Dai Due, pronounced “Die Due-wee” so I’ve been told, is one of my most favorite places to eat here in Austin, Texas. If you follow me on Instagram you’ve probably seen at least one of the several posts of me eating there. My love affair with this Austin local restaurant began somewhere around 2007 (if my memory serves me correctly) when they were a booth at the Republic park farmers market in downtown Austin. I had one of the BEST pork belly breakfast tacos I had ever had. I mean… it was the thing of my sweet savory dreams! along with the Tallow Coffee which is so smooth, rich, and tasty. Before Dai Due I hadn’t heard of Tallow and hadn’t a clue of what is was. Thanks to the people working the booth I now know. Tallow is a rendered form of beef or mutton fat, processed from suet. It is solid at room temperature but melts beautifully into your coffee. People use Tallow as a cream or milk substitute in their coffee, it’s what people call “healthy fat” and I find it to make coffee delish! Try it out for yourself and let me know what you think.
Speaking of the people at Dai Due, they are so very passionate and amazing at what they do. They are a “Farm to Table” restaurant and support farmers and produce that comes right out of Texas in a way that can make you proud of what you’re eating. The servers are extremely knowledgeable about everything they serve and if they don’t have the answer they go find out for you ,which is my favorite characteristic from a server. Dai Due doesn’t just stop at the food they serve, they even offer classes straight out of their butcher shop, along with hunting trips where they not only teach you how to butcher on your own but even different ways to cook it. I’m also a HUGE fan (total fan girl status!) of Abby Love, one of Dai Due’s resident bakers/ Pastry Chef. Though I have never met her personally I have enjoyed many of her breads and pastries from the “Bake Sales”, to the fresh bread placed before my meals, to dessert. Culture Map Austin has even nominated Abby for the 2017 “Tastemaker” award. Go Abby!
Now let’s get into the food, shall we? Tuesday through Thursday Dai Due offers the “Supper Club” which features the “wild card”, limited availability or esoteric items like wild game, foraged items and interesting cuts. In addition, on Tuesday nights only, they also serve Dry-Aged Wagyu Cheeseburgers and let me tell you, this burger is LEGIT.
On Fridays, they feature a seafood dinner for two from the Gulf, like pompano, shrimp, flounder, black drum, blue crab and mackerel.
The Saturday “Supper Club” is an impressive mixed grill for two featuring a rotating selection of sausages, ribs, chops, skewers and vegetables.
Sunday is tallow-fried chicken night (also my favorite offering besides the brunch, pictured below), with all the fixings.
The brunch/lunch Dai Due offers is the REAL DEAL and changes daily, though if you can’t tell, I honestly don’t think they do anything wrong 🙂
Since the items do change fairly often there’s always something new to try but a few things I want to suggest if available are the Biscuits and Gravy with Venison Breakfast Sausage ($13) and you can “put an egg on it” for an additional $2 (DO IT!!), the Wild Boar Chorizo and Asadero Cheese Quesadilla on Handmade Corn Tortillas with Ranchero Sauce, 2 Eggs, Roasted Poblano Crema and Cotija ($15), Sourdough Pancake with Macerated Peach, Mexican Cinnamon Bacon Butter and Grilled Bacon ($15), the amazing Woodrow’s Deli Hash, Cured and Smoked Meats, Home Fries, Onion, Two Eggs and Beet Ketchup ($14) and if it’s available the Pastrami Sandwich with Stryk Cheddar Cheese, Sauerkraut and Beet 1000 Island on Sprouted Rye ($13) who doesn’t love a great pastrami sammy??!!
I hope after reading you’re hungry and are on your way to visit this amazing restaurant.
Dai DueMenu: urbanspoon.com
ENJOY and tell ’em I sent you!