In A Nutshell – June 2019

It’s officially summer and that means BBQ, road trips, and fun in the sun! I had all of those in the month of June including a trip to South Florida, a BBQ ‘meat’ up, and a quick little 1100 mile road trip with my parents up to Lubbock to visit the lovely folks at Evie Mae’s! Here’s to a great start to a new summer!

Lebowski’s Grill

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Did you know that Austin area bowling alleys are solid places to visit when you're hungry? Take @lebowskisgrillaustin located in Highland Lanes on Burnet and 183 for instance, they're putting out some of the biggest, beefiest, greasy spoon burgers you can get in health-concious Austin! This is the Frito Pie Burger made with a 1/3lb beef patty and topped with Fritos, chili, queso, grilled jalapenos, onions, and jalapeno ranch dressing and paired up with a side of tater tots. Sure, this particular burger is the definition of gut bomb but they have other, less hardcore, offerings to choose from. So next time you're hungry in Austin, why not check to see how far your nearest bowling alley is, I'm sure you'll be surprised! 🍔🍔🍔 Where have you been that had crazy food like this? Always looking to add places to my list!

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It’s Italian Cucina

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@its_italian_cucina is one of my favorite Italian restaurants in town and now that they're open for lunch you have even more time to get down there and see what I'm talking about! Popped in the other day with my buddy @atxfitfoodie to catch up the Italian way, over amazing food and delicious Italian wine and here's some of what was ordered. This is their beautiful chicken parmesan from their lunch menu with a side of soup (included with the meal) and some roasted artichokes. Located in the bottom of the Post South Lamar apartments It's Italian is pretty unassuming from the outside while being nothing but classy on the inside so next time you need a date idea, here you go! Buon appetito! . . . . . . . . . . . . #italian #italianfood #italianrestaurant #chicken #discoverunder10k #austin #sponsored #atxfoodie #atxfoodguy #austinrestaurants #pasta #soup #lunch #buonappetito #discoverunder50k #atx #pastaandwine #italianwine #artichoke #chickenparm #fatkid #noleftovers #cleanplateclub #buonpranzo #yummy

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Terry Black’s BBQ

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It's always a blast to meet up with fellow BBQ lovers over a big tray of smoked meats. This specific 'meat up' happened at @terryblacks_bbq with @bbqtourist and the awesome family behind @tinkitchenbbq and included a bit of everything, as you would expect. This tray had some lean brisket, fatty brisket, original sausage, turkey, and pork ribs. What's not pictured is the tray holding the mac and cheese, coleslaw, Mexican rice, and beans which were a delicious addition to the lineup! What are you up to this weekend? Maybe it should involve good friends, great BBQ, and fantastic conversation! . . . . . . . . . . . #bbq #bbqfamily #bbqfam #texasbbq #austin #atx #atxfoodguy #atxfoodie #smokedmeat #texasbrisket #brisket #ribs #discoverunder10k #sausage #smokedturkey #offsetsmoker #meattray #meatsweats #discoverunder50k #bbqtourist #barbeque #barbecue #texasbarbecue #texasbarbeque #manmeatbbq

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Evie Mae’s BBQ – Wolfforth, TX (Lubbock)

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A nice little Father's Day weekend road trip to get my dad some of the best BBQ in the State of Texas from @eviemaesbbq in Wolfforth, TX, outside of Lubbock. We ordered brisket (moist, lean, and burnt ends), pork ribs, and sausage and a handful of delicious sides and desserts. There aren't many restaurants around that I'd say are worth a 6 hour trek to visit but Evie Mae's is certainly one of them! The best part is, I got to spend some quality time with my awesome parents, @kyrenabeana, and even my great aunt and uncle were able to join us for lunch. Happy Father's Day to all the dad's out there! 🍖🍖🍖 How are you celebrating or honoring your dad or father figure today? . . . . . . . . . . . . . #bbq #barbecue #barbeque #texasbarbeque #texasbarbecue #texasbbq #brisket #ribs #sausage #discoverunder10k #smokedmeat #meats #meatsweats #atxfoodguy #lubbock #westtexas #panhandle #texaspanhandle #porkribs #burntends #discoverunder50k #wolfforth #texas #itsatexasthing #delicious #yummy #happyfathersday #fathersday

