Dining Out Sustainably: Trio

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120309_1Trio, oh Trio.  I fell in love with Trio the first time they hosted a group of the local food bloggers for a preview of their Happy Hour menu.  It’s posh but not stuffy and the food is incredible.  
Chef de Cuisine, Todd Duplechan, came out to tell us about a few of the dishes and his enthusiasm for the food and the local ingredients they use was beyond infectious.
120309_2Todd described how they had worked with Richardson Farms to raise a hog that was finished on pecans, in the manner similar to how Iberian pigs are raised in Spain finished on acorns for Iberico ham.   The ribs that evening were made with the pork and they had a distinct tasty flavor unlike any other ribs I had ever eaten.  How could I not love a restaurant that would go to such links to work with a local farm to produce something so delicious?
120309_3Subsequent trips to Trio have reinforced that first impression.   Their attention to detail and dedication to fresh ingredients is reflected in every dish.  Whether it’s the beef carpaccio, the baked gulf oysters, the pork belly or the truffle macaroni and cheese (yes, you read that right), everything melts in your mouth. 

Lest you think I’ve only eaten from the appetizer menu, Natanya from Fete & Feast and I dined at Trio for the Go Texan Restaurant Round-up Week and were delighted with our selections for each course. 
120309_4I chose the quail, steak and sorbet and we had roasted okra and yellow squash as sides. Everything was delicious and I was particularly happy with my steak.  I’m pretty picky about steak as I was raised in Amarillo on Saturday night steaks cooked to perfection by my Dad.  I’m always a little hesitant to order steak out, but Trio won me over with a perfectly cooked Texas steak.

Now, I know what you are thinking, Trio is too expensive for your budget. And, my answer is that I think you’d be surprised.  First, Trio has one of the most affordable happy hours in town with half-priced appetizers and wines by the glass.  They also offer a 3 for $39 menu offering a three course menu for dinner.  

You have a great opportunity to try Trio during Edible Austin’s Eat Local Week December 5th-12th.  If you order from their prix fixe menu, they will donate $1 from each dinner to Urban Roots.  Do you need a better excuse?
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