Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Checking things off my "Texas Bucket List" one food at a time...

When we lived outside of Chicago last year, one of the things that I really, really wanted to do was go to one of the old original Mcdonalds that was nearby. We drove by once, but were rushing to get somewhere else so we couldn't stop, and to this day I still feel sad about it. (but..I did just google it and apparently the original was demolished and what stands there now is a replica, but still..it looks cool!) Not that we didn't eat well when we lived there..I mean, we spent a lot of time at Portillos ;) But when we moved here we decided that we definitely wanted to make more of an effort to try different places and eat the best foods in this area. I have a big chalkboard on the wall in our living room where I wrote down our "Texas Bucket List." And not surprisingly, it contains mostly restaurants and foods I want to try, haha. 

It wasn't totally planned, but this past Saturday I got to check off two places on my list!  I don't think I've mentioned it here before, but not only did my sister move here about two months after we did, but then my Mom relocated to Austin for work too. So Texas is becoming a little family affair of sorts! She's a bit of a hike from us so we don't get out too often, but over the weekend we drove to visit her. She just recently had a surgery so we wanted to check in and take her to dinner. 

On the drive out to Austin we stopped in Round Rock to pick up some of the famous "Round Rock Donuts." I recently saw this place on an old episode of Man vs. Food (fast forward video to 1:22) and was like, OMG THAT IS RIGHT NEAR MY MOM'S!! It was no more than a 5-minute detour so it worked out perfectly. Apparently it was named by Food Network as one of the top five donut bakeries in the country. And according to Adam Richman, "Texas has some of the richest donut traditions in the country!" It kind of makes sense now...we were so confused for a while why all we could find for breakfast were donuts or breakfast tacos, haha. 

There were really long lines both inside and outside, so I had John just drop me off at the front so I could run inside while he parked down the block. 

I know the quality of this is horrible. It was through the glass, and I was trying to take a picture really fast because I felt like a total weirdo in there alone taking pictures of everything. I always try to tell myself in these situations "Morgan you will never see these people again, who cares!" but I still feel awkward sometimes. Like is everyone thinking, "who is this girl? has she never seen a donut before?" Haha. Anyways, this here is the "Texas Donut". It weighs 2 pounds! Basically equivalent to a dozen donuts!

I decided for three people, a half dozen would probably be enough...so I chose 2 of the original "round rock", 2 iced with sprinkles, 1 blueberry cake and 1 apple cake. I ate the chocolate with sprinkles and the apple cake. I hate that the pictures don't do them any justice, but they were kind of smashed in the box, and then I ran down the block so I don't think that helped, haha. But I have to say, it was well worth the drive! (and the 20 minute wait in line) I will probably make it a permanent stop any time I drive to Austin now.

Then later on we went to Rudy's Barbecue for dinner. It isn't exclusive to Austin or anything, there's a ton of them. There's actually one near our apartment, and I've heard the best things about it so that's really why it was on the list. But when we found out there was one near my Mom's place, it gave us the perfect opportunity to try it out.

I think they originally started out as gas stations and then the barbecue came later on. (when I say "I think" I mean that that's what the website says) 

They made a big deal about it when we said none of us had been there before. They brought out samples of all the meats for us to try before we ordered.

We got two kinds of brisket, potato salad, cole slaw, creamed corn, and A&W Root Beers to drink ;) Then they threw in half a loaf of the softest white bread I've ever tasted.

I made mine brisket tacos haha. The sauce was amazing! I think it might be Johns new favorite, and he is the BBQ sauce king. He'll literally put it on ANYTHING..(like spaghetti..lol) So I was really surprised that he didn't go home with a bottle. But I'm sure there will be a next time  ;)

I LOVED the creamed corn. Pretty much tasted like candy to be honest, haha.

So now we just have about a million other places to check off ;) Anyone have any other recommendations, holler!



  1. ummmmmmmmm why am I not in Texas rn? 1st I LOVE donuts and I need that 2 pound one like this second. 2nd, I feel the SAME way taking pictures of stuff in public. I always feel like people will think i;m some freak and hate me haha 3rd that BBQ looks so good. putting "texas donuts" on my bucket list this second!
    xo, Candace | Lovely Little Rants

    1. I think if I go back again I have to get the 2 pounder just to say that I did. I really think it would only take me a day or two to finish it, haha. It is so weird taking pictures in public..when I see people I totally make fun of them in my head so I KNOW they are doing it to me too.

  2. I might have to check these out on our way to Padre in August! Any other good places in San Antonio/Austin?

    1. I have no idea! Hahaha! We've only been in Texas about 7 months and to Austin maybe 3 times..I wish I knew more! But JEALOUS! When are you going??

  3. First of all, DONUTS! <3
    Also I've heard so much about Texas BBQ, I'm super eager to try it some day.

    1. It is soooo good! I am completely obsessed with donuts right now. And I swear it's like 75% of my instagram feed so I don't think I'm alone haha ;)

  4. okay soooo NOW i'm starving, and of course i love this post! texas does food so right :)

    xo welltraveledwife.com

    1. They really do! We're from up north (MI) so everything here is so new to us, we love it! Please, please, please document all of your food travels from Europe!! ;)


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