Second Bar + Kitchen

 

The first restaurant we visited during our November 2015 trip to Austin was Second Bar + Kitchen, located at 200 Congress Avenue in downtown Austin.  There were 8 of us who met here for Sunday brunch.

We started out by sharing two of these Cinnamon Rolls topped with cream cheese frosting and bourbon caramel

These were delicious!  I would be tempted to return just for this.  Yum!

For our brunch entrees, two of us ordered the Crispy French Toast (which is not on their current brunch menu)…

My niece’s thoughts regarding this, “The toast part was a little mushy in texture and though it was cooked, the texture made it seem undercooked.  It was served with some strawberries and a side of butter and syrup, but was sweet enough to not need additional sugar.”

She also ordered a side of Home Fries...

Her comments, “Not fries. More like skillet potatoes, but amazingly good. Crisp/soft new potatoes that have been smashed slightly and covered in jalapeños, onions and parsley.   Loved them!”

Two of us, including me, ordered the SBK Benedict (poached eggs, hashbrown potato cakes, tomato, kale and brie cheese mornay)…

And a closer look…

This was pretty good.  I probably would have given it higher praises if I hadn’t tasted this…

Texas Benedict – Poached eggs, Pulled pork shoulder, Jalapeno-cheese cornbread biscuits and Chorizo gravy 

This was what the remaining 4 of our group ordered and all really enjoyed it!   My daughter was kind enough to switch plates with me mid meal, so I got to try this.  What a great blend of flavors.  Divine!  The only minor complaint was that the biscuits were a little denser/drier than I’d like, but that did allow them to hold up to the gravy better.  This was definitely the best entree of the three!

Overall this brunch scored 4 stars out of 5 from us.  In comparison, Second Bar + Kitchen currently ranks #51 best of the Austin restaurants reviewed on Trip Advisor and received 4 1/2 Stars.  Also it scored 4 Stars on Yelp and ranked #24 of the top 1000 best Austin restaurants.  

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