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Dry-aged Grass-Fed Beef

Are there any butchers in Austin selling dry-aged, grass-fed beef?

Feb 07, 2011
mkbrew in Austin

Help with SouthEast US Road Trip (VA NC SC GA) [moved from Not about Food board]

Not sure if this is the type of food you are looking for, but about 30 minutes out of your way, right off I-81, is Town House located in Chilhowie, Virginia. It is without doubt one of the best progressive restaurants in the country. http://townhouseblog.blogspot.com/

At 5 hours from Atlanta, it would make for a perfect place to stop. You could stay at the Francis Marion Hotel in Marion, Virginia.

Feb 19, 2009
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Titaya Review 12/26/08

Titaya is wonderful except for one thing: the pad Thai. It is too ketchupy which seems to be the case with every Thai restaurant I've been in Austin. It is very different from any pad Thai I have ever had, rather it be in Thailand or any American city. Are there any places with perhaps more authentic pad Thai in Austin?

Jan 14, 2009
mkbrew in Austin

Chowfinds of the Year (or two)

I second Town House. It is currently my favorite restaurant in the United States. My three meals there have been nothing short of spectacular. It's a thought provoking and oftentimes awe inspiring dining experience. I cannot wait for my New Years Eve dinner there.

Dec 24, 2008
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Town House Grill (Chilhowie, VA) - worth a 3.5 hour drive?

Here is a recent review from someone who requested an extended menu in advance: http://newmountaincookery.typepad.com...

Nov 15, 2008
mkbrew in General South Archive

Town House Grill (Chilhowie, VA) - worth a 3.5 hour drive?

I requested in advance but I know people who negotiated for a few extra courses once they got there.

Nov 11, 2008
mkbrew in General South Archive

Town House Grill (Chilhowie, VA) - worth a 3.5 hour drive?

It is certainly worth it. I lived in Washington, D.C., for the first half of this year and made the 5 hour drive to eat there 4 times. I will be flying to the area to eat at the Town House on New Years Eve also. A 7-hour drive will be rewarded.

Nov 11, 2008
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Bistros with Mussels and Steak Frites

I have recently moved to Austin from Washington, D.C. One of my favorite things about D.C. is its plethora of French/Belgian bistros serving great mussels and steak frites, which made finding a place for a weekday night out very easy. I was just wondering if there are any such places in Austin that are worth checking out.

Sep 20, 2008
mkbrew in Austin

New Restaurant Jezebel in Austin?

Don't blame the wholesalers. While there is an extra step, wholesalers mark up the price about 10-20%. Restaurants on the other hand mark it up anywhere from 250-500%. While the three-tier system may not be justified by free market principles, it certainly is not responsible for the high price of restaurant wine. In addition, it is not just Texas. The vast majority of states require a three-tier system.

Aug 29, 2008
mkbrew in Austin

Olivia (S. Lamar near Oltorf)

It's a fairly bland restaurant. The space is gorgeous and the atmosphere is fun. However, the food is just not that good. My fiance and I asked our waitress for recommendations, and the three things she suggested (an app and 2 entrees) were lacking flavor. The lambs tongue, while fine, was well below other preparations I've had. My duck confit risotto was pretty disappointing. The portion of duck was small and overly dry and my fiance's tomato broth and seafood was lacking any and all flavor. Furthermore, the waitress that walked by our table while saying "I cannot f***ing believe this" certainly caught our attention. I wish Olivia was better because it is near our home, but this is not a restaurant worth $100. There are certainly better ways to spend that cash.

Aug 29, 2008
mkbrew in Austin

minibar

I have dined at both McCrady's and Schwa and I personally feel that the Town House is on an entirely different level. Right now it is my favorite restaurant. I have made the drive from D.C. to eat there 3 times in the last 5 months. It is quite extraordinary.

Jul 17, 2008
mkbrew in Washington DC & Baltimore

Restaurant Eve Quandary

I personally would go for the tasting room, despite the extra charge. I think they do the second best tasting menu in the area, behind CityZen, but you cannot go wrong either way. You are going to get impeccably prepared food using extremely fresh, high quality ingredients.

Jul 15, 2008
mkbrew in Washington DC & Baltimore

Town House Grill - Chilhowie, VA

It's changed a lot in five years. The restaurant now serves progressive cuisine and the kitchen is now commanded by a former sous chef at Alinea. The restaurant is utterly phenominal and I don't hesitate to say it's the best restaurant in Virginia. I live in D.C. and despite its plethora of restaurants, including world class ones like CityZen, Citronelle and Komi, I've made the 5 1/2 hour drive to the Town House three times in the last 5 months. It's that good.

Jul 14, 2008
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minibar

When I was there in April, the chefs said that the menu constantly evolves (little changes to each dish) but rarely changes drastically.

It's not going to be the best meal you've ever had. Some of the dishes miss the mark, but it may be the most fun eating experience in D.C. Compared to other top restaurants utilizing progressive techniques like Schwa in Chicago, the Town House Grill in Chilhowie or Komi in Washington, D.C., Minibar is just a step below. It still makes for a wonderful meal though.

Jul 14, 2008
mkbrew in Washington DC & Baltimore

CityZen

Reservations are not needed for the bar. The couple times I've been the bar has been pretty empty, so I think it's easy to grab a couple seats.

I've eaten at CityZen a few times and had the tasting menu twice. One of the meals was as good as any I've ever had and the others have been exceptional but not quite as good. I recommend getting the Wagyu addition to the tasting menu. It is not very inventive and very simple compared to the rest of the meal. But it is worth every penny of the $30 surcharge.

Jul 14, 2008
mkbrew in Washington DC & Baltimore

Ray's Hell-Burgers Opens in Arlington

This place serves serious burgers for serious people. The Diablo (with a spicy chipolte marinade) is a wonderful piece of meat. The buttery corn on the cob and the watermellon are nice, refreshing sides. The service obviously needs to work out some kinks, but it was opening night and the meat and its preparation was impeccable. Not to mention everything was FREE. It was a wonderful surprise to find that they were not charging for anything tonight.

Jul 01, 2008
mkbrew in Washington DC & Baltimore

Molecular Gastronomy in Austin

I am moving to Austin in about six weeks and was wondering if any restaurants there specialize in prgressive cusine, i.e. molecular gastronomy. I have recently become intrigued by restaurants like Alinea and Schwa in Chicago and Minibar and the Town House Griill in D.C. and Virginia. These restaurants utilize progressive techniques, and I hope that I will be able to find somewhere like them in Austin.

Jun 19, 2008
mkbrew in Austin

Abingdon, VA - Places to Eat

The Town House Grill in Chilhowie is the best restaurant in the area by far and maybe the best restaurant in Virginia. Its cuisine is quite unique and makes for a very memorable dining experience. It is a perfect place to celebrate an anniversary. Visit http://townhouseblog.blogspot.com/ to view some of the chefs' creations.

Apr 09, 2008
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