Of course Eddie V's will always hold a special place in my heart. I worked there as a hostess for three years and later became a manager; I loved every minute of both positions. Because of Eddie V's and its location, I met Brent. Because I met Brent, I left Eddie V's (it's hard to date someone not in the restaurant industry.. odd hours). It's also where Brent proposed, with my black pearl ring in an oyster shell, very appropriate. Though, for the record, I never wanted to be proposed to in a restaurant and he knew that, but it made sense because I was mostly surprised and it was the reason we met, so I forgave him. Besides, he also proposed on 8-8-08 and you know this future L-L-L loved the connotations of that!
Anyways, I've been missing this place since I stopped eating non-local meat when the other day I had a revelation. Duh, they serve Texas Gulf shrimp, oysters, and I believe Gulf Snapper as well. So the next day we headed over for their awesome Happy Hour to chow down on some good grub.
Lance, one of my favorite bartenders, greeted us with his fantastic smile then we quickly got down to business, food! Brent ordered the Caesar salad and I was stung with a pang of jealousy. I love their Caesar salad; in my opinion it is one of the best in Austin but I can't eat it because of the anchovies. (Fist shaking in the air) Blast my need to try to help the Earth. Sometimes it's hard to try to eat within my circumference of local. Anyways, as you can see, the salad looked delicious and Brent made an annoying "Mmmm" sound with most every bite.
The broiled oysters (pictured up top of the post) were amazing. I love that they come out hot, hot , hot and it's hard to hold myself back until the creamy cheese and spinach cool down enough not to melt my face off. Needless to say, it met my expectations and at half price nobody in town can beat it! The salt and pepper shrimp aren't my favorite but they're good. Nobody can out do the Salt and Pepper Shrimp at T&S Seafood on North Lamar. That is where all the chef's go to get their fill of some of the best tasting, spicy shrimp in town. It's awesome. Back to Eddie V's, so the shrimp, it's ok but if you've had T&S, it's hard not to compare.
The goat cheese salad is superb. The warm sauteed mushrooms and melty goat cheese mixed with their dressing is hard to beat. I'm under no delusion that this is a healthy salad, but it's flavorful and warm and perfect for winter. Overall it was a great experience and it's always good to see some of my friends that are still there.
I highly recommend a visit, Eddie V's has Happy Hour in the lounge all night Sunday and Monday and 4:30-7:00 Tue-Sat, if memory serves me correctly. It's half off select appetizers and $1 off all drinks. Also, people think of Eddie V's solely as a seafood place but it also has some of the best steaks in town! The carpet bag 8 ounce fillet calls my name, but since the sultry steak is from Chicago, it's a no-go for me now. If you eat one, please write me, and let me live vicariously through you!