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Two California women 30-40 somethings looking for cool Austin ambiance, second to fine food, next week!

agree with topeater and also look at Peche

Sep 12, 2012
frankcross in Austin

Austin visitor seeks good coffee

Cafe Medici in the Austonian is quite good, but the best may be a little farther at Frank

Sep 12, 2012
frankcross in Austin

July Trip to Austin

on 4, it sounds like La Condesa is what you want. Adventurous Mexican brunch food

on 5, there's nothing really near the LBJ library, but a short drive to Manor Road east will get you plenty of choices. Hoover's is Southern food, maybe you don't need this being from DC but I'd say it's a great informal choice. Eastside Cafe is more "prissy" but the food is consistently good. Plus various Mexican and other

Jul 19, 2012
frankcross in Austin

Migas

Tastes are pretty particular here, I suppose. I second Habanero. I find El Meson very pleasant on a weekend morning, and the migas are pretty good. I like Joe's Bakery.

But I like them almost everywhere.

Jul 13, 2012
frankcross in Austin

Mexican Restaurant with music for party of 40

that will be hard to do, but I think Garrido's will close for a private party. It doesn't have music but it can probably be arranged.

Jun 26, 2012
frankcross in Austin

Philly Cheesesteaks in Austin

Best one I've had is at a food truck called WaySouthPhilly, located on the East Side. The guy is actually from Philly

May 11, 2012
frankcross in Austin

Meatball subs?

I think Fricano's is good and, oddly enough, the meatball subs at Noodles are much better than any of their pastas

May 03, 2012
frankcross in Austin

Foodie Celebrating. Need help!

I like Second, but I'd pick La Condesa. Assuming you would like something different, unusual. Some pretty exotic Mexican food. You might also look at Haddington and the Carillon

Mar 29, 2012
frankcross in Austin

Feedback on Austin Food Itinerary

Well, I think you should want tacos and migas every day, with an occasional huevos rancheros. But I would ditch Juan and Tacodeli for better Mexican. There are great non-Mexican weekend brunches. You might try The Egg and I on a weekday. It's a chain but was good when I went there

Mar 14, 2012
frankcross in Austin

Feedback on Austin Food Itinerary

Dinner choices are good, lunches are respectable, breakfasts are terrible.
Austin has excellent Tex-Mex breakfasts. Look to Habanero on the south side, Joe's Bakery on the east side. And lots of other places on S. Lamar, S. First, E. 6th and 7th. All much better than anywhere on your list.

Mar 13, 2012
frankcross in Austin

Overall view of dining scene in Austin

You can't evaluate Austin if you haven't tried the best. I haven't been to Jeffreys since they gave me salmonella. But Barley Swine, Uchi, Uchiko are superb. Parkside is great, and La Condesa and Congress are also quite good. That's a pretty decent collection of top end restaurants, and doesn't count a couple I haven't been to. Food now is vastly better than twelve years ago

Mar 11, 2012
frankcross in Austin

French Quarter Cafe

you shouldn't say artery-clogging as if it were a negative thing

Mar 10, 2012
frankcross in Austin

Austin Help: Best - Most entertaining area to stay in downtown?

In many ways, the W is quite nice. The rooms are great, better than the Driskill. The multi-area bar is quite good.

Trace is a pretty good restaurant, though I suppose I would agree that it's not worth writing home about. But there are many very good restaurants quite close by.

Feb 27, 2012
frankcross in Austin

Best meal in Austin with my wife suggestions please?

Congress just voted one of the ten most romantic restaurants in the US. Money better be no object, quality is very good

Feb 16, 2012
frankcross in Austin

HELP: Where to eat in UT area

If you want really good food, the restaurant there, the Carillon, and Sagra all relatively easy walks. For less fancy, there are food trucks across the street. Wander further north and toward campus and find Fricano's for sandwiches. Wander east and try Dobie Mall (several places) or Flying Felafel. Plus countless fast food choices

Feb 12, 2012
frankcross in Austin

The Egg and I in Northcross Center

Went there last week. They have a lot of Mexican type breakfasts. I had the huevos rancheros and they were quite good. But the place was jammed on a Sunday, with a wait for a table. I'd suggest trying it on a weekday.

Feb 12, 2012
frankcross in Austin

RIP part 4

UT is probably putting in a new building for its MBA program on the block. After the eminent domain fiasco, I suspect they will be paying Players pretty well.

Feb 09, 2012
frankcross in Austin

Sunday Brunch/Lunch

Ok, you want something special? Takoba is nice but not particularly special.

