As we searched for restaurants in the Austin, Texas area, one place kept popping up. On both Trip Advisor and Yelp, our two go-to apps we use while traveling, Jobell Cafe and Bistro had wonderful reviews from both locals and visitors alike. Located just outside Austin in a town called Wimberley, we pulled up to the rustic looking building , tucked away among the trees and we knew we were in for a wonderful experience.
The restaurant looks like a converted residence, complete with a stone picturesque fireplace, exposed wood and country-like décor, I felt like the atmosphere was comforting and inviting. I really felt like I was in someone’s home.
The very first thing that caught my eye on the lunch menu was the Shaved Brussels, the very thing I love to make at home. I would normally never order anything at a restaurant that I can simply make at home, but then again, there is nothing better than seeing how other people prepare your favorite food.
The Shaved Brussels Sprouts normally are served with bacon, but the kitchen was happy to leave the bacon off for us. Served with parmesan and a balsamic reduction, I instantly fell in love. I could have easily eaten another 5 orders and not gotten bored. But there were other things we wanted to try on the menu, so we moved on.
Mr. Beet had the Fish Sandwich special with mango slaw. The white fish was prepared perfectly and the mango slaw was a nice compliment. Choices for the sandwiches are either mixed greens or a fruit cup.
I had the Caprese Sandwich – mozzarella, tomato, roasted red peppers and basil pesto on a pressed baguette. Both sandwiches were served with a side of mixed greens and we opted to split an extra order of hand cut fries.
Rounding out my meal was a glass of Hibiscus Tea, another one of my favorites. However, feel free to order beer for the kitchen, a wonderful way to thank the staff that prepares your wonderful lunch. I just love when restaurants have that on the menu, it is such a nice gesture to show appreciation for those who are usually under appreciated.
We loved the Jobell Cafe and Bistro and cannot wait to visit again on our next trip to Austin. They have a separate menu for lunch and dinner. While lunch is lighter with salads and sandwiches, dinner consists of more rustic meals like mushroom and shrimp risotto, lobster and sun-dried linguini and butternut pappardelle. On Sundays Jobell offers brunch with a variety of quiches, waffles, crepes and benedicts. The restaurant also uses local resources whenever possible and promotes local love. An easy 5 out of 5 sprouts from this Beet.