I've been in Austin for four hours now. I'm pretty sure I'll never leave.
I'm here for the week with some of my colleagues at Tasted Menu; we're attending SXSW Interactive and spreading the word about our iPhone app launch and our Austin launch. And eating everything in sight.
Famished by the time we landed in town around two in the afternoon, we decided on lunch at the strangely named Whip In, a convenience store/beer and wine shop/music venue/Indian restaurant just off of S. I35. Grungy on the outside; awesome on the inside.
I immediately fell in love and decided never to return home. Fancy beers, a wine tasting bar, an indoor stage and an outdoor stage...what's not to love? And the food...perfect. Just what we needed to kick off the trip.
I got an awesomely named "panaani" (naan + panini).
Alex and Sam got rice bowls.
We also tried the samosas.
We have so much eating to do in so little time that I doubt we'll have a chance to return, but if I lived in Austin, I'd definitely be a regular here.
Other posts in the Fork it over, Austin! series:
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 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