Supper Friends

By Vy Primozich - 7:45 PM

There is absolutely nothing as glorious as sun drenched East Side Austin with gorgeous weather.

Nothing.

When the sun comes out to play, you have to make the most it.

Join me for a magical evening: stylish ambiance, tasty cocktails, spectacular food and sparkling conversation.

Swoop House East Austin
For outfit details see the previous post: Lace Little Black Dress

In late May I booked an anniversary dinner reservation for the Mr. & I with Supper Friends at the Swoop House on East Side Austin.

Supper Friends at the Swoop House is my new favorite restaurant that isn't really a restaurant. It is a supper club, rivaling any full-time restaurant in town. Supper clubs were popular back in the Prohibition days. They have regained their fame and enjoyed a resurgence due to the fact that eating and secrets are still undeniably fun.

Supper Friends at Swoop House

But Supper Friends is no longer a secret place in Austin. It is held at the Swoop House, a small lovingly renovated bungalow with a capacity of ~30 guests. This place off in an obscure section of East Side Austin is a delightful culinary outpost that brings together strangers who often leave having made new friends.

This dining club grew out of a catering business (2 Dine 4 Fine) hosting tastings for clients.  Several times a month, the hosts of the Swoop House open their doors to the public and host intimate dinner parties. Everyone is welcome at their "Supper Friends" soirees, but guests must join an email list to receive invitations, which usually give a good couple weeks notice.

Supper Friends at the Swoop House

The bungalow oozes cozy charm and personality. A crimson chandelier dangles from a rustic wood ceiling. Mismatched chairs line starched white tablecloths. An antique bar adjoins modern appliances where you can watch as the chef & his assistant prepare your courses. Outdoor seatings are abundance.

The scene feels special, yet not pretentious.

Dinner begins with cocktail hour, where Chris & I mingle at the bar, sipping on the staff's handcrafted cocktails while another personnel passes hors d'oeuvres.

Supper Friends at the Swoop House

Supper Friends at the Swoop House

These crostini spread with duck liver mouse and pickled peach are exquisitely appetizing!

Supper Friends at the Swoop House

And these fried green tomato with duck prosciutto are quite tasty little treats.

Supper Friends at the Swoop House

Supper Friends at the Swoop House

With our drink in hand, we set out to explore the backyard & take a stroll on the enormous, well-maintained and ever-so-inviting lawn.

Supper Friends at the Swoop House

Supper Friends at the Swoop House

Horseshoes Game at the Swoop House

Horseshoes Game at the Swoop House

Supper Friends at the Swoop House

Supper Friends at the Swoop House

Supper Friends at the Swoop House

Supper Friends at the Swoop House

I stumbled upon a few horseshoes laying on the ground with the target laying nearby.
Next thing you know, Chris & I are having a couple competitive rounds of the game of horseshoes.
I must admit, I'm quite terrible. Not only my throwing is weak, my aiming is wayyyyy off.
Chris is pretty darn good.

Horseshoes Game at the Swoop House

Horseshoes Game at the Swoop House

Horseshoes Game at the Swoop House

Horseshoes Game at the Swoop House

Horseshoes Game at the Swoop House

Horseshoes Game at the Swoop House

Having our fair share of fun, we ventured back for more drinks & bite-size appetizers.

Supper Friends at the Swoop House

Supper Friends at the Swoop House

All of the appetizers are deliciously good.
But these babies are my favorite.
Smoked duck wrapped julienned roots & soaked with miso vinaigrette.
Shamelessly, I went back for more.


When it's time for dinner, we made our way back inside to our assigned seat with handwritten place cards direct each to their seat at large tables. I love communal dining. The crowd is always an eclectic one, and by the night's end, most are fast friends - which we made acquaintances with several lovely couples - connected by our common love of food and community.

Supper Friends at the Swoop House

Supper Friends at the Swoop House

In addition to the cocktails, we opted for the wine-pairing option with the multi-courses meal.
And I highly recommend you do the same.
The staff never fails to keep your glass full and very generous with the pour.

Supper Friends at the Swoop House

I was very please with my seating assignment which is a couple feet away from the open kitchen where the chef carefully assemble our courses beautifully.

Supper Friends at the Swoop House

Supper Friends at the Swoop House

For the 1st course, we are having gold & baby carrot salad with herbed cherve (French for goat cheese), Texas grapefruit and duck cracklin' grapefruit vinaigrette.

Supper Friends at the Swoop House

It is absolutely, citrusy delightful to my tastebuds.
The herbed goat cheese married the carrot & grapefruit so well.
And the duck grapefruit vinaigrette is the cherry on top - tied it all together.

Supper Friends at the Swoop House

And the wine pairing -Chenin Blanc by the Curator from South Africa is perfect with the first entree.

Supper Friends at the Swoop House

Supper Friends at the Swoop House

 For 2nd course, the chef is serving us seared duck breast with panisee and roasted cauliflower drizzled with almond sauce.

Supper Friends at the Swoop House

These photos don't do this course justice.
The duck breast is cooked to perfection.
Full of flavor & tenderness.
The almond sauce is beyond this world.

Supper Friends at the Swoop House

In between each course being serve, Chef Jason Carroll came out & described what he is serving us & where the resources used are from.

Supper Friends at the Swoop House

And the staff continue to keep my glass full of vino.

Supper Friends at the Swoop House

For the 3rd course, we are having Rabbit "Cassoulet" with creamer peas, rabbit saddle, confit & sausage, bacon and toasted garlic breadcrumbs.

Supper Friends at the Swoop House

Supper Friends at the Swoop House

Supper Friends at the Swoop House

Last but not least, the final course: dessert is about to be served.


Supper Friends at the Swoop House

Duck egg caked with blackberry curd and honeyed mascarpone.


It sounds delicious but did not live up to the expectation.
The dessert was the least tasty course I had but the Cava Brut from Penedes, Spain made up for it.

Supper Friends at the Swoop House

In addition to dessert wine, it was also served with a cup of coffee.

Supper Friends at the Swoop House

We weren't the only one there for a celebration.
One of our new friends was there celebrating her belated birthday courtesy of her sweet daughter.

Supper Friends at the Swoop House

Supper Friends at the Swoop House

After singing the birthday song and wishing everyone a good night.
It was time to close out the tab and head on home.

Supper Friends at the Swoop House

Supper Friends at the Swoop House

Supper Friends at the Swoop House

Let's keep our fingers crossed for more of these glorious evenings.
Thank you for having us.
We'll see you soon.
Good night, Supper Friends!

Join their emailing list here for the next dinner party.

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