Odd Duck

Dated: October 8 2016

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Odd Duck

Odd Duck had been on my list of restaurants to try for months. I’d heard many great things about it, but long work hours led to many smoothies and quick meals on the run. I had not been able to accommodate a visit to my hungry moments...until this week.

I invited my daughter to join me for dinner, which ensured that I would stop to sit down and enjoy the meal.

The locale was quaint but modern, with dark décor and windows all around. We were seated at a high table at the front of the restaurant. Tables on the beautiful, plant-covered patio would have given us a view of the busy rush hour traffic on South Lamar, but I was content with the chosen seating arrangement.

We were presented with one-page menus on heavy cream paper and, to my vegetarian daughter's delight, were informed that there was a separate vegetarian menu as well. Each option, whether with or without meat, was bursting with unique flavor combinations. After a few minutes of consideration, we opted to share four appetizers for the opportunity to enjoy as many dishes as we could.

Wheat sourdough bread

First up was the native corn and wheat sourdough with house cultured butter. It had a solid crust and was soft and warm on the inside, full of flavor with or without the butter.

Watermelon on field pea hummus

It also went well with the second option—watermelon on field pea hummus with goat feta and pickles. Yes, watermelon! It added a fresh touch to the savory hummus. The pickles gave it enough kick to make you want another bite and the goat feta complemented the sweetness of it all. The sourdough bread helped keep all of the flavors in check so they    didn’t become overwhelming.

Spiced eggplant

Next, we were served their spiced eggplant with sunflower butter, marinated feta, olives and sweet pepper. My daughter and I weren’t big fans of the eggplant at first. I had tried it by itself because I like trying to figure out what spices might have been used. Cumin came to mind, but it was not easy to discern. A second bite of the eggplant combined with everything else proved Odd Duck’s delicious reputation is well deserved—it was a true symphony of flavors. 

Green tomato fritters

Lastly, we had green tomato fritters served with tzatziki (a Greek sauce that consists of diced cucumbers, plain yogurt, sour cream and salt), persimmons and herbs. These were my daughter’s favorite dish out of the four, and for good reason. The saltiness of the fritters along with the creaminess of the tzatziki and the colorful sweetness of the persimmon ended up being the winner of the evening.

Odd Duck, without a doubt, is odd. But it fits perfectly with the theme of "Keep Austin Weird" and it is a restaurant to frequent with local friends and out of town guests brave enough to try very original plates. The menu changes often since they use mostly local and fresh ingredients and the recipes are made with what's available for the season.

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This delightful establishment is located in the heart of 78704, one of Austin's most popular neighborhoods.

Real estate in this part of town is known for its unique structures and mixed development. To see what's happening, check out this link  for "just listed" properties. If there are any that pique your interest, call me at 512-577-5208 for more information and a private showing!

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Sonia Comisarenco

Sonia was born in Argentina and has lived in the US since 1980 and in Austin since 2001. Besides being fully bilingual (English-Spanish), Sonia has made it her mission to gain extensive familiarity wi....

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