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Affordable catering for birthday party

Wow that is unfortunate. I really liked Southern's as Steve and his team catered my wedding 4 months ago and food was great, inventive, and very competitive in pricing.

Sep 12, 2014
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Sichuan River

I haven't been yet but that looks like the authentic fish with pickled peppers.

Maybe they gringoed the other people.

Sep 05, 2014
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Round Rock Report

they are typically one day specials.

Sep 04, 2014
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Udon...

Your best bet for Udon would probably be Ajishin on Parmer Lane.

Sep 04, 2014
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Round Rock Report

Tried the brick and mortar Garbo's last week. Enjoyed it very much. Love the fact that occasionally they have Ipswitch clams.

Sep 04, 2014
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You're leaving Austin for good, take one taco with you and tell us why.

In that case I will have to try your first. Do you mean the Mi Madre on Manor?

Sep 03, 2014
lixlix in Austin

You're leaving Austin for good, take one taco with you and tell us why.

Barbacoa de chivo from La Fruta Feliz is probably my top taco.

Sep 03, 2014
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Kin and Comfort

yes but you only get radish kimchee and cabbage kimchee.

Sep 03, 2014
lixlix in Austin

Kin and Comfort

I've had the bibimbap. Its very filling. Kind of hard to screw up bibimbap too badly though.

I'm more a fan of the grilled mackerel (mackerel gui) there. Haven't had the pork bone soup there but I usually end up going to Misung 888 if I crave that particular dish.

Sep 03, 2014
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Best Bi Bim Bap

I haven't been in a while but if you want ban chan variety, you should head by Osaka Mansun Sushi on Anderson Mill/183. When I used to go, it was 8 different ban chan if you ordered any of the Korean mains even if I was a solo diner.

If you want fusion style bibimbap, the Pork Jowl dish at the Hightower is very good. Pork Jowl pieces, grilled avocado.

Sep 03, 2014
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Dai Due

Its certainly possible I misordered and I'll definitely give it a second try.

ieat, did you find the meat plate + crudo + queso flameado + 2 desserts to be enough food for 2 people, or did you have a few additional dishes?

Sep 02, 2014
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Dai Due

I have to echo your sentiments. Went with wife on Friday. First thing that irks me is the listing for filtered sparkling or still tap water at $3/500ml. This seems a bit steep to me. At least give a liter at this price. At the very least, offer unfiltered tap without prompting as otherwise the customer feels very awkward about having to ask for free water. To be fair, the alchohol prices are normal and we ended up getting some made to order sodas that were pretty good as we weren't in a booze mood that evening ( plum and dry lime I believe).

Got the following dishes

Fried Bluegill - $12
cured meat plate - $16
Roasted Duck Breast -$25
Supper Club Menu (came with a small app, a main, a dessert, and a coffee) - $ 35

On this day the Supper Club Menu/Plat duJour was an appetizer plate of 4 items, Guacamole, grouper escebeche, grouper ceviche, pickled shrimp.

I could have done with more fish as there seemed in total about a tablespoon full of fish. 2 medium sized pickled shrimp, and about a tablespoon of Guacamole along with some in house made totopos. The ceviche was good tasting and clean. I didn't taste enough of the escebeche to form an opinion as there was a total of 1 Starburst sized piece. The pickled shrimp was meh. Guacamole was good but again was only about 4 or 5 chips worth.

Main was a fish soup. Broth was very complex tasting and tasty with hints of being cooked from shellfish shell and fishbones. There were small flakes of whitefish. What kind of fish I couldn't say as again the flakes were about the size of a single piece of Orzo and I couldn't get much texturally. On the other hand, I guess in fear of having their diner go hungry, the soup was filled with large pieces of red potato and a large piece of grilled bread with rouille. I liked the grilled bread with rouille as it reminds me of a good bouiliabaise but having both the bread and what amounted to 2 whole red bliss potatoes makes the dish way too starch heavy. I don't want to sound like the guy in "Big Night" who complains of no seafood in the seafood risotto but in this case the soup could really have been helped with 1 or 2 mussels, 1 or 2 shrimp, a bigger piece of fish, some squid, anything....

