Local sub shop serving up delicious food at a local bar in Austin TX? That’s what happens at Tap 24, just west of the University of Texas campus
In January I went to Austin TX for the weekend. All that week they predicted bad weather in Oklahoma on Friday and Saturday, so I left my house at 3AM Friday to beat the impending doom. No surprise, barely anything hit, so I woke up in the middle of the night for nothing. But, I discovered a delicious breakfast at Snooty Pig Cafe in Highland Village TX. And then Joni and I had lunch at Main Street Bistro in Grapevine before I continued on to Austin.
I’ve been to Austin several times previously, but only for Texas/OSU football games. And this visit was for the Texas/WVU basketball game. But Austin has so much more to offer, with history, live music, and tons of bars and restaurants. I really have no reason not to visit more often, especially since Mary lives there. I need to do a long weekend to experience as much as possible.
On Saturday, Mary and I had a few hours to kill before the game. RJ invited us to meet him and his friends at Tap 24, a sports bar on the west side of campus. I checked out their menu online, and it looked like just the food we needed to recover from a long night of funtivities.
Tap 24 is open daily from 11am-midnight. They must have a large soccer following in Austin, because they open earlier for soccer games.
Let’s be honest, Tap 24 is a dive bar, and to us it looked kind of sketchy from the outside. We parked, got out, reconsidered, left, drove around the building again, and then decided to be adventurous. There is a large patio out front that takes up nearly the entire length of the building. I love that they have large garage-style rolling windows, to create a more open space. I can imagine the patio is standing-room only in beautiful weather.
Inside the bar takes up nearly the entire back wall, and there are a few more tall tables. Tap 24 offers 9 specialty cocktails, 6 varieties of mules, daily specials, and Friday After Class (F.A.C.) specials. That’s a really unique special, an early happy hour for UT students with a student ID.
Tap 24 also has a phone charging station against one wall. I like the idea, but it is quite expensive and you can’t use your phone while it charges. On the other hand, they have purse hooks AND outlets built into the bar. Every bar and restaurant should do that.
Once we checked out the bar, it was time to eat. That’s when we realized that the Tap 24 menu no longer exists. Instead, they partner with Toasties Sub Shop.
Toasties Sub Shop opened in Austin in 2006, and now there are 2 locations. This one used to be in the strip mall behind Tap 24, but when Tap 24 closed their kitchen, Toasties Sub Shop moved right in. This is a win for the bar, the restaurant, and the patrons. Toasties Sub Shop has its own seating section, but you can also take your food out to the bar and patio.
Toasties Sub Shop is open daily. This location serves breakfast on weekdays, and the Lamar location serves breakfast every day. Both locations have lunch and dinner daily.
The Toasties Sub Shop menu is surprisingly large, and includes classics, wraps, veggie options, pulled pork, The Love, tacos, lil’ toasties, soups and salads. I don’t do well with big menus, and the cashier was very helpful and gave us several good recommendations.
Mary got the Cuban, on The Love Subs menu
I tried a bite, and it is delicious.
I got the Islander, also on The Love Subs menu
Wow, the spice in this sandwich caught me off-guard. The cashier had said it has a kick, but it was definitely more than I expected. However, the sandwich is delicious. Toasties Sub Shop uses a Cuban loaf for their bread, a thick and crusty bread that holds up well to the meat. The tender pulled pork works so well with the pineapple, and the cabbage and leek adds a nice crunch. We were both impressed with the generous portions. Even though we were both starving, it was too much for either of us to finish.
After we ate, we went back to visit with the cashier again, and that’s when I noticed the Appetizer and Bar Eats menus, new items that they are rolling out. When he mentioned that they had just made a batch of the macaroni and cheese bites, that was my open to ask to try one. And I missed the boat. And I’m still kicking myself for that decision.
Mary and I agreed that we made the right call to stay at Tap 24, and that we definitely want to go back. This is a perfect example of don’t judge a book by its cover. Had I gone to UT, I’m quite sure I would have spent lots of time there. I need to try some of the new menu items, and do a Sunday Funday on the patio.