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Anyone know of good food around the Erin Center?

There is always The Carillon.

Dec 18, 2014
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Please help finalize Austin itinerary (researched!)

I'm a big fan of Licha's Cantina for what you are looking for.

You can get your Mexican food, drinks, and people watching all together.

Dec 16, 2014
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Please help finalize Austin itinerary (researched!)

and by 314, he means 313

Dec 15, 2014
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Round Rock Report

Another Round Rock recommendation. Miso off of Hester's Crossing is pretty great for Korean food. One of the few places around that has Bo Ssam (soft cooked pork belly with lettuce wraps). Also has a good dolsot bibimbap and spicy fish soup (mae un tang).

Dec 12, 2014
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The Peached Tortilla’s Brick and Mortar Now Open With Banh Mi Tacos and Plenty of Booze

I don't know, that seems way too much of a hyperbole.

In terms of quality of ingredients and taste, I don't find Peached Tortilla to be better than Tacodeli. I like both.

I think Tacodeli gets quickly dismissed due to the number of locations they run but they put out a quality product and is a user of quality local ingredients.

girloftheworld, try a blind taste test and I think you will be surprised too.

Dec 09, 2014
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Thanksgiving at The Carillon

I had a pretty good thanksgiving dinner at Cru in the Domain. 38 pp for 3 courses. They actually ran out of both turkey and stuffing but the replacement duck was pretty good as was the tenderloin.

The first course ricotta and sweet potato ravioli was the standout and the pumpkin bisque with crab and goat cheese crostini was also very good.

Nov 28, 2014
lixlix in Austin

NY chowhound visiting Austin

BBQ and Tacos are about the only things we do better.

LA BBQ -something different from Franklin's and they got beef ribs. Besides, line is a bit more tolerable.

Get some tacos

http://www.thrillist.com/eat/austin/p...
http://www.bonappetit.com/restaurants...

Nicer Dinner -
Lenoir
Barley Swine

Its still difficult for Austin to compete with New York. I mean we have a few good Pizza places, Italian places, French places, but its just not going to be comparable to NYC.

Nov 25, 2014
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Recs for gf-friendly places near the convention center

For brunch downtown I would consider Mulberry. Corn beef hash should be GF and their quail and biscuits is my favorite brunch meal around.

Taverna also has a lot of Wheat free options for brunch.

THere is also Trace at the W.

Late night - Licha's Cantina is open until 12 on fridays and saturdays.

All under 20 min walking from Convention Center according to Google maps.

Nov 12, 2014
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Hanabi Sushi

Yes it is Chef Choo's new place.

Nov 10, 2014
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Zagat's Top 10 Austin Burgers

mmmmm head stock. Going to have to check this place out.

Nov 09, 2014
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Gardner (from the chefs of Contigo)

I like Contigo but I was dissapointed in Gardner. There was nothing that tasted bad but aside from the sunchoke custard with seaweed and crispy onions which was a revelation, everything else tasted kind of ordinary.

I can taste that the products used was good but the pricing is just a bit too high. $10 for a plate of around 8 okra is a bit much. I doubt it would cut in to cost too much to include 4 more okra. There is also a difference between snacksize and amuse bouche size. The sunchoke custard was a nice snacksize and understandable in terms of complexity in cooking that it should cost $5. The broccoli snack was one floret with a teaspoon of dipping sauce for $3, which is just outrageous. Does it really hurt your bottom line that much to add another floret?

The Spanish Mackerel appetizer dish was very delicious and inventive with boysenberries and reasonably priced at $14.

The guinea hen which had the meat rouladed and cooked to a very tender consistency was also fairly tasty. A bit pricy at $26 but not unreasonable.

Still, if the point of the restaurant is to focus on vegetables, allow patrons to be able to get full on just vegetables without shelling out $50 per person just on food. I understand vegetables when sustainably grown should cost more but not to this extent.

Nov 07, 2014
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Hanabi Sushi

Me and the wife recently had a omakase meal here and I have to say it is excellent.

I think its one of the best values around if you are in to high end sushi/sashimi.

I would book days ahead of time and tell the restaurant of your favorite fish types and the restaurant will try to accomodate you.

Off the top of my head, we started with miso soup and edamame, yellowtail collar (hamachi kama) sashimi, grilled collar, monkfish liver (ankimo), Madai Sashimi (red sea bream), a whole Kinmedai!!!! (golden eyed bream) I have never had so much of this wonderfully subtle, sweet and supple fish in one sitting, grilled kinmedai bone and fins, seared Toro, Fatty Salmon nigiri, Anago (sea eel) nigiri (I have never had anago this fresh and fleshy), then end with a negitoro handroll (toro and long scallions), we struggled to finish the included desserts as the previous meal was so filling.

If you are going for a celebratory dinner and you are a fan of traditional Japanese dining, Hanabi should be heavily considered.

