Contigo (Part 2) - Austin, TX
I've been to Contigo before and was excited to try it again, this time with a little less food in my belly from a weekend food feast. Contigo was fantastic and delivered great food just like before. You must try Contigo, especially on a nice day out. They have a huge patio - part of which is dog friendly. There's also plenty of parking.
Started out by sharing the white bean dip with my dinner friend. The dip was served warm with toasty, crunchy slices of bread. The bean dip should be mixed well together to truly bring out all the flavors of the fresh beans and olive oil. The warmness of the dip is what did it for me. It was comforting on top of being tasty.
The ox tongue sliders have to be my favorite on the menu. I know I've only been here twice, but Contigo will continue to be a place I come back to time and time again and these sliders will always be part of the experience. The ox tongue is a small yet meaty piece of beef with a strong flavor that was balanced out nicely by the fresh greens and pickled onions. The acidity from the pickles did a nice job cutting through the richness of the tongue and it truly was "that perfect bite" of food.
We also shared the fried green beans served with an aioli. The beans were crispy tender and lightly battered. It was very fresh and light.
The one thing I love about Contigo is that you can try so many different offerings, from starters to charcuterie boards and small plates to (just) plates. And everything is just tasty.
I simply can't resist ordering the special of the night since you just never know when you might have it again. Contigo enticed me with the pork chop, which is brined for three days. It was served with quinoa and kale and glazed carrots on top of a yummy yogurt sauce. The pork chop was moist and tender. And with the amount of food already eaten by this point, was the perfect size.
Other menu items I've save for future visits include, but are not limited to, rabbit and dumplings, dewberry hills chicken and the burger with cheese and bacon.
Contigo is open 6 nights a week plus Sunday brunch. They also have happy hour specials until 7pm, ranging from a few dollars off staters to a few dollars off drinks. You should bring along a friend or two along so you can share and enjoy all the goodness that comes from Contigo.