Joann's Fine Foods ~ "Foodie" Friday 3/22/19

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899

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 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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Peter Mohylsky, SoWal Is HOME.
PrimeSouth Properties - Santa Rosa Beach, FL
Let me help you find your path to the beach.

Great post, I love Austin.  And food so that is a great match for me personally.

Mar 22, 2019 04:45 AM #1
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Dorie. I thought you were going to describe my wife cooking in the kitchen with your title. Just kidding! Enjoy your day!

Mar 22, 2019 04:48 AM #2
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Coming from NYC, diners and diner food have a special place in my heart, Dorie. Joann's sounds wonderful... just my kind of place! I'd be a regular.

Mar 22, 2019 04:51 AM #3
Anita Clark
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Dorie: Joann's Fine Foods sounds like a fun place to enjoy both the nostalgia and the quality food being served.

Mar 22, 2019 05:28 AM #4
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

MMMMwhat a great menu and touch of the old with a taste of the new !

Mar 22, 2019 06:30 AM #5
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Area residents and visitors will love your local restaurant reports.

Mar 22, 2019 07:01 AM #6
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR - Another great location to check out if you live in the Austin area. 

Mar 22, 2019 07:17 AM #7
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


All the things on the menu sound wonderful.  This is a place we would definitely try...A

Mar 22, 2019 08:42 AM #8
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Dorie - Joann's Fine Foods with its updated diner cuisine sounds so much better than a greasy spoon in my opinion.  

Mar 22, 2019 09:59 AM #9
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Dorie - every area needs to have some all day diners.  This one has a wonderful twist 

Mar 22, 2019 11:06 AM #10
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

This sounds like my type of restaurant, I definitely don't like the greasy spoon types these days, haha.

Mar 22, 2019 11:47 AM #11
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Sounds casual, yet a bit refined. The menu has some interesting options too. Joanne's must be hopping on the weekends. Happy Friday, Dorie. 

Mar 22, 2019 03:24 PM #12
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Dorie.

Just ole fashioned home cooking.  Now you're talking my language.  

Mar 23, 2019 02:24 AM #13
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

T-Bone and baked potato that can be always on my menu Dorie. We have many all-day diners, but this one seems unique~

Mar 23, 2019 05:47 AM #14
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Dorie- I stopped at the chicken fried personal favorite!!!! YUM!

Mar 23, 2019 08:54 AM #15
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Dorie I could have breakfast all three meals, and their breakfast menu sounds excellent.

Mar 23, 2019 04:12 PM #16
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