Nov 07, 2014
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One more time! Weird shirts, merch, coffee, doughnuts, meat, and booze in Austin, go!

you should seriously consider renting a car. From west 35th to East Caesar Chavez round trip by Uber will more than cover your rental costs for a day.

I would just skip the bus as trying to schedule things, waiting for the bus, walking from the stop to the restaurant is going to seriously put a damper on your vacation.

Seriously, rent a car.

Oct 22, 2014
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Visiting Austin for 3 1/2 days for my birthday - Dec 3rd -7th

Easy answer for me. Justine's. Its a short trip from the airport and their kitchen is open late (well past midnight). I would just drive there on the way to your hotel though. 24 Diner is a distant 2nd.

Once again, I really hope you get the rental car.

Oct 21, 2014
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Recent things I've eaten

I only went after finding out about it in the other taco thread.

Oct 15, 2014
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Recent things I've eaten

Yes. 8 was about 1.1 pounds.

Oct 14, 2014
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Recent things I've eaten

Oh, I forgot a meal.

Wanted some traditional Chinese food so went to Ho Ho.

Crab and asparagus soup - slightly disappointed. White asparagus but likely canned. Remember when this soup used to use fresh green asparagus. Big portion though and still fairly tasty.

Sauteed bamboo shoots, Shitake, and snow peas - Standard.

And now for the splurge. 8 live spot prawns, aka sweet shrimp, aka amaebi. At Ho Ho, these are quickly ran through boiling water then served with a ginger, green onion soy on the side for dipping. But the best part, 6 of these prawns today were teeming with roe! a single prawn probably had enough roe for a nigiri serving. I get some rice in my bowl, then scrape the roe on top, then drizzle with the soy. Thats some good eating! Also, there is a way to peel the head shell off to where the head fat remains on the prawn meat. The meat is sweet and reminicent of langoustine with the texture of lobster. at $38 a pound, its pricy but its so worth it.

Oct 14, 2014
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Recent things I've eaten

Fridges are very expensive as I am unfortunately finding out. Probably can cover daily meals at Uchi for 1 for a month.

Besides, for somebody who likes to cook as much as you do, such an act should be unthinkable.

Oct 14, 2014
lixlix in Austin

Recent things I've eaten

My fridge broke so ate out quite a bit recently. It probably would be better to put this in to individual threads by restaurant but just a bit difficult to track everything down.

Balkan Cafe - really liked it. Unfortunately no whole lamb while I was there on a friday. Had salad and mix meat plate. Really liked the cevapi and very delicious Turkish coffee.

Peace Bakery and Cafe - Didn't realize the pitas were self serve until I was 1/2 way through the meal. Portion sizes are so big that even for a big eater like me, don't think could have eaten pita. Very delicious lamb kabob, mahamura dip, and roasted eggplant dish. Great taste and great value.

Ramen Tatsuya - 5th or 6th revisit. Still very solid though pork not as deliciously tender as when they first opened.

Pho Viet in Round Rock - good rendition of Bun Bo Hue, no blood no trotter but plenty of beef tendon and boudin blanc. Pho broth slightly more star anise flavored then other Pho restaurants. Great Nem Nuong spring roll. As good as the Thanh Nhi ones but slightly bigger. Also contains the crunchy wafer cigar. They also have a good Bo Luc Lac (shaken beef) but didn't get it on this trip.

Odaku Sushi - Great Sun dubu Chigae (soft tofu soup) as always. Fresh seafood, great texture on the housemade tofu. Coddled egg is perfect texture. One of the few places which I can get goom tang or oxtail soup. Tastes like a Suluntang except with oxtail replacing brisket. oxtail was cooked to nice texture. Also a great value on the hoitoBap aka sashimi bibimbap at 13.95. A nice pile of tuna, salmon, and snapper chunks with masago and veggies with rice and pepper sauce that you mix in served separately. Decent selection of 7 banchan when me and wife went.

Michoacana Ice Cream - huge selection of flavors. Hard to pick. Very friendly service and welcome to try lots of flavors. Liked the Cajeta. Loved the Guava. Tasted so much of fruit. Having just come back from Bali, it takes me straight back.

Mi Madres - Finally had the touted Carne guisada. It is indeed very good. good balance of spice and stewed richness. The mexican coffee with cinnamon and chocolate also very tasty.

Oct 14, 2014
lixlix in Austin

Visiting Austin for 3 1/2 days for my birthday - Dec 3rd -7th

I agree with many of the suggestions already posted. Some that I haven't seen yet :

Burger : For all the flack it gets, I think Hopdoddy's is really good, especially the Poblano burger. I also like Jackalope's and its an interesting setting.

Ice Cream : My favorite is Dolce Neve Gelato (the ricotta with chocolate chip and candied orange peel is amazing when they have it) but for something a bit more eccentric, Michoacana Natural Ice Cream. You should also not miss out on Snow Monster if you haven't had Taiwanese Mango Ice before.

Fine Dining : Uchi/Uchiko, Barley Swine, Congress. Uchi/Uchiko and Barley Swine will be much rowdier than Congress though. For a romantic dinner, may I suggest you consider a more casual but romantic dinner at say Lenoir.

