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Noteworthy HEB/Central Market Products

I tried some crabcakes (next to the seafood case) that were better then what I get at most restaurants

Jul 21, 2014
chrisdds98 in Austin

Sunday Brunch, downtown Austin, please!

I haven't been in a while but enjoyed Lambert's brunch. just be sure to stay away from the "bbq"

Jul 18, 2014
chrisdds98 in Austin

Sunday Brunch, downtown Austin, please!

i can't argue with the service or the setting, its the food quality that I don't think lives up to the price. again, if I were a big eater it would be worthwhile but gorging myself on solid yet unspectacular food at that price point doesn't make sense for me. i'm glad it works for you!

Jul 18, 2014
chrisdds98 in Austin

Sunday Brunch, downtown Austin, please!

I guess I'm not a huge eater and the price tag doesn't make sense to me when I can get excellent a la carte items for less $

Jul 18, 2014
chrisdds98 in Austin

Special Meal - Austin (Help)

thanks for the link. I went to mettle last night and really enjoyed my meal. I'd actually never heard of the restaurant before, doesn't seem to get much buzz at all. we got there at 6:30 which was early enough to enjoy the happy hour menu. the fried cotija cheese, scallop crudo, pork belly pasta, duck confit, and shrimp gratin were all very good. I'll have to add this place to my rotation.

we left at 7:30 and it was starting to get pretty busy and very noisy. the tables are very close together.

ps: you should add restaurant jezebel to your list

Jul 13, 2014
chrisdds98 in Austin

Gordon ruined El Greco. Can it be saved from the RIP thread?

this refers to restaurants that are actually owned by GR, not ones he helps

Jul 11, 2014
chrisdds98 in Austin

Special Diets: Restaurants, Shops & Local Products

thanks for the heads up about the beanitos. I'll have to give them a shot. which flavors have you tried?

As a type 2 diabetic who is required to do low carb I love this thread!

If you have any other good grocery items please let us know.

Jun 30, 2014
chrisdds98 in Austin
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WTF, People! Wink - NOT Hungry by a Looooong Shot

its been a few years since my last trip to wink. I wasn't stuffed by any means (tasting menu) but didn't stop off at 5 guys after dinner.

Now, if you want to leave hungry you should check out restaurant jezebel. the food was pretty good but yikes, those are 5 small courses. luckily huts is right across the street so you can pick up a burger before the valet gets your car.

Jun 28, 2014
chrisdds98 in Austin

Dinner @ LaV.

stopped by earlier this week. the food was well executed and I enjoyed my meal. had the risotto and lamb. my better half had the corn soup (I didn't care for the popcorn) and the hanger steak. the lamb dish was much better then the steak (which was just fine). also got a side of fries which were very nice as well. opera cake for desert was a bit too chocolatey for me but she liked it. I'll be back.

Jun 20, 2014
chrisdds98 in Austin

visiting Austin next week where should I eat ,Barbecue other good food

per their website and FB page franklinbbq is open till jun23. then reopen jul8

Jun 17, 2014
chrisdds98 in Austin

visiting Austin next week where should I eat ,Barbecue other good food

the ribs at franklin bbq are the best i've ever had by a decent margin. only had it 3 times though because the line is intolerable.

Jun 16, 2014
chrisdds98 in Austin

Dinner @ LaV.

if you're asked "sparkling or still" the right answer is tap ;)

I went to Joel Rubochon in las vegas and ordered an iced tea. $7. I had two refills at $7/each. talk about a ripoff...

Jun 15, 2014
chrisdds98 in Austin

Dinner @ LaV.

I guess compared to the 20k bottle 195 is reasonable... good thing i'm not an oenophile or I'd be broke.

Thanks for the nice review Mike, I'll have to try the place sometime soon.

Jun 15, 2014
chrisdds98 in Austin

Is Qui better than ESK?

I think we've had this conversation before :) http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9706...

