Tuesdays with TT: Austin: Hula Hut

Over the past couple of months I have become quite the food blogger. I or (CT) bring a camera to every restaurant we go to. Since Yvo has been busy with school, I am stepping up and will now have a weekly column, Tuesdays with TT. Bon Appetit!

It was a particularly nice Wednesday in Austin and I suggested we go to Torchy’s Tacos for lunch. I went here last time I visited M and loved it. M suggested we go to a Mexican place that is right on Lake Austin called Hula Hut. They have a large deck area where we could eat and enjoy the water. Unfortunately we got there at the height of the lunch rush and were too hungry to wait for an outdoor table. I would have to say that Hula Hut has the appearance of a local owned Chili’s. The same kitsch on the walls and same turn & burn table philosophy.

After we were seated we were given some chips and salsa. The salsa was ok, but too watery.

We also decided to get some guacamole. It was pretty good. The pinapple mango salsa that came with it was fresh and refreshing. It added a good sweetness to the guac.

Now onto the entrees. I actually don’t remember what Mom & Dad actually got. They each got one of the burritos or enchiladas. When I started blogging, I was told that taking notes is for the weak. I should have been weak at Hula Hut.

I got the daily special, which was a pulled pork burrito. It was tasty and got the job done. I added some innards pics too. Beans on the side and beans in the burrito. That’s a lot of beans!

M got the Diamond Head Noodle Salad. Angel hair pasta marinated in our Hawaiian vinaigrette dressing mixed with carrots, poblano chiles, red bell peppers, zucchini and green onions. Served on a bed of fresh mixed lettuces with peanut sauce on the side. It was a pretty intense salad with all those noodles. She seemed quite happy with her decision.

Overall, you end up paying for the ambience of eating next to the lake. Is it the best Mexican food in Austin, not by a longshot. Is it a good lunch place for the business crowd, yes. I would go back for a happy hour on the deck, but maybe not for lunch.

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  1. says

    Hi TT! I really like your column here, especially since my husband does some business in Austin and we may be planning a short trip there. I need to know where some of the good local spots are! Happy eating~ Do you use manual or auto focus on your camera? I noticed that some of your pictures come out a bit blurry even during day light. Just wanting to see if I could offer any advice, though I am by NO means a camera expert. I’m still working on figuring out my camera!

  2. TT says

    Thanks Jacuqie.

    These pics were taken before I learned all of the features of my camera. i.e. macro.

    There are a couple more posts of mediocre pics, then better ones will follow.

    Feel free to email me about any Austin questions.


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