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Pinthouse Pizza

Noticed they're open now on Burnet Road near 45th Street. Great news for Burnet Road continued dining upgrades. Any reports yet??

Oct 25, 2012
boshtx in Austin

B & B Ristorante or Valentino pros and cons

Vegas hounds I need some good advice on dinner at either of these Venetian restaurants.

Any recent meals you can report on for me? Thanks so much.

Sep 26, 2012
boshtx in Las Vegas

Bagels.

Had time to pick up a mixed dozen for my office this morning. The bagels are really really good. The texture they get from being boiled then baked is soooooooo much better than what we have had in Austin. My office mates pretty much all agreed these are terrific bagels.

Mar 20, 2012
boshtx in Austin

August Honeymoon in Provence - Avignon, Lourmarin, Bonnieux, Lex Baux de Provence

Avignon is awesome. Enjoy.

Mar 01, 2012
boshtx in France

Suggestions for brfst lunch and dinner for a weekend in April

Z Tejas is a chain and please do not devote one of your six Austin meals to this when we have so many great local restaurants.

Wink isn't open Sundays. Great choice any other night. You may be thinking of Uchi as it often is considered #1 restaurant in Austin.

You might consider a quintessential Austin Tex-Mex breakfast. Search our board for migas or breakfast tacos and pick your pleasure.

Mar 01, 2012
boshtx in Austin

Dinner tonight Isle of Palms, Sullivan's Island, Mt. Pleasant area

I'm looking for suggestions for a casual but chowhound worthy dinner tonight on the islands. We just had two great dinners in charleston at FIG and Husk and would like to see what the Islands have to offer. Are there any places on Isle of Palms, Sullivan's Island or even Mt. Pleasant that would provide a good counterpoint to the two dinners we've already enjoyed? Thanks!

Dec 23, 2011
boshtx in Southeast

Austin hound needs lunch recs

Sorry, imperial beach. Nice farmers Mkt? Beach?

Oct 13, 2011
boshtx in San Diego

Austin hound needs lunch recs

One more time. Any reviews of imperial farmer's market? Good choices of prepared foods? Worth going for an Austin visitor??

Oct 13, 2011
boshtx in San Diego

Austin hound needs lunch recs

Thank you Cathy! Great info much appreciated. Anyone been to that Imperial Farmers Market?

Oct 10, 2011
boshtx in San Diego

Austin hound needs lunch recs

Some great suggestions, thanks very much everyone. Are there any farmers markets that are open on Friday afternoons?

Oct 10, 2011
boshtx in San Diego

Austin hound needs lunch recs

Thank you Beach Chick and Chezwhitey for your recommendations. Are there any must see sites or not to be missed bakeries, ice cream, etc on the road or route out to Harrah's ?

Thanks once again.

Oct 06, 2011
boshtx in San Diego

Austin hound needs lunch recs

Hi San Diego, I'm flying into town next Thursday then driving out to Harrah's for the Steely Dan concert. Looking for suggestions for lunch as my plane lands at 10:30 AM and have plenty of time to enjoy lunch pretty much anywhere in the SD metro area. Seeking something totally authentic, chef driven, almost any cuisine or price point high or low (Devilicious food truck even caught my eye).

So, that's the question- one lunch where do you send me??

Thanks in advance!

Oct 04, 2011
boshtx in San Diego

Gordon ruined El Greco. Can it be saved from the RIP thread?

Liked the old, very sad with the new. Dinner about a week ago and only two other tables occupied. I will say very friendly server. Ordered the half grilled chicken. Server came backhand said sorry they're out. Hmmmmm. Ok, Greek salad and falafel burger ordered. 15 minutes later the saddest Greek salad came out with clearly pre-torn lettuce, maybe a half teaspoon of flavorless feta, a couple of olives and drizzled dressing (not tossed in the kitchen). Dressing was tasteless as was the $8 salad. I felt offended by the price once I saw what was served. Then simply sad for the owner when that's what they put forth as a Greek salad at a Greek restaurant. Falafel burger was simply inedible. Grease laden, off-putting flavor.

Hard plywood bench seat and blue stripe decor - not great.

It's too bad.

Oct 02, 2011
boshtx in Austin

Differences or similarities between Moustache, Rino, Le Philou

Macdog if you want a cool super fun experience also consider hidden kitchen. Email them and ask if any openings or to go on their wait list for last minute cancellation. Tremendous fun evening, great meal, and you'll likely meet a group of interesting people ( I hate to use the played phrase foodies but yes, foodies). We had a total and complete blast at our dinner at HK in June.

Sep 08, 2011
boshtx in France

Differences or similarities between Moustache, Rino, Le Philou

Yes, I called maybe a week or ten days prior. Have fun. (I reserved for 8 pm and we were first customers. By maybe 8:45-9:00 the restaurant was full).

Sep 08, 2011
boshtx in France

Differences or similarities between Moustache, Rino, Le Philou

Had a really fun and excellent dinner at Rino in June. Tiny space, semi open kitchen, chalkboard only menu. Essentially your choice is whether to have the extra course or two. Pretty limited wine list but took owners suggestion and greatly enjoyed an '09 domaine prieure roch red burgundy that I've never seen before. Food was creative without being too silly, taste was spot on, great friendly vibe and service. Out of perhaps 16 or 18 people we only noted one other couple speaking English. Highly recommend. Have not been to the others so can't comment on a comparison.

