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06.17.2016 by: Beth Stockwell Vanderkolk
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Every once in a blue moon, you stumble upon a place that's so perfect, so enchanting, and so Instagram-ready that you never want to leave. In Clarksville, Josephine House is that place. It's the sister restaurant to Austin fine dining institution, Jeffrey's, and it's located directly next door in the most adorable blue and white cottage. The patio features cozy nooks, hanging string lights, and beautiful marble tables. Inside, you'll find a small bar with stools, as well as tables. There's also a white marble bar inside that features the day's baked goods and assorted desserts and salads. If the weather's nice, score a spot at the picnic table on the front lawn- it's a great space to catch some sun, let your kids play, or just people watch while you drink and dine.

A romantic date is what most recently brought me to Josephine House, my husband knowing I'd love to spend an hour or two relaxing on the outdoor patio. We were seated at one of the patio nooks as waters and menus appeared before us. There's a full bar and a great wine list, so deciding what to drink took some time! I opted for the Two Birds, a "healthy" cocktail of Tapatio 110 tequila blanco, Josephine House green juice, prosecco, honey grenadine. Over the course of dinner, I'd order two more- so delicious! My husband got the Paloma, a classic drink made with Tapatio Tequila blanco, grapefuit, lime, Topo Chico, and salt; another great drink choice. They also carry a great selection of rose and white wine, for the hot summer nights when liquor sounds a little too intense.

Menu and water at Josephine House

Drink menu

The enchanting patio with the Two Birds and Paloma cocktails, a few sips missing :)

The menu at Josephine House is just as perfect and refined as you'd expect- a great variety of light to hearty dishes with delicate ingredients perfectly integrated together. If you're here just looking for snacks, we recommend the cheese or charcuterie plates. We opted to try the Josephine House Favorites, which include the Josephine House Burger and the Josephine House Rice Bowl.

The burger, which clocks in at $18 (yes, $18), comes with Grafton cheddar cheese, harissa aïoli, and grilled red onion, on a house-made bun served alongside perfect frites (read: french fries). It may be easy to balk at the price, but keep in mind that you're not just paying for a stellar burger, you're paying for the luxury of sitting in a gorgeous garden under twinkling string lights. The burger was cooked perfectly and the portion was massive- it's easy enough to split between two people.

The healthier option was the rice bowl, which comes with heirloom rice, poached farm egg, harissa roasted local vegetables,avocado, arugula and salsa verde for $20. You can also add shrimp, steak, or grilled chicken for an additional cost. The poached egg was suffice for me, so I opted out of adding additional protein. While I wouldn't describe this dish as decadent or rich, it was an awesome healthy option that left me feeling satiated but not tired.

Josephine House Burger

Josephine House Rice Bowl

As evidenced by the photo below, after dinner we spent plenty of time drinking and enjoying the scenery. But we couldn't leave without dessert. The dessert special pictured below was a chocolate graham marshmallow play on the classic s'mores dessert. It was potentially one of the best desserts I've tasted in my life. I'm hoping they add it to the menu permanently!


Josephine House is a lovely spot for any meal, with anyone. So whether you're looking to do drinks and snacks with the girls, brunch with your mother-in-law, or a romantic dinner with your partner, Josephine House has everything you could possible want or need.

{Josephine House official website}

TAGS : Clarksville/North Lamar , Josephine House