I also enjoyed some of the rabbit preparations (3 out of 7), the cheddar ice cream was good. the squid ink pasta was way too salty. its been a while since I've been and it looks like the menu has changed a bit.

not horrible at all, but not what I hoped for at that price point. there are just better options in town

Jun 14, 2014
chrisdds98 in Austin

Is Qui better than ESK?

haven't been to ESK but I wasn't a fan of qui. I'd go to barley swine, lenoir, or carillon instead

Jun 14, 2014
chrisdds98 in Austin

Tortilla Talk

I love Casa Garcia's (in Kyle) tortillas. sadly their 'coa is horrible...

Jun 06, 2014
chrisdds98 in Austin

Best Food in Austin

how about south lamar between riverside and oltorf?

May 24, 2014
chrisdds98 in Austin

Anniversary Meal - This Weekend - 05/24 - 05/25

I think lenoir has great food. i wasn't a fan of the community tables though. can be really annoying if you're sitting next to someone obnoxious

May 22, 2014
chrisdds98 in Austin

Anniversary Meal - This Weekend - 05/24 - 05/25

restaurant week in austin doesn't seem to be a very big deal. you can see some recent posts about it... also, its from sun-wed so it ends tonight 5/21.

barley swine might work for you.
qui has been getting a lot of hype but I wasn't a fan
uchi (sister restaurant to uchiko) is always good

May 21, 2014
chrisdds98 in Austin

Austin Restaurant Week

i wouldn't mind if they cut portions but they should really put out some great food. Its a way for me to try places that aren't on my normal restaurant rotation and hopefully find some new places to add to that rotation...

May 20, 2014
chrisdds98 in Austin

The dreaded steakhouse question....

I really loved carnevino but ramsay steak was great as well. My better half is ruined for steak after enjoying carnevino's awesome dry aged bone in ribeye.

May 14, 2014
chrisdds98 in Las Vegas

Austin Restaurant Week

Went to crave tonight. The tequila punch was very nice. the size of the apps were good and my coconut cake was tasty.

didn't care for the food too much. the artichoke/crab dip was good but the "tandoori bread" was pita bread. I was expecting something like naan. the seared tuna was good but the sauce was too sweet.

the steak and salmon were both mediocre. I probably won't be going back...

May 14, 2014
chrisdds98 in Austin

Austin Restaurant Week

looking for some suggestions for places to try. Have any of y'all had a great ARW meal yet?

May 12, 2014
chrisdds98 in Austin

Chicago foodie to Vegas--steakhouse help?

I went to both of these restaurants over the weekend and had no complaints on the excellent steaks I ate. The service at GR was abysmally slow though. it took 30 mins to take our order and the meal took nearly 3 hours...

Apr 27, 2014
chrisdds98 in Las Vegas

Chicago foodie to Vegas--steakhouse help?

it seems like carnevino and gordon ramsay steak get a lot of love on these boards... i'll be dining at GR for the first time this friday, hope its as good as advertised

Apr 20, 2014
chrisdds98 in Las Vegas

Yonaka - every bit as good a reason as Raku to venture off-strip

nice review, I might have to try it when I come to vegas next week. How did it compare to uchi? I'm a frequent uchi diner and might opt for twist or savoy since I dont have a comparable option in austin...

Apr 15, 2014
chrisdds98 in Las Vegas

Best barbacoa?

found another one... taqueria del charro in san marcos. excellent 'coa (not to mention carnitas and al pastor) and homemade flour tortillas.

Apr 12, 2014
chrisdds98 in Austin

Best barbacoa?

bumping an old thread. found a place at william canon and congress called vallarta. really nice 'coa and much closer to me then ETR so I'll be a frequent guest. they have homemade corn tortillas as well.

Apr 09, 2014
chrisdds98 in Austin

Austin Meetup

haven't been to one of his popups in a while but he knows how to make some damn good sausage. his popups have become super crowded and probably not the best place to meet and talk considering how small and noisy the venue can get

Apr 08, 2014
chrisdds98 in Austin

Birthday Dinner Suggestions

the pork belly dish (which is awesome) at the carillon has been getting smaller and smaller over time. its not the amazing value that it used to be but its certainly in my restaurant rotation when I'm looking for a higher end meal.

Apr 01, 2014
chrisdds98 in Austin