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One more time! Weird shirts, merch, coffee, doughnuts, meat, and booze in Austin, go!

I think maybe he meant Fresa's?

Oct 28, 2014
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Lucky Robot - review

I think those brussels sprouts the OP mentioned are to die for. Quite possibly my favorites in town (yes, including Uchiko). I also love both of their pork belly dishes, the Rising Sun and the Bo Ssam. The meat in the Bo Ssam preparation is a little less fatty because it is shredded. Both delicious.

Oct 28, 2014
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Sawyer and Company Diner

Jacoby's CFS is really good - at least, it was the day we went. I also can highly recommend Jack Allen's CFS.

Oct 27, 2014
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Best Reasonably Priced Mexican food?

I have family coming to visit this weekend and one of their requests is great Mexican food. The honest truth is that I don't eat a ton of Mexican food (mostly because I have zero willpower when it comes to chips and salsa), and I am not as up on the offerings as I could be.

Housemade tortillas are a must. They're on a budget, so I want something reasonably priced (which knocks out El Naranjo, which would probably be my first choice). They're coming for F1, so it has to be someplace that is open for dinner.

My short list is La Fruta Feliz (which I've actually never been to) or Veracruz All Natural. Which of these would you take them to - or is there somewhere else you like better?

Oct 26, 2014
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One more time! Weird shirts, merch, coffee, doughnuts, meat, and booze in Austin, go!

Okay, as long as you aren't going to Banger's for the FOOD, I think this is a great idea. :)

Oct 25, 2014
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One more time! Weird shirts, merch, coffee, doughnuts, meat, and booze in Austin, go!

There is a new Sixt rental car outlet not far from where you are staying. The owner, Drew, is pretty cool...you might call him and check out their rental policies for the under 25 age group.

Oct 25, 2014
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North Italia's magical burrata

Dang, that looks super delicious. I loves me some burrata.

My brother-in-law, Andy Quaglino, is showing at Art at the Domain. If you head up there, say hello!

Oct 25, 2014
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One more time! Weird shirts, merch, coffee, doughnuts, meat, and booze in Austin, go!

Skip Banger's. Fresa's and Foreign & Domestic are both great.

Oct 24, 2014
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Jamaican beef patty/Caribbean food in Austin?

Chago's on N. Lamar also serves Caribbean food...not sure whether they have beef patties, though.

Oct 24, 2014
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You're leaving Austin for good, take one taco with you and tell us why.

Slowcooked, if you're game for picking up the sandwiches, I could meet you guys somewhere! Or if you guys don't mind heading south, the Veracruz outside Radio Cafe is close to my office. Or did you like the Republic of Sandwich or Fork & Taco ideas at all?

Sadly, my Saturdays are booked solid until December, so Melvin's is going to have to wait for another day...er, month.

Oct 22, 2014
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One more time! Weird shirts, merch, coffee, doughnuts, meat, and booze in Austin, go!

If you're staying in Brykerwoods, you are going to have a very difficult time getting to anywhere on this list except Houndstooth on foot or by bus. Is renting a car out of the question? Sadly, Austin is not great as far as public transport goes.

Kind of gimmicky, but for doughnuts you might want to check out Gourdough's. Ginormous doughnuts with all manner of weird stuff atop.

Definitely get the triple fried duck fat fries at Salty Sow. Some of my favorite fries in town.

Oct 22, 2014
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You're leaving Austin for good, take one taco with you and tell us why.

I've been dying to try Melvin's, but 53rd/Duval is just a smidge too far of a hike for me at lunch. Would you guys be okay with Freedman's or somewhere else a little further south/west than Melvin's this round? Republic of Sandwich and Fork & Taco are on my list, too...

Oct 21, 2014
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You're leaving Austin for good, take one taco with you and tell us why.

West campus works. Where is Nathan's? I'm not finding it with a quick Google search.

Oct 21, 2014
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What Happened to Sonora Hot Dog?!!!!

If you're used to seeing it in the spot where it was, it's actually kind of easy to miss.

Oct 20, 2014
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Visiting Austin for 3 1/2 days for my birthday - Dec 3rd -7th

I've been wondering the same, girloftheworld...anyone been since they parted ways with Chef Watkins?

