Not that we needed another reason to visit South Congress Hotel, Central Standard tops the list of classic American bar and grills in Austin. Come for brunch/lunch at Cafe No Se, shop on SoCo during the day, and then stay for dinner at Central Standard. Pro tip: South Congress Hotel offers complimentary valet with restaurant dining.
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Central Standard itself is stunning – everything from the gold icebox filled with fresh seafood to the elegantly designed dining room. The raw bar features oysters, lobster, crudos, other shellfish, and seafood towers. Helmed by Executive Chef Michael Paley, items from the wood-fired hearth include a Berkshire pork chop, grilled swordfish, and 40 oz Rib Chop. Don’t leave without trying Executive Pastry Chef Amanda Rockman’s dessert menu. The coffee and doughnuts was the perfect ending to a delicious meal!
While the seafood tower was the showstopper of the night with raw oysters, clams, and maine lobster, I absolutely died over the uni butter toast. We ordered it three times throughout the night.
What To Order: Uni butter toast, seafood tower, Wagyu steak tartare, and roasted cauliflower.
Half Shell Seafood Platter
12 oysters, 6 middleneck clams, and poached maine lobster.
Wagyu Steak Tartare
Egg yolk, crispy shallot, grain mustard, French pickles, and grilled bread.
Capers, caperberries, and pickled raisins.
With braised artichokes, lemon, and fresh basil.
I had an amazing dinner with The Simple Sol!
1603 South Congress Ave