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Yummy/Exotic - Zero Degree Ice Cream shop on Lakeline Blvd

Intrigued. Thanks for the heads-up!

Aug 25, 2014
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Best Fish and Chips in Austin

I had a bite of my husband's fish & chips at Garbo's (the brick & mortar) yesterday. The one bite I had was good. They serve theirs with potato chips, though - not fries.

Aug 23, 2014
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We hit a Top Ten spot

Agree with lixlix for Cantonese choices.

Slowcooked, I can't remember whether we've discussed this, but have you been to Muangthai? My favorite Thai in town.

Aug 23, 2014
Optimista in Austin

We hit a Top Ten spot

I've been and loved it - though I'm also surprised that it would rate that highly nationally.

Aug 22, 2014
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We have Three

It was. Best new restaurants in 2014.

Aug 17, 2014
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Hot restaurants that are not too expensive

Not yet!

Aug 15, 2014
Optimista in Austin

Hot restaurants that are not too expensive

Had the soft boiled duck egg w/fried rice & mushroom at lunch on Wednesday and it was to die for. That dish is special.

Aug 15, 2014
Optimista in Austin

Hot restaurants that are not too expensive

Yes! Or over to Snow Monster for some amazing snow ice (that's what we did last time we went to K&C).

Aug 13, 2014
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My new favourite Fish Taco Truck

Ooo, never even heard of this place! Going on the list now. Thanks for the rec!

Aug 12, 2014
Optimista in Austin

Hot restaurants that are not too expensive

Kin & Comfort is way north (not east), but very reasonable (and in a food court, so about as un-fancy as it gets). I also love the Bufalina and Garbo's recommendations. Also, Salty Sow is east and is another casual spot with tasty food.

Aug 12, 2014
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NYC Chowhounder coming to Austin for the first time over Labor Day

Ooo, I might have to try that with pork belly next time. Though TNP's ham is pretty special...

Aug 09, 2014
Optimista in Austin

Hard Hat XII

Must keep an eye out for those...Chowhound party at sqwertz's house?

Aug 09, 2014
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Hopdoddy

Minneapolis native here! I love Hopdoddy. Their Greek burger (lamb-based) is worth standing in line for, and different enough than the other great burgers in town to merit the trip, IMO. As others say, the line moves fast. Here are some pretty pictures for you to consider:

http://www.foodieisthenewforty.blogsp...

Aug 09, 2014
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Hard Hat XII

How are you guys all seeing sqwertz's cooking? Does he write a blog?!?

Aug 08, 2014
Optimista in Austin

Birthday coming up, Best French in town?

Great suggestion, @girloftheworld. Olivia isn't overtly French, but they do a mean steak frites, the service is always great, and I love their space. Try to get one of the booths on the south end of the restaurant - they're much quieter.

Aug 08, 2014
Optimista in Austin

Birthday coming up, Best French in town?

I've been bashing Justine's on another thread - too lazy to rephrase, so please forgive me for cutting and pasting here:

I've been five times. Once was good, once was great. The other three were slow - two of these, the service was abominable and one was hands-down the worst service experience I've EVER had in a restaurant. And I eat out an average of probably 12 times a week. I'm pretty convinced our server was on drugs. In case you're bored and want to read my blow-by-blow (first time I've ever written a Yelp review that exceeded maximum length and had to be edited back!), here ya go. ;)

http://www.yelp.com/biz/justines-bras...

Aug 08, 2014
Optimista in Austin

Birthday coming up, Best French in town?

I've been to Arro twice. Once was fantastic. The other was terrible. Others I've talked to have had similar experiences. It just seems too inconsistent.

Aug 08, 2014
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Dang Bánh Mì

I have a long blog post written (in my head) about this place. I do think the ingredients used, the meat in particular, are of higher quality than most of the cheaper banh mi places in this town. That justifies a bit of a markup, though perhaps not the markup they've actually tried to implement. I appreciate that they make their own sambal and their own pate, pickle their own veggies, etc. And I like it better than Elizabeth Street's banh mi, which is comparably priced.

I basically think of it as akin to Pei Wei. It has its place. It may not be MY place, but it does fill a niche that wasn't really filled here before. If they were close to my office down south where you can't find a banh mi within shouting distance, they'd be getting my business.

Aug 08, 2014
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NYC Chowhounder coming to Austin for the first time over Labor Day

You ARE lucky, @storefronteats! I've been five times. Once was good, once was great. The other three were slow - two of these, the service was abominable and one was hands-down the worst service experience I've EVER had in a restaurant. And I eat out an average of probably 12 times a week. I'm pretty convinced our server was on drugs. In case you're bored and want to read my blow-by-blow (first time I've ever written a Yelp review that exceeded maximum length and had to be edited back!), here ya go. ;)

http://www.yelp.com/biz/justines-bras...

Aug 07, 2014
Optimista in Austin

NYC Chowhounder coming to Austin for the first time over Labor Day

Re: Justine's: by "relaxed," @storefronteats means that you'll be forced to sit around waiting for your food for two hours, whether you want to or not. Consider yourself warned. ;)

Aug 04, 2014
Optimista in Austin

NYC Chowhounder coming to Austin for the first time over Labor Day

You may have this in NYC, but I'd personally add Snow Monster to this list. Deeeeelicious Taiwanese snow ice.

Also, Lick. Best ice cream evarrrrr.

Aug 04, 2014
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Hard Hat XII

I'm sure you're much the healthier for it, sqwertz.

Aug 04, 2014
Optimista in Austin

Hard Hat XII

sqwertz, if you haven't been to Lenoir, you must remedy that, pronto. It's excellent.

Aug 03, 2014
Optimista in Austin

Hard Hat XII

Oh, Fork & Taco opened? Funny, I was at Noble on Saturday and saw the space but had eyes only for Noble.

Aug 03, 2014
Optimista in Austin

NYC Chowhounder coming to Austin for the first time over Labor Day

Ha, I go back and forth between preferring Uchi and Uchiko, but I think I've landed on Uchi. There are a few dishes there that just rock my world every. single. time.

Aug 03, 2014
Optimista in Austin

NYC Chowhounder coming to Austin for the first time over Labor Day

Plus: BACON BREAD.

Aug 03, 2014
Optimista in Austin

NYC Chowhounder coming to Austin for the first time over Labor Day

I assume you'll have a car at your disposal for the whole trip?

La Condesa is a great pick. It is very close to the Moody Theater; what about saving it for Sunday night and hitting a food trailer on Friday night? East Side Kings (Paul Qui is part owner) has a series of trailers on E. 6th Street that are all open late. All different menus, so you could do a crawl. Or Three Little Pigs is another one of my favorites.

I may be in the minority, but I personally think that Uchi is much more consistently awesome than Qui.

Gourdough's is very fun, but I'm not sure it would be on my "one weekend to eat in Austin" list. OTOH, it might be the one thing that would be different than what you can find in NYC.

My vote for Monday breakfast is Noble Sandwich Co on Burnet. I had a house-made ham, jack, and egg sandwich on bacon bread there this weekend that was one of the best breakfast items I have ever eaten in my life.

Aug 03, 2014
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Sunday Brunch, downtown Austin, please!

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

Jul 30, 2014
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Sunday Brunch, downtown Austin, please!

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

Jul 23, 2014
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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
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