Odd Duck: Exceptional farm-to-table sharing plates in Austin

Odd Duck is my dad’s favourite restaurant in all of Austin and believe me when I say that my father is a man of impeccable taste – so you know this place is going to be good already!
Odd Duck: Exceptional farm-to-table sharing plates in Austin, solely using ingredients from local farmers | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? | Tried & tasted recommendations
It all began when the Gilmore brothers fitted out a food truck with a wood-burning grill, named it Odd Duck and began serving dishes made solely with ingredients from local Austin farms.  The trailer became much beloved in Austin – chef Bryce became nationally recognised and respected, and Austin’s local food scene was put firmly on the map.
Odd Duck: Exceptional farm-to-table sharing plates in Austin, solely using ingredients from local farmers | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? | Tried & tasted recommendations
The Gilmores closed the trailer after two years of trading in 2011, and opened a bricks and mortar restaurant, Barley Swine, serving a multi-course chef’s tasting menu for $80 a pop – still contributing to local farms but now on a much larger scale (see my full review of Barley Swine here).  The Odd Duck’s former trailer park was sold for development around 2011 – apartments were built, and a restaurant too…  That restaurant?  It’s the Odd Duck as you see it now, on the exact lot that the trailer once stood.  How’s that for a happy ending!?
Odd Duck: Exceptional farm-to-table sharing plates in Austin, solely using ingredients from local farmers | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? | Tried & tasted recommendations
Odd Duck: Exceptional farm-to-table sharing plates in Austin, solely using ingredients from local farmers | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? | Tried & tasted recommendations
To this day, the Gilmores support local farmers and make everything from scratch, capturing the true craft of cooking in each bite.
Odd Duck: Exceptional farm-to-table sharing plates in Austin, solely using ingredients from local farmers | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? | Tried & tasted recommendations
They have designed Odd Duck as a place to share.  There’s an à la carte menu with an ever-changing list of small plates inspired by the Texan seasons.
Odd Duck: Exceptional farm-to-table sharing plates in Austin, solely using ingredients from local farmers | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? | Tried & tasted recommendations
Our evening included this eclectic bunch of dishes, served as and when they’re ready, on a myriad of mismatched plates:
> Sunchoke Tater Tots, with deviled egg, beets and dill oil
> Tostadas with marinated fish and octopus
> Duck Egg Migas, with green chile, escabeche and goat feta
> Naan stuffed with pig face, curry yogurt and cilantro
> Goat Lasagna, with spinach, béchamel and brussels sprouts
Odd Duck: Exceptional farm-to-table sharing plates in Austin, solely using ingredients from local farmers | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? | Tried & tasted recommendations
There was a fried fish head on the menu (served with fish caramel and chiles?!), but we weren’t so tempted by the sound of that dish…
Odd Duck: Exceptional farm-to-table sharing plates in Austin, solely using ingredients from local farmers | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? | Tried & tasted recommendations
Plates are priced between $8 and $14, and you can eat more than your fair share for a very reasonable price – dinner for two under $100, including wine and service, is easily achievable.
Odd Duck: Exceptional farm-to-table sharing plates in Austin, solely using ingredients from local farmers | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? | Tried & tasted recommendations
The interior is effortlessly cool and rustic, and the atmosphere is buzzy and convivial.  I’d recommend making a reservation – request a seat up at the bar to watch the action – and I can promise it will be a most memorable meal.
Odd Duck: Exceptional farm-to-table sharing plates in Austin, solely using ingredients from local farmers | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? | Tried & tasted recommendations
Odd Duck: Exceptional farm-to-table sharing plates in Austin, solely using ingredients from local farmers | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? | Tried & tasted recommendations
Odd Duck
1201 South Lamar Boulevard, Austin, TX 78704