Eastside Cafe, a little Austin gem deep in the heart of Texas

Austin, Texas gets a lot of publicity as a great place to live but I had never had the opportunity to check it out until just recently. My first tip to Austin brought me to several food places where I was able to find some relatively low-salt, low-fat treats..and one place where I walked away from my diet for a night to enjoy a classic Texas barbecue. More on that in another post.

My Eastside Cafe tuna
My Eastside Cafe tuna

In this post, I’ll be talking about Eastside Cafe, a little unassuming place recommended to us by a staffer at the LBJ Library on the University of Texas campus.

After driving by it a few times, we found the place and were glad we did. I ordered a tuna steak sandwich for lunch, asking the mayo be served on the side and opting for whole wheat bread instead of white, although I only had a small taste of the bread.

The tuna was marinated in orange juice and ginger, according to the menu. I didn’t catch any hint of orange tough. I could see how the dish was meant to be completed with the special mayo, when I tried a tiny bit on a piece of tuna, it really brought out a fuller flavor profile.

I would have appreciated a lower-fat alternative, but few places think of such alternatives, I’m afraid. I’d asked for the tuna rare, it came out a bit more toward medium, at least in my world. When I say rare for tuna I want it red through and through the middle with only a sear around the edges. This was pink.

This lemonade made the entire meal worth having.
This lemonade made the entire meal worth having.

What made up for the slightly dry tuna was the lemonade served here. Rather than just juice, it was more like the lemon ice of my youth. The large glass was almost a meal in itself, I could have eaten the ice with a spoon.

The menu had several other fish dishes I’d like to try next time I’m in Austin.



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