Hustle for these Brussels Sprouts

07.03.2014 by: Leah McGarry
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Brussels sprouts are one of those foods that kids pretty much universally hate but adults have suddenly found cool again.  This trendy veggie has been popping up at restaurants all over town for the last few years and has become one of my favorites.  They are the perfect vessel for a variety of sauces and toppings, and of course they taste delicious fried.  So while most people have a list of their favorite burger joints or Mexican cantinas, today I bring you my list of favorite sprout spots.

Though they may not be considered a traditional appetizer, Eleven Plates and Wine in West Lake offers Brussels sprouts on their starter menu.  Whether you eat them before your meal or as a side, don’t miss out on these fried sprouts topped with lemon aioli.

Photo via Eleven Plates and Wine Facebook page

Uchi and Uchiko are known for tons of inventive Asian dishes, but who would have thought their unique take on Brussels sprouts would become so popular?  The dish is so well-liked that they even shared the recipe with Austin360.com a couple years ago.  Although the menu just lists crispy sprouts with lemon and chili, it requires both a chili and caramelized fish sauce (so be prepared to buy a lot of ingredients). 

  

Photo via Uchiko Facebook page

Try another Asian spin on Brussels sprouts at East Side King.  Their fried Brussels sprouts salad is topped with a sweet and spicy sauce, shredded cabbage, basil, cilantro, mint, onion, jalapeno and a deep fried bun.

      

Brussels sprouts salad from East Side King

Clark’s and Perlas both offer delicious wood-grilled Brussels sprouts to accompany their seafood dishes.  Amidst several heavier choices for sides, the grilled sprouts are also a relatively healthy choice. 

For true sprouts lovers, Salty Sow offers two options – a Brussels sprouts Caesar salad with candied almonds, dried cranberries and Caesar dressing, or crispy sprout leaves with golden raisins and Pecorino.    

          

Photo via Salty Sow Facebook page

Last, but certainly not least, Café Josie is a real standout for me.  Their Brussels sprouts are fried (of course - are you sensing a theme here?) and topped with rum-soaked cherries, candied pecans, and a Dijon rum glaze.  

Whether you’re a lover of sprouts or simply looking to expand your veggie horizons, don’t miss out on any of these top picks.  You might be mad at Belgium after our World Cup loss, but whatever you do, don’t take it out on the Brussels sprouts.  (I apologize to our readers for terrible World Cup humor.)

{Official websites: Eleven Plates and Wine, Uchi and Uchiko, East Side King, Clark's Oyster Bar, Perlas, Salty Sow, Cafe Josie}

TAGS : South Lamar/South First , Downtown , East Austin , Allandale/Rosedale/Brentwood , West Lake Hills , South Congress , Uchi , Uchiko , Perla's Seafood & Oyster Bar , Salty Sow , Clark's Oyster Bar , Cafe Josie , East Side King - South Lamar