Texas’ capital city is home of eclectic and iconic sights, vibrant music (culminated in the annual South by Southwest experience), and what Memphians refer to as the “other” barbecue. Austin’s aspects are booming in all directions, whether from a geographical or culinary perspective. Despite its density in new restaurants and recreational offerings, the opportunities to eat, drink, and indulge in the “Keep Austin Weird” culture are approachable and accessible.
I first arrived at Wilson Café in late May, when Alex offered to meet me from his Jonesboro office for a late Saturday lunch. We were instantly enamored by the elevated small-town style behind the Southern fixins' and staff hospitality, as well as the immaculate interiors of the year-old restaurant.
My husband Alex usually comes home with a pair of dirty boots and, on special occasion, a bottle of my favorite rosé or flowers; but this Monday, he surprisingly lugged in a bag of fresh okra and just-ripe heirloom tomatoes from a long-time customer. I seized the opportunity to reimagine my fillet of grouper that I had anticipated baking for dinner that evening.