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Too many restaurants withholding ice!

I have the exact opposite problem. I always ask for my water with no ice and only get it that way about a third of the time. Not a big enough deal to make a stink.

1 day ago
amysuehere in Austin

Do you hold Grudges against Restaurants? And for how long?

We go to Chuy's all the time. We went to Hula Hut once, because it's a beautiful drive from my house and the patio's great.

However, we ordered fajitas for "two", about $25 at the time (at that time, that was quite steep). Came out with a little sorbet scoop size of pico, guac, sour cream and cheese - barely enough for each of us to have a sadly-dressed taco. We asked for another scoop of the guac and cheese and were brought out one of each less 2 tablespoon size scoops of each...only to find we were charged $5 EACH for the "extra" condiments.

James flatly refuses to go back this many, many years later.

Mar 26, 2015
amysuehere in Not About Food

The Best Barbecue in Austin, Texas - Bon App├ętit

I don't know how many times I've driven by only to think I'd be disappointed. Guess I need to try them.

Mar 21, 2015
amysuehere in Austin

Restauranting during SXSW

Yeah, I usually get a big disappointed vibe when cali's come here thinking they'll get the "Mexican" they get at home.

This is border Mexcian. Y'all are used to Baha Mexican.
This isn't light and clean. Come expecting lots of red meat, dark sauces and plenty of cheese.

My suggestion for such are Polvo's guajillo fajitas (get pastor and beef combo and get corn tortillas) or enchiladas de la casa (only if you are into onion). This place is closest.

The "best" place is Pino's out on Hudson Bend by the lake. See above. Also, if they're serving the Pinacolada rita, it's a must.

Mar 13, 2015
amysuehere in Austin

Restauranting during SXSW

Nah. Don't bother with it.

You being from LA, I'd tell you to stick with bbq, chicken fried steak and places with centx ambiance and not to look for"shockingly good"

Mar 13, 2015
amysuehere in Austin

Restauranting during SXSW

Agreed on above. I wonder what Easy Tiger will be like. It's a very nice deli on 6th Street right near I-35, so very easy for you (however, very easy for every schmo as well...)

I love Hudson's and Pino's (I'm a big fan of the relleno and yes, they do have an amazing very garlicy, spicy salsa), but if your goal is SxSW, this is a bit of a drive and a chunk of time. But, you'll get to see a side of Austin the ya-hoo's won't and be able to take a breather from the crush.

I have yet to go to LFF, as it is downtown and as it's grown, I tend to avoid anything between 15th and Riverside as much as possible.

Odd Duck's great, but also pretty famous. Who knows what the crowds will be like. A block away is Gibson Bar and outside there's a great, very creative sandwich trailer called Luke's Inside Out. Snag an outside table for some unique grub, a great beer selection and some crazy-good people watching.

Stop by Whole Foods (if you don't have something like it where you're from) and take in all the little specialty restaurant areas. There are individual desserts in the far corner and an upper deck for maximum people watching.

Uchi/Uchiko are high on my list, but it's very doubtful you'll be able to get in. Sorry.

Above isn't "shockingly good", but will not disappoint and are a good cross section of what Austin "is".

Mar 13, 2015
amysuehere in Austin

what happened to Matts

Wow. That wasn't what I meant to say...

I assure you, Matts has ALWAYS BEEN A HORRIBLE OLD TEX MEX FOR THE 70'S.

Mar 12, 2015
amysuehere in Austin

what happened to Matts

Ah, memories have a way sweetening over time. I had an Italian place in my childhood I thought made the best eggplant parm - used to ask every bday. Went back on last visit and it was so much moe than horrible.

I assure you, Matts has never been horrible old Tex Mex for the 70's

Mar 12, 2015
amysuehere in Austin

Hard Hat XII

It's a Twisted Root Burger. I think that's the same one that's on campus. Nothing special...

Mar 08, 2015
amysuehere in Austin

Hard Hat XII

Looks like a chain LA Crawfish is opening in Northcross on Anderson.

Mar 06, 2015
amysuehere in Austin

Going to Austin Saturday without reservations

You'll have to show up at 4:45 or earlier. We've had reservations and there was already a crowd waiting. How about Wink?

