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First Time in Austin - staying at Four Seasons

One other idea, Parkside which is on East 6th and an easy walk from the Four Seasons. Very interesting menu and a great raw bar. They are also open very late so you often see local chefs having an after work snack.

Aug 05, 2009
littleok in Austin

First Time in Austin - staying at Four Seasons

I would second lwier on the creme brulee at the Four Seasons, it is dynamite. I have eaten at Trio several times and always had an outstanding dinner with excellent service. Shoreline (which is next door) is a great lunch or dinner spot with a recently revamped menu with a lot of local suppliers. I would also recommend Max's Wine Dive which recently opened on the corner of 3rd and San Jacinto (straight out the front door of Four Seasons). They have great happy hour specials but I would eat there without the lure of discounted prices. Service has been marginal for me two times but the food makes up for it. The sliders, cabrito tacos, and oyster nachos are excellent for apps. The fried chicken, grilled cheese, fried egg sandwich, and chicken fricasee have all been big hits with the groups I have eaten with. The Four Seasons bar is a great people watching spot, always an interesting assortment of people. I would also utilize the conceirge, they have one of the best I have come across in my travels.

Aug 05, 2009
littleok in Austin

Breakfast Tacos and Migas in Austin

The Screaming Goat has a great migas taco. We tried several other breakfast tacos and all were excellent.

Jun 27, 2009
littleok in Austin

maria maria new restaurant

I would completely agree with kevinyei. I was part of a group of 8 with 7:30 reservations on a Saturday night. When we arrived (on time) we were told our table was not ready so we all went to the bar. My husband and I each ordered a house margarita that was perfectly adequate but came with an unexpected $12 price tag. Over 45 minutes later we were still at the bar so a friend went to check on the table. Apparently, it had been ready for some time but no one had come to get it us. I dismissed this as mis-communication and looked forward to dinner as we were led to our table.

We were finally seated in the VERY loud back dining room near the door to the kitchen. It was impossible to talk to anyone other than the person next you without screaming so that put a damper on our group outing. Then came the waitress. We sat for 20 minutes before she even made it to our table although we could only determine she had three other small tables. She returned 20 minutes with our drinks and we caught her as she was walking away so we could order before another 20 mins elapsed. At this point we have been in the restaurant for close to an hour and a half and still no food.

We started with guacamole with crab and a trio of salsas with chips. Both were good but not great. My husband and I both ordered enchiladas. We couldn't believe when they arrived without rice and beans since they were $16 and $18 each (rice and beans can be ordered as a side for an additional charge). One of our friends had ordered his meal to accomodate a food allergy. His meal arrived and was not as ordered so he immediately sent it back. He did not get his replacement plate of tacos until after everyone else had completed their meal. Throughout the meal our waitress was less than attentive and had to be flagged down any time we needed anything. By the time we got our check it was after 10 and we were all happy to escape. We all left the place muttering that this was Austin, not Dallas!

Maria, Maria is definitely a scene. If you are not ready to scream during your conversations, beg for service, and pay double for what your food and drinks are worth then stick with one of the many excellent locally owned Mexican restaurants we are lucky enough to have.

Jun 19, 2009
littleok in Austin

Abel's on the Lake

The food is definitely worthy. I went with a group of friends on Memorial Day weekend. I was not expecting much since I knew they were not "officially" open and were still working out the kinks. They more than made up for the fact that things weren't totally complete with attentive service, good drinks, and good food. My understanding was the menu was still not final but they had the standard bar food with a few interesting options. Everything that we tried was really good. I hate to use the word excellent in relation to bar food but it was better than 90% of the bar food I have had around town. The patio is great, not as crowded as Hula Hut. It should definitely be a destination, not just a second choice if Hula Hut is too crowded.

Jun 19, 2009
littleok in Austin

Italian Food in Austin?

I would recommend Sagra. I know it has gotten a bad rap in the past but I think they must have a new chef/management/something. We have eaten there several times in the last two months and referred three sets of friends. All of our experiences and theirs have been superb. Their mussels are fabulous, some of the biggest and tastiest I have had in Austin. Tuesday is all-you-can eat mussel night for $12.95 (I believe). I have had the mushroom risotto and the spicy seafood pasta and both were perfectly cooked. The risotto did not seem to have the consistency of most where it has been cooked halfway and finished off for the order. I think the time delay in ordering and delivery allows them to cook to order. My husband has had pizza three times and always been very happy with the combinations, including his favorite which has truffle oil and an egg over easy.

Enoteca is excellent for a casual, cafe vibe. Vespaio is my absolute favorite but the price prevents it from being a regular on rotation. Primizie Osteria on East 11th is fabulous and uses a lot of local producers for produce, meats, and cheese. Asti in Hyde Park is another favorite that has consistently served excellent food for at least ten years.

May 30, 2009
littleok in Austin

Disappointed in Moonshine brunch

I have had two subpar experiences at Moonshine's brunch and recently had a terrible dinner there. We used to love going there and often had birthday dinners and other celebrations there. Over the last few months it seems like the food and the service have declined substantially, not sure if there was a management change.

Back to other brunch options. Lamberts is great, lots of options, and they don't let the food sit out for too long without replenishing. Trio at the Four Seasons is pricery but excellent on all levels. There are tons and tons and tons of items to choose from so everyone in your group will be happy. Z Tejas does a nice brunch. South Congress Cafe is another favorite. They have all the basics you would expect at brunch but some unexpected options as well. I have not been but I have heard La Taverna has a great brunch.

May 04, 2009
littleok in Austin

There Can Be Only One:Your Single Favorite Taco In Austin.

The migas a la mexicana at Taqueria La Playa on east 7th. Get some bacon as well, their's is divine! Torchy's has a great shrimp taco but can't remember the name.

Apr 11, 2009
littleok in Austin

New South 1st Trailer - Cake balls?

The best is the mint chocolate. Also, the red velvet cake shake is addictive. Go early because they were sold out on some stuff when we went the first time. These are great to order for parties. I took some to a baby shower and they were a hit.

Apr 11, 2009
littleok in Austin

Authentic Italian and French Rec's

Primizie Osteria is fabulous (just east of IH35 on east 11th). It is not super traditional but the quality of their ingredients are excellent. They always have very interesting items on their menu. They take some traditional dishes and put a new spin on them. On their specials list they note the local farm where they got the meat, cheese, etc.

Apr 11, 2009
littleok in Austin