Wait, this is Austin, Texas. And yes, you can (almost daily it seems).
This trip – to the new Boiler Nine Bar + Grill. It’s tucked inside the Seaholm development, just south of Trader Joe’s on the shared plaza. There’s easier access along Walter Seaholm Drive. I had heard hubbub among local foodies that this was an anticipated (although delayed) opening because of executive chief Jason Stude (Second Bar + Kitchen).
BOILDER NINE BAR + GRILL
800 W Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78701
Boiler Nine has three unique levels: a rooftop casual bar, a basement cocktail lounge and a main dining area on level one. We chose level one for a dinner around 6:30 on a Wednesday evening. I wouldn’t call the space small or intimate but it was definitely smaller than I had expected. The total seating in this area seemed likely to max out at about 50 including the bar.
Keeping with the fire theme, the menu boasted some interesting options. It was a limited menu but interesting nonetheless with a total of 19 offerings (starters, small plates, large plates). I chose to skip any of the three starters and head to the main course. The Akaushi Sirloin was right on the money. It was very tender and carried a lot of flavor as you would expect from Akaushi meat. The presentation was stunning. The carrot mousse was visually vibrant and excellent tasting.
I rarely order a dessert but after seeing the presentation of the main course, I couldn’t resist. We sampled two: the chocolate cake and the peanut butter/ch0colate bark. The latter was sinfully delicious even if only two bits per slice (two pieces in the small serving). I found the cake on the other hand to be overly dry.
FOOD – GOOD+ My only slight disappointment was the dry cake.
COCKTAILS – I chose a nice glass of Pinot which was very good
LOCATION – Great for downtown; Open, lots of light but yet some darker private areas
PATIO – Not open for guests (during my visit; although it was a scorching 100 degree day).
SERVICE – Good
As is often the case, first days and weeks of restaurant openings are all about finding the right rhythm of food and service. This a definitely a good experience and Boiler Nine will get more visits from me.
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