I love Austin and we have such a vibe that makes us unique! South Congress Ave. is an icon of downtown Austin. One of the special things that make the area so special is an all-day diner, located in the Austin Motel in SoCo. They understand how to keep Austin weird.
JOANN'S FINE FOODS https://joannsaustin.com/
Joann's pays homage to the classic diner way of life. But, instead of a greasy spoon you'll find custom china and monogrammed napkins. There are leather booths, chrome bar stools surrounding the red counters and an open kitchen. There's also overhead pendant lighting, decorative stained glass and beaded curtains that will remind you of the '70s. The location is perfect for grabbing all the local vibe while watching scooters and pedestrians going by. The atmosphere of the diner changes -mornings are easy going, brunches on the weekend are livelier with a mix of locals and tourists and the evenings are cozy with dimmed lighting and votives that twinkle.
There's classic American diner fare on the menu along with touches from the south of the border to California. Here's a sampling of their menu...on the Breakfast menu - there's the Motel Platter with pancakes, eggs, has browns and bacon or sausage...along with French toast soaked in vanilla bean and topped with berries and fresh diced mangos. Joann's Specialties dinner menu has Chicken Fried Steak with poblano mashers, braised green beans and Jedd's gravy....and...Beef Picadillo Enchiladas with salsa ranchera, shredded lettuce, tomato and queso fresco. On the Sandwich Menu there's the Patty Melt-a beef patty with white cheddar & american cheese, caramalized onions & jalapenos, mayo & mustard...and the Motel Turkey Club with farmhouse cheddar, apple smoked bacon & jalapeno mayo. On the Pecan Burning Grill menu there's a T-Bone Plate with baked potato, cilanto & charred jalapeño butter and a Beef Fajita Plate- marinated skirt steak with queso fundido, refried black beans and flour tortillas. Feel like dessert? Try the Churros with Mexican chocolate, the Margarita Pie with torched meringue & orange salt or a slice of Coconut Tres Leches Cake with fresh berries & mango.
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