Oct 20, 2014
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You're leaving Austin for good, take one taco with you and tell us why.

There's also one outside Radio Cafe on Manchaca near 71.

Oct 20, 2014
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You're leaving Austin for good, take one taco with you and tell us why.

Are we talking about lunch time? If so, IN, if we can meet someplace not too far north or east (my office is on SW Parkway).

Oct 20, 2014
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Visiting Austin for 3 1/2 days for my birthday - Dec 3rd -7th

I thought you just said Congress was just okay up above...?

Also, I think you mean Sazon on S. Lamar for GF, right? (as opposed to Saxon Pub, also on S. Lamar)

Oct 18, 2014
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Boston Hounds Headed to Austin: 36 Hours of Chow?

The "not too loud, please" part is the trick. I think my favorite quiet fine dining destination is The Carillon, but they recently parted ways with their longtime Exec Chef and I haven't been back yet, so I'm not sure about how it has fared. Has anyone else been since?

Driskill Grill may be another good option for you.

Tacos: Veracruz All Natural

Other food trucks: East Side Kings, Lucky's Puccias, Peached Tortilla, Chi'Lantro, Three Little Pigs.

Lots of great farmer's markets - close in, the easiest are probably the downtown Saturday market or the Mueller market on Sundays.

Oct 18, 2014
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Bahn Mi at Dang

Oh yeah, I think I'd seen that up there but wasn't sure what it was. Hard to stray from all the other wonderful spots in that mall - Tatsu-ya, Din Ho, Sunflower...

Oct 12, 2014
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You're leaving Austin for good, take one taco with you and tell us why.

No love for Veracruz All Natural? I visited for the first time today and was blown away. Amazing, flavorful fish taco; super delicious chicken mole, excellent al pastor - and those housemade tortillas and fantastic sauces - all for $3ish per taco. A steal.

I have GOT to get to La Fruta Feliz...

Oct 12, 2014
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You're leaving Austin for good, take one taco with you and tell us why.

Crap! Why didn't I click on this thread sooner? Would love to meet some of y'all.

Oct 12, 2014
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Visiting Austin for 3 1/2 days for my birthday - Dec 3rd -7th

Same here. I think it's $75 pp now across the board (+$40, I think, for wine pairings).

Oct 12, 2014
Optimista in Austin

M. Odom's review of LaV

We also had good service on our one visit there, and consumed only very affordable wines/cocktails by the glass (my single glass of prosecco was $10).

Full blog post:
http://foodieisthenewforty.blogspot.c...

Oct 12, 2014
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Bahn Mi at Dang

Intrigued, ericthered. Must check it out. Is it new? Does it have a name?

Oct 10, 2014
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Visiting Austin for 3 1/2 days for my birthday - Dec 3rd -7th

I think Barley Swine is also a contender. I've only had their prix fixe once, but was super impressed. The atmosphere is pretty casual, though...don't know what sort of vibe you're looking for, but just wanted to let you know.

Carillon and their longtime chef recently parted ways, so I'd say they may be a little more iffy right now.

Oct 10, 2014
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Visiting Austin for 3 1/2 days for my birthday - Dec 3rd -7th

I fluctuate between preferring Uchi or Uchiko, but I'm in the Uchi boat right now. I've heard their servers say that Uchi tends to be more feminine and Uchi more masculine, flavor-wise. Difficult to better describe what that means, but I think it does ring true for me. I do tend to find more smokiness in the dishes at Uchiko. I don't think you'll be disappointed, either way.

If you want to go to either, they open reservations 30 days out (actually, not 100% sure this is true for Uchiko - may take reservations further out for them) and I would highly recommend marking your calendar for the 30th day and logging on then. Uchi reservations in particular are pretty difficult to come by, especially if you want a time that's not super early or super late.

Oct 10, 2014
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Bahn Mi at Dang

Kind of hard to see in the small pic, but I think the orange things you can sort of see under the egg were pickled carrots. Also, they claim to pickle their own veggies.

Oct 08, 2014
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Bahn Mi at Dang

I'm pretty sure there were pickled veggies when I went...

Oct 08, 2014
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Favorite places for a drink and a snack

FINO and Olive & June both fit that bill (though some of Olive & June's snacks are painfully small).

Oct 08, 2014
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