BBQ : Brisket probably Franklins though I haven't braved the line in a long time. Beef Rib, easily LA BBQ and their brisket is close to Franklins. Sausage, also LA BBQ. If you end up having to go get BBQ in the evening, I would recommend Freedmen's.

Best Gluten Free : No idea, probably BBQ or Pho. If you go for Pho, I like Pho Dan.

Weekend Brunch : I really like Mulberry (get the quail and biscuits) and its in a nice part of town where you can take a shopping stroll afterwards. Fonda San Miguel is an institution but a little pricy and you might be too stuffed that you don't feel excited about dinner. Near where you are living, I would consider Elizabeth Street. Skip the Pho, go for the Breakfast Banh Mi.

Tacos : Veracruz All Natural. Great barbacoa, lots of fruits and juices/smoothies. La Fruta Feliz. Great Goat barbacoa and lots of aqua frescas and juices. For a Mexican restaurant with a nicer setting, I really like Licha's Cantina. The Al Pastor Tacos and Duck Tacos are fantastic and despite the $14 price tag, is enough for 3 nicely sized tacos. Also, don't miss out on the escargot here. A Mexican restaurant serves my favorite snails in Austin. Everything comes with some kind of in house made corn cake or tortilla so even though its not listed as a taco, it can be eaten as a taco.

Quick Breakfasts : Tacos.

Food Trucks : Three Little Pigs Trailer, get a bottle of wine at retail prices from East End Wines and they serve it to you in stemware for a nominal fee. Thai Kun. Via 313. Tapas Bravas.

Oct 14, 2014
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Time to Line Up for Franklin BBQ?

I would also go to LA BBQ instead. Besides, no beef ribs at Franklin's.

Though if you look at the wait as an experience, its not that bad. Besides, your husband might always have that little voice saying "what if" if you don't go to Franklin's.

Oct 14, 2014
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New Middle Eastern food restaurant located near Braker & North Lamar

I mistakenly thought it was the weekend but I believe they've scaled back to only Saturday.

Oct 14, 2014
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MT Supermarket Prices

yeah skip that garlic. I think garlic goes bad faster when peeled.

Oct 11, 2014
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M. Odom's review of LaV

I really didn't find that to be the case as I only had one of the more affordable wines by the glass.

I find service to be almost impeccable there, granted it was only one trip.

Oct 11, 2014
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Sawyer and Company Diner

I thought Jacoby used very good meat for their steak but it wasn't cooked well. There was a very distinct lack of any crust and the steak seemed a bit thin for the cost.

Oct 10, 2014
lixlix in Austin

Visiting Austin for 3 1/2 days for my birthday - Dec 3rd -7th

I would recommend that you rent a car if able. It will likely be much more convenient and economical. Your taxi to and from the airport will probably cover your rental costs alone.

Oct 09, 2014
lixlix in Austin

Visiting Austin for 3 1/2 days for my birthday - Dec 3rd -7th

Now, close to 100% of large ocean fish such as tuna is flash frozen to kill parasites.

Frozen fish actually tastes better than fresh for sushi and sashimi. There is the issue of rigor Mortis for example on fresh fish even ignoring the parasites issue. This can be alleviated on smaller fish with the use of Ike Jime but impossible on larger fish.

I am not sure if anything in that article disagrees with what I posted.

Oct 09, 2014
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Bahn Mi at Dang

to be fair it is quite a bit bigger than a Tam or Thanh Nhi one but I didn't care for the meat flavor. It was too sweet and "wet" with a lack of char.

I haven't tried the cold sandwich yet though.

Oct 09, 2014
lixlix in Austin

Visiting Austin for 3 1/2 days for my birthday - Dec 3rd -7th

Ignoring the subset of sushi that is based off live ingredients killed at the moment of ordering and focusing just on the frozen, the seafood quality we get in Austin is good but still quite far from other major US cities to say nothing of Japan. Its sometimes not the same distributor and even when it is restaurants with more clout/higher demand often gets first dibs on the choicest fish.

The selection of exotic fish in even the most venerable of Austin restaurants is very limited as there is just limited diner demand in the Austin market. The restauranteur does not want to shell out top dollar for exotic stuff that might not sell.

Its the same reason why its impossible to find actual A5 grade Kobe/Matsuzaka/Kagoshima beef in Austin.

As to the anecdote about Yasuda, I'm pretty sure he actually buys frozen fish then ages it himself, if I remember the episode correctly.

Oct 09, 2014
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M. Odom's review of LaV

I don't understand the complaint about having the option of ordering a very rare vintage. You aren't pressured to order the more expensive bottles. In terms of the restaurant wine price compared to retail, I actually find LaV to be much more reasonable compared to several other Austin restaurants.

Food wise, I found the meat dishes to be lacking but the Octopus with Tuna sauce was one of the best dishes I've had in Austin.

Sep 30, 2014
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