After our adventure through Nostalgia Lane, 78704, we had lunch at Magnolia Cafe on South Congress. Magnolia Cafe is a quaint little diner on the edge of the SoCo district. They have breakfast all day menu, a lunch menu, and a dinner menu. It holds a “Keep Austin Weird” essence as the diner doesn’t really have a theme, unless you call a Pterodactyl skeleton hanging from the ceiling, and flamingos on the menu a “theme”.

John had the Eggs Zapatino, which consisted of scrambled eggs, potatoes and an English muffin, covered in queso. I had the Flamingo Quesadillas, which consisted of avocado, pico de gallo, and melted cheese, served with a side of sour cream and avocado (I was in a very avocado mood). Note: Flamingo Quesadillas originally comes with steamed mushrooms, but I went sans mushrooms. Oh, we also got the Mag Mud, which consisted of queso, black beans, avocado and pico de gallo. What can we say? We’re pretty cheesy people (#badjokes).

I loved my quesadillas. It was a perfect portion, so I did not gain a heavy food coma for once. The ingredients were on point (granted, it is hard to screw up a quesadilla). The tortilla had a crispiness to it that provided a nice texture against the gooey-ness of the cheese and the smoothness of the avocado, while also not falling apart. Good job Magnolia.

After lunch, we went to Peter Pan Mini Golf in the Barton Springs area. Peter Pan Mini Golf is everything that comes to mind, except tinted with the Austin weirdness. There is also tribute to Austin establishments, such as the Pennybacker Bridge off 360.

If you’re thinking Disney’s Peter Pan, you are only 10% right. The 10% is for the big Peter Pan Statue that sits in the front of the establishment, facing the intersection. Some of the statues are enough to give you nightmares while also appreciating the artist’s sculpture and paint skills. Like, really, are clowns necessary?

The course is fun and it’s great to see art pieces dating back to the 1970s. I underestimated the difficulty of the course…or overestimated my skills as a mini golfer. Either way, it kept me on my toes. Note: Peter Man Mini Golf is cash only. 

Magnolia Cafe is located on 1920 S. Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78732 (if you passed the RCA mural coming from Downtown Austin, you missed the parking lot entrance.)

Peter Pan Mini Golf is located on 1207 Barton Springs Rd., Austin, TX 78704


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