Summer has begun and every year I get nostalgic for my school days where I actually had long lazy stretches of vacation from school. Â Now a working adult with limited paid time off, I make do with my weekends. A great way to indulge in Texas summers is to take day trips. Last Saturday, my friends and I drove an hour and a half to Pedernales Falls State Park to hike and be outside. We had one of those days that felt deliciously idyllic. We hiked and snacked and enjoyed the sights of the state park (8 dollars per person), and then had lunch close by at Stanley’sÂ Farmhouse Pizza, which is convenientlyÂ adjacentÂ to Jester King Brewery. Â We gobbled up two pizzas between us three girls and enjoyed Jester King’s unique sour beers while people watching.
Beer, pizza, and a good sweaty hike among the wildflowers? Doesn’t that sound like a perfect summer afternoon in Texas?
It’s such a treat when you can see restaurants make your food right in front of you.
We ordered the Dexter (red sauce, New Jersey Pepperoni, Italian sausage, fresh mozzarella, caramelized onions, Calabria Chilies; $14.50) and the Penelope (red sauce, smoked speck, fresh mozzarella, arugula, tomatoes, cracked salt & pepper, extra-virgin olive oil; $13.75). The meaty spicy tones of the Dexter complemented the light and fresh toppings of the Penelope well. We ate it all and admittedly there were a few burps.
What? Beers and pizza would do that to anyone!
We drove home after we had our fill of basking in the sun over our beers, all took naps, and then met up again to enjoy Austin’s live music scene. I will always cherish full summer days like these.
Stanley’s Farmhouse Pizza
13187 Fitzhugh Rd
Austin, TX 78736
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