"Foodie" Friday ~ 3-29-13

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“Foodie Fridays” in Austin


Dorie picks 3-29-13




Easter weekend is upon us and if you would like to plan a special brunch on Sunday, here are a couple of excellent choices that I may have mentioned in the past.  Both restaurants are located in downtown Austin, one is a member of the Historic Hotels of America and the other has an executive chef that has appeared on Iron Chef America.




THE DRISKILL HOTEL               http://www.driskillhotel.com/

 Easter Brunch: $65 per adult, $32.50 per child, under 6 complimentary  

 Brunch served:  9:30am – 2:00pm


The Driskill 604 Brazos St. Austin,TX 78701 512.474.5911The Driskill Hotel, built in 1886, is located on Sixth Street in the heart of downtown Austin.  They are offering a special menu for Easter Sunday with a wide array of fruit, seafood, salads, carving stations, full main courses and of course, desserts.  A sampling of what is being served: on the breakfast side there’s lobster cake benedict and eggs benedict, carrot cake French toast, maple bacon & chicken apple breakfast sausage. Some of the stations will be deviled easter eggs, traditional deviled eggs, their signature sliders, herb crusted spring lamb roast, citrus poached salmon and cherry wood grilled chicken.  A kids station will also be available with Captain Crunch turkey tenders, sweet potato fries and of course, mac & cheese. The Chef’s Carving Board will have roasted prime rib with all the fixings available.  The 1886 Bakery, located in the restaurant, will have donut hole ‘eggs’ with fillings, coconut cake, Southern Hummingbird cake and orange anise tea breads just to name a few. After brunch, stroll around The Driskill, a member of the Historic Hotels of America, and admire how it’s been restored to its original elegance.


THE CARILLON            http://www.thecarillonrestaurant.com/

Easter Brunch: $65 per adult, $19.95 per child, under 5 complimentary

Seatings are 10:30 & 11am and 1:00 & 1:30 pm


The Carillon 1900 University Ave. Austin,TX 78705 512.404.3655Executive Chef Josh Watkins, using a unique combination of ingredients that blend contemporary and classical cooking techniques, has brought a new dimension of cooking to Austin.  Chef Watkins earned the position of Chef de Cuisine at the age of 23 and later made an appearance on Food Network’s Iron Chef America with acclaimed chef David Bull as they battled chef Bobby Flay.  Using his passion for farm fresh ingredients at the Carillon he has caught the attention of local food critic Mike Sutter, obtaining a 4 star rating for the Carillon.  


For Easter Brunch, Chef Watkins has put together a wonderful menu.  On the breakfast side: soft scrambled eggs, smoked brisket eggs benedict, bread pudding, French toast and much more. There will be a selection of soups, salads, charcuterie and a cheese display.  Cold seafood will also be available: shrimp, smoked salmon, smoked cod, seared Tuna and smoked Nantucket Bay scallops just to name a few. A prime rib carving station will also be available along with other hot entrees and sides. Of course, you have to have dessert: Griottine cherry bread pudding, fruit tarts, pate de fruits, tres leches and chocolate & pistachio truffles among your choices.


Wherever you choose to eat your Easter Sunday Brunch, you’re sure to walk away stuffed and satisfied.  Please note that seating may be limited at either restaurant and reservations need to be considered.


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Anita Clark
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Dorie: Your Foodie Friday choices always make me hungry!  Having Easter Brunch is popular and I bet both locations will be packed this weekend.

Mar 28, 2013 09:04 PM #4
Bobbie Smith
Stroudsburg, PA

These are excellent choices Dorie. YUM! I haven't had breakfast yet. Sunday will be home cooking for this family. Enjoy. Happy Easter!

Mar 28, 2013 09:07 PM #5
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Conrad,

We are blessed with so many places..it's fun to make these selections available!

Mar 28, 2013 09:17 PM #6
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Roy,

Thank you and have a blessed Easter week-end.

Mar 28, 2013 09:18 PM #7
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Roger,

Yes they are ..infact we will be going to the Driskill!

Mar 28, 2013 09:19 PM #8
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Anita,

Yes they will be and reservations really are needed..they have different times  available and they fill up quickly!

Mar 28, 2013 09:20 PM #9
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Bobbie,

Good for you..have a very Happy Easter!!

Mar 28, 2013 09:21 PM #10
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

May you and your family enjoy a wonderful Easter Holiday.

Mar 28, 2013 09:27 PM #11
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Dorie,

No one has said it yet so I will.

"At those prices I think I would rather stay home and fix Brunch for the family".

Yowzer $65.00 per adult is out there.

Have a great Good Friday and an even Better Easter Sunday.

Best, Clint McKie

Mar 28, 2013 10:13 PM #12
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Dorie.... ah, who doesn't love an Easter brunch.... my family loves a brunch anytime....Happy Easter to you and your lovely family.

Mar 28, 2013 10:18 PM #13
Pat & Steve Pribisko
Keller Williams Greater Cleveland West - Westlake, OH

Dorie, those Easter Brunch Restaurants look wonderful.  For us, we are fortunate to have parents who are still living (elderly).  We will spend the Easter weekend with them.

Mar 28, 2013 10:39 PM #14
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Dorie. I have a love hate relationship with these posts: I love them because they are so well written and appealing and I hate them because I wish I were there to try them. Amazing stuff: you never disappoint. Enjoy your family and Easter this weekend. Suggested.

Mar 28, 2013 10:54 PM #15
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Dorie, both of these sound like great choices. I enjoy your foodie Friday posts! Easter Sunday is such a great time to enjoy family over brunch.

Mar 28, 2013 10:59 PM #16
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Both of these restaurants sounds wonderful. I would be happy with either one of them. I'm going to have my husband read this blog, because he's a chef. He'll be very interested in the menus offered in your larger metro area.

Mar 28, 2013 11:11 PM #17
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Dorie - nothing quite says Happy Easter like a very nice brunch -- two wonderful selections to celebrate the holiday.  The best to you and yours this weekend.   

Mar 28, 2013 11:45 PM #18
Joni Bailey
101 Main St. Realty - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

Oh Dorie! The Driskoll Hotel for Easter Brunch sounds lovely. With so many attending sunrise services, they are sure to be busy!!

Mar 29, 2013 12:04 AM #19
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Both places sound delicious but you had the at the carrot cake French toast. I would just have to give that a try if I was in the area. This is another mouthwatering report by Real Estate Specialist Dorie Dillard.

Mar 29, 2013 12:17 AM #20
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

It's about lunch time and here I am reading your "Foodie Fridays" in Austin post. Both places sound great for an Easter Brunch. You do such great job with introducing Austing TX restaurants, you should have your own TV Show on FOOD TV!!

Mar 29, 2013 02:21 AM #21
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
DORIE- I love these weekly posts! I am very familiar with the Driskill Hotel. Hope you and your family have a beautiful Easter weekend!
Mar 29, 2013 04:05 AM #22
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Hi Dorie - we're actually eating in for our family brunch this year. However, these places sound like great options for eating out in Austin - I'd love to taste the Lobster Cake Benedict.  Yum.

Happy Easter to you and your family.

Mar 29, 2013 05:05 AM #23
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