Monday, November 18, 2013

Sound Bites: Fries at Goodall's

When I first moved to Austin in 1993, I lived in a co-op a stone's throw from what is now Hotel Ella. At the time, the majestic building housed a chemical dependency center; in 2003, it became Mansion at Judges' Hill, and this year, it got a facelift and re-opened as Hotel Ella. Hotel Ella houses a restaurant called Goodall's Kitchen & Bar that I've been wanting to try, so we wandered down here on Friday to check it out.

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We had just come from a party that had involved a margarita or three and maybe a little too much queso, so dinner was out of the question, but I couldn't resist an order of their Goodall's Fries off the bar menu.

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The fries were served piping hot in a tiny fry basket, with a side of celery seed aioli, and tossed with brussels sprouts. "Tossed with brussels sprouts?" you say - to which I reply, "Why hasn't somebody thought of this before?" Brussels sprouts are having a "moment," and I'm so glad for it. More, please.

The fries were super crispy and resplendent with garlic, possibly the most garlicky fries I've ever tasted (i.e., wake-up-the-next-morning-tasting-garlic garlicky). We couldn't get enough of them. If these fries say anything about the rest of the menu, I have high hopes for this great new Austin hot spot.

8 comments:

  1. Fries AND Brussels -- mmmmmmm! And I am very intrigued by celery seed aioli -- there's a touch of creativity!

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    1. Hoping this dish is indicative of the rest of the menu, Suzanna...we were super impressed!

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  2. Oh my gosh! Fries with brussels sprouts??!!!

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    1. Thanks, Anthony! I'd love to hear what you think if you go! :)

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  4. Sweet.... my office is 100 yds away. I was wondering what would happen there with Hotel Ella.. is the parking the same as in the past? Fries look awesome and a nod to England with the faux newspaper. Great stuff M!

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    1. Hey Jen, thanks for stopping by! I think the parking is valet-only now. However, we were able to pretty easily snag spots on the street both times we went (we've been again since I wrote this post). We had a full meal this time. I highly recommend the duck breast, the mac 'n' cheese, and the fries. Avoid the pasta; it was not good (either the entree or the side dish).

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