Guy Fieri is hands down, one of my favorite food personalities on TV. It was fate when I tuned into Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives a few weeks ago to find Austin as the episode’s destination.
I always drool when I watch Fieri bite into delicacies from around the U.S., but this Austin feature had me glued to the television. The lucky eatery? Foreign & Domestic, located in Austin’s funky Hyde Park neighborhood. With an upcoming trip already planned to ATX, I immediately texted my friend Nicole to request we dine there while I visit and as fate would have it, she said she lived right around the corner!
Before we even walked into the restaurant, I knew what I was going to order. My friends and I noshed on all three of the the episode’s featured dishes.
We started our meal with the most tantalizing item from DDD – the Gruyere Popovers. Co-owner and Pastry Chef, Jodi Elliott has perfected the popover so much that she now sells official F&D popover pans for $38 a pop! The ooey, gooey gruyere and fluffy bread exceeded my expectations. By far one of the best things I’ve ever eaten…
Fieri raved about the Fried Chicken Biscuit on F&D’s brunch menu – urging the owner to serve it for dinner. Well, he listened because that biscuit stared up at me from the menu with a whopping $17 next to it. If you know me, you know I have ZERO qualms about splurging on a delicious meal. And the Fried Chicken Biscuit out-of-this-world-worth-it. The black pepper-cheddar biscuit was fluffy, the fried egg oozed just right and the romaine slaw and lemon jam gave the dish a burst of unexpected citrus flavor. And the chicken was, well, fried. Really fried.
Nicole ordered the third featured dish on the show, Fideos and Shellfish. This pasta dish includes short fideos noodles, mussels, clams, bacon and eggplant butter. By far the most complex preparation of the three, it had flavors that nobody expected. Rich and filling, we had to take it to-go but sadly, never dived back into it.
Finally, Stacey opted for the Roasted Sockeye Salmon with summer succotash, basil and corn curry. Both the presentation and taste made my jaw drop. A little under cooked, the salmon paired well with the curry flavor and vegetables.
All in all, go to Foreign & Domestic. If you don’t, you are wrong.
Foreign & Domestic, 306 E.53rd St., Austin, TX