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Checking out Cafe Blue Downtown

02.22.2017 by: Beth Stockwell Vanderkolk
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Seafood restaurant Cafe Blue just recently opened their second location in downtown Austin. Located near the convention center, Cafe Blue is a great spot for large group dinners, dates, cocktails at the bar, brunch, or even just happy hour on the patio. The spacious restaurant has a very classic seafood/steakhouse vibe, but it's important to remember that this is indeed a local business with great food and amazing service. We happened to visit during the Austin Marathon last weekend, and it looks like it was a great time to score a big table at the last minute!


Cafe Blue downtown

I was in a bit of a pickle- I needed a last minute brunch reservation for 10 people. Two of those people were elderly and one was a toddler, so I knew it needed to be a reserved table in a semi-quiet space, with a few distractions nearby. I was easily able to score a last minute reservation for a large table at Cafe Blue. We were seated right away, despite the fact that we arrived in 3 separate groups. They were so accommodating by seating us without making my grandparents wait. Another bonus goes to Cafe Blue for serving a full menu along with their brunch menu. Time got away from us, and by the time we were brunching it was around 1pm- some of us were thrilled to be able to order salads and sandwiches, while others had their eye on various egg dishes.

Upon walking to our table, we noticed a great selection of raw oysters and other shellfish being iced down at the raw bar. The oysters were calling our name, along with other seafood treats like Snow Crab Claws, Shrimp Cocktail, and Island Ceviche. If you're in an especially decadent mood, we suggest the Grand Seafood Tower, which is a combo of the previously mentioned dishes along with King Crab Legs and Jumbo Lump Crab Cocktail. We settled into our table and dug into the rest of the menu, thrilled to see so many options and surprised by the affordability. 


Raw and shellfish selection


Ambient lighting - great distraction for a toddler

After ordering various brunch cocktails (there's a great selection!), our group settled on a pretty wide variety of the brunch menu. The Berries and Cream French Toast was picture perfect. Other french toast options include Cap'n Crunch French Toast, Bananas Foster French Toast, and a classic version as well. There's an even wider variety when it comes to eggs benedict, including Eggs Benedict Arnold (sautéed blue crab cakes topped with poached eggs and Cajun shrimp and crawfish brandy cream sauce), Biscuit and Gravy Benedict, Beef Tenderloin Benedict, Smoked Salmon Benedict, Maine Lobster Benedict, and more! Other brunch favorites include Migas, Veggie Omelet, New Orleans Style BBQ Shrimp and Grits, or you can opt for the Smoked Tomato, Spinach and Goat Cheese Egg White Omelet if you're watching your figure.


Berries and Cream French Toast

If brunch isn't your thing, you're in luck. The rest of the menu is available, and the choices are seemingly endless. My sister enjoyed the Grilled Chicken Summer Salad- jerk marinated grilled chicken over mixed greens, red cabbage, carrots, feta cheese, candied pecans and dried cranberries, tossed in apple cider vinaigrette. I was raving about the Mahi Mahi Tacos I ordered- the chunks of mahi in the tacos were huge! The salsa was great. The salad that accompanied the tacos was so bright and light. It's a dish I'll definitely go back to order again. The Fried Oysters received mixed reviews, but probably just because it was a heavy option for midday.


Grilled Chicken Summer Salad


Mahi Mahi Tacos


Fried Oysters

With such a large group, it was a lengthy brunch. Our waitress was so accommodating and even took a moment to entertain our toddler. It's the little things that go a long way when it comes to service. While Cafe Blue might not be serving up the most innovative food or be the hippest spot in town, it's definitely a great place to keep in mind when you're looking for a solid experience, especially when you have a variety of ages in your group.

{Cafe Blue Official Website}

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