Fried Bluegill - I'm always excited when a chef is willing to challenge the diner with something thats not perfectedly filleted/deboned/deskined, which is why I was excited to see a whole fish fried bone and all. It was also good of the waitstaff to explain to eat as much as you can as I'm sure the dish might be a bit intimidating to those not used to very boney fish. The good, very good frying with clean, nicely flavored cornmeal crust. Fish flesh was sweet signifying its freshness. The bad. The fish is a bit too thick to prepare this way as the internal bones don't get enough heat and thus are still very hard and not edible as intended. The fins of the fish at the surface is also way too hard to eat. The plate came with 1 fish and a lot of hashbrowns. Again, the fish to potato ratio is way off. Much rather it came with 2 fish and no potatoes and was charged 3 or 4 dollars more.

cured meat plate. No complaints. Great tasting selection in particular the chicken liver mousse and the Lomo. I like that everything tastes of meat instead of spice, cream, or cognac. I also like that there was a light hand with the salt. Only change would be to serve it with another bread aside from rye to let the meat shine. This isn't a pastrami sandwich where you need the heft of rye to stand up to the mound of meat. When you have something like a liver mousse or a single slice of venison ham to go with each piece of bread, you need a less overpowering bread.

Grilled Duck Breast. Great tasting duck but tough. Preparation was on point as the skin was nicely caramellized and the internals were nicely pink. Problem was, this was likely a wild duck which meant that fat content is low in the meat. The meat while having great flavor which I rarely find in farmed duck, was very very tough and often with a piece of cartilage. The portion of duck was very generous. This dish also came with a ginormous mound of mashed potatoes that was probably equivalent to 1 1/2 to 2 full sized russets.

Dessert was a very tasty Custard with figs which came with the supper club menu. No complaints on this and it was one of the better desserts I've had recently. Seems to be a slight hint of maple in the velvety custard with very fresh tasting figs on top.

Total came to about $105 before tip.

I find that Dai Due has some hits but the overall the restaurant has an inconsistent identity. Either fully embrace the nose to tail, eat with your hands vision along with the more affordable prices that this type of menu should entail or do more to accomodate your diners in order to justify the almost fine dining like prices. After all, would a hunter/butcher/locally driven chef pay for tap water however filtered it may be?

Sep 01, 2014
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Round Rock Report

It was large pieces but no bone.

Aug 26, 2014
lixlix in Austin

Round Rock Report

Went to Scarlett Rabbit for dinner last week and really enjoyed it. Had a much more favorable experience than my last trip to Greenhouse Craft Foods.

In particular, the oyster nachos are great. Plump Oysters fried perfectly in cornmeal.

Aside from this, the chicen and waffles were also very good with nicely fried chicken and plump crispy belgian style waffles. Only advice I would give is serve the maple syrup on the side instead of predrizzled on the dish.

Aug 25, 2014
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Eats near Driskill Hotel

Instead of the Chili cheese fries, go for the Verde cheese fries. When I used to go, the Salsa verde was made by freshly roasted pepper and tomatillos that day.

Aug 25, 2014
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Hard Hat XI

Think it's a deli/bakery. Don't think it's open yet.

Aug 23, 2014
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Best Fish and Chips in Austin

I think the black star ones are good but the use of red fish makes it too non traditional for me.

Aug 23, 2014
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We hit a Top Ten spot

Yes it was good though the chicken could have been more tender. The rice was chock full of flavor (chicken fat, shallots, ginger).

Aug 23, 2014
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We hit a Top Ten spot

I really liked Thai kun especially since they had a hainan chicken rice special that day. Takes balls to put a boiled chicken dish on the menu. I liked it better than other ESK but not as much as I loved Spin

Aug 23, 2014
lixlix in Austin

We hit a Top Ten spot

Best option for Cantonese probably HoHo or DinHo or First Chinese BBQ. Chen is more northern Chinese.

