Don't dare try to insinuate she can't cook, for she's had just as much experience on the line as at the pastry station. "There's always jokes about pastry chefs—that they don't know how to cook, they have dull knives, all that." Callie grins and declares with a slight Texas twang, "Whatever! I'll kick all y'all's asses!"
'Swift's Attic' on Serious Eats
SXSW events are happening all over Austin, but here are some recommended spots in and around downtown, the nexus of the action, just in case you're still hungry after eating all the free food sponsored by start-ups and record labels. Barbecue, breakfast and brunch, tacos, and more on this guide.
From grilled quail with Southern hot water grits, to homemade Korean kimchi, Peruvian scallop tiradito, Japanese chicken tsukune, and even Canadian tater tots poutine, the menu at Swift's Attic is wildly diverse, but somehow all works together.
Bar manager Jeff Hammett brings humor and a bit of snark to the approachable cocktail menu. While he's all for the the fine craft cocktail movement, he doesn't like to take himself too seriously. "Never call me a mixologist", he warned. Fun and flavor are on the forefront of his creations and each quirky name has a story to tell.