a little extra fee. Absolutely worth it. I’ve had a few different sandwiches, all tastebud invigorating. The BLT benny, also perfection. Oh hollandaise, making brunch goers “le sigh” with delightful bliss.

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