Best Grown Up Versions of Childhood Foods

Best Grown Up Versions of Childhood Foods

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We’ve taken the task of rounding up some chic and some just downright craveable "adult" versions of the stuff we all ate as kids -- courtesy of the bars and restaurants you love in Austin.

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    TWINKIES. Everything is house made, from the moist cake to the rich filling, AND the flavors rotate -- so for April you can indulge in a Reese’s Twinkie (chocolate fudge filling and a peanut butter ganache drizzled on top).
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    SNOW CONES. The Hightower will take you back to Summer days that lasted forever with their two versions of Snow Cones -- choose from strawberry/fennel or coconut/Kahlua. Pro tip: have both.
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    CANDY BARS. Candy bars are just a part of childhood, taunting you from every grocery store check-out line with their shiny wrappers and promises of peanuts and gooey caramel and crunchy nougat.
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    MILK & COOKIES. New kid on the block (not to be confused with the super-dreamy boy band... sigh, Joey) Odd Duck is making waves in the Austin culinary scene and this creative version of our go-to childhood snack is solid proof.
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    MAC AND CHEESE. Remember how you felt when you upgraded from the Kraft mac and cheese with the yellow powder to the Velveeta with the gooey cheese pack? Now multiply that feeling times 100 and you’ve got Searsucker’s Lobster + Mac + Cheese.
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    MILKSHAKE. Imagine if an amazing bartender added booze and served it in a reasonably sized, and totally classy Champagne coupe.
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    PIZZA BAGEL BITES. Our friends at Banger’s have taken that concept and made their own cheesy, amazing Pizza Bagel Bites.
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    PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY SANDWICH. This artful dessert is made with golden raisin and sake puree, apple "chips", apple miso sorbet, and finished with peanut butter powder and ground peanut brittle.
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