Restaurant refuge from the crowd epicenter

Cafe Josie AustinCafe Josie is one of those places where the food comes piping hot to the table. And what food it is! Lobster cakes and oysters and redfish, enhanced but not overwhelmed with enticing sauces and garnishes. The quantities are not gigantic, but every single mouthful is imbued with complex flavors. The luncheon menu changes with the seasons. Some make a meal from a series of the delicious appetizers. We always intend to order desserts but usually find that there’s no room. The starters and entrees are much more generous in portion than they at first appear to be. The crowd at lunch today comprised Austinites mostly, but I did hear some talk of recouping advances and I also heard a table of people speaking what was probably one of the languages of Scandinavia (it sounded German-related but wasn’t German). So some visitors are finding their way to this pleasant spot behind Portabla, across the side street from Wiggy’s, and about a block from Sweetish Hill Bakery. Cafe Josie was a happy choice for lunch and, if the fates decree it (or if long waits to be seated elsewhere do), we’ll return again for dinnner sometime during South by Southwest.

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