I'm helping organize a conference in Austin next month that's at the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown (E 5th and I-35) and am putting together a diverse list of places within walking distance of the hotel for attendees. As a DC chowhound, I'm in need of some assistance from my local Austin chowhounds to help guide me!
Here's what I have so far -- please let me know if I've missed some obvious choices, or if any places on my list should be reconsidered. I've tried to include a variety of cuisines and price ranges ($ to $$$) to select from:
I did a cooking class at Equinox last fall. It was setup as a private class (you needed 6 people) and we were given input on the menu. It was more of a cooking demonstration (done at the bar) with recipes to follow , but we were able to ask Chef Gray questions and learn techniques and tons of other information from him. Everyone loved it and still talks about it as an absolutely fabulous experience. It included wine pairings and a demonstration with their pastry chef. We spent a little over 2 hours on a Saturday afternoon and enjoyed a three course meal. I would highly recommend the Equinox experience.