Thursday, March 15, 2012

Annie's Cafe & Bar (Fork it over, Austin! - Part 15)

A light rain and chill had dominated the first few days of the trip, but on the fifth morning, the downpours began. The Austinites were thrilled; it had been a dry season. We wrapped ourselves up in ponchos and trudged along in wet shoes and jeans. Boston was having gorgeous weather through all this, of course.

Before leaving the hotel, we settled on a breakfast place called Annie's, an adorable brasserie. Sam had her heart set on the chorizo migas. After braving the storms, we arrived and settled in at a high table by the window, watching inches of water swirling down the street.

The menus arrived. It was a special SXSW menu lacking the chorizo migas, among other things. Worse, some of the prices had been boosted slightly from what we saw online. We asked about ordering items off the usual menu, but they were unavailable. Resigned to the small set of lackluster and overpriced choices, we ordered:

fried egg sandwich

full English breakfast

morning crunch

croissant with jam
Maybe it was the rain and the unavailability of chorizo migas and the sneaky price increase, but this was probably the first meal that left us disappointed. The food was decent, but something felt off. It's an adorable space and the standard menu looks fantastic, though, so perhaps this was an anomaly. If I lived in town, it's definitely a place I'd attempt again (not during the conference), but this visit was kind of a bust.

Annie's Cafe and Bar on UrbanspoonSee my favorite dishes on Tasted Menu

Other posts in the Fork it over, Austin! series:
Part 1: Whip In
Part 2: Foreign & Domestic
Part 3: Caffe Medici
Part 4: Walking Along SoCo and Lunching at Chi'Lantro
Part 5: The Capitol, UT Austin, and Lunching (Again) at Torchy's Tacos
Part 6: Museum of the Weird
Part 7: Uchi
Part 8: East Side King at The Grackle
Part 9: Franklin Barbecue
Part 10: Flagship Whole Foods and My First Green Smoothie
Part 11: Late Night Pizza at Via 313
Part 12: Kebabalicious
Part 13: My Robotic Kitchen Planned This Dinner Party
Part 14: Papi Tino's
Part 16: The Peached Tortilla
Part 17: Cupcake Quest: Hey Cupcake!
Part 18: Arancini
Part 19: The DeLorean, Boxing Robots, and Roller Derby Pillow Fights
Part 20: Second Bar + Kitchen
Part 21: Tia Kelly's Navajo Tacos
Part 22: Hopdoddy Burger Bar
Part 23: Gourdough's
Part 24: The Ice Cream Social
Part 25: Walking to Barton Springs
Part 26: Izzos Tacos

I'm also posting daily recaps on the Tasted Menu blog, FOOD=LOVE:
Day 1: A First Taste of Austin
Day 2: Tons of Tacos, Sushi at Uchi, and a Late Night Trip to East Side King
Day 3: Early Morning Barbecue and Late Night Pizza
Day 4: Globetrotting: Kebabs, Enchiladas, Pommes Frites
Day 5-6: Meeting and Eating

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