Austin’s new restaurant scene shows no symptoms of slowing down. Case in point: Jacoby’s Restaurant & Mercantile, a new farm to table restaurant serving up rustic food, many of the ingredients being sourced directly from the Jacoby family’s business that includes their own Jacoby beef (more on that in a second!).
I was able to go a few nights after they officially opened, and I was incredibly pleased. Upon walking in, you feel like you’re walking into the family’s ranch house in Melvin, Texas. Although rustic in its design, they have really paid a lot of attention to detail (thanks to Kris Swift), evidenced by their decorative touches like beautifully colored Texas Hill Country flowers at every table, vintage ball mason jars to hold your ice-cold water, cascading succulents that greet you when you walk outside, and other pastoral elements throughout the restaurant that makes everything feel unfussy yet chic.
They’ve made great use of their space, having about the same amount of seats indoors as they do outdoors. This place reminds me a bit of Contigo, only it has an outdoor area overlooking the water and they’ve paid more attention to detail.
Ok–on to the food!! Remember the Jacoby Beef I mentioned? Well, their burgers may have been some of the best I’ve ever tried, certainly in the running for best burger in Austin!! Holy moly the beefy flavor and juiciness of each burger is marvelous, with each bite you wonder how they can pack so much flavor in one patty. I guess it does help that the beef they raise is bred, and processed in Central Texas, and the Jacoby family feeds the cattle their own proprietary feed, and pasture raise the cattle as well. They also bake their own brioche buns for the burgers, which adds a whole other buttery element to the ultimate burger.
Other noteworthy and southern inspired dishes were their delicious deviled eggs. I’m a big fan of simplicity and big flavor, and these deviled eggs didn’t disappoint. They’re served with some pickled radish and a sprinkle of dill, and let the eggs speak for themselves.
While we’re on the topic of southern things, I’d be a horrible person if I didn’t tell you about their version of the Moscow Mule (making me drool just thinking about it right now). Called the Melvin Mule, this little guy packs so much punch and flavor that you’ll want to drink this all night. They concoct this with Ancho Reyes, an ancho chile liqueur, lime, and tangy ginger beer. It’s the perfect cocktail for sitting outside on their beautiful patio, enjoying the late afternoon sun while sitting under one of their plentiful fans and enjoying the Texas heat.
When you head to Jacoby’s Restaurant & Mercantile, don’t forget to visit the Mercantile portion of the place, it’s amazing!! As you walk in, you feel like you just hit the Roundtop jackpot, having all the fabulous antiques and goods in one small space.
If Kris is there, make sure to ask him about the goods they have for sale, he does a phenomenal job of curating all the merchandise, and some are so popular (like the candles) that the mercantile sold out just a few days after opening!!
While you’re in there, make sure to peek in the fridge to get a look at some other yummy things they have on hand, along with the Jacoby family’s beef and other cuts of meat. They’ll be incorporating other cuts of meat into the restaurant’s menu throughout the year, and while you can take it home and cook it yourself, I highly recommend you make sure to try it there so you know what it’s supposed to taste like ;). To get more info about the restaurant as well as it’s hours and where it’s located, you can get that info here.
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