Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill is conveniently located across the street from the Austin Convention Center. It was also one of few places in the area that was open late (10pm) during our visit for SXSW. It seemed like most restaurants were either closed by 8pm or jammed pack with hour plus waits. Luckily, we stumbled upon Moonshine. With over 30,000 people in town for the festival, our wait was about 30 minutes, which was just enough time to grab a cocktail and an appetizer. We also enjoyed a Catdaddy Spiced Moonshine from North Carolina (pictured above) with our steaks.
Old fashioned and Homemade potato chips
First of all, a cocktail under $7? YES please! The old fashioned was made with Kentucky bourbon, muddled oranges, cherry, simple syrup and bitters. Perfect with crispy homemade potato chips and scallion sour cream dipping sauce.
Go easy on the appetizers because the minute you sit down, the wait staff will bring over a giant bucket of seasoned popcorn. Definitely the first time I've received popcorn at dinner and it was pretty awesome! The popcorn was a mix of plain and cheese with seasoned salt on top.
Jalapeño hanger steak
The hanger steak was highly recommended by our waitress and we were very glad that she did. The steak was cooked to a perfect medium rear topped with a sinfully delicious jalapeño scallion butter. Tender, juicy, flavorful, all the components of a great steak. The sides included roasted sweet potatoes with rosemary oil and grilled seasonal vegetables. The portions were huge, but so were the flavors. As the saying goes "everything is bigger in Texas!"
It's worth mentioning that Moonshine "proudly supports local farmers, growers and ranchers fielding the best in fresh, natural ingredients."
Have you been to Austin? What's your favorite place to eat?
Moonshine Restaurant Patio and Bar
303 Red River Street
Austin, TX 78701