Anniversary Dinner in Austin
The Knotty Deck & Bar
Last month, Dylan surprised me with a trip to Austin for my birthday. He planned out an entire weekend of eating, drinking and shopping all around the city and kept the whole thing a complete surprise until we pulled off the highway (he literally had me thinking we were going to Waco. So much so that on our drive from Dallas to Austin, he got off the highway in Waco and pulled into some random hotel.). It was such a great weekend and in an effort to remember it forever, I’m finally getting around to writing about it! If you haven’t read the full post about the surprise and our weekend getaway, you can find it here. But for the highlight of the weekend, keep reading…
It just so happens that my birthday is two days before our wedding anniversary. Some people thought I was crazy for having our wedding so close to my birthday, but I call it being strategic. It just means we get to celebrate all the more! We had so much fun, but one of my favorite memories was dinner on our last night, where we actually got to celebrate our anniversary together (instead of just celebrating my birthday).
Now truthfully, I’m not typically one for eating at a hotel’s restaurant, but from all the recommendations and one look at the menu, nothing sounded better than The Knotty Deck.
A bottle of Veuve, compliments of the restaurant for our special celebration, certainly got things off to a great start!
Everything was farm-to-table with so many local ingredients; I always love when restaurants choose to source their ingredients from local farms and producers, it just goes to show how much thought they not only put into the quality of food but also the community they serve. This restaurant even has an on-site garden that they’ll utilize in some of their dishes – talk about fresh!
Per usual for Dylan and I, we couldn’t decide on just one of anything so we ordered one of everything…or just about!
Do not judge us on the amount of food we ordered… Some of it was taken to go, a lot of it was just too good not to finish. Celebratory calories don’t count.
The cornbread — I don’t think this was on the menu, but it’s an absolute must! Served in a hot iron skillet with warm butter melted on top… yes, please!
Seasonal bruschetta — One bite and I immediately wrote down all of the ingredients so that I could learn to remake it. Rustic sourdough, topped with arugula, whipped brie (my mouth is watering just typing that), cranberry chutney and pepitas. I’m okay with driving all the way back to Austin just to find out what next season’s bruschetta is.
Mac & Cheese — this came so highly recommend and for good reason! Order it “the old way,” just trust me! Rumor has it, they won Austin’s Mac & Cheese festival last year. I’m not surprised.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts — nice and crispy with bacon and a sweet glaze, mmm mm mm! That’s about the only way to get a man to eat his vegetables.
Main Meals — I ordered the grouper, which came with a creamy mushroom risotto and arugula salad. Dylan ordered the local ribeye, and it’s true, everything is bigger in Texas! Dylan’s steak was huge, perfectly cooked and served over dauphinoise potatoes, and all topped with a beautiful brown butter drizzle. There’s arguably nothing he loves more. Maybe me? Sometimes it’s hard to say.
Dessert — yes, believe it or not, after all of this food, we still had dessert. They sent a trio consisting of a creamy mascarpone cheesecake, lemon ice cream with a graham cracker crumble, and a gluten-free flourless chocolate cake topped with chocolate mousse. Yes, everything was as decadent and wonderful as it sounds.
After all of this, the amazing food and the amazing night, the chef came out to ensure everything was just as we’d hoped. It was so interesting to get to talk to him about his dishes, and it felt so special that he wanted to make sure we enjoyed every last bite!
Our post-dinner plans were to find a fun bar or go listen to live music. But honestly, the best thing after such an amazing meal was crawling upstairs and falling into bed.
As for the restaurant, the menu changes seasonally, and I cannot wait to go back when it’s warmer to try the new menu and get to enjoy that amazing patio!