Mar 04, 2015
amysuehere in Austin

HaTe fOod TrAILerS tRaIlORs EtAh

They're closed Sunday and Monday. That took me by surprise one day. I've been by when I was sure they'd be closed (sleeting sideways) and he's always been there. The burrito is crave-worthy.

Mar 03, 2015
amysuehere in Austin

Birthday During SxSW

You know, I was actually thinking along the old school Gumbo's, but I've been timid trying FQG. I think I can talk husband into that without the bday. We'll give it a try this weekend.

Mar 03, 2015
amysuehere in Austin

Birthday During SxSW

Those were my thoughts exactly, Kosheri...

Mar 02, 2015
amysuehere in Austin

Birthday During SxSW

Just went about three weeks ago using that groupon. Had a lovely time and the hot and crunchy trout was just as flavorful as I remember.

Mar 02, 2015
amysuehere in Austin

Birthday During SxSW

I've done Carillon and liked it.

I guess it's going to be LaV or Wink.

Mar 02, 2015
amysuehere in Austin

Birthday During SxSW

We just did Uchiko on Saturday, though. Is Soto that much different?

Yeah, the communal seating was the big negatori for me...

The mixed reviews at F&D also had me waffling.

Mar 02, 2015
amysuehere in Austin

Birthday During SxSW

So, this happens every year these days. My birthday hits right in the middle of SxSW and the rodeo, so getting a special dinner is pretty difficult. This year, it's also on a Saturday and darnit, I want a nice meal.

I've pretty much narrowed it down, but need to make reservations post-haste or lose out.

My tried and true, I know I'll love it - Wink.

Places I have yet to try - LaV, Barley Swine, Foreign & Domestic (no reservations allowed). I also love the flavor-bomb that is Cafe Josie.

Mar 01, 2015
amysuehere in Austin

How does my itinerary look? Excited for five days in Austin in April!

Ya know, I went with the groupon and had a lovely meal. Flavors were explosive, portions were generous, service was spot-on. We had a great time. Too bad it was too cold for the patio.

Feb 26, 2015
amysuehere in Austin

How does my itinerary look? Excited for five days in Austin in April!

What he said...

Feb 23, 2015
amysuehere in Austin

Saturday Lunch

I like the weekend brunch at Cover 3. Serve breakfast as well as their regular menu (mostly migas, and various version of benedict). Excellent bloody mary self-serve bar.

I've heard Barlata's very good, but haven't made it over myself.

Feb 20, 2015
amysuehere in Austin
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Austin for 1st time this weekend-recs

This post from January was full of great info.

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

Please come and enjoy yourself. We're known for being outgoing and friendly and we have expanded our food scene dramatically over the past 20 or so years. I'm sure you can find something in the above thread that will fit your budget, absolutely your dress code and hopefully will set your son on the right path to all the fantastic foodie finds our fine city can offer.

I think a lot of us grown weary of the many, many transplants that have invaded our lovely, friendly, gracious land only to complain it isn't just like where they came. It's like going to New York and complaining there isn't great bbq or Mexican and that the pizza sucks, or Philly and saying their sandwiches are soggy, or Chicago and saying all they have is hot dogs. If you can't find something here as a "foodie," it's all just piss and vinegar.

Peached Tortilla

I went to Taco Flats. I found the tacos fine, but extremely overpriced.

Feb 17, 2015
amysuehere in Austin

Texas BBQ

Last time I went, it seemed the quality had really suffered. After that, and with all the places opening here that are crazy-good, never bothered going back. Do like the "old Texas" ambiance if I were taking folks from out of the country.

Feb 09, 2015
amysuehere in Austin

RIP VIII

Agreed! I don't know what happened in the move, but something did.

Feb 06, 2015
amysuehere in Austin

RIP VIII

I went when they first opened and remember being very disappointed.

Feb 06, 2015
amysuehere in Austin

What Austin really needs

I think Noble does a really great breakfast sandwich. They're the only ones who don't over-cook the eggs.

Feb 04, 2015
amysuehere in Austin
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Best Bloody Mary

I'm a big fan of Cover 3's build-your-own bar. Lots of options and add-on items, including shrimp, pickled green beans/carrots/asparagus, peppers, olives, celery, shrimp...you could almost make it a meal.

Have a huge selection of pepper sauces and mixes as well.

Feb 03, 2015
amysuehere in Austin

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