Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill – Austin, TX


Steeped in Austin, Texas’ historic Waterloo Compound, Moonshine serves up innovative down-home cooking in a casual atmosphere.

On a nice day in Austin there are so many places you can visit where outside seating is a must. Last weekend was totally a “sit outside” type weekend, and we did just that. Our first stop was Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill, which was pretty chill for a early afternoon bite.

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House popcorn

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Old Fashioned – Kentucky bourbon with muddled orange, cherry, simple syrup & bitters

In place of bread, Moonshine serves popcorn. It was “ok” popcorn but one would think if you are going to serve popcorn as a starter a.k.a the first thing your guests taste at your place, it better be damn good popcorn…in my opinion. This popcorn was a plain butter flavor with some cayenne pepper sprinkled about. The above picture is how it arrived to our table..it looked the exact same when the waitress took it away to make room for our meals.

 

My husband is the connoisseur  of the Old Fashion and makes a point to try one most everywhere we go. Especially places that claim to have the best..because, per my husband, they are usually wrong! This Old Fashioned received a 5 out of 10 stars. The really good Old Fashions are darker and the flavors more rich. This was sort of “watery”.  There was no way I was leaving a place called “Moonshine” without trying the moonshine, duh. They offer a White Lightning shot of their homemade

Moonshine

Moonshine Corn Dog Shrimp – with honey mustard & blueberry swirl

moonshine for $5. I am not sure it was worth the price but it was good!

 

For $5 I certainly wasn’t going to “chug”  or “shoot” so I sipped and savored my shot. It wasn’t too boozy like other moonshines {I’m looking at you firefly}.. and was very warm and rich with flavors of caramel and honey. Loved it!

As we weren’t starving, and had a nice dinner planned later in the evening we (I) decided we should split something. We ordered the Moonshine Corn Dog Shrimp and Berkeley House Salad with extra avocado.

The corn dogs were fun and tasty. A large shrimp that was skewered, battered and fried just like a corn dog. The dipping sauce was good although the “blueberry swirl” was totally over powered by the honey mustard which makes me think it was more about the “look” than the taste. The Berkeley salad was just a salad and shame on me for picking salads based on whether they have avocado or not. The “simple lemon vinaigrette” was just as it reads..simple..

 

  • Old Fashioned – $6.50
  • Moonshine Corn Dog Shrimp – $10.95
  • White Lightning – $5.00
  • Berkeley House Salad – $7.95

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moonshine

Berkeley House Salad – with seasonal greens, tomato, cucumber, pickled red onions, sunflower sprouts, croutons & simple lemon vinaigrette

 

 

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