Have you guys tried Lenoir yet? It’s a gorgeous little restaurant on South First Street owned by chef super-couple (super-chef couple?) Jessica Maher and Todd Duplechan that serves incredible locally sourced food in a beautiful blue and white dining room at a really reasonable price (currently $38 for a three-course meal).
Matt and I duck into their cozy dining room every so often, but I’m also really taken with their wine garden. In the backyard space that backs up to the creek, in the middle of several old, knobby Live Oaks, they’ve set up a bar with several large tables. During happy hour, which is now running Tuesdays through Saturdays from 5-7, you can get small plates and excellent wine that’s happy-hour priced. Recently, between frigid days, Matt and I headed over for a late-afternoon bite.
I can’t recall the wines we had (something pink and something white), but both were light, crisp, and flavorful – just the thing to go with their fresh, sometimes spicy cuisine. I’ve never had a wine I didn’t enjoy at Lenoir, really.
To munch on, we got a couple of snacks. The fresh spiced flatbread, which was served with persimmon spread and kaffir lime yogurt, was soft, slightly chewy, and satisfying. The persimmon spread was spicy and earthy, and the lime yogurt perked it right up. The broccoli with beets was fantastic – the vegetables were cooked beautifully, with a little crunch, and the spiced blue cheese underneath complemented it with a nice sharpness.
Both the dining-room menu and backyard menu change frequently, which I love, and keeps me coming back.
1807 South First Street
Austin, TX 78704