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So, I'm a Boston 'hound, our board here created some "best/must try/authentic" threads...

Chuy's is all about what you order. Their enchiladas and rellenos, tacos, etc are horrible

Jan 30, 2015
amysuehere in Austin

RIP VIII

I really don't get the appeal. Gimme a Freddie's smash-burger any day.

(welcome back, rb. We missed you.)

Jan 29, 2015
amysuehere in Austin

Valentines Weekend

Valentine's dinner is most certainly going to be a disappointment unless you go casual. Very. Casual.

See this for the rest:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1002655

Jan 29, 2015
amysuehere in Austin

So, I'm a Boston 'hound, our board here created some "best/must try/authentic" threads...

Feel better soon!

Jan 28, 2015
amysuehere in Austin

So, I'm a Boston 'hound, our board here created some "best/must try/authentic" threads...

GotW is grumpy today...

Jan 28, 2015
amysuehere in Austin

So, I'm a Boston 'hound, our board here created some "best/must try/authentic" threads...

But the poster was looking for something kid friendly for non-foodies. Atmosphere is fun, it's about mid-way to Round Rock, patio and margaritas are nice and if you order the right thing, the food is actually fine. Is it the best we have to offer? No. Does it fit the request? Yes. Plus, like it or hate it, it's an Austin institution.

Jan 28, 2015
amysuehere in Austin
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So, I'm a Boston 'hound, our board here created some "best/must try/authentic" threads...

Agreed about ZTejas as well. We used to regularly go for lunch on weekdays and the last few times have been bitterly disappointing.

Jan 27, 2015
amysuehere in Austin

So, I'm a Boston 'hound, our board here created some "best/must try/authentic" threads...

What about Chuy's on 183? Beyond kid friendly and everyone will find something that suites them. While I can't recommend much, the patio's quite nice, it's a very "campy" Austin experience, the Mexican Martini is always a bonus, salsa and (ask for it) jalapeno ranch are acceptable.

I can only recommend a few things: Chuychanga with tomatillo sauce is one of my favorites (and you won't get anything like that where you're from), tortilla soup, Elvis chicken, and the mexi-cobb (sub out beef fajita meat and unless you're starving, make it a half-order). However, it's a very "user-friendly" place for people that aren't foodies.

Jan 27, 2015
amysuehere in Austin

So, I'm a Boston 'hound, our board here created some "best/must try/authentic" threads...

Oh! How could I forget to tell you this!?

You NEED to go on one of the Austin Eats tours!

This is a major bang for your buck way to try lots of really great places you couldn't do otherwise (with time and stomach space constraints). Plus, it's great fun as well.

http://www.austineatsfoodtours.com

They fill up fast, so I'd book as soon as possible.

Jan 24, 2015
amysuehere in Austin

So, I'm a Boston 'hound, our board here created some "best/must try/authentic" threads...

Actually, you'll be coming when Austin is at its most lovely. The mountain laurels should be in full bloom.

I'm the same as you when I travel. If I have more time, I'm likely to sprinkle in some places that have more local flare than are known for the food specifically. See my above first post.

So, with that in mind, Green Pastures will give you an old Texas charm experience. Do have the milk punch and make sure you have reservations for the sun porch.

Your SO should love the broad selection if nothing else:

