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Popping up all over - What are our favorite ethnic restaurants?

We eat at Ya Ya's pretty frequently. I like it a lot. Their lemongrass tofu (in bun form or over rice) is my favorite. I think better banh mi can be found elsewhere, though.

Feb 27, 2015
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Special restaurant for a 21st Birthday celebration

Glad you enjoyed yourself! Food trucks are really fun, particularly because you get to gloat about the fact that it's not freezing cold with 18" of snow.

Feb 26, 2015
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Immediate and Urgent Need

Darn, sorry I missed chiming in on this. Hope you had fun.

Feb 26, 2015
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Popping up all over - What are our favorite ethnic restaurants?

Thanks to ridgeback, I got to attend one of the pop-ups for the coming-soon Wu Chow. I was SUPER impressed with their dim sum offerings. Xiao Long Bao hands down the best in Austin (not saying much, but still).

Feb 26, 2015
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Popping up all over - What are our favorite ethnic restaurants?

I liked it. Did a little write-up on my blog if you're interested:
http://foodieisthenewforty.blogspot.c...

Besides, the restaurant is named after you - you have to try it! :)

Feb 26, 2015
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Barley Swine vs. Qui

Agreed.

Feb 16, 2015
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Popping up all over - What are our favorite ethnic restaurants?

Vietnamese - I would add Sunflower for their family-style dishes (sizzling seafood platter, sea bass, shaken beef)

For Szechuanese food, I actually prefer Sichuan River over Asia Cafe (though I will agree that Asia Cafe is excellent). Sichuan River is my favorite, but second favorite is Szechuan House.

Korean - I love Together, but that may be influenced by the fact that we always go there with a Korean friend who knows the owner and just basically takes over the ordering.

Russia House - meh.

Japanese - I'd add Hanabi for sushi.

Italian - I'd add La Traviata.

For Ethiopian, I much prefer Taste of Ethiopia or Karibu over Aster's.

I'd add Troy for Turkish food.

Feb 14, 2015
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Sunday Night Dinner Austin?

And it's damn good fried chicken, to boot!

Feb 09, 2015
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Sunday Night Dinner Austin?

Fixe is open on Sunday nights. We had a really great meal there recently that pleased both the more adventurous and less adventurous palates in our group. Entrees aren't HUGE, but they are at least not small plates...

Feb 06, 2015
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Sunday Night Dinner Austin?

Neither of those are open on Sunday nights...

Feb 06, 2015
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Special restaurant for a 21st Birthday celebration

Uchi would be my first choice from this list if it were MY birthday. Barley Swine would be my second choice. Barley Swine is the only all-prix-fixe spot on the list, which makes it harder to afford for a young adult.

Feb 06, 2015
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Peached Tortilla

Yes, this friend of ridgeback's LOVES the pork belly bowl. Housemade kim chi is awesome, too (there's some in the bowl, so you get a twofer!).

Feb 06, 2015
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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...

Jan 28, 2015
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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.

Jan 27, 2015
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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
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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
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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
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10 to remember-

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

Jan 04, 2015
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10 to remember-

Thanks, byanow!

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

Jan 04, 2015
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10 to remember-

Ditto.

Jan 02, 2015
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Fixe Austin's Southern House

Sounds interesting! Thanks for the thorough review.

Jan 02, 2015
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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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