Jack Allen's Kitchen

Jack Allen’s Kitchen

Between Lake Travis and downtown Austin, Jack Gilmore, of Z Tejas fame, has opened a new eatery. Jack Allen’s Kitchen brings homestyle cooking with a modern flair to the Oak Hill neighborhood. The restaurant stands out with its contemporary design, expansive windows, and lamp-lit back patio. No need to wait for a drink, as there are two bars to choose from: one outside and one inside. The high ceilings give the space a very airy feel, yet the colors and local art (which is for sale) on the wall bring homey tones to the restaurant.

The cuisine has German, Creole and Southwestern influences, and is reminiscent of the Z Tejas menu. Jack Allen’s Kitchen values local farmers and businesses and they source much of their menu locally. The extensive menu has something for everyone- young to old, picky to adventurous. Standout dishes include:

  • Smashed Guacamole with pumpkin seeds, cotija cheese, and house fried chips. If you use the chips sparingly (good luck with that; they’re amazing), this is a guilt-free appetizer. Giant chunks of guacamole and pumpkin seeds are healthy and delicious!
  • Carl Miller’s Layered Chunky Queso with green chile pork, queso, and guacamole. Jack Allen’s Kitchen is committed to contributing to charity, and a portion of the proceeds from this dish is donated to the Lone Star Paralysis Donation. If you ever feel guilty while inhaling creamy queso, the charity factor will make it feel worth the calories.
  • Bacon Wrapped Texas Quail with jalapeno jam, peach jam, and a micro green fig salad. The quail is sourced from Lockhart, the peaches from Fredericksburg, and the salad from Bella Verdi Farms.
  • Country Club Fancy Chicken Salad with Achiote chicken, Boerne figs, pears, candied walnuts, crumbled bleu cheese, and champagne vinaigrette. This salad is delicate but comes in a very large portion, so feel free to order this to split with a friend.
  • Crispy Salmon with crab and hothouse tomato wedges in a roasted tomatillo sauce. The salmon is crispy with a gorgeous sear, yet tender and juicy inside, and Jack Allen’s Kitchen is generous with the crab, as well.
  • Chocolate Bomb with chocolate mousse surrounded by chocolate cake, an espresso and cream glaze, and raspberry on top. This dessert is intense with a capital I. If you’re looking for bang for your buck, order the Chocolate Bomb, as just a few bites per person will surely satiate everyone. Another house favorite on the dessert menu is the Banana Toffee Pie.

If you’re headed to Jack Allen’s Kitchen for drinks, you’ll find an extensive wine menu. The wine is sourced from all over the US and is available by the bottle or glass. An array of beers are available on tap and in bottles. While many of us just stick to our standard favorites, Jack Allen’s Kitchen serves unique cocktails including:

  • Pomegranate Sage Margarita with 1800 Silver, Cointreau, pomegranate juice, and fresh sage
  • Dirty Okra Martini with Dripping Springs Vodka, pickled okra juice, and house-pickled okra garnish
  • Treaty Oak Rum Pepperita with Treaty Oak Rum, agave nectar,fresh lime, and jalapeno

Happy Hour runs 7 days a week (Amen!) with $1 off all drinks and half-priced appetizers (not a selected menu- the entirety of the appetizer list applies!). Head in for Happy Hour Monday-Friday from 3-7pm and Saturday-Sunday from3-6pm.

Don’t miss this at Jack Allen’s Kitchen:

Live music on the outdoor patio – View the schedule.

Sunday brunch – View the menu

Cooking classes- The classes are coming soon. Sign up to stay tuned

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Location: 7720 Highway 71 West Austin, TX, 78735

Phone: 512.852.8558

Mon – Thurs:11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Fri – Sat:11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sun:10:30 am – 10:00 pm
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by Beth Stockwell, editor of www.TheThreadAustin.com

3 Responses to Jack Allen's Kitchen

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  2. Emily says:

    Cool review–I hadn’t heard of this place. I’ve never heard of guac with pumpkin seeds before! That chocolate bomb also looks incredible.

  3. Merissa says:

    This place is amazing and worth the drive. Every single appetizer is so good–and when you’re at happy hour, they’re all so cheap, you can order a bunch of them and get full! Love the drinks too, and the outside patio seating is AWESOME. Truly a great place–glad it’s getting some well-deserved recognition!

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