Bats and Pizza

Here’s a little fact for you: Austin is home to the largest urban bat colony in North America and their home is under the Congress Bridge.  Every night at dusk, hundreds of thousands of bats fly out to go munch on some yummy insects and the occasional human (jay kay).

There are two viewing main spots: you can either stand on the bridge, or sit on the lawn and wait for them to emerge.  Because we rode our bikes, we stood on the bridge to make it a little easier.  As Trav said, it was a little anti-climactic.  I think we were expecting a giant WOOOSH! but it was more like a slow and steady trickle.  Now, peak viewing season isn’t until August, because the baby bats will be able to fly at that time so we’ll give it another try then.

Because it was dusk and the bats are black, we didn’t get any good photos of those little guys.  I did snap a picture of their big bro, though.

Big Bro Bat

After the bats had all gone to dinner, we decided to do the same.  We went to Home Slice, a pizza joint on Congress.  We’d heard great things about it and couldn’t wait to see for ourselves.

They have a great patio area out back where we waited for our table.  It’s really cozy and is equipped with a ping pong table and a bartender to serve just that area.  The vibe inside is equally as rad and the menus are hilarious.

Menu #1

Menu #2

We ordered the Margherita Pizza (fresh mozzarella, tomato, garlic & basil).  It’s so simple, yet so amazing!

I wanted to eat the whole thing, but Trav wanted some, too.

Thankfully, there was enough for both of us and even a few slices left for lunch the next day.

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3 Responses to Bats and Pizza

  1. Mom says:

    Be sure to wear something on your head so they don’t get tangled in your hair! (Remember that Aunt Debbie?!)

  2. Mom says:

    (You should work for the Austin Chamber of Commerce!)

  3. AK47 says:

    2 things: 1. bats are coolreepy. we saw an amazing aerial bat performance while dining one evening in carmel, california. we ate at this amazing, beautiful restaurant at the top of a hill overlooking the ocean. did we gaze romantically at the moonlit ocean waters while we ate? no, we watched the bats flying around just outside our window as they noshed on much smaller flying critters. then there are the bats in italy. that’s another story. and 2. and i’ve said this before, you seem to have a food fetish. every post – ok not EVERY post – has a food theme. i love a fellow foodie.

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