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Sunday Brunch, downtown Austin, please!

Oh! Didn't realize you were a minor. Lucky you! :)

1 day ago
Optimista in Austin

Sunday Brunch, downtown Austin, please!

You don't pay...ever? How do I get a gig like this?

Jul 23, 2014
Optimista in Austin

Special Meal - Austin (Help)

I have heard mixed reviews, but since you are wine fanatics, you might look at LaV. There is another review somewhere on this board for them.

I've eaten at most other high end places in town and my favorites are Uchi/Uchiko (though you are getting an Uchi in DFW, so maybe skip that) and The Carillon (however, they just parted ways with their executive chef, so not sure how that is going to play out). I also think FINO is amazing and under-appreciated. And Wink is a lovely special occasion spot, though it can be kind of loudish.

Here's a blog post I did in March, for a more comprehensive list of options:

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

Not sure re: your question about Franklin - unless "way earlier than is worth it" counts as an answer. ;)

Jul 07, 2014
Optimista in Austin
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Mid Range restaurant recommendations

The brussels sprout Caesar is one of my favorite salads in town. Also love the truffled deviled eggs and fried chicken on the HH menu and the crispy chicken thighs and duck fat fries on the non-HH menu (the fries are on the HH menu too, but it's a smaller portion and you'll want the large size!) and the butterscotch budino for dessert.

Jul 06, 2014
Optimista in Austin

Hot Weather

I think there's a fair amount of milk involved. They call it shaved ice, but I think it's a misnomer...

Jul 06, 2014
Optimista in Austin

Hot Weather

I just discovered Snow Monster. My new summer addiction:

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

Also, I can't believe I forgot to suggest my favorite grab-and-go cold meal from Whole Foods - their spicy salmon bowl (raw spicy salmon, white or brown rice, diced cucumber, occasionally - but not always - a bit of avocado. Served with wasabi, soy sauce, and pickled ginger. I usually dump the soy sauce packet into the wasabi container, stir it all together, then pour the whole thing over the top of the bowl.)

Jul 05, 2014
Optimista in Austin

Mid Range restaurant recommendations

Agree with lixlix that most of the higher end place in Austin have entrees under $30. For this reason, it might be helpful if you gave us more info about what sort of vibe you're going for, what kind of food you like, etc.

Jul 05, 2014
Optimista in Austin

Mid Range restaurant recommendations

I will say, slowcooked, that my experience with the non-pork-chop items at Perry's has not been as rave-inducing. Okay, but not worth the $$$$$.

Jul 05, 2014
Optimista in Austin

Mid Range restaurant recommendations

Second Salty Sow. Great spot. And I'll add La Traviata to the mix.

Jul 05, 2014
Optimista in Austin

Best meal deal at an upscale restaurant

Isn't that called the Big Ass burger? Or is the Half Ass the name for half of it?

Jul 05, 2014
Optimista in Austin

Best meal deal at an upscale restaurant

Perry's has an even better deal on Sundays - the full pork chop (the Friday lunch is just half) plus a huge salad and a dessert trio for $24.95.

Jul 05, 2014
Optimista in Austin

Rehearsal Dinner Recommendations

All great places, but none of these seem traditional to me in the same way that the Vault Room at Perry's is...

Jun 27, 2014
Optimista in Austin

Best Food Items at Spec's?

Saw Talenti at WF the other day. I was en route to an event so couldn't buy any, but duly noted.

Jun 27, 2014
Optimista in Austin

Best Food Items at Spec's?

Hijack away, kosheri! That sounds terrific.

Jun 27, 2014
Optimista in Austin

Any Recent Visits to Wink?

Really? I can out-eat most men I know and I have never left Wink hungry.

Jun 21, 2014
Optimista in Austin

Rehearsal Dinner Recommendations

Less spendy than Perry's, though. They're doing 4 courses/$50 now, maybe they'll do a 3-course for a larger party for less?

Jun 21, 2014
Optimista in Austin

Best Food Items at Spec's?

Total tangent, but the Greek salad at Milto's is one of my favorites. Delicious dressing, and those rolls...MMM.

Jun 21, 2014
Optimista in Austin

Best Food Items at Spec's?

THEY HAVE A CHICAGO DOG? I must have completely missed that. I'm such a Chicago dog-lover. Next up on my list. Ditto o-rings!

Yes, girloftheworld! Cafe at Spec's Brodie! There's one at Arbor Walk, too.

Jun 21, 2014
Optimista in Austin

Best Food Items at Spec's?

WHAT? Right by my house! Awesome tip, sqwertz - thank you!

Jun 21, 2014
Optimista in Austin

Any Recent Visits to Wink?

I don't know why I don't go here more often. I did go recently for dessert and it was wonderful, but I haven't had a full meal there in over a year. I've done both a la carte and tasting menu there - can't go wrong either way. I usually just pick depending on how much I want to eat & spend that evening!

Jun 20, 2014
Optimista in Austin

Best Food Items at Spec's?

Sea Salt Caramel anything has my number. I'll look for it. Girloftheworld, is the cheese souffle savory or sweet?

Jun 20, 2014
Optimista in Austin

Best Food Items at Spec's?

Really? I loves me a good gyro. Will definitely check this out!

Jun 20, 2014
Optimista in Austin

Best Food Items at Spec's?

Ooo, great tip, malarkey! Thank you!

Jun 20, 2014
Optimista in Austin

Best Food Items at Spec's?

Will do. Thanks, lixlix!

Jun 20, 2014
Optimista in Austin

Best Food Items at Spec's?

Sqwertz, I was at Brodie today and there was some limburger in the 1/2 price bin!

What's your favorite from the lunch counter? I got the smoked salmon sandwich there today (forget the official name) and thought it was just okay.

Jun 19, 2014
Optimista in Austin

Best Food Items at Spec's?

Wait...you can get pancetta at HEB?!? It never even occurred to me to look there!

Jun 19, 2014
Optimista in Austin

Best Food Items at Spec's?

Mmm, jamon iberico! LOVE. Do they also carry pancetta? I've never thought to look, and I seem to make carbonara on a fairly regular basis.

Jun 19, 2014
Optimista in Austin

Best Food Items at Spec's?

I hit Spec's fairly often for the obvious boozy delights, and every time I go, I wander through the food aisles, intrigued by the many interesting unfamiliar packaged food and freezer items. Does anybody have recommendations for specific food items at Spec's that I need to try?

Jun 19, 2014
Optimista in Austin

Rehearsal Dinner Recommendations

What about the Carillon? They have an interesting menu but plenty to please traditionalists and the decor is moderately staid. More affordable than Perry's and, IMO, light years better (though I must admit that the Perry's pork chop is pretty amazing).

Jun 19, 2014
Optimista in Austin

Where to take group of 20 (mixed ages)

I am totally confused. I've made reservations at Jack Allen's many times at both the north and south locations, the most recent time being less than three weeks ago. And I just checked their website and there is a way to make reservations there, though it says to call for parties of more than 6.

Jun 17, 2014
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