Second Bar + Kitchen is aptly named for it’s Congress Ave @ Second Street location. But don’t think for a second that the food isn’t first-rate (wakka wakka!).
On a whim, I ventured over to Second a couple of Sundays ago (after a morning coffee at the Austonian’s Caffe Medici) and was pleasantly surprised by the food and the atmosphere of the restaurant. I was seated on the second story, which was a small, covered balcony with simple tables and faux grass carpeting:
A close up of the floor/carpeting:
Second’s chef added some extra flavor to what could have been a run-of-the-mill grilled cheese sandwich by adding green tomatoes and “blistered shishito pepper marmalade” (which, much to my surprise, I thought to be pretty tasty). And although $12 seems a bit outrageous for a run-of-the-mill grilled cheese (I had to take a second look at the price before I ordered), it didn’t seem quite so bad once I tasted what was on the plate.
The view COULD BE cool, too. Unfortunately, when I went there was NO ONE on the streets – but I can imagine it would be great people watching on a more crowded day. Here’s what I saw:
Now, I was told that the menu changes fairly often, but I still grabbed one so that readers could get a general idea of the offerings and prices. This is just the lunch / drinks menu, too – they do a different menu for dinner, You can click on the thumbnails below for a larger view without a download (you’ll have to click once to get to the picture page, and then again to get to the enlarged image) – or visit their website to download their menus.
Second Bar + Kitchen
200 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78701
Peter Tsai says
Love the patio upstairs at Second Bar – and also the truffle fries!
Jacob Dirr says
“$12 seems a bit outrageous for a run-of-the-mill grilled cheese”
Enough said. Did you see how much they charge for a Lone Star? It is laughable, and in my estimate, set up to prey on people with business expense accounts.
I Love bar congress, the bar there has become my favorite place for drinks, they have a Tiki Tuesday night where they have historically significant cocktails so its like a history lesson with your booze. Brian is a great bartender.
great is a vast understatement