Monday, January 11, 2010 - 3:47 PM
South Congress Café in the hip SoCo area of Austin is comfort food for the native Texan. Many UT students are fans of Austin’s very own Trudy’s. SoCo Café has the same ownership, but it is a kicked up version. Fortunately, you can still order the very same Mexican Martini that they serve at Trudy’s. If you are unfamiliar a Mexican Martini is essentially a Margarita served in the cocktail shaker and poured into a martini glass. SoCo garnishes theirs with an olive. After all, it is a martini. Start with the queso flameado. This queso is made from asadero, fresco, and panela cheeses and topped with chorizo as well as rajas, which is a blend of chile peppers and onion. SoCo provides you with homemade flour tortillas to dip into the queso. Oh yeah! This stuff is good! The special on the menu was a mesquite grilled pork chop served with homemade apple sauce, macaroni and cheese, and fresh vegetables. The pork chop was cooked to perfection. It was juicy and tender and a couple inches thick. I always tend to pass on pork chops and go with steak, but this place does it right. The mac and cheese was also rockin’ with great creaminess, and it was garnished with strips of bacon which made me laugh. It made me laugh, I think because it was so perfect and the bacon tasted great in the mac and cheese. Why not put bacon in mac and cheese? You are not eating it for your health. Might as well go all out! Even funnier, because I think this is my third blog now that has featured mac and cheese. I guess I’ve been on a streak recently, but when you are eating gourmet comfort food, you just have to try the mac and cheese. Its just fun and takes you back. I’m sure mac and cheese was one of the first things I cooked growing up, out of the box of course. The homemade applesauce with the pork chop was really nice. Had a very fresh rich flavor that complemented the pork chop perfectly. The dried cherry and pecan bread pudding sounded amazing, but you have to have room for drinks on the town, so we skipped it this time. SoCo Café is in walking distance to the Continental Club where various live music shows can be seen.
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