Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill, Austin, TX
I had the pleasure of finding this unique restaurant for my best friend’s bridal luncheon. The luncheon took place in Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill’s Sunday House. The room had a rustic, home comfort and antique feel – this was not a coincedence as this room and building is the last standing Sunday House in Austin. Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill was established in 2003, but the history of this building where the restaurant resides dates back to 1852. A lot of changes were made throughout the years, but the cedar posts, limestone walls, ceiling and interior beams are original – pretty remarkable. Along with the Sunday House, the Carriage House is also original and is now part of Moonshine’s House Bar. This restaurant holds a lot of history and is a true treasure in Austin. Since 2009, Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill has won several awards in the Austin Chronicle Reader’s Poll for: Best American, Best Sunday Brunch, Reader’s Favorite and more. Needless to say – an Austin local fan favorite and now a Dessert Tour favorite.
Along with its classic, American building, Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill serves updated, classic American comfort food with bountiful beverages. The food fits the ambience – everything about this restaurant is breathtaking and worth a visit to enjoy a good home cooked meal, (by a chef not your mom). That includes dessert. Yes, even their desserts are amazing and reflects the menu and home comfort feeling. Their dessert menu includes: White Chocolate Bread Pudding with a Bourbon Sauce, a Signature Skillet Apple Pie, Peanut Butter Mousse Pie (which was recently featured on Food Network’s TV Show Burgers Brew & ‘Que), and the heavenly dessert that is featured on the Dessert Tour, Campfire S’mores Brownie.
Campfire S’mores Brownie: 9/10
This dessert is served family style in a skillet with a beautiful presentation that captivates all the guests and senses in the room. Graham cracker crumbs sit on the bottom of the skillet with the addition of graham cracker chunks surrounding the chocolate brownie with a “Everything’s Bigger In Texas” toasted marshmallow on top. Everything is served warm – probably fresh out of the even. The brownie is dense, fudgey, rich and quite exquisite. The chunks of toasted marshmallows are fluffy and help lighten the dessert, but overall it is still a rich and decadent dessert with no complaints. The chunks of graham cracker gives the dessert its classic touch and adds a crunchy contrast of texture to the sweet toasted marshmallow that melts blissfully throughout the plate. This has all the components of everyone’s favorite campfire dessert just executed in a more playful, home cooked way.