Ralph Melton (ralphmelton) wrote,
Ralph Melton
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Bluebonnets, Bats, and Barbecue: April 17, 2013: Wednesday

On Wednesday, we had time for one spot before our return to the airport. We went for breakfast to Magnolia Cafe, which Adam had spoken well of. Their signage reflects a conscious Austin quirkiness: the sign at the street says “Sorry We’re Open”, and a sign on the wall points out that they are open 24/8.

Magnolia Cafe

The interior continues that theme with chaotic decor that reminds me of the late Lynn’s Paradise Cafe, in a smaller space with more art on the walls.
Magnolia Cafe Magnolia Cafe

The piece de resistance is the brightly painted pterodactyl wearing a top hat.
Magnolia Cafe

My migas came out looking pretty, but these were my least favorite migas of the trip. The tortillas in the migas were very soft and provided no textural contrast, and the mushrooms and jalapeños didn’t add much to the dish.
Migas at Magnolia Cafe

Lori’s strawberry pancakes came out big and thick, but only of good-but-not-special quality.
Pancakes at Magnolia Cafe

We went to the airport and successfully left Austin. Some trip reports might not consider such things noteworthy.


In the Dallas airport, we saw a Salt Lick food stand. We had passed up eating at Salt Lick while we were in Austin, but Chris had texted us that they had eaten at Salt Lick in the Austin airport. he had said that it was of the same quality as Dickey’s, which is damning with faint parse. But almost all airport food is mediocre, and I like barbecue, so mediocre airport barbecue is as appealing as any other restaurant option. And eating there would let me add another place to my list of Roadfood restaurants, albeit with a very big asterisk. So we had lunch at Salt Lick.

It was bad. It was much worse than I expect Dickey’s to be. (Though in fairness, we ate at Dickey’s in DFW in July, and that was bad too.) Both meats came in a sandwich that was so sodden with sauce that it could not be eaten neatly. The sausage was bland and the brisket was gristly. We had hoped to it would be one last farewell to Texas, but instead it was just a reminder of the pleasures of returning home.
Salt Lick, DFW Airport


After four and a half months, my Austin trip report is over. I probably won’t write another report until we return from our next trip in October.

Hits of the trip:
Collin Creek Bakery
The Broken Spoke
Micklethwait Craft Meats
Southside market
Royer’s Round Top Cafe
The Austin Lounge Lizards at the Bugle Boy
The banana pudding at the Driskill Hotel
Mellizoz Tacos
Gourdough’s
Kreuz Market
Smitty’s
Texas Pie Company
Louie Mueller Barbecue
Shady Grove

Misses:
Threadgill’s
Amy’s Ice Cream
Donn’s Depot
Salt Lick

Plus a special extra raspberry for American Airlines.
Tags: roadfood
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