Recipes to Feed Your Fall Spirit!

Fall is upon us in Central Texas, bringing with it some long-awaited cooler weather. As the weather changes, our cravings for apple cider and pumpkin spice are met with our favorite beverages and treats! Here are a few recipes we turn to warm us up and celebrate the new season! 

Pumpkin Spice Pancakes


1/2 cup milk 1 cup pumpkin puree
1 egg 2 Tbsp vegetable oil, more for frying
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup brown sugar 2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda 1 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp salt

Pumpkin Pancakes


In a bowl, whisk together the milk, pumpkin puree, egg, and oil. In a separate bowl combine the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. Pour flour mixture into the bowl with the wet ingredients and whisk until just combined.

Heat a lightly oiled pan or griddle over medium-high heat. Use a measuring cup to scoop 1/4 – 1/3 cup of the batter onto the pan or onto the griddle per pancake. Flip when the bubbles that appear on the surface pop and form holes that stay open. Serve hot with maple syrup.

Spiked Pumpkin Spice Latte


8 ounces strong brewed coffee
1 ounce vanilla vodka
1/2 ounce cinnamon whiskey
1/2 – 1 ounce International Delight Pumpkin Pie Spice Coffee Creamer
Whipped cream, caramel, cinnamon for garnish

Pumpkin Spice Latte


Add coffee, liquor, and creamer to a mug. Top with whipped cream, caramel, and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Serves 1. To make for a crowd: Place 12 cups coffee, 1 1/2 cups vanilla vodka, 3/4 cup cinnamon whiskey, and 1-2 cups creamer in a crockpot on warm setting. Serve with whipped cream.

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Reuben Soup


4 14.5 oz cans chicken broth
1 pkg. shredded cabbage for coleslaw
2 cups uncooked medium egg noodles
1 lb. fully cooked Kielbasa or Polish sausage, halved and cut into 1″ slices
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 tsp caraway seeds
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 cup shredded Swiss cheese


In large kettle, combine all ingredients except for Swiss cheese. Bring to boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until cabbage and noodles are tender. Serve with Swiss cheese.

Pumpkin Bars


4 eggs
1 2/3 cup sugar
1 cup oil 
2 cups flour
1 15oz can pumpkin
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 8oz cream cheese, softened
2 sticks margarine, softened
2 tsp vanilla extract
5 cups powdered sugar

Pumpkin Bars


Pre-heat oven at 350°. Combine flour, cinnamon, baking powder, soda, and salt. In a separate bowl, beat eggs, oil, sugar and pumpkin all together until light and fluffy. Gradually add the dry mixture to the pumpkin mixture. Mix thoroughly. In an ungreased sheet cake pan, spread and bake at 350° for 25-30 min. Cool completely before frosting.


Beat cream cheese and margarine until fully smooth. Gradually add vanilla and powdered sugar and beat until creamy. Frost the cooled bars.

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Best Burger Restaurants in Austin

Burgers are a staple of any classic American cuisine and Austin’s food scene is no different. From local fast food joints to “hole in wall” Austin classics or gourmet creations, the Austin area has a little bit of everything. Here is our list of some of the top restaurants to enjoy a burger at in our hometown. Some we like because of the amazing tastes, meat or creations and others we like for the history, ambiance or overall meal. If you want our FAVORITE burger or restaurant, ask your local TJ Lewis agent – we’d love to help!

In alphabetical order…



Arlo’s serves plant-based comfort food in a bistro style setting for the Austin nightlife scene. Their food is designed to satisfy omnivores and herbivores alike, offering a fantastic alternative to the usual late night trailer eateries.

Clark’s Oyster Bar

Don’t be confused by the name – the Pan Roasted Black Angus Hamburger at Clarke’s is one of the top burgers in the Austin area!


Dan’s Hamburgers

Dan’s has been an Austin tradition since 1973 and is still family owned and operated – one of the Austin “Classics” you should check out!

Hat Creek 

Another Austin trailer restaurant that grew into much more, now with locations all over Texas. Hat Creek is a great environment for kids and adults to enjoy amazing burgers, fries, and shakes (their lettuce wrap burger is delicious!). 


Hop Doddy’s

An Austin original that where it’s gormet burgers might actually be outdone by it’s shakes. And we didn’t mention the parmesan truffle fries with Truffle Aioli…Yum!



JewBoy Burgers is a food truck that mixes a US/Mexico Border Culture and a traditional Reform Jewish upbringing together to make burgers and latkes that honor both cultures. 

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Mighty Fine

Another Austin original with delicious burgers, fries and shakes but set apart with their fanatical focus on quality and service. So much so that they were the recipient of a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award: the nation’s highest presidential honor for performance excellence!



Austin’s fast food burger stand – a simple menu with an open kitchen, featuring premium quality ingredients, all served at affordable prices. To the burgers, add fresh-baked cookies, banana bread, house veggie burger and fresh-squeezed orange juice and lemonade!

Phil’s Icehouse

Started in 2003 by Steven and Amy of Amy’s Ice Cream (another Austin original servicing made to order ice cream creations), Phil’s Icehouse has burgers named after local Austin neighborhoods. It’s a popular spot with kids as each location has an enjoyable outdoor play area. 


A favorite for true Austinintes, Sandy’s has been serving burgers, fries and ice cream on Barton Springs Rd for generations – since the 1940’s actually! Perhaps your most afforadalbe burger in Austin – taste the history of Austin!

Top Notch

If you are not from Austin, you might recognize Top Notch Burgers from the 1993 movie, Dazed and Confused. Austinintes have been coming here since 1971 for the charcoal-grilled burgers and fried chicken.