SXSW Festival: Eating Austin

by in News, March 14th, 2011
downtown burger
Cheap, fast and delicious

A few members of the Food Network team hightailed it to Austin, Texas this week for the South by Southwest media conference. I’m happy to report Austin is an excellent food town, so while we’re learning ways to make your experiences on our site even cooler, we’re also going to be reporting on what we eat.

It's screaming "eat me" isn't it?

Austin is a food truck and trailer town, and Downtown Burger was (wisely) dishing out burgers, french fries and beer across the street from the convention center. A line of hungry hipsters extended to the sidewalk.

wine and cheese
What's better than wine and cheese? Nothing.

After attending a few panels, I headed over to Whole Foods corporate headquarters for a wine and cheese tasting with the Techmunch team. The tasting featured wines from the Bordeaux region, and all of the featured bottles were under $20 and selected by Doug Bell and Jeff Ryan, Whole Foods global wine buyers. If you are near a Whole Foods, I’d recommend the Chateau La Fleur Dallon Cotes de Bordeaux Rouge, a well-balanced medium-bodied red.

Still hungry, a few of us walked over to Sandra Bullock’s well-known restaurant, Bess Bistro. I’m a huge fan of her acting, but none of us where sure what to expect. It was a delight. We shared a dished of perfectly fried artichokes along with fried green tomatoes over fresh crab meat. My meal was two lamb sausage patties that had that perfect lamb richness. The restaurant is in the lower floor of an old house, and was cozy with brick-lined walls and charming waitstaff. We polished off our meal with beignets dipped in hot fudge, which is how I would like to finish all meals really.

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Comments (26)

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  2. Norma from San Diego says:

    Your latest Food Network magazine, Volume 4, Number 3, (page 152) lists the NAME THIS DISH contest. I followed the instructions to enter which was to log into and, I have tried several times yet nothing come up!!
    This contest was to be open March 15,2011 but, as of this morning, THE SITE IS STILL NOT AVAILABLE!!
    What kind of reader-friendly attitude is that??!!

    Norma from San Diego

    P.S. I also sent an email on March 15th but have had no response from Food Network Magazine!!

  3. Dorie says:

    as a new subscriber I tried to enter the name this dish contest, but can't see where to enter the contest on your website. PLEASE let me know before deadline. I have a perfect name for that good lookin' sandwich.

  4. CDAK says:

    logged onto this dish and was unable to bring the site up. please advise how to enter…I have the best, most clever name for this piled-high mammouth sandwich!

  5. Amy says:

    I had no troubles entering…..

  6. Michele says:

    I had no trouble with the site, I entered my name for the dish a few days ago.

  7. connie says:

    the food network should be more professional than this

  8. Jacqualine Hatfield says:

    I cannot seem to be able to enter your contest as you have stated in Food Network Magazine. Help! I have a good name. Thanks Jackie Hatfield

  9. barbara says:

    what happened to the name this dish contest, the brownie one, it appears people are really having trouble with your contests, which is a shame. if you put it in your magazine then honor it or im sure your customers will be no longer

  10. wanda hernandez says:

    could not find to enter a name for the brownies!! was supposed to open on April 12, 2011 and today is the13th.

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