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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).

about 19 hours ago
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.

about 19 hours ago
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.

2 days ago
lixlix in Austin

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
lixlix in Austin

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
lixlix in Austin

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
lixlix in Austin

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
lixlix in Austin

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
lixlix in Austin
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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
lixlix in Austin
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Birthday coming up, Best French in town?

I like LaV and Justine's. I haven't been to Chez Nous in a while. Didn't like Arro the one time I went.

Aug 06, 2014
lixlix in Austin

How/what to order at Uchiko

I personally think the cooked dishes are better than the sushi at Uchi/Uchiko. I would probably skip the rolls entirely though I have a soft spot for the ham and eggs.

Why not give over control and just go for the Omakase.

Jul 30, 2014
lixlix in Austin

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