Whenever I have visitors in Austin, I know where to take them first: Walton’s. Cozied up on West Sixth, Sandra Bullock’s local restaurant is the perfect representation of the city with a florist shop, full-service bakery and sandwich stop for local quality ingredients. There’s a simple sophistication in the air; maybe it’s the restored white woodwork doors that greet you into the quaint shop. Maybe it’s the assortment of pastries and baked goods from Austin vendors lined on the walls. Or maybe it’s the friendly barista who greets you at the register and takes his time to prepare beautiful lattes and cappuccinos for your table.
You can’t go wrong with any item on the menu. For a light lunch, the spinach + arugula salad is phenomenal. With green apple, aged white cheddar and candied walnuts, you get a delicious combo of sweet, creamy and crunchy. I recommend transforming your meal into "the fancy lunch" (half salad, half sandwich) with the gobble sandwich, layered with turkey, alfalfa sprouts, avocado and provolone. It’s a lovely portion and lets you taste two favorites instead of just one.
But I have to focus on brunch...because it’s basically my favorite brunch in all of Austin. Challahhh (pronounced "hollaaa!") to all of you with a sweet tooth: you must order the crème brulee challah french toast with fresh berries!
If you’re feelin’ savory, get the shrimp and grits. With a Cajun flare, the grits are to die for and shrimp is seasoned with a kick of cayenne. I made the mistake of ordering it with the french toast when I came with my mother—those two dishes simply cannot go together. Don’t ruin the contrast and instead embrace just one dish. You can come back another weekend for the other.
If you’re a simple gal, go for the eggs and bacon. The bacon is crisp, the eggs are fluffy, and the grits are TO DIE FOR.
Last weekend, I tried my newest favorite: the steel-cut oatmeal. Okay, I know oatmeal sounds boring…but you can’t compare this to any Quaker Oats microwaveable pack because I could live on this stuff. It’s velvety and airy in texture, but super rich with its brown sugar glaze and berries.