Christmas in Austin
In an atempt to get our whole family together for Christmas , we have rented a place in the South Congress area and will be ( sort of) cooking a Christmas dinner for family and possibly a group of friends. I have a couple of questions for you Austin experts as I enjoy our cooler weather and plan.
I will probably cook some --the main meat , which will probably be a standing rib roast. Maybe I will add a ham from our "stash" of farm raised pork that we gain by working at a CSA. I'll make mashed potatoes becausue there would be rebellion without them. I'd love to have help with the sides and , since I really can't bake, someplace that has really spectacular Christmas desserts to take out--particularly pies , but anything amazing.
And do the food trucks stay open in the winter too?
We have been to Austin before, but never in the winter. I'd love to have any Christmas suggestions about cozy restaurants or wonderful things to do. We will be there about a week.
We used Lee's Meat Market on 38th for our rib roast, and were very pleased with what we got. It was prime and trimmed to order (still a little bit of fat cap), and ready on time for us to take home and cook. Not exactly cheap, but then again prime roasts rarely ever are. Rest assured, it did not go to waste.
Austin isn't that cold at Christmas compared to other places in the country. I would think most of the food trucks are open Thursday to Sunday. However, most trucks are (at the end of the day) Mom and Pop shops so they may take time off to spend time with their families. It's a bit too early to tell.
Pies: Cutie Pies is great and I'd also recommend Texas Pie Kitchen. Central Market and Whole Foods do pretty good holiday food prep but you probably want to purchase it ahead of time (you can holiday order ahead of time). I get alot of stuff at farmer's markets at the holidays. Pecans grow in Texas and I always pick up fresh ones for holiday meals. Full Quiver is located at the Barton Creek farmer's market and they make fresh cream cheese (flavored and plain). I always pick up a couple for holiday meals (that and crackers are an amazing appetizer). There are some really nice charcuterie places at the farmer's markets too. Dai Due is at Republic Square, and Kocurek Charcuterie is at Republic Square and at Barton Creek. Both serve amazing pates and I often pick some up for special occasions. The Kocureks also make a duck bacon that I served last Christmas that everyone raved about. Both have weekly mailing lists and can reserve items ahead of time to pick up at the markets.
Galaxy Cafe also allows you to order sides for the holidays. I've never tried them, but I eat there on a regular basis and I think their food is quite good. Lots of people eat tamales during the Christmas holidays.. I know yelp has some old threads about locating some in the city.
Texas Pie Kitchen
Austin, TX, Austin, TX
4477 S Lamar Blvd Ste 100, Austin, TX 78745