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Round Rock Report

Marfa Tomato dish and Cauliflower dish pretty good. Unfortunately you won't be able to have their Pasta which is where I think their strength is.

Jul 21, 2014
lixlix in Austin

Round Rock Report

Also, don't forget Fire in the Hole Pizza.

I currently believe that is actually the nicest fine dining establishment food wise in Round Rock.

Jul 20, 2014
lixlix in Austin

Sunday Brunch, downtown Austin, please!

Jaymes has mentioned the buffet options.

I'll add the yet to be mentioned Mulberry and Trace at the W Austin.

Jul 19, 2014
lixlix in Austin

Round Rock Report

well hello Neighbor.

I assume you already know about Jack Allen's, Teji's, Deckhand, Tacqueria Arandinas.

Have you been to Pho Viet on 45 east of I35? they do a good version of shaken beef.

Jul 17, 2014
lixlix in Austin

Can't Believe It's That Time Again, But...

Jack Allen's Round Rock.

Jul 10, 2014
lixlix in Austin

Special Meal - Austin (Help)

I think LA BBQ is a worthy alternative to Franklin's.

I echo the LaV recommendation for wine fanatics. I prefer their seafood dishes over their meat dishes though all are pretty good.

I would consider Congress also (not Bar Congress, not Second at Congress, Congress itself) for special occasion dining.

Jul 07, 2014
lixlix in Austin

Mid Range restaurant recommendations

Even most of the "high-end" places in Austin, with a few notable exceptions, will have Entrees below $30.

I'll base mycommendation on total expenditure per person after tax and tip to be ~ $50 assuming you don't go heavy drinks wise.

I would probably recommend Justine's, Licha's Cantina, Swift's Attic, The Hightower, Cafe Josie, Odd Duck, Sway.

Jul 04, 2014
lixlix in Austin

Noteworthy HEB/Central Market Products

Thats a great tip. I like that it is close also to the Chinatown on Bellaire. Going to have to hit up Houston again soon, perhaps as early as this 4th of July.

Jul 01, 2014
lixlix in Austin

Best Peking duck in Beijing?

Best is pretty subjective but I would not put Quanjude up there.

I like Da Dong and Made in China though both are a bit on the pricy side, especially Made in China. Da Dong runs about $40 for the Duck and Made in China about $50.

Jun 25, 2014
lixlix in China & Southeast Asia

Noteworthy HEB/Central Market Products

good god thats a fantastic price. I've seen them for 9.97 here and I thought that was already very good.

Jun 25, 2014
lixlix in Austin
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Wimberly

I didn't actually eat in Wimberley last time but if you are going from Austin, I like Pieous pizza on the way (IMO best pizza in Central TX) and also Trattoria Lisina in Driftwood is good.

As to dog friendly, I believe Inoz is fairly pet friendly and they backup to the very pretty Blue Hole.

Jun 25, 2014
lixlix in Austin

Rehearsal Dinner Recommendations

I love Swifts Odd Duck and Barley Swine but it would be difficult to accomodate 20 people there.

Jun 24, 2014
lixlix in Austin

Rehearsal Dinner Recommendations

I had my rehearsal dinner one month back at Jack Allen's.

One thing I would keep in mind is the proximity of the restaurant to your rehearsal venue.

I have also attended a rehearsal dinner at Fogo de Chao so I would also consider that along with Estancia de Churrascaria.

Jun 24, 2014
lixlix in Austin

Best Food Items at Spec's?

I usually go to the Arbor walk location. Of their lunch specials, I think the Friday Fish fry is the best. Its a nicely sized fried piece of catfish + slaw + hushpuppies for $5.99

Jun 20, 2014
lixlix in Austin
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Best Food Items at Spec's?

You are thinking of Talenti gelato. Unfortunately I don't see them in the Arbor Walk Spec's anymore.

I do see plenty of Talenti in Sprouts.

Their Sea Salt Caramel is really good.

Jun 20, 2014
lixlix in Austin
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Best Food Items at Spec's?

Check in the deli. I believe there is a Boar's head Pancetta.

It might not be every HEB though.

Jun 20, 2014
lixlix in Austin

Best Food Items at Spec's?

I don't recall them having pancetta but I wouldn't be surprised if they had it. Thing is, I can get pancetta at most HEBs. I have seen spanish chorizo of both the regular and iberico variety at Spec's.

And of course Spec's carries a very nice caviar selection (I've seen Osetra there) as well as other high end food items/condiments such as minus8 vinegar.

Their chocolate selection is also decent.

Jun 19, 2014
lixlix in Austin

Best Food Items at Spec's?

One of the few places that has Jamon Iberico (Fermin) for sale. Its pricy but I've found it to be cheaper at Spec's than Central Market.

