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Place near-ish Bass Hall for 4 including veggie/lactose-intolerant and picky eater?

Did you see the other suggestions? Milto's or Texas French Bread might work if your picky eater doesn't do Asian food...

1 day ago
Optimista in Austin
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Place near-ish Bass Hall for 4 including veggie/lactose-intolerant and picky eater?

I love Salty Sow, but most of their veggie dishes involve dairy.

2 days ago
Optimista in Austin

Place near-ish Bass Hall for 4 including veggie/lactose-intolerant and picky eater?

Steeping Room is only 20ish blocks farther north than Bass. Unless that person is coming on foot or by bicycle, that doesn't really seem "super inconvenient" to me.

That said, what about Aster's Ethiopian (my least favorite Ethiopian in town, but at least convenient to Bass), Milto's, Texas French Bread, Zen, or Thai Kitchen? There's also YaYa's at 38th and Guadalupe, but that's only marginally closer to Bass than Steeping Room.

Jan 26, 2015
Optimista in Austin
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Weekend in Austin

My top three for "eclectic" would be:
Uchi or Uchiko
Barley Swine (same chef/owner as Odd Duck, but I think the tasting menu really lets the amazingness shine)
Foreign & Domestic

Jan 21, 2015
Optimista in Austin

RIP VIII

Don't miss Sichuan River. My favorite Szechuanese in town.

Jan 16, 2015
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Delaney's Icehouse

Oh, bah. That's too bad.

Jan 09, 2015
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Best King Cakei in Austin?

A few years ago, I had one that Walton's Fancy & Staple had made and it was DELICIOUS. I don't know about authenticity, but it definitely scored on my tasty scale.

Jan 09, 2015
Optimista in Austin

10 to remember-

I do love that mushroom pizza! Haven't tried the rest - will do so.

Jan 04, 2015
Optimista in Austin

10 to remember-

Thanks, byanow!

GOTW - what dishes at St. Philip do you think are more noteworthy?

Jan 04, 2015
Optimista in Austin

10 to remember-

Ditto.

Jan 02, 2015
Optimista in Austin

Fixe Austin's Southern House

Sounds interesting! Thanks for the thorough review.

Jan 02, 2015
Optimista in Austin

Please help finalize Austin itinerary (researched!)

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

Dec 15, 2014
Optimista in Austin

Vegan Restaurant Options?

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

Dec 12, 2014
Optimista in Austin
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Numero 28

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

http://www.numero28.com/

Dec 09, 2014
Optimista in Austin

Numero 28

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

Dec 08, 2014
Optimista in Austin

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
Optimista in Austin

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
Optimista in Austin

Barley swine

No fair teasing us.

Dec 01, 2014
Optimista in Austin

Hard Hat XII

Major upgrade!

Dec 01, 2014
Optimista in Austin

Thanksgiving at The Carillon

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

Nov 28, 2014
Optimista in Austin

[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
Optimista in Austin

Zagat's Top 10 Austin Burgers

That word got me salivating, as well.

Nov 09, 2014
Optimista in Austin
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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
Optimista in Austin

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

Yay! Looking forward to it!

Nov 05, 2014
Optimista in Austin

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
Optimista in Austin

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
Optimista in Austin

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
Optimista in Austin

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

I can make that work!

Nov 05, 2014
Optimista in Austin

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
Optimista in Austin

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
Optimista in Austin