French doors and walls of white shiplap give a breezy country air to this ladies-and-gents-who-lunch spot. The little blue cottage in smack in the middle of West Austin, but the deck is shady and calm. Scan the sideboard spread with beautifully composed platters of fresh fruit, baked goods, sides, and salads. Then take a seat in the small, informal dining room or settle in at an umbrella table outside. We saw several burgers (gilded with Grafton cheddar and grilled red onions) go sailing by, but we were feeling vegetarian/pescatarian, so we chose the rice bowl. Surrounding a lovely mound of sweet, slightly sticky black rice was a bumper crop of harissa-seasoned roasted eggplant and baby carrots, chilled kernels of sweet corn, cherry tomatoes, house-made bread-and-butter pickles, fresh avocado, a poached egg, and our choice of protein (three crisp, good-sized seared shrimp). We lingered over dessert and a cup of vanilla lemongrass white tea from the Steeping Room.
Cuisine: New American