Jack and I have been searching for an excuse to check out Rainey Street downtown and figured my sister's visit last week was the perfect occasion. Much of Rainey Street is still under construction, but the houses on this street are being renovated into hip new restaurants, creating a unique food scene in an underdeveloped area. We decided our first Rainey Street experience had to include the ever-so-popular Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden.
I was first impressed by Banger's expansive outdoor seating area. More than half of the restaurant's seating is located outdoors with line after line of picnic tables and benches. By the end of the evening the tables were packed but we were perfectly happy to rub elbows with other neighborly Austinites while listening to country music and drinking beer. Later in the evening, we also enjoyed music from a live jazz band. As if the setting and music weren't enough to make me fall in love, the sausages were extremely delicious and the flavor combinations, delightfully unexpected.
Our waiter's introduction to the menu went something like this, "If you don't already know, we serve sausages here, everything on the menu, except the appetizers and drinks, are sausage. Even if it doesn't sound like sausage, it's sausage."
Yeah, we can handle that. We asked some friends to join us for the evening and I'm pretty sure every single one of us ordered a different sausage: the classic Banger and Mash, Chicken Spinach and Sundried Tomato, Dak Bulgogi, Duck Bacon and Fig, and Smokey and the Boar.
Another pleasant surprise, Banger's apparently has the largest beer tap selection in Austin with 101 beers on tap. I tried the Oskar Blues Mama's Lil Yella Pils--it was sheer perfection.
Here's a little bit of clever advertising. For those who truly can't get enough of Banger's, you can have their logo tattooed anywhere on your body on the restaurant's dime. How's that for advertisement strategies?
No tattoos for us this time around, just lots of fun with good friends and great food.
From Austin, With Love