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Mary’s Cafe – Strawn, TX

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I'm always on the hunt for great places to eat and recently @saustin151 clued me in to the chicken fried steak at Mary's Cafe in Strawn, TX so naturally I put it on my list. Well, it just so happened, I had a roadtrip planned with my parents for Father's day and it took us close enough to visit Mary's. They have three chicken fried steak sizes (small, medium, and large) and obviously I had to get the biggest one, so here it is! Now, to be honest, I was hoping it would've been one large steak but instead it was 5 of their regular sized steaks on one plate with your choice of side and some toast. We happened to get there right after opening and it's a good thing we did because when we left it seemed like the entire population of Strawn was waiting in line outside for lunch! Mary's is definitely a cool place to visit, if you're in the area, but next time I'm ordering one of their gigantic burgers because they caught my eye! Thanks for the tip, Pitmaster Bill! . . . . . . . . . . . #texas #itsatexasthing #itsatexasthang #chickenfried #chickenfriedsteak #gravy #discoverunder10k #countryfriedsteak #countryfried #friedsteak #beef #steak #weekendroadtrip #roadtrip #roadtrips #mashedpotato #mashedtaters #smalltowntexas #discoverunder50k #whitegravy #worldfamous #fathersday #lunch #backroads #texasbackroads #familytrip #creamgravy #smalltown

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The Rebel House – Boca Raton, FL

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This was so good we had to order it twice! This is the Spicy Sustainable Bluefin Tuna Chop Chop from @therebelhouse in the Mizner area of Boca Raton. Made up of crispy rice, nori Cham caramel, jalapeno, and garlic toppings these bite sized pieces will surely impress you. Rebel House is a cool and eclectic departure from the hoity toity kind of places you'd expect in Mizner. I'll definitely be back and you should check it out, too! . . . . . . . . . #tuna #bluefin #bluefintuna #sushi #miznerparkboca #mizner #boca #discoverunder10k #atxfoodguy #bocarestaurant #bocaratonflorida #bocaraton #southfloridafoodies #southflorida #soflafoods #sofla #appetizer #appetizers #delicious #seafood #fish #discoverunder10k #foodporn #foodie #foodies

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William Chris Vineyards – Hye, TX

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Nothing like a beautiful Sunday spent with friends at a winery eating tacos, watermelon, and drinking wine! @atxcocktails joined me for the annual hog and goat roast out at @williamchrisvineyards this past Sunday in Hye, Texas! This is one event you should watch out for, great food, good music, delicious wines, and picturesque surroundings really come together to create a wonderful time. This event sells out so keep an eye out for it and scoop up some tickets as soon as possible! The wine we were drinking at this moment was their 2017 Mourvedre La Pradera from Brownfield, TX in the Lubbock area of the Texas High Plains with grapes from the La Pradera Vineyards. When slightly chilled, this is a great red for the Texas summer heat. Cin-Cin! . . . . . . . . #tacos #wholehog #goat #hogroast #goatroast #williamchrisvineyards #cincin #redwine #mourvedre #chilledred #hyetx #hyetexas #austinfoodblogger #atxfoodguy #texaswine #txwine #hog #goat #openfirecooking #sponsored #watermelon #beans #discoverunder10k #winewithfriends #redwine #cabrito #discoverunder50k #texashillcountry #texas #texasmade

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Brotherton’s Black Iron BBQ – Pflugerville, TX

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Yesterday was a very stressful day but I was close enough to @pftxbbq to get away for a moment and relax with a phenomenal Reuben made with housemade brisket pastrami. @briskit_wispuhrer is easily one of the most amazingly generous people in the Texas BBQ scene so I was happy he was there to sit and chat for a bit. It was also good to run in @bestbarbecue and meet @bramwellington and @thebbq_jesus. John and his staff at Brotherton's deserve all of your patronage, not just because he's a fantastic person but his product is top notch, even @bbqsnob and @texasmonthly agree! . . . . . . . . . . . #bbqfam #bbqfamily #brisket #pastrami #brisketpastrami #pastramisandwich #pflugerville #pville #atxfoodie #atxfoodguy #discoverunder10k #bbq #discoverunder50k #bestintexas #texas #texasbbq #txbbq #Reuben #sauerkraut #texasmonthly #sandwichesofinstagram #sandwichporn #austinblogger #eateratx #texasbrisket #txbrisket

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Cocktail of the Month:
Treaty Oak Distillery – Dripping Springs, TX

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I absolutely love the events @treatyoak throws like the one this past weekend with @duckcampco! They had us out trying some new recipes from the cocktail lab like this refreshing "Southern Peach" drink consisting of their delicious Red Handed Bourbon, tea, peach simple syrup, lemon juice, and sparkling water. This was followed up with a customary tasting of their Red Handed Bourbon and 10 year Rye as well as their Ghost Hill Bourbon followed by a delicious lunch provided by their crew at Alice's Restaurant. After our bellies were full and our thirst was quenched Duck Camp taught us the basics of casting a fly fishing rod. Keep an eye out for cool stuff like this, the food and drink is always top notch, as you would expect, but the activities are always super fun too! . . . . . . . . . #whiskey #whisky #bourbon #texas #bourbonporn #bourbonwhiskey #texasbourbon #texaswhiskey #mint #sponsored #atxfoodguy #cocktails #beautifulcocktails #beautifulbooze #discoverunder50k #southernpeach #drippingsprings #flyfishing #foodandfun #alcohol #beautifuldrink #booze #prettycocktails #duckcamp #treatyoak #whiskeybarrel

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