For our first night in Austin, we planned the most quintessential evening that we could think of — classic BBQ and live music.
We’d heard awesome things about Lamberts BBQ (even our Uber driver couldn’t stop raving) so we thought that it would be the perfect introduction to Texas.
The vibe inside Lamberts was relaxed and Texas-chic. The dining room smelled smoky and the tables were filled with guests happily chatting over messy BBQ. Charismatic waiters zipped through the aisles, mostly unnoticed.
We marched up to the second floor for our table, which was just feet from a small stage where Lamberts holds concerts. We’re actually going to one there on Saturday night. Ican’twait!
We began with the pork belly appetizer, which is always a hit with my boyfriend. I loved the presentation and the little crisps — they really added something!
For my entree, I ordered their fresh market gulf fish with lump crab meat and low country rice. I know. Our sweet waitress featured the dish when we sat down and I knew I wanted it before she even finished speaking.
Tim went a bit more classic with his order: juicy brisket and country style pork ribs.
Texas just does ribs so well. I love the rub (as opposed to a sauce) and these were served with sliced apples, which complimented the meat perfectly.
Oh– and we can’t forget the mashed potatoes! Extra creamy, extra cheesy, extra delicious. They tasted like a baked potato and potatoes au gratin had a love child. Seriously guys. That bowl looks huge, and we nearly polished them off.
After a long, leisurely dinner (the best, don’t you think?) we walked a few blocks to the Cedar Street Courtyard to see the Spazmatics, a group that came highly recommended by our friend, who used to live in Austin.
The Spazmatics are an epic, ultra-choreographed, extra geeky ’80s cover band. This was truly one of the most fun shows I’ve been to in a while (and that’s coming from someone who never actually lived in the ’80s).
We snuck a front row spot and danced our hearts out. And sang every word, of course!
The rest of the first row was comprised almost entirely of 40-something ladies who were celebrating their friend’s birthday party and smacking the bums of the guys on stage when they got close enough.
My boyfriend is a major ’80s music fan and we both couldn’t get over how awesome these guys were as musicians! Their entire set was flawless. And so were their outfits, clearly.
For a cover of ten bucks on a Wednesday night, they really can’t be beat. You’ll have the time of your life. :)
Are you into ’80s music? My favorite movie is Dirty Dancing, so I think you know where I stand in this debate. #neonfordays