Aug 23, 2014
lixlix in Austin

We hit a Top Ten spot

My issue with Sway is that there is too much salt and sugar. It feels like they amp up these two flavors to substitute for complexity.

There are a few dishes that are great such as the Tiger Cry and the desserts are great but I find the curries to lack subtlety and oftentimes a salt bomb and I also find the kitchen to be not proficient at steaming whole fish (The outside flesh was dry while the meat near the bone was underdone).

Aug 22, 2014
lixlix in Austin

The Worst Fish and Chips in Austin?

Agree with sqwertz here. Its very annoying wading through a very extended thread filled with commentary on some places that have been closed for 3 years.

A new thread would benefit those who want to find the current best fish and chips along with clarify the thread content with a more apt title.

Aug 22, 2014
lixlix in Austin

We hit a Top Ten spot

Its pretty good though I am surprised at the rating.

I've always been a fan of the food at Spin and was sad to see it go. This along with Kin and Comfort as well as Titaya's is a good continuation.

Aug 21, 2014
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Guide To Ice Cream Shops In Austin Texas

Recently my favorite spots are Dolce Neve for Gelato and Snow Monster for Taiwanese Mango Ice.

Aug 16, 2014
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Hot restaurants that are not too expensive

On the East Side I'm a huge fan of Licha's Cantina. Its a interior mexican restaurant.

Go for the escargot (yes, escargot in a Mexican restaurant), beef tongue, al pastor, octopus, duck.

Aug 13, 2014
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Round Rock Report

The lakeline farmer's market might be closer.

I would make the drive to Snow Monster if you are craving shaved ice.

Aug 13, 2014
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Birthday coming up, Best French in town?

I like Carillon but I would probably check some more recent reviews next year due to Josh Watkin's departure.

Aug 12, 2014
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Hard Hat XII

I didn't find Dang to be bad but I wouldn't take it over Baguette house or Tam Deli either.

Aug 08, 2014
lixlix in Austin

Hopdoddy

Its a good burger but you don't come to Austin for burgers especially coming from the birthplace of the Juicy Lucy.

Aug 08, 2014
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Birthday coming up, Best French in town?

I just found Arro overpriced.

For example, I don't mind paying for bread especially if its good bread. But listing it as charged per person ($2) and also charging separately for whipped butter ($3 per type) irked me.

Conceivably if I wanted to try all 3 butters and breads for two people, I'm looking at $13. I don't understand why there isn't a breadbasket option at say $7 where you get a sampling of everything.

The 3 course pre fixe seems like a good deal until I realize the entree section is dominated by sandwiches and salads and it seemed more lunch appropriate.

I ended ordering the Grouper and the Duck. The duck was pretty good but the Grouper was an end tailpiece that did not justify its 27 dollar price. And while the top was nicely crisped, there were spots within that were underdone and chewy.

I suppose I shouldn't judge a restaurant based on just one outing and usually I don't but with many other casual French options around, I haven't been back yet.

With regards to LaV:

I thought the service and atmosphere is great. Makes you feel like you are dining in a fine dining restaurant in Paris. The decor is almost reminicent of Robuchon in Vegas but much less decadent and quite a bit rowdier.

The service was phenomenal as we felt we had 3 or 4 servers always at the ready and there was nary an empty glass or dirty unscraped table, yet there wasn't a constant asking of "how are we doing" thus service was invisible when we needed it to be.

I thought the meat dishes were oversalted and a bit small for the price.

I had a very enjoyable grilled octopus in tuna sauce though. A reference to likely the Italian dish Veal Tonnato, except more refined with a very smooth and rich tuna sauce. It really evoked the Mediterranean for me.

I also had a very tasty skate wing dish off their bar menu that I remember was under $20. Its not a dish I see often and I always tend to order it if I see it as I love the taste of fish flesh near working muscles : collar meat, fin meat, etc..Unfortunately, I see that now its on the dinner menu for $30 so maybe they're charging more for it due to popularity.

Aug 08, 2014
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