DESTINATIONS, Restaurants & Bars, Road Trips, TRAVEL, United States

Austin’s Cover 3

From the Austin Chronicle
From the Austin Chronicle


Next on my South Texas Ramble was Austin. Now there are lots of reasons to go to Austin, but this time my primary objective was spending time with one of my favorite cousins.  However, while I was there, she was busy.  She’s an Altrusan and they had a fund raiser that evening.  Being a long time fan of Altrusa International, I was thrilled to participate.  The event was sort of a happy hour at Cover 3, an Austin hotspot.

We were able to visit with my cousin for a little while before she scurried away to set things up.  We arrived later with her husband.  Let me tell you, Cover 3 is very popular.  It was early on a Tuesday night, but you’d have thought we arrived at 7:30 on a Saturday evening.

It’s a Busy Place

Cover 3 is a sports bar and restaurant.  The buzz was roaring when we arrived and the big screens were beaming action into the crowd.  We asked after the Altrusans and were directed upstairs.  WOW – how do you spell success?  Every available couch and chair was full and making out way through the crowd was a challenge.  In one corner folks were chatting up The Daytripper  and in the other they were checking out the raffle baskets.  We dutifully bought a handful of raffle tickets and looked for a place to have some dinner.  My cousin had worried the proceeds of the event wouldn’t cover the minimum for booking the space.  I think her worries were groundless.  We gave up and found a table downstairs.

I’ve recently become a South Beach Dieter and this vacation was a trial run of what life is like on the diet.  I quickly noticed the things I can eat are usually on the more expensive parts of the menu, but they’re also among the most delicious.  Hubby had shrimp tacos and my cousin’s husband a burger.  I ordered Sauteed Gulf Snapper with Fresh Blue Crab.  Everyone else was very happy with their choices, but I’ve got to tell you, I was BEYOND happy.  If this is dieting, then I can live with it.  Since the menu didn’t say anything about the huge mound of mashed potatoes which would accompany my entree, I didn’t know I needed to select another side, but Bill was thrilled to clean those non-SBD potatoes off my dish and the huge entree completely satisfied any vestige of hunger I might have developed.  I confess, I was jealous of the beers they were drinking, but I was a good girl and stuck with my water.

After the meal, we made our way back upstairs for the big finale, the raffling of the baskets.  Everyone who won was happy with their haul, but I was not among the winners.  We made our way to my cousin’s home and visited a little more before hitting the sack.  It was a lot colder when we woke up the next morning.  The Polar Express was on its way.

Come by next week and I’ll tell you about an amazing place to have breakfast in Austin.

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