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Tasting Austin: Lambert’s

July 21, 2009

A few nights back, we stopped at Lambert’s with Rachel and Logan for some snacks and drinks. I’ve never actually been to Lambert’s for a full dinner, and after such a lovely time sitting at the bar, I’m not sure there’s a need to!

We had several drinks…

lamberts-drinks

I tried a Raspberry Mule (left), made with Sapphire, mint, ginger beer, raspberries, and lime. Very light and refreshing. Justin had the Sazerac (center), made with rye whiskey, Herbsaint, and Peychaud Bitters. Logan and Rachel sipped on Mint Juleps (right), with Woodford Reserve, mint syrup, and fresh mint.

We also tried a mango cocktail special, which was good, but not as lovely as the more basic cocktails we tried first.

lamberts-mango-cocktail

The snacks were unbelievable… I’m anxious to go back soon to enjoy them again.

Our least favorite was the crab-stuffed artichoke. The salad of crab, tomatoes, green beans and corn was bright and lemony, and you really can’t go wrong dipping artichoke leaves in butter, but we did somehow crunch into a few lemon seeds, which was NOT a pleasant surprise. Also disappointing was finding the fuzzy choke still attached… not too difficult to remove, but it would have been nice to have it removed for us. (Is that too picky?) :)

lamberts-artichoke

The grilled sardines were another daily special. These were so delicate and flavorful. I followed Logan’s lead in filleting the tiny fish and removing any larger bones before gobbling them up.

lamberts-sardines

The Achiote Seared Chickpeas were incredibly good. They were mixed with roasted tomatoes, grilled onions and goat cheese,  and served up with grilled pita. The flavors were so complex and nicely melded… I’d go back just for a plate of these chickpeas.

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But by far our favorite dish was the Spicy Deviled Eggs. These babies were sprinkled with smoked paprika and American caviar, and were served with a super spicy pickle salad. Perfection.

lamberts-eggs

I’d highly recommend hopping up on one of Lambert’s barstools and letting the bartenders take care of you for an evening. There are plenty of interesting and tasty dishes to keep you busy in between drinks, and you don’t even have to order barbecue. I know we’ll be back soon.

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3 Discussion to this post
  1. Jodi says:

    Those achiote seared chickpeas are awesome. I also love just ordering their BBQ sides. Yum! That artichoke does look very strange.

  2. Mmmm… booze and snacks… need more… I actually forgot about those sardines. I really enjoyed them. I’m gonna have to shop around for some fresh ones and have kitchen play time. Know anyone who might want to be a guinea pig?

  3. Crystal says:

    Oooh, oooh, oooh, me me me me me!! :)

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