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Dinner Sunday in Austin??

I like Fixe better than its main competitor, Olamaie. Those biscuits could lure anyone off a low carb diet.

Jul 01, 2015
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I love bean and cheese tacos

Easy stumbling distance from our house. Dangerous. Thanks for the heads-up, ridgeback.

Jul 01, 2015
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Dinner Sunday in Austin??

Aha. Definitely don't spend your Austin calories there, then!

Jun 30, 2015
Optimista in Austin

Dinner Sunday in Austin??

I need to get back there and try the gumbo, slowcooked. The one time I was there I was in the mood for something "lighter" and ended up with a fish sandwich.

Jun 30, 2015
Optimista in Austin

Dinner Sunday in Austin??

Ranch 616? Super loud but very Austin-y and festive. Or maybe Fixe or Lambert's? Or Salty Sow?

Jun 30, 2015
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Best Dim Sum in Austin?!

The one on Greystone.

Jun 30, 2015
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Dinner Sunday in Austin??

Or Perry's does their unbelievable pork chop deal on Sundays...
http://foodieisthenewforty.blogspot.c...

Jun 30, 2015
Optimista in Austin

Dinner Sunday in Austin??

What about Liberty Kitchen on 5th Street? HUGE portions (good for teens) and interesting menu. Not my favorite in town, but fun, creative, and light-hearted, for sure.

Jun 30, 2015
Optimista in Austin

Best Dim Sum in Austin?!

Chinatown just got a new dim sum chef from San Francisco and the samples I tasted were outstanding.

Could the new place you're thinking of be Wu Chow, BTAustin? That's not going to be east, though - it's going to be in the same building as Fixe on 5th Street.

Jun 23, 2015
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What this town needs

A good Jewish deli.

Jun 15, 2015
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Taking 2 college guys to dinner help me please

Ooo, or that giNORmous chicken fried pork chop!

May 22, 2015
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Another icon lost

Do you like it, sqwertz? I've yet to find my sweet spot there.

May 22, 2015
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Taking 2 college guys to dinner help me please

Could you take them to brunch? There are some great all you can eat brunch options that would fit the bill (Moonshine, TNT, etc.).

May 22, 2015
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RIP 9 (IX)

Based on my one experience there, I agree. Though a friend whose palate I trust raves about the "dirty mint chip" ice cream pints they sell at CM.

May 13, 2015
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Shake Shack coming to Austin!!!

As long as crunchy-ness is involved, I should be good to go. Taking notes - thanks for the tip!

May 11, 2015
Optimista in Austin

Liberty Kitchen now open

Oh my, you just moved them up the list. Thanks for the thorough review, slowcooked!

May 11, 2015
Optimista in Austin

Shake Shack coming to Austin!!!

Enjoyed reading your thoughts, slowcooked. I was surprised at your receipt total but just checked the menu and see that the Shack Stack is a bit more pricey than some of their other offerings, I guess because there are basically two proteins on it. I apparently need to try the crinkle fries at Mighty Fine - are they nice and crunchy? Mealy crinkle fries are the bane of my existence.

May 07, 2015
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Shake Shack coming to Austin!!!

Shake Shack opens today! I got to go to the preview party last night and blogged about it. Cliff's notes: they've incorporated some local products into their offerings here (Kreuz's jalapeno sausage on a burger and they have an ice cream treat that is made in collab with Uchi/Uchiko). I thought the burgers were very tasty and the fries were amazing, though I'm not usually much of a fan of crinkle cut fries. I hope they are able to keep the quality up long-term.

http://foodieisthenewforty.blogspot.c...

May 05, 2015
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Dinner near the convention center

Second El Naranjo. It's super convenient to where you'll be, and amazing.

Apr 30, 2015
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Downtown lunches

Dang, did not know that (obviously). Hope something better goes in there. That space seems kind of jinxed, recently.

Apr 27, 2015
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Downtown lunches

Lucky's Puccias brick & mortar fits your criteria. Their mini puccias are just $5 and are plenty for lunch. I've found them to be faster than the trailer.

Also, what about Stinson's? It's technically not downtown, but close, and okay, it's not amazing, but perfectly serviceable and fast. Easy parking every time I've been, too. Oooo, and how about Fresa's?

If chains are an option, I also like Einstein Bros.

For grab & go, I actually really like Snap Kitchen's food, too.

Apr 26, 2015
Optimista in Austin

favorite sandwiches in austin that are not hot dogs or burgers?

My favorite non-banh-mi sandwich in town is the Lucky's Puccia at Lucky's Puccias. For banh mis, I love Thanh Nhi, Tam and NG BMT.

Apr 21, 2015
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Seeking Viet Namese

Le Soleil was the name of the place that was opened by the ex-husband of the woman who owns Sunflower. It was further up Lamar.

Apr 21, 2015
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I love bean and cheese tacos

Bring a friend and split one carne asada and one bean & cheese!

Apr 11, 2015
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Bachelor party

Will you have a car?

Apr 11, 2015
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I love bean and cheese tacos

I totally agree. I would not normally order bean & cheese anything, but that burrito is amazing.

Apr 09, 2015
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Sala and Betty on Airport - soft opening report

Must be one bad chef (or one good chef) back there, as my experience of several of those dishes was vastly different than yours. Ah, consistency - the bane of so many Austin restaurants.

Mar 24, 2015
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Saturday Breakfast

I haven't been since they changed chefs, but TRACE used to serve a pretty mean breakfast.

Mar 24, 2015
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Best Group recommendation for a recruiting event?

You could probably get by on $1000 at Salty Sow, but I don't *think* their private room is large enough to seat 25.

Hopfields' private room might accommodate your group and I'm pretty sure you could get out for around $1000 there.

Z Tejas on 6th Street could probably fit both your budget and space needs.

Mandola's at the Triangle also has private space and for sure you could spend less than $1000 there. I'm not sure how big their private space is, though, as I've never been in it.

Mar 15, 2015
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Sala and Betty on Airport - soft opening report

I've been twice, now. First time they were only serving the drive-through menu so four of us got a family meal (1 lb of meat and two large sides) with half sirloin and half pulled pork and chose garlic green beans and fries as our sides. The pulled pork was the standout of the meats and both sides were excellent (the fries so much so that we ordered a second side of them to share). We also split the wagyu sandwich and it was excellent. For dessert, we split a brulee of the day (earl grey) and a souffle. Loved them both.

On our second visit, four of us split two fried chicken biscuit apps and they were awesome. I'd order those again in a heartbeat. My husband and I also split a kale salad which was fine, but the kale needed a little more massaging and it was neither large enough nor special enough to merit the $10 price tag. My husband got a bowl of chicken & dumplings for dinner and the small taste I had was wonderful. I got the lamb chops, which I thought were the biggest fail of the evening - two teeny tiny lollipop chops that were overcooked and sort of bland. The kale & turnips served with the chops were pretty tasty, but not overwhelmingly so, and for $30 this dish was just way too small and not that great, particularly when you consider that the family meals are just $34. One of our friends got the garbanzo pancakes, which were super interesting, and another got the salmon, which was again okay but not special. We split the upside down cake of the day (plum) for dessert and it was perfectly flavored and very moist.

I'll probably order from the drive-through menu again next time (you can order from the drive-through menu when you dine in).

Mar 15, 2015
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