The Beer Plant is one of my very top restaurants to eat at and I will take any excuse to pay a visit. I was so excited a few weeks ago to finally have my daughter try Austin’s “first vegan gastropub,” because it’s really one of my favorites! They do an amazing job of putting together all the vegan dishes so that even meat-eaters have to say it’s delicious. Since my daughter is vegetarian, she also appreciated the chance to try all the vegan delights here.
We arrived around 7 pm on a Saturday and the place was packed with an hour-long wait, but we were too impatient for that and decided to sit outside. However it was a whopping 104 degrees that day, so we were gulping down ice water the entire time!!
Starting off our meal, we picked the buffalo cauliflower wings and Ploughman’s Plate for appetizers. The cauliflower wings were fried so I only had a small bite, but my daughter was crazy about them! They were crispy and covered with the spicy and tangy buffalo sauce, and came with a vegan bleu cheese dip that tasted rich just like the non-vegan one, but was lighter. The Ploughman’s Plate was an assortment of cheeses and toppings for whole wheat sourdough. The cheeses are all made in house and paired well with the tomato chutney. I also liked the pickled vegetables, but my daughter preferred just the bread with the house-made cultured butter. I was happy to let her polish off the cauliflower wings while I helped myself to the cheese plate.
For our main course my daughter ordered the Blacksmith Burger with fries and I picked the Tuscan sandwich with a side salad. My daughter said the burger was great—chewy with the grains in the patty, smoky flavor, plus she loved the caramelized onions. It also had tomato, pickles, house-made cashew cheddar spread and mayo, which she said had subtle flavors and were not overpowering. And she really loves fries, so she enjoyed those with the unique house-made ketchup too. My sandwich came with grilled zucchini, red onion, Portobello, and red pepper, with cashew spread and basil sunflower seed pesto, plus fresh avocado, spinach, and tomato on top. The grilled vegetables were cooked to perfection and lightly seasoned, and the gluten free bread was soft and toasted just right. The basil sunflower seed pesto was probably my favorite touch, it was nutty and herb-y and enhanced the sandwich overall.
Lastly, we could not forget dessert! I try not to have too many sweets, but I love dessert and my daughter inherited my sweet tooth. We decided to share both the carrot cake and the ice cream sundae. The carrot cake was soft and perfectly moist, and the frosting was rich and not too dense. The ice cream was coconut-milk based and lighter than non-vegan ice cream, but still full of vanilla flavor paired perfectly with the chocolate syrup. The whiskey caramel sauce and smoked pecans were a unique twist, and since my daughter doesn’t like Maraschino cherries I got to have the cherry on top.
To get to the Beer Plant, it’s a straight shot west on Windsor from Mopac, passing through the nice green areas of West Austin. This nature-filled area is perfect for those who want a home in a calmer part of the city, so check out the new listings in the area HEREand call me at 512.577.5208 for an appointment to go see them.
Sonia Comisarenco ~ REALTOR®~ Team Price Real Estate
Marcela was born in Argentina and has lived in the US since 1993 and in Austin since 2004. She is versatile and multifaceted - being fully bilingual (English-Spanish) and possessing extensive experience with national and international clients. Since becoming a Realtor in 2008, Marcela has been successfully representing sellers, buyers, tenants and landlords.
Before becoming a Realtor, Marcela was an Early Childhood Educator and Administrator (M.Ed.) for nine years, followed by her work for over ten years in the non-profit sector as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). There, Marcela worked with children, families, and couples. It's this training and experience as an educator and family therapist that are instrumental in making Marcela unique in her role as a real estate consultant.
Marcela believes that most real estate transactions are the result of a life transition, whether it's marriage, divorce, empty nest, a new job, or a new child. Marcela's comprehensive experience and training in the fields of education and mental health allow her to provide a unique holistic approach to her business - to the tremendous benefit of her clients. Marcela is passionate about her role as a real estate agent and consultant, and she is known for having her clients' best interests in mind at all times. It's no mystery why 95% of her business is referral-based.
For any questions regarding real estate, referrals to other providers call Marcela at (512) 300-7406 or email her at Marcela@TheAmericasProperties.com"
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"My husband & I decided to move out-of-state , due to a job relocation, so we had to sell our house quickly, because I didn't want to stay behind with the house and kids, while he moved ahead. I knew of Marcela through a mutual friend , so I thought we would start there because I remembered getting a good viber from her and how warm and friendly she was. In past experiences, my husband and I had dealt with many egos in the real estate business and people we didn't trust or those that didn't come through for us in the end, but we didn't have that experience with Marcela. She was WONDERFUL from start to finish. She was prompt, honest, direct, & hard working. You always knew what was going on and she was very good about calling you back, no matter how many times a day we called. I was having a hard time with the move at one point & all the stresses that come along with moving/selling your home, but she instantly put me at ease and listened to my concerns, like a friend would do. I would forget at times that she was my agent because she was so concerned about us being happy/satisfied and getting what we wanted (even if she didn't agree with us 100% of the time). My husband is more of a skeptic than I am and trusts NO ONE, but he was happy with Marcela too and how she addressed any issues he had. If we ever move back to Texas (I'm hoping to one day in years to come), we will DEFINITELY be looking up Marcela again. She will work hard for you whether your house is worth $150,000 or $1,000,000. I'm thankful to have had an agent like Marcela!"