Cannon + Belle ~ "Foodie" Friday 1/27/17

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899

I've got a fun place for you to try this week-end! Steeped in history this local restaurant will charm you and and the menu is ...let's just say...fulfilling our slogan "Let's keep Austin weird!" You'll need to make a trip down town to the Hilton  on East 4th Street but I will safely bet it will be worth the trip to enjoy this unique Texas flair restaurant! Bon Appetit !!





Before telling you about the restaurant, you need to know a little about Belle. In 1842, Governor Sam Houston ordered the removal of the Texas Republic archives. He wanted these secretly relocated from Austin to Washington-on-the-Brazos. Angelina Belle Eberly was a local legend in Austin.  She was afraid that symbols of the national government were being removed from the city.  So, she took it upon herself to fire a 6 pound cannon into the General Land Office Bldg.  It was that cannon fire that alerted the town to the theft and that conflict became known as the Texas Archive War.  


Thanks to Belle’s spirit, Austin was preserved as the Texas Capital and keeper of the archives.  Cannon + Belle named their restaurant after this event because they believe in taking risks like Belle did.  That is apparent in their menu that both preserves and challenges the Texas culinary customs.  Chef Peter Maffei is dedicated to serving the local and global community every day through inspired food, space and service. His menu captures the taste and feel of the city everyone here loves to call weird.  Some of what you’ll find on the menu: For appetizer – there’s the Oven Pretzel with pimento cheese, smoked bacon peanut butter & Dusseldorf mustard and the Roasted Brie with smoked apple and focaccia crostini.  On the Flour, Water, Yeast menu (aka Pizza): try The Bird with bacon wrapped quail, duck ham, caramelized onion, rosemary fontia, walnut parsley pesto, black garlic & duck egg…or The White with fresh mozzarella, pecorino romano, parmesan reggiano, spinach, cracked pepper and lemon zest. On the main menu there’s Seed Crusted Gulf Snapper with roasted okra, tomato consommé and romesco…Herb Crusted Venison with fennel, carrot, celeriac, juniper and Texas Tempranillo demi…the Marinated Texas Wagyu Ribeye with seasonal vegetable and chef’s starch.  


Top it all off with something from the dessert menu like their signature Bourbon + Bacon Bread Pudding infused with smoke bacon and served with bourbon crème or the Salted Chocolate Stack – a four layer chocolate cake with brown butter and salted caramel.


Watch this video from a Fox 7 Breakfast Segment with Chef Maffei talking about his Duck Biscuits and Gravy:


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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi Dorie... sounds like a very imaginative chef and menu... but I'll confess, I'm much more about more simplistic ingredients. This almost seems like overload to me... but what do I know? I'm just reading and not actually tasting!

Jan 27, 2017 04:46 AM #1
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Dorie. We are having dinner with my son and daughter-in-law this evening, but not at a place with quiite that imaginative menu! Enjoy your day!

Jan 27, 2017 05:02 AM #2
Anita Clark
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Dorie: What a fun menu selection for those who like to test their taste buds! I was not aware of the Texas Archives issue...interesting facts.

Jan 27, 2017 05:05 AM #3
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Dorie. You kill me with these posts but this time the story is as appealling as the food.

Jan 27, 2017 05:11 AM #4
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Good Morning Dorie Dillard 

This a version of Chipped beef on toast that is worthy of a sampling. Never thought of duck.

Jan 27, 2017 05:14 AM #5
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Home and Condo Specialists

I liked reading the history of Belle. Fun place to eat is always enjoyable!

Jan 27, 2017 05:39 AM #6
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

This is a very interesting story with historical significance. Thanks, Dorie Dillard for my Friday Education! Now to the food...Ummm!

Jan 27, 2017 06:08 AM #7
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning Dorie.  I enjoyed reading the history of the name for this restaurant.

Jan 27, 2017 06:59 AM #8
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Dorie, I'm hungry after reading your post. The Oven Pretzel with pimento cheese sounds amazing and very unique. Austin has so many wonderful dining options, one could never run out of choices.

Jan 27, 2017 07:06 AM #9
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Wow, Belle was full of spunk!  I love eating in restaurants that have a lot of cool history like this!

Jan 27, 2017 07:44 AM #10
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning, Dorie -- you know how much I love the "keeping it weird" aspect of Austin so it's great to see it incorporated into this post about Cannon + Belle. Great history(or herstory) and an exciting menu.  Sounds like another terrific culinary experience...of course, with a healthy serving of weirdness...yummy.

Jan 27, 2017 08:17 AM #11
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

HI Dorie- let's hear it for Angelina Belle Eberly!!!  She may be the pioneer of Keeping Austin Weird. 

Jan 27, 2017 09:13 AM #12
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

sounds like it's very adventurerous.  And I'll try anything once.  

Jan 27, 2017 07:42 PM #13
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

What a nice review and overview of the menu. You describe the items so beautifully that I can almost taste them.

Jan 27, 2017 08:53 PM #14
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Dorie I would love the pretzel and the roasted Brie, I only stayed in Austin for three days and I told Diane we need to get back... how many days do I need to pleasantly over eat?:))Endre

Jan 27, 2017 09:48 PM #15
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

I would be diviing into the dessert menu...that is weird enough for me !

Jan 28, 2017 03:40 AM #16
Mick Michaud
Distinctly Texas Lifestyle Properties, LLC Office:682/498-3107 - Granbury, TX
Your Texas Lifestyle is Here!

Love the history and the local interst story.  Great post.  I'll have to try it next time we're in Austin.  Thanks for the heads-up.


Feb 25, 2017 11:24 AM #17
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