Friday, July 24, 2015
A SUMMER RITUAL
If you've ever spent time in Austin, you're probably familiar with the Kerbey Lane Cafes -- the most popular breakfast/brunch spots around, thanks to their infamous pancakes. But, did you know they also have a rotating seasonal menu, featuring locally grown produce?
The first summer we were up here I read about it somewhere, and we decided to give it a try. There is often a very long wait for a table, but if you're willing to sit up at the counter, you can get right in. So that's what we did. We ordered just about everything on the special summer menu that featured homegrown tomatoes, including fried green tomatoes and something called Tomato Pie -- kind of like a little quiche filled with succulent tomatoes, feta cheese and Greek olives.
People sitting on either side of us started eying our food and asking questions. Since we had ordered way more than we could eat, we started passing it around. Before long, everyone at the counter was moaning! After all this time in the Hill Country, it's still one of our most memorable experiences. Which is why, every summer during tomato season, I just have to go to Kerbey Lane to get me some of that Tomato Pie!
Hubby, who is passionate about Caprese salads, tried the Caprese Pannini this year. I just might have to try that next time!