Jun 19, 2014
lixlix in Austin

First Meal in Austin?

I would go with Stiles, Freedmen's, or Live Oak.

The Live Oak special is only on Saturdays though.

I would probably replace Lockhart with LA BBQ or Franklin's with LA BBQ.

Jun 18, 2014
lixlix in Austin

Check out!

I have to agree with you on this. The two times I went, it didn't really wow me though nothing was bad.

I usually have a very high opinion of a place if it had at least one memorable dish that I want to have again but nothing seemed to really hit that high note here.

Jun 08, 2014
lixlix in Austin

Your mission: get to downtown Round Rock for Fire In The Hole

People complain about the price/quantity ratio on Yelp because they are comparing this place to a chain pizza place and just because its in Round Rock, they expect it to be cheaper.

If you compare it to any of the higher end Neopolitan style places like Backspace, Bufulina, Pieous, House Pizza, etc... it compares farely favorably.

Jun 08, 2014
lixlix in Austin
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Your mission: get to downtown Round Rock for Fire In The Hole

We went again yesterday and tried out the tasting menu that they are holding for 2 weeks. What a deal!

Its $35 pp with a minimum of 2 people and you get basically 3 apps each + a pizza that is shared + dessert +5 2 ounce wine pours for a total of 6 apps + a pizza + 2 desserts + 10 2 ounce wine pours.

We had the Maitake Pizza which was delicious with very fresh mushrooms and a very richly textured speck.

The apps highlights were the sweet pea agnolotti again ( I love this dish), the fresh hierloom tomatoes with cucumber granite and whipped bufula mozzarella, and the carrots in bone marrow sauce.

Me and my wife rarely leave anything uneaten but this time we really couldn't finish everything and took back 3/4 of the pizza.

A really great deal and I encourage everyone to go.

Jun 07, 2014
lixlix in Austin

Where can I get something like this at a restaurant?

http://phothaisonaustin.com/

under the appetizer tab

Their version is really more Chinese than Vietnamese.

Jun 04, 2014
lixlix in Austin

Mastman's Deli Downtown Austin

and if thats not enough dessert for you, you can stop next door at Antonellis for a cheese plate second dessert.

I do echo Andrew's recommendation of Dolce Neve though.

Their 70% chocolate, Spicy Chocolate, and Ricotta with chocolate chips and candied orange peel ( cold canoli filling in gelato form) are divine.

Jun 03, 2014
lixlix in Austin

Where can I get something like this at a restaurant?

Speaking of pork belly available at lunch, have you guys tried out the pork belly steamed buns at Pho Thaison on Anderson?

I think they are a pretty good deal at 2 for $6 .

Jun 03, 2014
lixlix in Austin

Soto anyone?

replacing tempura veggies and crab cake with kumamoto oyster, ankimo, and uni is such a steal.

Jun 03, 2014
lixlix in Austin

Soto anyone?

It really depends on what you order. Their menu is really eclectic and vast. If you stay away from the luxury stuff (Uni, Live anything, Foie, Botan Ebi, Shima Aji, Otoro, Kinmedai, white truffle, kumamoto oysters, etc...) you can easily get away with $30 pp even with a drink each.

If you order the exotic stuff, you can run over $100 pp though I will say you will be very satisfied.

I had dinner there on Saturday with my wife and parents in law who are visiting from out of the country and I had one of the most satisfying and more extravagant meals in recent memory.

all in was about $270 for 4 after tax but before gratuity. I thought it was a really great value for what we got.

Sashimi : fire salmon, madai with hokkaido uni and ikura, live scallop, kumamoto oysters, Botan Ebi

Nigiri : 4 pieces each of Chu-toro, santa barbara uni, kinmedai, shima aji, tobiko

hot dishes : hot rock wagyu beef, grilled yellowtail collar

2 glasses of flavored sake.

Jun 03, 2014
lixlix in Austin

Anniversary Meal - This Weekend - 05/24 - 05/25

I'm not a big drinker so I usually just get a glass each and skip the pairings.

I find the food a great value at $38 for 3 courses.

Usually me and the wife get 2 of those and then add a dessert.

May 22, 2014
lixlix in Austin

Anniversary Meal - This Weekend - 05/24 - 05/25

For adventurous eaters who want to try a lot of dishes for an anniversary meal, I would go with Lenoir.

If you both get different dishes, you can try a lot of stuff. The cooking there is really top notch and the setting is quite romantic.

I would also suggest LaV as the food is well executed and the setting and service are beautiful. The seafood based dishes at LaV tend to be better in my opinion.

May 22, 2014
lixlix in Austin

Where can I get something like this at a restaurant?

We should have a Austin Chowhound Potluck for our next gettogether

May 20, 2014
lixlix in Austin