Valentine's weekend was quite delightful weather wise in Austin. Mike always cooks for me on Valentine's Day, so we had a plan for that Sunday. This year we had an added bonus of our friend Jason visiting town for a conference and we knew we wanted to hang out. So that Saturday, we trekked into Austin to meet up with Jason and his friend, Colby. We visit lots of places in the suburbs of Austin, but we are less likely to make our way downtown. But we will do a lot for our friends, so we headed to Easy Tiger, located on busy 6th St.
We had heard about Easy Tiger on various tv shows and from Jason, so we knew it would be a great choice. Easy Tiger is a bakery/bar/meatery, so it held a big appeal to our group. Mike and I arrived a bit early, which was good because it was pretty crowded. Upstairs was the bakery, downstairs was the bar and seating, and outside housed a large beer garden. Since it was crowded and nice, we sat outside in the beer garden. We sampled several beers, but I think the best was the Sin Mint Temptress from Lakewood Brewing Company, which tasted just like a thin mint cookie.
The menu was quite diverse with tons of beer, baked goods, and sandwiches. All the bread and baked goods were made on site at the bakery. Likewise, the meats were all smoked in house. Jason opted for the giant pretzel with homemade beer cheese. The pretzel was perfect size for sharing and the beer cheese was some of the best I've ever had. I think the garlic made it super tasty.
Mike selected one of the sausages, which was covered in a delicious spicy mustard. Colby had the corned beef sandwich, which also had the mustard. I got the Italian beef which was served on ciabatta bread with melted cheese. All of our food was cooked to perfection and very flavorful.
It was a great night to sit, chat and enjoy our visit with friends. The environment was interesting and we shared a table with a group of college kids, who were obviously living a very different life than the rest of us. We also got to witness a proposal and see many of Austin's unique individuals. Overall, it was a great night of food, friends, and fun!