Snack Bar: New Restaurant in the former El Sol y La Luna on South Congress
Checked this place out for the first time on Sunday. They recently got a new Chef (formerly from Mars restaurant) so I'm not sure how different the new menu is. I had scanned the menu online beforehand and was all set to order the PBLT (Porkbelly sliders). So I was disappointed when upon arrival at 9:30 9(they open at 9 AM) that they were out of both pork belly and biscuits.
But, we ordered the Tamago Yoko$10 ( a large cabbage, leek, shrimp and bacon cake) topped with 2 eggs over medium (came out over easy) garnished with wasabi aoili and sriacha with nori flakes. This was very different from my typical breakfast fare and tasty. We also got the bulgogi sliders$10 (3 to an order). These were tslices of hangar steak on a bun topped with pickled bok choy and hoisin sauce. A small glass of orange juice and a cup of coffee brought our total to $30 for 2 people. Seemed a bit pricey to me, but our entrees were on the exotic side.
Wow! My new fave breakfast chow! You've gotta try the Tamago Yoko..."cabbage & leek hash cake, 2 eggs any style, choice of applewood smoked bacon, wild alaskan salmon or
housemade seitan, with wasabi aioli, siracha, nuóc châm"...get it with the Wild Alaskan Salmon. This is world-class, pan-ethnic b'fast cuisine at it's finest. Great staff, great menu, super ingredients...with an interesting, well-chosen, well-priced beverage list, chock full of organic wines. Miss this joint at your peril!
1224 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
Bear in mind that we ate there a few months after it opened, i.e. a while ago, but it was awful. We waited forever for drinks and coffee even though the place was empty. S.O. ordered bagel & lox, which usually comes w/ lox, cream cheese, salmon, and capers (from our experience). They were out of capers and the lox lacked flavor. The bagel was ok. So, an overpriced bagel w/ cream cheese was eaten. The waiter did not announce they were out of capers and just brought it out w/ no explanation. Boring.
I ordered breakfast tacos and they were horrible. The tortillas were stale. The salsa tasted like a can of tomato paste.
The service was bad, the decor looked like it tried too hard and was theme park atomic party. Oh and the coffee was lukewarm.
So, this place may have improved but I'm not going back. I should have known better than to expect good breakfast tacos from that strip of s. congress.
I went to Snack Bar for lunch the other day and had the steak tacos with chimichurri, so delicious, spicy and flavorful. My husband had the SB Omelet with a side of grits. The omelet came out hot and the grits were creamy and cheesy. Our waitress, Leda, was excellent. She kept the coffee coming. I think they've smoothed out most of the wrinkles, but I can only speak for lunch. Anyone else been there lately?