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Kerbey Lane: New Cocktail Program Launch

Kerbey Lane: New Cocktail Program Launch

Discloser: I attended a complimentary cocktail hour and menu sampling at Kerbey Lane Cafe. All opinions are my own.

OG opened 1980

I recently had the pleasure of attending a cocktail hour and menu sampling at the original Kerbey Lane Cafe. This Austin institution (and its current six other area restaurants; another slated to open in Mueller’s Aldrich District by the end of the year) are famous for their queso, great breakfast plates (oh pancakes!), hit the spot super late night bites, everything in-between and are now stepping up their cocktail program. The new cocktail menu features 11 tasty concoctions and will be available at all Kerbey Lane locations beginning Thursday, July 26 (except the UT locale).

I opted to try the Blueberry Collins first. Such a beautiful color and light and refreshing. Not overly sweet with little bubbles that titillated my nose and tongue, and had yummy blueberry nuances. I could easily enjoy several. Dangerously good!

Blueberry Collins: vodka, Maine Root blueberry soda, lemon & mint
Frosé: sparkling rosé, Licor 43, lemon & strawberry

I could not pass on Kerbey’s take on Frosé. One word: bravo! Perfectly executed and the addition of Licor 43 is genius, giving this often artificial flavored tasting drink some oomph by providing notes of vanilla and a citric punch without overpowering the delicate flavors of rosé. Absolutely perfect for a hot summer patio day.

I wish I could say I made my way through all of the options (ha!); however, I did get feedback from some fellow attendees and everyone seemed very pleased with their choices.

I would be remiss not to mention some of the delectable bites that wonderful new Executive Chef Joe Anguiano (formerly of Vox Table) prepared for us. Small plated versions were served of items that are currently available on the menu (from top to bottom): creamy stone ground grits with perfectly cooked shrimp, charred tamarind ginger brussels sprouts, and a mind-blowing meatball executed the same way as the Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf (beef and pork blend with bacon and red pepper sauce).

I also had a sneak peek of an addition to Kerbey Lane’s upcoming (probably September) seasonal Fall/Winter menu. I cannot wait to indulge in a full plate of the melt in your mouth Akaushi Short Rib with petite potato, mustard seeds, chive on top of a very complementary demi-glace. Chef is truly elevating Kerbey’s already fantastic food.

Akaushi Short Rib

In addition to the new cocktails, Kerbey is also expanding their wine menu. So what are you waiting for? Maybe I’ll see you there! Cheers!

Frozen Ruby Red Margarita & Frosé

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Most locations open 24/7 (except the original Kerbey Central and Westlake; all locations closed on Christmas day; cocktails not available 24 hours). Please visit KERBEY LANE CAFE here for location info, hours, and full menu.

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