March 2016 - AFM Fittest Dogs Issue

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CULTURE

New to Austin Studios and stores for fitness-minded folks

Vinaigrette 2201 College Avenue

photo by Weston Carls

Tucked away in a cozy corner off of South Congress Avenue is a fresh getaway from the city scene. In this spot, Austin’s oldest live oak tree stands tall among its industrial surroundings. The historic tree is getting a new lease on life and the local attention it deserves, as will soon the restaurant responsible for its revitalization. Vinaigrette, a sustainable farm-to-table wellness concept starring gourmet entrÊe salads by chef and farmer Erin Wade, is now open to the public. The restaurant has a rustic take on mid-century modern design, but bright colors, organic finishes and floor-to-ceiling windows that open onto an expansive, lush outdoor garden patio around the big oak tree welcome you in and create a special dining experience. The salads are hearty, leaving you guiltlessly satisfied. The menu also offers sandwiches, decadent appetizers and side dishes, as well as creative green juice cocktails.

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