Sala & Betty

The wild horse has been tamed. Fans of the meat-and-three eatery that was the Stallion Grill will hardly recognize the place, with its blond-wood tables, copper bar, and palm-bedecked patio. But the charming spot walks a happy line between approachability and sophistication; a casual takeout menu offers breakfast biscuits, lunchtime sandwiches, and family-style dinners (a pound of meat, like rotisserie chicken and beef sirloin, and two large sides), while a dine-in dinner menu (refreshingly broken down into snacks, starters, and entrées) features mostly successful New American dishes served on what looks like Grandma’s china. She, however, probably did not experiment with fashionable assemblages like tender lacinato kale dressed in sherry vinegar mingling with shaved manchego, hazelnuts, and fat red grapes or spice-crusted cobia paired with oddly complementary puffed barley (crunch) and banana pepper (zing!). Pickled okra fried in a cornmeal batter was nothing special, and a cream of cauliflower-and-pear soup, decorated with pine nuts and a swirl of curry oil, needed a little salt to counteract the sweetness of the fruit. All in all, though, a fine addition to Airport’s restaurant row. (5/15)   

City: Austin


Drinks: Beer & wine

Price: $$


Address: 5201 Airport Blvd., Austin, TX, 78751

Hours: L & D Mon–Sat.

Phone: (512-645-0214)


Last updated: April 7, 2015