Thursday, April 3, 2008

Shady Grove on Barton Springs Road in Austin

I'm not completely sure of the history of this restaurant but I think it was once a clubhouse, store or office for the Shady Grove Trailer Park when it was in its prime. As of this week the trailer park is officially gone and soon to be replaced by high dollar condominiums but Shady Grove, the restaurant and beer joint, lives on. They have a large outdoor seating area and plenty of tables and chairs inside as well. Live music is a summertime weekly event with free shows sponsored by a local radio station and the food is pretty good with healthy menu choices available for those who care. I particularly like the "Hippie Chick" vegetarian burger although I can't remember what it is composed of. Mostly I just come for the beer and ambiance. It's located just down the street from where they hold the Austin City Limits Festival in Zilker Park every year and they have a real parking lot that holds plenty of cars, a real rarity in many parts of Austin. They are part of what could be considered a restaurant row along with a half dozen or so other eating establishment within walking distance, but for my money they are one of the best. It's basically American fare with friendly and helpful waitstaff and the trees are huge which explains the Shady Grove moniker. It's a pecan grove and it's shady, makes sense doesn't it?

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