Saturday, September 14, 2013

RESTAURANT REVIEWS - Red Rabbit Cooperative Bakery & Aster's Ethiopian - Austin, TX

After a night in her very own bed, April (thrilled to be back in Austin) wanted to make her first ever visit to the Red Rabbit trailer. She'd had their donuts from Wheatsville before, but was super excited to try out some of the different things served at the trailer.

Red Rabbit Cooperative Bakery
701 East 53rd Street, Austin, TX 78751 (Also, donuts can be found at many other Austin restaurants and stores)
Facebook page & Twitter page

The trailer is open Mon-Fri 7am-1pm & Sat 8am-2pm (or until sold out). Quite often, they sell out by 10 or 11 am, so get there early! All their food is vegan and never contains hydrogenated fats or high fructose corn syrup. They use organic and local ingredients.

Wheatsville carries Sugar Glazed, Chocolate Glazed, Maple Glazed with Walnuts, Coffee Glazed, Mexican Chocolate Glazed, and Vanilla Lavender donuts, as well as Raspberry Filled donuts and Apple Fritters (Tim's favorite). April has a difficult time picking a favorite, but tends to get the raspberry filled or maple glazed with walnuts. Since the trailer had lots of new donuts, April and Tim decided to get an Austin Cream Pie donut (vanilla glaze with chocolate pudding filling) and a Horchata Glazed donut.

Red Rabbit Vegan Bakery - Austin, TX
The hedgehogs are ever hopeful for a taste.

They were both delectable! April is going to have an even harder time picking a favorite now.

For lunch, April and Tim met up with his mother (for her birthday!), aunt, and uncle, and introduced them to Ethiopian food.

Aster's Ethiopian
2804 S I-H 35, Austin, TX 78705
Facebook page

April has been to many Ethiopian restaurants all over the country, and Aster's is still her favorite. 50% of the menu is vegan, and each entrée comes with 2 side dishes (for lunch) or 3 side dishes (for dinner), so it's almost like getting a sampler platter. The actual veggie sampler platter comes with all 8 vegetarian dishes. April and Tim decided to split that, since everything is delicious.

Aster's Ethiopian - Austin, TX

One food note - the Azifa (cold lentil salad) says it will "have your taste buds leaping for joy" - that's code for "really freaking spicy". Also, Aster's is closed Mondays, so take that into account when planning your visit.

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