Where we ate: Foreign & Domestic, Austin TX
Meal type: Dinner
Party size: 2
It’s the first spring weekend with nice weather in NYC. You’re going to see Louie C.K. in a few hours.
You spot a giant wall with “Food & Drink” painted in large letters beneath a giant pig with wings. You step inside and for the next hour you eat dishes made of the freshest ingredients the season has to offer.
This is not NYC. This is Austin, TX. Welcome to Foreign and Domestic.
This place was really cool but what’s weird is that it doesn’t do anything wildly different than the other great restaurants in Austin.
I know I’m oversimplifying here but the key differentiator here is that Foreign and Domestic serves dishes that feel as if they were picked from the vine only after you ordered them.
There was nothing that felt heavy, not even the bread we started the meal with. Of course, this isn’t paleo/primal but if you are going to cheat during this meal, this is the dish to do it with. Once you see the pictures below, you’ll know why.
What we started with:
Gruyere and Black Pepper Poppovers: This is a giant yet hollow chunk of bread. Once you break the top layer there is a big open space and a thin layer of super fresh and soft bread at the bottom. It’s all topped with shredded gruyere cheese.
Summer Tomatoes: Charred Sunbursts, Heirlooms, Ricotta Salata, Dill, Lime-Pistachio Vinaigrette. Primal/Paleo.
Allan Benton’s Ham: Compressed Melon, Ricotta, Pickled Peach, Balsamic. Primal/Paleo.
On to the main courses. It was just Belle and I so there were fewer photos but here’s what we went with:
Bandera Quail: Corn Pudding, Summer Squashes, Pickled Chard Stems, Crispy Chard, Béarnaise. Primal/Paleo.
Skuna Bay Salmon: Black Garlic, Corn Pudding, Bacon Jam. As for Primal/Paleo, just go easy on the corn pudding. Delicious but a little off-diet.
And as usual, Belle had to treat herself to a few bites of dessert. Ok fine, I took a tablespoon of it too.
This funnel cake was very straight forward but it was rich in all the right ways and was prepared as good as any funnel cake I’ve had. It was actually very crispy, which is my favorite texture.
Chocolate Funnel Cake: Caramel, Candied Peanuts, Black Pepper Ice Cream. Not Primal/Paleo.
This is a smaller restaurant so be sure to book your reservation days before you plan on dining there. You have a full view into the kitchen so if you get a kick out of the back-house activity like I do, then you’ll love the view.
For a prettier perspective, check out Belle’s post here.