Assorted Cheeses, Crackers and Cheese Rosettes
Spinach & Mixed Greens with Red Wine Vinaigrette and Ranch Dressing
Cavatappi, Chipotle and Romaine Salad / Baby Iceberg with Bacon, Blue Cheese and Tomatoes
Carrot, Mint and Feta / Cucumber, Tomatoes & Sumac / Roasted Lentil & Kelp Salad / Red Bean Salad
Barley, Corn, Edamame, Goat Cheese and Mustard Vinaigrette / Horseradish Potato Salad
Olives with Nuts and Garden Herbs / Artichoke, Roasted Garlic and Lemon
Fresh Mozzarella, Almonds, Basil and Cherry Tomatoes / Pickled Habanero
Pickled Chioggia Beets / Pickled Beets / Pickled Yellow Beets / Spicy Bread and Butter Pickles
Pickled Grapes / Pickled Watermelon Rind / Grilled Brie with Garden Herbs
Tomato, Red Onion and Basil / Cucumber, Carrot & Daikon Radish / Buttermilk Coleslaw
Grilled Tofu, Belgian Endive, Celery, Walnuts and Blueberry Vinaigrette
Frog Legs with Jalapeño Sauce / Pork Belly with BBQ Sriracha
Porcini and Brie Dip
Espresso & Cocoa Chicken Sausage with Texas Peach Chutney
Creole Spiced Beef Skewer with GP Mustard Sauce
Hot Pepper Pork Ribs with Wasabi BBQ
Portabella Mushroom Skewers with Chipotle Ranch / Sesame Broccoli
Split Pea Dip with Parmesan & Won Ton / Black Bean Dip with Feta & Punjab Curry Strips
Flat Iron with Steak Sauce / Pork with Jalapeno and Dos Lunas Cheddar
Moroccan Chicken with Fig and Lemon / Smoked Trout with Capers and Garlic
Green Lip Mussels with Ginger-Soy, Hoisin, Sriracha and Sesame
Blue Mussels, Mustard Vinaigrette, Capers and Red Onion
BBQ Salmon / Hot Smoked Salmon / Sesame Tuna with Wasabi Cream
Chilled Shrimp with Cocktail Sauce and Chipotle Remoulade
Watermelon, Rose Hips, Orange and Jalapeño Soup / Roasted Ginger and Carrot with Sesame
Gazpacho with Pickled Okra
Pecan-Green Beans
Brown Sugar Carrots with Almonds
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Eggs Benedict
Roasted Pork Loin with Dijon Gravy, Sweet Pickles and
Grilled Trout with Crab, Spinach, Capers & Crawfish Bisque
USDA Prime Rib with Au Jus, GP Whole Grain Mustard, Horseradish and Creamy Horseradish
Deviled Eggs with Tobikko
Quiche
Pigs in a blanket, Pepperoni Rolls, Pickled Eggs
Sliced Fruit Tray with Vanilla Cream
White Chocolate and Pecan Bread Pudding with Jack Daniel’s Sauce
Chocolate Fountain

Jan 24, 2015
amysuehere in Austin

So, I'm a Boston 'hound, our board here created some "best/must try/authentic" threads...

Agreed. Sunday brunch in general is overrated. I'd rather go to a great Mexican on Sunday morning.

Jan 24, 2015
amysuehere in Austin

So, I'm a Boston 'hound, our board here created some "best/must try/authentic" threads...

No. You should go. We live about as opposite as you can get from them. Even so, we're going to a cider tasting today, now that the sun has finally (we're wimps - it's only been three days) come out.

It's and hour drive for us each way and North by Northwest has a wonderful dark and is only ten minutes away.

Yes, long drives are par for the course. I really do think you should make it out to the Lake Travis area - either for Pinos, Hudson's on the Bend or just hanging at the lake (even though it's dreadfully low).

Jan 24, 2015
amysuehere in Austin

So, I'm a Boston 'hound, our board here created some "best/must try/authentic" threads...

Personally, I just think FSM is just way too overpriced for what it is. GP is VERY southern traditional. Yes, the food is average, but the experience just makes you want to put on a hoop dress and carry an umbrella. Another bonus if you have a rental car - it isn't your car the peacocks are getting frisky on.

For Sunday brunch, I'd suggest Jack Allen's kitchen or Moonshine offer traditional Texas brunch dishes. Moonshine also has a very nice patio.

Jan 24, 2015
amysuehere in Austin
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So, I'm a Boston 'hound, our board here created some "best/must try/authentic" threads...

I'm a real fan of the Black Metal brew! It's puzzling that they used to sell it in stores and now don't. I bought it every week. However, it's difficult to justify going clear across town and then into the country for a bottle of beer. Speaking of which, NxNW is a great location for beer tasting and has another excellent patio on a nice weather day.

Jan 24, 2015
amysuehere in Austin

So, I'm a Boston 'hound, our board here created some "best/must try/authentic" threads...

There's a small bunching on Barton Springs near the pool, called Picnic and has these trailers
Turf and Surf
Seedling
Skinny Limits
Hey, You Going To Eat or What?
Tapas Bravas
Mighty Cone
Kebabalicious
Hey Cupcake!

There's also another group on Barton Springs and Lamar behind the Burger King, but I don't know much about that one.

There's another very nice bunch on Loop 360 in Westlake called the Midway.

http://themidwayfoodpark.com/

There are also a bunch of food trucks/food parks on South Congress, and while it's a fun place for out of towners, it's usually very crowded.
Hey!..You Gonna Eat or What?
Wurst Tex
Ms. P's Electric Cock
Nomad Dosa
David's Lockhart Barbecue
Crepes Mille

Jan 23, 2015
amysuehere in Austin

Where is your Go to spot for Friday Happy Hour specials?

Wink is my go-to. I also go to Cover 3, Austin Land and Cattle (when I can get there right at 5 on weekdays), Drink.Well. and Parkside (but can't go very often because of location).

Flemmings does a really great $6 before 6 happy hour and $3 Blue Moons.

