With a curiosity to start writing Special Editions, Austin was an ideal location to explore food, music, art, and culture. After a week there, I found my appetite entirely satisfied, my meat fix cured, my music hunger fed, the most explicitly divine cocktails around, a playful sense of life, and the happy acceptance that while Austin is in fact "weird", it is a city flowing with innovation, flavor, culture, talent, and coolness. So much so, this city girl considered living there.
Antelope, foie gras, scallops, and the Chef, Mark Paul - Wink is always busy and always good. With seasoned sommeliers, the wines amplify the Chef's creations.
Walk in, sneak upstairs, and be prepared to eat Frito Nachos (among many things) and listen to some of the best live jazz around.
Pre-prohibition goodness serving up the Green Fairy (Absinthe) accompanied by the old fashioned "drip system", the Hemingway w Chartreuse, and a selection of gins and bourbans that appeal to the most discerning of savants.
Duck broth w candy cane beet, brussel sprout, dill, peanut, and bacon lining the base - your taste buds will do the happy dance. Chef Ned Elliot creates flavors that will send your mouth soaring. Try everything!
Feed your carnivore: order the kobe burger with pork belly. Paired with fried pickles, an impressive selection of beer and wine and a menu that appeals to most anyone, this is sophisticated casual.
What Marco has created is a haven for those seeking global wines, art, bohemian decor, and a door that's most always open. Serving meats, cheeses, and small bites, Aviary is a wonderful refuge.