There are several great places right downtown.

La Condesa -- per its theme, rather exotic Mexican, some very interesting

Malaga -- a buffet brunch that is remarkably good. Very Spanish, eggs are quite fresh, lots of options

2nd & Congress -- a creative American brunch. Eggs with interesting polentas, pork, etc.

Haddington -- another creative brunch

Lambert's -- good egg dishes with loads of barbecue meats and some buffet sides.

Garrido's is also pretty good but pretty standard Mexican.

Menus should all be online, check them out.

Jan 23, 2012
frankcross in Austin

Best seafood tower is Austin? (it's Bourdain's fault)

Not sure of the appeal here; only one I've seen is at Perry's Steakhouse. Fairly nice, but maybe not killer

Jan 13, 2012
frankcross in Austin

LA Hound coming into town; any help would be greatly appreciated.

That's an excellent schedule except for the last step. I don't think Cinnamons is special. Baguette et Chocolat is, but it's a long ways from downtown Austin. Go for it, if you wish. But we have some nice bakeries closer in -- Sweetish Hill, Quack's, Russell's, Upper Crust

Jan 11, 2012
frankcross in Austin

LA Hound coming into town; any help would be greatly appreciated.

Breakfast generally doesn't vary much, but Austin has a great Mexican influence. You can probably get breakfast tacos in LA, if not, you must have some. But Austin is the migas capital of the world, and migas are wonderful. And they're pretty straightforward and found in countless places here. Though they can be screwed up. My personal favorite is Meson on South Lamar, though this is partly the pleasant servers and setting. Only open on weekends, though. Sazon nearby is also good. Habanero is excellent. Joe's Bakery. Probably anyplace east of I-35 will be good (except Cisco's IMHO). Lots of others. Where are you staying? The Omni Hotel actually has decent migas. But you must try them if you want a taste of Austin.

Jan 03, 2012
frankcross in Austin

LA Hound coming into town; any help would be greatly appreciated.

The Cafe Medici at the Austonian is excellent. But Frank is better, the best in town.

Your research is quite good. I'd be sure to hit Uchi or Uchiko, but indifferent between them. After that must, I'd go Parkside or Barley Swine. It's all taste, I'd say Barley Swine is slightly better, but Parkside can be more entertaining, sitting on Dirty Sixth.

And your view to breakfast is a shame. That's where Austin stands out the most in America.

Jan 03, 2012
frankcross in Austin

Gyros

I'm a huge fan of gyros, which seem simple but are often not well executed. In the campus area, do Flying Falafel, an intriguing little place.

Jan 03, 2012
frankcross in Austin

The brussel sprouts at La Condesa

If I knew you could get those brussels sprouts take out, I would have loaded up. How much did your order.

They're fantastic, but no better than those at Barley Swine.

Dec 28, 2011
frankcross in Austin

Christmas Spirit Downtown Restaurant

I believe the 1886 in the Driskill would be your best bet here

Dec 08, 2011
frankcross in Austin

NEW CONCEPT"S AND CHAIN'S IN AUSTIN!!!!

I would have no problems with using tax dollars to bring in non-local good food. But I haven't found these chains, including Broken Egg, to really qualify.

Nov 18, 2011
frankcross in Austin

Birthday dinner....nicer restaurant?

I'd vote for Parkside, my favorite.
But if you really want fancy, Congress does it up. Much fancier than Parkside
And Uchi and Uchiko would have to be considered, check the menus

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Uchi Restaurant
801 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

Uchiko
4200 North Lamar, Austin, TX 78756

Nov 09, 2011
frankcross in Austin

Seafood stews

Whole Foods offers a number of choices for seafood stews. While not great, they're pretty good (and of course you can supplement them). Cheaper than a restaurant and more choices than any restaurants of which I'm aware. You can't eat out every night.

Nov 03, 2011
frankcross in Austin

Austin - looking for great texmex

There's a definitional question about what is Tex-Mex. I think of it as gloopy enchiladas, maybe with chile, queso, etc.

I wouldn't call Takoba or Curra's or El Chile or Manuel's Tex Mex. The others, like Maudie's or Amaya's or Matt's El Rancho seem Tex-Mex to me.

But I think great Tex-Mex is an oxymoron. It can be filling comfort food, but I can't see great.

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Matt's El Rancho
2613 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

Oct 30, 2011
frankcross in Austin

Carillon on Groupon - Is it worth it?

Clearly the most underrated restaurant in Austin. It's up there with our best.

Oct 30, 2011
frankcross in Austin