Jan 23, 2015
amysuehere in Austin

NG-BMT food stand - Hong Kong Market

Mmmmm...sounds like something right up my alley. Thanks!

Jan 23, 2015
amysuehere in Austin

NG-BMT food stand - Hong Kong Market

Ah! You've hit the nail on the head with what I'm craving with pho. Does anyone do a spicy/savory pho that isn't oily?

Phonatic used to be my favorite, but now that they've changed the menu, the only way to make it worth while is to do it to go.

Jan 22, 2015
amysuehere in Austin

So, I'm a Boston 'hound, our board here created some "best/must try/authentic" threads...

I haven't had enough experience in other cities, but Ramen Tatsuya makes my eyes roll back on a day like today...

It's all I can do not to go there all the time with it being right across the street.

Jan 22, 2015
amysuehere in Austin

Sports Bar in Austin

I'm going to put another vote in for Cover 2/3, with Cover 3 being my prime choice. Anderson Lane location has a most excellent bloody mary bar on most game days. They didn't when the Cowboys played a couple of weeks ago because of the big crowds and I was very disappointed.

Jan 21, 2015
amysuehere in Austin

Weekend in Austin

I had the Croque-monsieur. I just thought overly-greasy and lacking any real depth of flavor (and expensive). I can't even remember what husband got, but we both agreed there are just so many better places in town. Liked the outside yard though.

Jan 21, 2015
amysuehere in Austin

So, I'm a Boston 'hound, our board here created some "best/must try/authentic" threads...

What he said...

Jan 21, 2015
amysuehere in Austin

So, I'm a Boston 'hound, our board here created some "best/must try/authentic" threads...

Yup. Jester King and Ginny's are a must. I'd also include a drink only outside at County Line on the Lake (no food). Best back yard in town and very "Austin-y".

Again, although not great food, the upper deck at Red's Porch has an excellent view. Add a nice, cold Shiner and play a game of washers, which is about as Texan as it gets.

As to great food, if you want some crazy-good Mexican and don't mind the drive out to Lake Travis, there's a dive on Hudson Bend Road called Los Pinos that makes great, garlic-y salsa and one of the best chile rellenos I've ever had (and I grew up on the boarder). Tacos, enchiladas and such are also the best in town. Hudson's on the Bend is right down the street, so if you wanted to rent a boat or hang out at Windy Point, you could make a day of it.

Closer to home, you have a great happy hour at Austin Land and Cattle (NOT Texas L&C), Wink, Parkside and Lambert's (boar ribs are addictive, bbq isn't great).

For bbq, I have to put Franklin's way above everyone else, but the down-side is the line and chances you won't get some of the famous brisket. Good substitutes are la bbq and Live Oak (which is one of the only bbq joints that works on a later schedule - special on the weekend isn't even offered until 2pm).

I'm tempted to suggest Melvin's Deli Comfort for their Ruben, but I don't think you'd be blown away coming from Boston.

Go have a coffee and a pastry on Mozart's deck in the morning. Great start to the day and you'll probably see the giant grouper swimming in the lake.

Uchiko is fantastic (it's my go-to birthday meal), but if you have some place in Boston that blows you away, skip it.

Jan 21, 2015
amysuehere in Austin

Some places known for their chicken wings

They don't do the Shaggy wings anymore...bummer.

Jan 21, 2015
amysuehere in Austin

Be Careful Who You Invite to Your Party....Or Accept Your Invitations From...

? What movie?

Jan 19, 2015
amysuehere in Food Media & News

Weekend in Austin

I still have to try Swift's Attic. Trick is getting down there as it is a dinner only place.

I'm sorry, GotW, I just don't get Yellow Jacket, greasy and bland. I really fell flat with their food. Did like the patio, however.

Jan 19, 2015
amysuehere in Austin

Dai Due, Austin, TX

I agree with ietim, I'm hesitant to rave, too. However, I'm 180 on the wider appeal. I think DD is a wider appeal (except the price point).

Personally, if I'm going to that side of town, I'm inclined to go to OD instead of DD. Better bang for he buck (and y'all know I'm all about that).

Jan 19, 2015
amysuehere in Austin

Weekend in Austin

I really enjoy Odd Duck. Very unique flavors.

I also think Wink's happy hour is one of the best in Austin.

Jan 19, 2015
amysuehere in Austin

NG-BMT food stand - Hong Kong Market

I've been once. It was on par with most, but didn't blow me out of the water.

Jan 16, 2015
amysuehere in Austin

NG-BMT food stand - Hong Kong Market

Couldn't have summed it up better. Finally went this week and had the grilled pork. Very tasty and $5 even.

Jan 16, 2015
amysuehere in Austin