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What Austin really needs

Not sure too many places outside Buffalo will have this particular sandwich. Your closest sandwich is probably the Hot Italian Beef at Melvin's.

Jan 29, 2015
lixlix in Austin

Sunday Night Dinner Austin?

Assuming a particular restaurant is open for dinner on Sunday, 830 to 900 is not too late.

You didn't mention where your hotel is so driving time from the hotel might be something to factor in.

One place I like to recommend people flying in on a late flight is Justine's on way East 5th. Their kitchen is open until midnight and its a hop skip away from the airport.

If all else fails, you always have 24 Diner as a fallback.

Are you going to be talking business, ie does the restaurant have to be quiet?

In San Antonio, I had a lovely dining experience at Cured recently.

LA BBQ is great though the line can be as long as 1 hour these days.

I am also a fan of Micklewait, Freedmen's, and Stile Switch.

Jan 29, 2015
lixlix in Austin

Your Go-to Bakeries

Baguette et Chocolat is great. Excellent croissants.

Jan 29, 2015
lixlix in Austin

Need help with restaurants in Austin, TX for Bachelorette weekend!

If you are staying at 4th and San Jacinto, then you are actually on west 4th Street as its only East of I-35 that the numbered streets become East numbered street.

Friday : I would recommend Gus's Fried chicken if you want something casual in this area. Alternatively, there are a number of bars along 6th that serve decent bar food (big burgers and wings) such as Jackalope and Casino El Camino. There are also the beer and sausage spots Banger's and Easy Tiger.

Saturday brunch : Lamberts, La Condesa, Moonshine, Mulberry, Trace at the W are all good brunch options within walking distance

Saturday Dinner : Belmont is a concert venue now, no more restaurant. In addition to all the restaurants listed in the Saturday brunch section, you also have Parkside, La Traviata, Second Bar and Kitchen @Congress, Chez Nous, Fixe, Cafe at the 4 seasons, Peche, and all the various steakhouses (Perry's, Sullivan's, Roaring Fork, Eddie V's, Fogo de Chao, Ruth Chris', Vince Young, etc....)

Jan 29, 2015
lixlix in Austin

So, I'm a Boston 'hound, our board here created some "best/must try/authentic" threads...

I used to not like Greenhouse craft foods but recent visits have impressed me very much. They have definitely upped their game. I also liked their sister restaurant, Scarlett Rabbit from my one visit there.

Jan 26, 2015
lixlix in Austin

Place near-ish Bass Hall for 4 including veggie/lactose-intolerant and picky eater?

Freedmen's, Hopfields, Fino, Salty Sow.

Jan 26, 2015
lixlix in Austin

So, I'm a Boston 'hound, our board here created some "best/must try/authentic" threads...

Yeah I really love Taste of Ethiopia. Thats a perfect example.

Similarly, I feel the same way about Ramen Tatsuya.

Jan 22, 2015
lixlix in Austin

So, I'm a Boston 'hound, our board here created some "best/must try/authentic" threads...

Aside from Mexican, Austin does not have a vibrant ethnic restaurant scene.

There are a few select Korean, Vietnamese, Thai, Ethiopian, and Middle Eastern restaurants that are good but probably nothing that can compete with a city of Boston's size.

For example, I have a local Sushi place I really like but the chef came from Boston and as good as it is, its not going to be at the same level as say O Ya.

You should really stick to Mexican and BBQ while here if you want stuff that you likely can't get in Boston.

Jan 22, 2015
lixlix in Austin

So, I'm a Boston 'hound, our board here created some "best/must try/authentic" threads...

Fine Dining : Uchi/Uchiko/Barley Swine
Fancy Mexican : Licha's Cantina/El Naranjo/Fonda San Miguel/La Condesa
Casual Mexican : La Fruta Feliz/Veracruz All Natural/Mi Madre's/Rosita's Al Pastor/El Meson/Sazon
Lunch BBQ : Franklin's/LA BBQ/Micklewait's/Live Oak
Dinner BBQ : Stile Switch/Freedmen's

Thats probably a list of what Austin does well compared to other cities.

If you want to venture in to non Mexican Ethnic cuisine, we can probably help further if you can narrow it down to the type of Ethnic Cuisine you like.

Jan 22, 2015
lixlix in Austin

Some places known for their chicken wings

My favorite wings are at Gus's. They are lightly breaded, traditional Southern fried chicken style.

Jan 21, 2015
lixlix in Austin

Dai Due, Austin, TX

I don't know if thats your intent but your second paragraph certainly paints with a broad brush.

Jan 19, 2015
lixlix in Austin
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Dai Due, Austin, TX

My own experience was closer to disappointment though I saw flashes of brilliance in the entire meal.

What is weird to me is not the wide range of opinions concerning the flavors of different dishes but rather the wide range of opinions on portion size and value.

Jan 19, 2015
lixlix in Austin

Dai Due, Austin, TX

Dai Due is turning in to the most divisive restaurant of 2014.

Jan 19, 2015
lixlix in Austin

NG-BMT food stand - Hong Kong Market

Went this weekend. Didn't realize it was carry out only but thats ok.

The Grilled Pork BM is great. Probably my favorite BM in Austin. Veggies are very fresh and crisp and the baguette is crisp and chewy. The Combination BM was a bit light on the meat and not worth the $1 premium over the Grilled Pork.

