The Best Salad Ever.
Antonia and I heard great things about Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill, which is near the convention. We tried going there on a previous day, but it was super packed. The day we went was also pretty full, but we were determined to try it. I’m so glad we did…it was the best meal I’ve had in Austin!
Side of Moonshine..you HAVE to go!
The ambiance was rustic, ranch-style but not cheesy. Water came in mason jars, really cute! I was instantly in love with the place. They pay close attention to detail! Instead of a basket of chips or bread, we got a pail of buttered popcorn. Super adorable. OK. So it sounds like I fall for anything gimmicky. :X
Popcorn in a pail!
To start off, Antonia and I shared shrimp corn dogs. Yes, you heard that right, SHRIMP corn dogs. Instead of a hot dog, you get a big piece of shrimp dipped in cornmeal batter with a side of mustard blueberry sauce. There wasn’t really a lot of blueberry in the sauce, just a small drizzle of it. It was delicious. Never had such a thing….and loved it.
Shrimp corn dogs with mustard blueberry sauce
I ordered cornflake chicken salad. I am drooling just thinking about it. It was soooo good and huge enough to feed both of us. The chicken was moist and tender. The coating a perfect texture of cornflake and seasoning – not too thick, just right. There were about 5 pieces of chicken sitting on a bed of mixed greens..all drizzled with a thousand island-like dressing. I was turned off by the cheddar cheese sprinkled on top, but I didn’t care. My mouth was accepting it and loving every bite of the salad. Sooooo good.
Cornflake chicken salad
I barely finished the salad, but was so tempted by every single dessert on the menu. Skillet apple pie with maple ice cream (quoted “It’s big!” I’m not doubting it at all), peanut butter mousse pie, buttermilk coconut pie…….. We saw a table next to us with a party of 4 sharing a red velvet cake. They were sharing one slice and they each STILL had a huge piece! Antonia and I knew instantly, we wouldn’t have enough room for any of the desserts.
The list of desserts we said no to…
And with our tummies filled, we went to the last keynote of the festival, Jane McGonigal’s…..