My first meal in Austin was at Moonshine Grill and what a treat it was. I had flown in the night before, had a One bar for dinner, went to bed, got up, went to the seminar, gave my lecture, and did some work while I waited for my beloved family member to arrive. Beloved family member arrived around 12:30 and we agreed to meet at the Moonshine Grill. I picked it because on my way from the Airbnb to the hotel, where the convention was, I saw it and it looked cute. It was well manicured but not over done, it had a big porch and two charming patios.
By the time I arrived, I was tired, starving, sweating, irritated to be in a suit, and once again negotiating the bricks to protect my heels. I sat down ready for a good meal and a tasty drink to wipe it all away – mission accomplished.
Walking in the place feels down-home and authentic. It has heavy wooden chairs and tables, twinkle lights on the trees, a covered patio and indoor seating. We sat on the patio and the friendly, good natured waitress came up immediately for our drinks. She remained attentive and engaged through the meal – right there when we needed her. And, she came right back at us with good natured teasing when we teased her for holding out on us over the appetizer special.
We went with the Hard Lemonade – vodka, mint, lemon and lemonade which was a tough choice given the moonshine drinks on the menu. It was delivered quickly, it was super cold and hit the spot on a humid Texas day. My spirits lifted from the drink, seeing my beloved family member, and from the huge great dane dog laying on the floor while his dad had lunch. The whole scene was so comfortable.
The waitress clued us in on the appetizer special – fried green tomatoes, with shrimp and remoulade sauce. They were fabulous. The coating was cornflakes. The tomatoes were think and crispy, not soggy, the remoulade was plentiful and spicy. The perfect companion to the Hard Lemonade.
Since we were starving, we also ordered the rosemary french fries. The fabulous fries were think cut, crisp, not greasy and the rosemary was a unique addition.
I had the Berkley House salad which was greens, pickled veggies, avocado, cukes, tomatoes, sunflower sprouts with a lemon vinaigrette – I added grilled shrimp. All the ingredients were fresh and the dressing was delicate and not too oily.
My beloved family member ordered the Backyard Chicken with pepper jack, avocado, poblano, onion, apple bar-b-que sauce, mayo and lettuce. It came on a soft sweet roll and all the sauces blended perfectly together to create a hardy, flavorful sandwich.
Cant recommend this place enough. I would go again – for sure.