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Please help finalize Austin itinerary (researched!)

Agreed about Banger's. The atmosphere is fun, but the food is meh.

Dec 15, 2014
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Vegan Restaurant Options?

Not north, but Casa de Luz is vegan and deeeeelicious.

Dec 12, 2014
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Numero 28

Is this the same place - i.e., it's a chain?

http://www.numero28.com/

Dec 09, 2014
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Numero 28

What's the story behind the name - do you know?

Dec 08, 2014
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The Peached Tortilla’s Brick and Mortar Now Open With Banh Mi Tacos and Plenty of Booze

I die for that pork belly bowl. They make their own kim chi and it is excellent. Great drinks, too.

Dec 08, 2014
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Olamae's

I found it hit or miss, as well. I looooved the biscuits (mostly because of the sorghum butter that came with it) and the skillet cornbread. But I thought my Smoky Hen of the Woods mushroom dish was mediocre. Tried bites of my dining companions' grouper and pork chop and thought both were very good, but not so good that I've been back. I also have a little bit of an issue with the "modifications will be declined" thing. I get that they've worked hard on making each dish "perfect," but refusing to leave the pickled onions off my husband's pork chop dish starts to feel like bad service to me.

I agree, though; the space is gorgeous.

Dec 08, 2014
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Barley swine

No fair teasing us.

Dec 01, 2014
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Hard Hat XII

Major upgrade!

Dec 01, 2014
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Thanksgiving at The Carillon

Bummer. Anyone been to regular dinner service at the Carillon since they parted ways with Josh Watkins?

Nov 28, 2014
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[UPDATE] Vote for your favorite restaurants in Austin for "Best of 2014."

Best overall: Uchi.
http://uchiaustin.com/uchi
Consistently amazing, every single time.

Nov 18, 2014
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Zagat's Top 10 Austin Burgers

That word got me salivating, as well.

Nov 09, 2014
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You're leaving Austin for good, take one taco with you and tell us why.

That was fun! Thanks, amysuehere and slowcooked, for joining me for a tasty lunch. We need to do it again soon. RB, you missed out!

Nov 05, 2014
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You're leaving Austin for good, take one taco with you and tell us why.

Yay! Looking forward to it!

Nov 05, 2014
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You're leaving Austin for good, take one taco with you and tell us why.

Works for me. So 12:15 at RoS?

Nov 05, 2014
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You're leaving Austin for good, take one taco with you and tell us why.

I've never been, so don't know how crowded it gets...

Nov 05, 2014
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You're leaving Austin for good, take one taco with you and tell us why.

For future reference, though, Epicerie's grilled cheese & tomato soup is pretty awesome.

Nov 05, 2014
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You're leaving Austin for good, take one taco with you and tell us why.

I can make that work!

Nov 05, 2014
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You're leaving Austin for good, take one taco with you and tell us why.

I'm in the same boat as amysuehere as far as having a lot to do, and my office is out southwest. How about something Central nearish to MoPac? Republic of Sandwich and Fork & Taco both fit this bill. Or anything else around that area...Sarah's, Noble Sandwich, Epicerie, Pinthouse, etc.

Also, can we meet a little late, around 12:15 or 12:30?

Nov 05, 2014
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You're leaving Austin for good, take one taco with you and tell us why.

We need to decide on a location for our Chowhound lunch this Wednesday! What say you, 'Hounders?

Nov 03, 2014
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Best Reasonably Priced Mexican food?

Ha! They close pretty early, actually, and we arrived close enough to closing time that the telemundo had already been shut down. They were super gracious about serving us anyway, though...another point in their favor.

Nov 03, 2014
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Best Reasonably Priced Mexican food?

Thanks so much for the responses, all. Our guests were at F1 all three days, but I went today only and had Uchi reservations for tonight, so needed somewhere closer to town for our Mexican dinner. We ended up at La Fruta Feliz and you were so right, slowcooked - the barbacoa was fantastic. I also had some lengua which was good, but I like the lengua preparation at Taqueria Arandas better.

crippstom, I'll definitely hit up some of your suggestions another time - and ieatthereforeiam, I've been meaning to get back to La Cocina de Consuelo for a lonnnnng time. It's right by our house, too! You've just moved it up the list.

Nov 02, 2014
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One more time! Weird shirts, merch, coffee, doughnuts, meat, and booze in Austin, go!

I think maybe he meant Fresa's?

Oct 28, 2014
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Lucky Robot - review

I think those brussels sprouts the OP mentioned are to die for. Quite possibly my favorites in town (yes, including Uchiko). I also love both of their pork belly dishes, the Rising Sun and the Bo Ssam. The meat in the Bo Ssam preparation is a little less fatty because it is shredded. Both delicious.

Oct 28, 2014
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Sawyer and Company Diner

Jacoby's CFS is really good - at least, it was the day we went. I also can highly recommend Jack Allen's CFS.

Oct 27, 2014
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Best Reasonably Priced Mexican food?

I have family coming to visit this weekend and one of their requests is great Mexican food. The honest truth is that I don't eat a ton of Mexican food (mostly because I have zero willpower when it comes to chips and salsa), and I am not as up on the offerings as I could be.

Housemade tortillas are a must. They're on a budget, so I want something reasonably priced (which knocks out El Naranjo, which would probably be my first choice). They're coming for F1, so it has to be someplace that is open for dinner.

My short list is La Fruta Feliz (which I've actually never been to) or Veracruz All Natural. Which of these would you take them to - or is there somewhere else you like better?

Oct 26, 2014
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One more time! Weird shirts, merch, coffee, doughnuts, meat, and booze in Austin, go!

Okay, as long as you aren't going to Banger's for the FOOD, I think this is a great idea. :)

Oct 25, 2014
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One more time! Weird shirts, merch, coffee, doughnuts, meat, and booze in Austin, go!

There is a new Sixt rental car outlet not far from where you are staying. The owner, Drew, is pretty cool...you might call him and check out their rental policies for the under 25 age group.

Oct 25, 2014
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North Italia's magical burrata

Dang, that looks super delicious. I loves me some burrata.

My brother-in-law, Andy Quaglino, is showing at Art at the Domain. If you head up there, say hello!

Oct 25, 2014
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One more time! Weird shirts, merch, coffee, doughnuts, meat, and booze in Austin, go!

Skip Banger's. Fresa's and Foreign & Domestic are both great.

Oct 24, 2014
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Jamaican beef patty/Caribbean food in Austin?

Chago's on N. Lamar also serves Caribbean food...not sure whether they have beef patties, though.

Oct 24, 2014
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