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Neighborhood Eats at Chicon

06.03.2016 by: Travis Sandoval
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The team behind Contigo has replaced the shuttered Gardner with a new venture, the neighborhood-centric Chicon. Inspired by its location, the restaurant offers an eclectic mix of familiar dishes spun in creative ways.

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The Carrot Hummus served with raw veggies and crispy sweet potatoes.

While the plates are small and shareable, they vary in size so there’s no magic number to order per person. The menu even includes a To Share section with large dishes including a Grilled Half Chicken and a 36oz T-Bone. We started our visit by sharing a plate of the carrot hummus from the Bar Snacks menu. The texture isn’t as smooth as regular hummus but it’s a light and cooling appetizer, perfect for summer snacking. The dish is accompanied by fluffy buttery rolls that are instantly addictive.

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Delicious little falafels.

From the Small Plates menu, we moved onto the Sea Island Pea Falafel (featuring vadouvan-carrot puree, cucumber, butter lettuce, and camp bread) and the Goat & Gnocchi (featuring parmesan, black pepper, and tomato broth). Both dishes are on the smaller size but surprisingly filling. The falafel is served with camp bread, like a slightly sweet pita, perfect for scooping up any sauce. In fact, it’s a nice pairing with the gnocchi as well.

From the Main section, we ordered the Striped Bass, served on a bed of corn and shaved zucchini, and topped with fermented green chili and coriander.

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Our heartiest dish was the delightful Striped Sea Bass.

As a neighborhood spot, Chicon is the kind of casual place you can stop into for dinner once a week. The dining room is bright and inviting. Echoing the ranch-style aesthetic of its sister restaurant, Chicon features lots of natural wood, leather, and terracotta throughout. Mexican blankets cozy up the dining booths.

With a creative mix of modern cuisine and Texas chic, Chicon is a perfect example of Austin coolness. 

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