Heat cannot continue to keep the most dedicated Austin eaters from crushing a plate of barbecue or enchiladas in August, but the usually blistering temperatures commonly contact for a extra refreshing bite.
Appear summertime, I’m drawn to seafood crudos, vinegar-splashed dishes, fruits, veggies and other brilliant and gentle flavors that pleasure my palate without weighing me down.
Beneath are 10 refreshing dishes, from salads to desserts, that will convey flavor to your summertime and possibly introduce you to a new, or at least new-to-you, restaurant, trailer or food items stall.
Mango sticky rice at Dee Dee
There may perhaps be no much better basic summer season dessert than ripe mango drizzled with a viscous zag of coconut milk perched atop a sticky mound of rice. Bite into it as the sweat trickles down your brow and you are transported to summer family vacation in Thailand. Chef Lakana Sopajan-Trubiana enjoys mango so much that she even named her puppy just after the tropical fruit. 4204 Menchaca Street. deedeeatx.com.
Pickled beet salad at Eberly
The gilded cafe just south of Lady Chicken Lake provides to brain cocktails and sturdy dishes from the hearth. But govt chef Jo Chan plays to the sunshine-soaked year with this expressive salad of pickled beets established in tart lemony labneh and zipped with ramp vinegar. It is a dish that jolts your palate awake for the meal to come. 615 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-916-9000, eberlyaustin.com.
Lobster roll at Garbo’s
It is summer season. You’re near the Atlantic Ocean. Time for lunch. Time for a lobster roll. Okay, so we’re not on the East Coast, but you can nevertheless get a style of it with the lobster Heidi Garbo flies it from the waters off of her family’s indigenous Connecticut. Garbo’s arrived out of the Wells Branch shadows and onto the even larger stage supplied by a new MoPac deal with, providing more prospects a opportunity to experience the city’s very best lobster roll. Lemon and scallion raise the butter-poached lobster meat that spills from a break up-leading bun on the restaurant’s Connecticut-fashion roll, though the Maine gets additional elaborate with the addition of mayonnaise and celery. 12709 N. MoPac Blvd. (Loop 1). 512-387-1328, garboslobsteratx.com.
Watermelon salad at Huckleberry
Very little claims summertime like watermelon. The juicy ruby cubes complement the crunchy fried fish range at the seafood truck at Circle Brewing Co., creating a fantastic Texas seafood picnic. A dusting of salty Tajin amplifies the fruit’s pure sweetness and buzzes it with gentle spice tempered by perky lemon aioli. Onions and chives sprinkle in some crunch and grassy vegetal contrast. 2340 W. Braker Lane. huckleberrytx.com.
Bluefin tuna crudo at La Joie
The boudin balls and the gumbo on the menu at La Joie hint at chef Nicholas Harrison’s Louisiana roots, but this raw planning is much more representative of Texas’ neighbor to the south, not east. The tingly broth of pepino and tomatillo is tempered by the sweetness of bobbing kernels of charred corn and fatty nubs of avocado in this dish strewn with thinly sliced velvety ribbons of magenta colored bluefin tuna. 500 E. Whitestone Blvd. lajoieaustin.com.
Tomato and cucumber salad at Loro
This summery salad performs as a excellent counterpoint to the smoky richness of the meats on Loro’s menu. The pert tiny tomatoes pop with a sweetness played up by the salt in the crunchy cantaloupe. Cilantro oil and mint present a amazing floral breeze for the salad that preferences like a refreshing splash of h2o to the face. 2115 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-916-4858, loroeats.com.
Uncooked bar at Mongers
If you had a summertime dining want listing, a everyday and just-hip-sufficient community seafood cafe with a raw bar would be near the leading of the checklist. Although it does not share several culinary similarities with its home’s longtime predecessor, Vino Vino, Mongers does have that beloved old spot’s blend of conviviality and comfort nevertheless sent with brighter notes. The uncooked variety served up slippery medallions of scallop popped with citrus and toasty garlic tangy Spanish mackerel ceviche studded with halved cherry tomatoes and plump and tender peel-and-consume-shrimp. 4119 Guadalupe St. 512-215-8972, mongersaustin.com.
Cold sesame noodles at Noodle Alley
The major jumble of housemade noodles twirled close to light-weight pink shrimp at this cafe that opened throughout the early times of the coronavirus pandemic might at 1st look not show up to be a dish that would offer you a salve to the warmth. But then you dig in and twirl your initial bundled bite and the chilly al dente noodles feel invigorating as a chilly towel on the brow. It’s placing that a chilly dish could be packed with so a lot savory taste, which all arrives from the sheen of sesame paste and toasted peanuts. The Szechuan peppercorn lends a faint whisper of floral warmth, and cucumber adds a second textural element, but this noodle bowl is all about the sesame and peanut flavors. 1201 N. Bell Blvd., Suite 100, Cedar Park. 512-528-5127, noodlealleycp.com.
Aloha poke at Poke Poke
After residing for a number of years in Hawaii, married few Jason McVearry and Trish Fortuna opened what they claim was the very first poke shop in the Los Angeles location and introduced the mild, protein-prosperous dish beloved by surfers with them back to Texas in 2016. The Aloha model slicks sushi-grade fish (we are partial to the hamachi) with sesame oil and light-weight soy sauce for an umami-packed chunk brightened with rice wine vinegar and chili flakes, the meaty cubes of fish contrasted with the snap and pop of onions and sesame seeds. 2320 Hancock Generate, 512-840-1942 9911 Brodie Lane, 512-291-6126 3100 S. Congress Ave, 512-814-1032. poke-poke.com.
Coconut cake at Salty Cargo
Delicacies can elicit feelings, this sort of as refreshment, by invoking area. So even a bundt cake can truly feel cooling when it taps tropical flavors like pineapple and coconut. The coconut bundt cake at this Hawaiian-inspired foodstuff courtroom stall in Hana World Industry conjures seaside vibes, the caramel and mint arriving like a warm sunset and interesting breeze. 1700 W. Parmer Lane. 737-465-1821, saltycargo.com.