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From NY to Austin With Two Hands

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From NY to Austin With Two Hands

We are excited to kick off our #HeaterEats series with Two Hands on South Congress. This Australian-inspired restaurant from New York opened on Music Lane in 2020 – their first-ever location outside of NY. The ambiance is bright and airy, and elevated, yet comfortable dining experience. We came in on a Sunday morning and were excited to dive into their brunch menu.

When you stroll in, you’ll see they have a walk-up coffee window and gorgeous patio seating under the oak trees. The fresh and nutritious menu is paired well with their incredible coffee – influenced by the cafes in the owner, Henry Roberts, the hometown of Sydney, Australia.

Henry opened the first Two Hands in NYC’s Nolita neighborhood in the summer of 2014. His passion for fresh ingredients and a farm-to-table lifestyle shows. He and his wife Tara own a farm in New York’s Hudson Valley where they raise sheep, cattle, and pigs. The pork and beef used at Two Hands are sourced from their farm when available.

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Every item we ordered was off the charts delicious, with flavors that took us around the world. The Two Hands seasonal scramble with eggplant and tomato kasundi on sourdough brought us to India. Next, we had the lamb torta with the carnitas-style Texas lamb shoulder with blackened jalapeño salsa. I was impressed with how well they pulled off both of these very different dishes.

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It wouldn’t be an Australian-inspired cafe without avocado toast! Choose between the smashed avo with pickled shallots and Fresno chiles or the summer tomato with prosciutto, green and cherry tomatoes with a poached egg.

If you’re in the mood for a healthy yet satiating brunch bowl, opt for the chicken bowl with pulled chicken, pickled jicama, sweet potato, and avocado. The jerk seasoning and fresh basil pesto really set this off.

For our breakfast lovers, I’d recommend the lemon poppyseed waffle with vanilla mascarpone, a truly decadent treat. Paired alongside their wagyu steak and eggs, served with a hash brown and winter green salad, you’ll be covered on both the sweet and savory ends.

I love that their menu covers so many bases. Even if everyone at your table is in the mood for something different – healthy, hearty, fresh, savory, or sweet – there really is something for everyone. This is not your average breakfast diner experience.

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Two Hands is the perfect place to pop by for a quick coffee or a meal after shopping at the many nearby boutiques and upscale retail stores. Don’t just come for the food and coffee – the cocktails were also notable enough for this to be the next happy hour hotspot.

Don’t think twice about stopping in at Two Hands the next time you’re on SoCo! Big thanks to Tara, Allan, and the whole team for having us. We look forward to our next visit!

Check out Two Hands ATX at their WEBSITE

Kahala Castillo

Kahala Castillo

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