Saturday, March 17, 2012

Second Bar + Kitchen (Fork it over, Austin! - Part 20)

After our dinner at Papi Tino's on the fourth day of the trip, we had a girls' night out at Second Bar + Kitchen, and kitchen...near the hotel. It's under the same ownership (and in the same building) as Congress, a highly praised restaurant we had intended to try at some point during the trip, but those plans fell through. Second Bar did not disappoint, though. On our first visit, we enjoyed the drinks, the truffle pommes frites, and the fact that Rocky Horror Picture Show began to play silently on the bar televisions at midnight, so we returned on the fifth night after the SXSW interactive opening party, this time with food in mind.

We sampled (and greatly enjoyed) nearly everything on the 'small plates' portion of the menu:

buffalo fried pickles with gorgonzola and bull's hot sauce (probably our favorite!)

veal meatballs 'arrabiata' with fennel and grana padano

goat cheese ravioli with wild arugula, green olives, bread crumbs, and red pepper

avocado fundido with queso fresco, house chorizo, and chipotle masa chips

salt and pepper ahi with soy syrup, burned orange, and sprout salad

baked ricotta and goat cheese with fruit mostardo and toasted ciabatta
Rocky Horror started playing again, leading us to wonder if it was a nightly tradition. We were also curious (and perhaps a bit creeped out) by the German audiobook playing quietly in the restrooms.

We liked the food, drinks, and ambiance so much that we returned yet again on our final night to get those fries one more time...and some drinks on the side, of course.

Rocky Horror was not playing on the final occasion. Neither was the German audiobook.

Second Bar + Kitchen 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 15: Annie's Cafe & Bar
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 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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