Cruellers (you tiao) was good but not fried to order so doesn't do so well for carry out.

Both hot Tofu and cold Tofu are excellent. The Cold Tofu has a different texture, possibly with addition of gelatin to make it more panna cotta like. If you don't like overly sweet desserts, both are great. You can also ask for syrup on the side.

Jan 19, 2015
lixlix in Austin

New Reality Show Will Feature 4 Austin Restaurants

I've been to both Swift's Attic and Barlata and really like both.

Jan 16, 2015
lixlix in Austin

NG-BMT food stand - Hong Kong Market

I'm pretty excited. Why didn't you post this 2 months ago?

Jan 16, 2015
lixlix in Austin

got a fun email today

The $120 FUKUMOTO sushi popup going on mostly in Feburary also sounds intriguing and right up my alley.

What I find annoying is that there is no menu before you're asked to shell out $85/pp or $120/pp.

Its one thing to put trust in a chef for an Omakase when the Chef is already in an established restaurant and there is prior experience to draw on and quite another to put trust in a chef who hasn't opened his establishment yet.

Jan 09, 2015
lixlix in Austin

Croatian / Serbian Fare - simple and fantastic

I've gotten the weekend roasted lamb special. It was decently cooked but not as great a value as the meat plate.

If you crave lamb, I would go for the Friday only Mensif at Peace Bakery.

Jan 08, 2015
lixlix in Austin

Croatian / Serbian Fare - simple and fantastic

I've gone twice but didn't post in this thread.

I think I prefer the Cevappi over the Goulasch. Love the spices in that one.

Jan 08, 2015
lixlix in Austin

Fixe Austin's Southern House

2014 saw the opening of many Southern fine dining restaurants in Austin so I went to Fixe with some trepidation. Largely intrigued by Chef de Cuisine Zach Hunter's previous stint at San Sebastian gastronomic temple Mugaritz, I managed to visit this new year's eve and I walked away largely impressed.

It is a comfortably large space and service was impeccable. I was surprised by the size of the restaurant as its a risky venture to open such a sizable restaurant in such a pricy part of town.

A breakdown of what we had.
Biscuits $5 - I haven't had the biscuits at Olamaie or Sawyer's yet but these were fantastic. 3 large round biscuits with a crisp and crunchy buttery scone like exterior and a soft cottony interior came with a ramekin of homemade strawberry jam and a quenelle of andouille sausage paste. Very tasty and a great value.

Fried Chicken $13 - This was listed in the small plates section but was large enough to be a main. Two sizable chicken thighs were nicely flavored from brine and fried nicely in a crisp coating that had a thin layer of honey on the exterior. Came with a nice kale salad. I personally prefer fried chicken with thinner batter crusts such as those found at Gus's but for fans of the fried chicken with thicker crusts, this would really hit the spot. Preferred it over the Lucy's fried Chicken though stylistically similar.

Beef Tendon $4 - We were initially confused when they brought this out as it looked like a bowl of rice crackers with a ramekin of hotsauce. It was only upon tasting that I realized the crackers had a deep flavor of beef tendon. Upon questioning, our server informed us that the crackers are pretty much 100% beef tendon that has been sous vided then flattened, then flash fried. The most interesting dish in Austin I've had in 2014.

Grilled Shrimp $15 - 5 sizable grilled gulf shrimp sat on a bed of white beans and tasso ham. A very solid dish though not as inspired as some of the others. The salt control was very good and the shrimp were very nicely done texture wise with a nice charred flavor.

Grains - $8 - various popped and roasted grains with a mushroom gelatin and some sea urchin based sauce. This was just meh. The flavors didn't seem to combine well.

Beef Tartare $17 - a very nice beef tartare that was due mostly to the beef used. I don't know if it was wagyu but it tasted like wagyu. Served with corn pancakes and 2 fried oysters. Thought the oysters were superfluous and would have rather had more beef. portion size not as generous as other dishes.

Red Beans and Rice dessert $7 - red bean beignet, chocolate, rice ice cream. Decent tasting if a bit gimmicky. Not sure what the red bean and rice added to the dish as a standard beignet with vanilla ice cream would have been as nicely received.

Sticky toffee cake $7 - Sticky toffee cake, slice of brie, Almond ice cream. The play between the sweet toffee cake and the salty brie thats then cooled down with the almond ice cream played very well. Usually I'm not a fan of very sweet desserts but the contrast allowed me to enjoy this one.

Overall I think Fixe presents some solid and inventive dishes at a very very reasonable pricepoint. I'm more than happy to go back at some point and trying some of their mains.

Jan 02, 2015
lixlix in Austin

Anyone know of good food around the Erin Center?

There is always The Carillon.

Dec 18, 2014
lixlix in Austin

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
lixlix in Austin

Please help finalize Austin itinerary (researched!)

and by 314, he means 313

Dec 15, 2014
lixlix in Austin

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
lixlix in Austin

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
lixlix in Austin

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
lixlix in Austin

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
lixlix in Austin

Hanabi Sushi

Yes it is Chef Choo's new place.

Nov 10, 2014
lixlix in Austin

Zagat's Top 10 Austin Burgers

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

Nov 09, 2014
lixlix in Austin
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