On Sundays We Brunch

Austin, Blogger, brunch, Foodie, Sandra Bullock, Texas, Walton's Fancy & Staple

I don’t know about you, but brunch is one of my favorite meals! I love having breakfast type foods in the middle of the day. Who am I kidding? I love any type of food in the middle of the day, but brunch is one of my favs. I was never a big “brunch” person until I moved to Texas. In fact, I had not heard of such until I was living in Houston my first year (back in 2013) and overheard people talking about “brunching” over the weekend. So crazy, but so true!

This past Sunday, I decided to have brunch at Walton’s Fancy & Staple. This was not my first visit here, but the food was delicious last time that I wanted to revisit. I love everything about this restaurant – even the fact that it is owned by the beautiful and talented Sandra Bullock. It’s located in the heart of downtown right off of 6th street: 609 W. 6th St, Austin, TX 78701. The exterior features a stairwell that leads to a rustic brick side wall along with their logo and beautiful greenery which makes the perfect photo-op.

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Once inside the ambiance is really cozy. It reminds me of what an old cafe or bakery would look like back in the day with a few modern touches. The interior is also very rustic-chic and decorated so beautifully with accents of green, white, and brown which gives off a warm and welcoming vibe. I also love that there is greenery everywhere: air plants, succulents, flowers, and big green plants! The walls are brick which adds to its natural flair. It’s hard not to feel at home in this restaurant.

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Upon entering, there is a huge bar style table to the left with bar stools for people to sit and eat. There are also tables in the center of the room where people sit, and the line sort of forms in an L shape around this area. Ordering is done at the counter prior to sitting. The only con to this is that it gets really packed and so often people are crammed at the door and around other people who are sitting and trying to enjoy their meal. I have never waited longer than 10 minutes to get to the ordering counter, but arriving early is recommended. Sundays are busier than Saturdays from my personal observation. 

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I ordered the shrimp and grits – one of my favorite dishes! My partner ordered the breakfast sandwich and beignets. The shrimp and grits were exceptionally delicious.  They tasted a little different from the first time I ordered them, but overall still very good. The beignets were okay. It is so hard to have beignets and not compare them to the oh-so-yummy Cafe Du Monde. The breakfast sandwich was average – the bacon was yum! Everything on the menu looks delicious – I will definitely visit again and try something new!

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There are three parts to the restaurant. The front area where you order your food along with some space for dining, the back area where the gift shop/flower shop is located, and the third part is another area of tables and chairs for dining. They also sell their plants, flowers, and other household products in house as well.

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If you live in Austin or  if you are planning to visit the area soon, you won’t regret adding this little gem to your list of places to eat.

“Life is not about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” – George Bernard Shaw 
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Summer Saturday: Barton Springs Pool

Austin, Barton Springs Pool, Blogger, Texas, Texas Water Holes, Travel

Looking for one of Austin’s finest swimming holes on a hot summer day? Then, Barton Springs Pool is your place!

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A little about Barton Springs...

Barton Springs is a swimming pool, located in Zilker Park, that is filled with water from nearby natural springs. The pool is well over three acres and about nine hundred feet long with an average temperature of 70 degrees year round.

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“Summa, Summa, Summa time…”

The plan was to arrive at Barton Springs at 10 am to beat the crowds and to get a good spot on the hill; however, that didn’t happen. I couldn’t quite let the bed go this morning. Instead, I made it around 11. The parking lots were already full, and it took a little time getting a park, but nothing too crazy. We managed to get a spot close. Parking is $5 flat rate (kinda steep, but whatever). Admission into the pool is $3 for residents and $8 for non-residents. There was a line for those who were paying with card at the kiosk out front. I would suggest having cash, as the cash line was much shorter and moved much quicker.

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Once inside there are hills on both sides of the pool to setup your stuff and relax. Most people bring towels and blankets to lay on, but I saw families with tents and cabanas which is not a bad idea. Food and alcohol are not allowed, but bags were not checked upon entering….so, break rules at your own risk. 🙂

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THE WATER!!!

The water is absolutely beautiful. You can see hints of blue and green which makes for a beautiful picture. HOWEVER, the water is extremely cold. It was so funny to watch the reaction of the swimmers getting in the pool. It definitely takes some “warming up” to the water before just diving in. Although, some were brave enough to get it over with and dive in. Being that I am not a swimmer, I took the steps into the water at a very slow pace. It was glacial cold. Once inside the pool, you get used to it!

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Barton Springs is definitely a place that you want to visit whether you live in Austin or you are visiting. With this Texas heat, you’ll be glad that you did!

  • Something to note: I suggest arriving as early as possible to avoid long lines. I left around 1:30 and the lines were insanely long. Long lines + heat don’t mix. Beat the heat AND the crowds and get there early.

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