Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Odd Duck

Odd Duck
1201 S. Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78704
oddduckaustin.com
Yelp

For our last meal in Austin, we wanted to brunch it up at Barley Swine's sister restaurant.  My bad for actually missing brunch time, so we settled for lunch.  Mama H.o.P., Smooth Obturator, and The Annoyer made for a perfect party of 4.  I prefer to dine in groups of 4-6 because you can try more things that way and variety is my favorite aspect in dining.

Parker House Roll pig face, mustard
This was a VERY strong start.  In fact, this might have been my favorite dish of the meal.  They REALLY make excellent bread here.  It was so soft and fresh, very reminiscent of the pig bun from the previous night.

The filling was a very delectable porky goodness.  The fattiness was tempered by the perfect pairing with mustard.  Yums for sure!

Tomato Salad corn cream, peaches, jalapeƱo
My second favorite dish of the night because I am such a fan of tomatoes, corn, peaches, and salads.  It was the best of summer's bounty in one dish.  The center of it was this corn panna cotta of sorts.  It was savory and sweet.  There was a light vinaigrette that brought everything together.  The bits of torn mint brightened everything up.  Really Yums!


Blackened Fish Ceviche melon, avocado, shiso
It was interesting pairing honeydew melon with fish, avocado, and shiso.  Overall, I liked the dish but not as much as the previous two.
Pulled Pork Torta red chile, avocado, pickled corn
The sandwiches were made with more soft housemade breads.  A great sandwich definitely starts with amazing bread and they certainly delivered on that.  The latin flavors were well represented here.
Burger bacon pimento, heirloom tomato
A good burger, with crunchy potato chips for texture and a cheesy bacony spread.
Lamb Meatloaf Sandwich potato salad, chile mayo, greens
If you like lamb, you will certainly enjoy this.  The lamb flavor was apparent but made it that much tastier. 
Fried Fish Sandwich  avocado & crab spread, sprouts, hot sauce
I liked the crispy fish paired with creamy avocado and crab spread.  This was my favorite sandwich.
Taco of the Day
They almost forgot our taco order.  It wasn't what we were expecting because it was a stuffed shishito pepper in a housemade blue tortilla.  I was so full, so I just let Smooth Obturator have at it.
While Odd Duck's popular brunch eluded us, its lunch menu made some happy campers out of us.  I think the starters were more memorable than the sandwiches, but they were still quite delicious either way.  I'm not sure if Odd Duck would be your one pick for a lunch spot in Austin.  I'm sure there are more famous and unique places, but we were pleased with the food here for sure.  I'm still thinking about the pig face parker house rolls.  Drooool!

10 - You NEED to eat here
9 - Awesome!
8 - Very good
7 - Good 
6 - OK 
5 - Average
4 - Not bad
3 - Not good
2 - Terrible
1 - Do NOT eat here




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