310 E 5th St
Austin, TX 78701
A few months ago I officially joined the board of Austin Food Bloggers Alliance as their Social Chair. I’ve been a member of their organization since its inception and served in various committees every season so it felt like a good move! My main role is to organize monthly happy hours for our members and this past month’s happy hour was at the newly open and beautifully designed Stella San Jac, located in the also new Westin in downtown Austin. Stella San Jac’s space features an open kitchen and small subtle interior details that are reminiscent of parts of a guitar, aptly designed to accommodate the live music they host for their guests.
We sampled a good amount of their menu. As I listened to the members mingle and talk about their experience, I didn’t hear one complaint about either service or taste. My personal favorite bite was the beet chips which incidentally also happened to be the only bite I didn’t photograph. Oops! A close second was the buttery famous #16 Biscuits, named for how many iterations it took for the recipe to reach ultimate perfection. Another favorite, the deviled eggs, made with andouille sausage were unlike the average deveiled egg and I gobbled down three!
Stella San Jac was such a great host to our group. I walked away with a full and happy belly and plans to come back with my friends!
Chicken Johnny Cakes, $7
Pearl Cous Cous, oil cured tomato, feta, frisee; $11
Smoked Salmon Spread; with pickled onions and caperberries; $12
Deviled Eggs, $6
Chef setting up the tasty devils.
Slider versions of Stella Burger; white cheddar, bbq mayo, crispy onions, normally served with fries; burgers (not sliders) $13
Blueberry Sweet Bread French Toast
Stella Fusion Cocktail
They have a cocktail called Stella Fusion they infuse every day with new flavors. On this particular day they infused Dolce Vida Tequila with pineapple and jalapeÃ±os. It was a smooth cocktail and I wish it had more pineapple flavor.
To our delight, Chef Cerrie took the time to demo the making of his biscuits. Key ingredients were butter in the batter and a slathering of bacon fat as a finishing touch!
When I’m in a tall building, I like to ask if there’s an open roof I could check out to take some photos. General Manager David Dickinson kindly escorted me and dear friend South Austin Foodie to their rooftop pool where we peered at the traffic and I snapped a few photos. I love that golden glow of the sun!
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