Sep 08, 2011
boshtx in France

Struggling with two dinner choices

Going to Vegas for family celebration and have been considering several potential choices for two dinners. We will have 11 people (all adults) prefer really well executed food, great service, fun energetic room yet not over the top noisy where table conversation is impossible. No real limit on cuisine or price point except unlikely to try the $150+ per person choice this trip unless the recommendations from this board are so compelling as to require it. We would like the two dinners to be somewhat different (not two steakhouses for example).

So, we are considering:

Charlie Palmer Steak
aureole
Sage
Le Cirque
Twist
SW Steak
Bouchon (considering for brunch more so than dinner)

I'd sure appreciate some timely advice as to what people's recent experiences have been at these or others.
Thank you.

Aug 24, 2011
boshtx in Las Vegas

Texas French Bread for dinner?

Went for dinner for first time tonight. Several highs and a few lows as well. The restaurant was full and virtually every table had byob'd a bottle of wine. Alas, I forgot but next time for sure. Very warm greeting, waited maybe three minutes then seated. Water glasses filled and menus presented. A minute later a plate with a few pieces of French bread and ramekin with literally a teaspoon of olive oil. So far so good, really pleasant. Five minutes pass, water glasses quickly sipped, another five minutes, water glasses near empty as is the olive oil. Another five minutes and trying our best to make eye contact with any of the wait staff. Nope. Finally about twenty minutes after being seated our water is refilled and our request for more olive oil is quickly delivered....with another teaspoon of oil. Now really, why? A few minutes later our order is cheerfully taken ( about 25 minutes after being seated). I was amused more than distraught when our waiter wrinkled her face at my order of the baby octopus. Her comment "it's scary....but my boss really is fond of the dish".

Glancing around the room I noted how great it looked at night and how very different than mornings and lunch when I've frequented the bakery/cafe on numerous occasions. People seemed to be really enjoying themselves. Nice music selections as well.

After about another 25-30 minutes our dinner is served. (no attempt to pace the meal by bringing my wife's melon soup out as a first course). Well the food itself was very good. I was happy with the baby octopus entree with white beans, greens and red peppers. Wife very happy with the melon soup and her homemade ravioli. Daughter very happy with her steak frites. Lemon chess pie got high marks, and the famous chocolate cake while perfectly ok, was really lacking in depth of flavor.

Overall the meal was very good and the menu references to a number of Austin area farms was a nice touch. Service while super friendly was simply off the mark. Not only in basics restaurant 101 such as keeping water glasses reasonably re-filled, but also in lack of offering any other beverage choices ( iced tea, sparkling water....) while taking our order, not coursing a soup to come out first, and general lack of attention during two pretty long stretches of time.

So, in summary, I'd return again. Next time with a couple bottles of vino which will make the pace so much easier to enjoy.

Aug 19, 2011
boshtx in Austin

Le Grand Cerf btw Epernay and Reims - worth going?

Hi POY, how was Le Grand Cerf?? Can you describe your experience (and anything else you tried in the Champagne district? Merci!

Jun 04, 2011
boshtx in France

Le Grand Cerf, Le Relais de Sillery, near Reims

I've had these two restaurants recommended to me for dinner in the Champagne district. I am staying in Ludes and will have a car.

Any knowledge or recommendation would be most appreciated. In a perfect world, prefer a more lively dining room vs. quiet / sedate room.

Any suggestions outside or Reims or even in Reims proper if you are very high on a particular dining spot?

Thanks!

Jun 02, 2011
boshtx in France

Avignon and Ludes, Lively Restaurants

Thanks so much Pammel, ChefJune, boredough! Great ideas and thanks.

For some reason Pammel, your blog link did not work for me?? Is there another link to utilize?

Again, thanks very very much.

May 13, 2011
boshtx in France

Avignon and Ludes, Lively Restaurants

Hi, I'm looking for suggestions for dinners in Avignon and Ludes (or reasonably close by) for mid-June trip. (Yes, I realize the two cities are 5-6 hours apart).

Prefer somewhat more casual & lively room and not really seeking formal 3-star Michelin for these meals. Equally happy with a 15 year old "classic" restaurant or a new kid on the block chef/owner driven restaurant that is on their game.

Thanks!

May 08, 2011
boshtx in France

Paris, just under the radar

looking for some regulars to "let the cat out of the bag". What are the three or four restaurants not yet not quite yet on the foodie radar but surely are destined to become heavy chowhound praised over the next year?

May 07, 2011
boshtx in France

Franklin's vs Snow's?

Snow's is worth it to experience if you have never been. Waking up early and arriving early for Saturday morning brisket and tour of their pits is a great morning. No doubt. Brisket is superb. And very friendly and welcoming vibe. Having said that, I agree that electric knife needs to go away. But the brisket is fantastic.

Franklin is simply superior brisket in my opinion. The bark is beyond description. You simply have to taste it yourself. And the different sauces and sides are more interesting at Franklin. Espresso sauce, yum. So, in a nutshell, they both exemplify great truly great renditions of TX BBQ.

Franklins

Apr 22, 2011
boshtx in Austin

Vote Now - Top Austin Restaurant/Food from 2010 - Voting open until Dec. 15th.

Not enough votes yet......come on and vote its easy. Top 5 under and Top 5 over $25.

Let's extend the voting until Dec 25.

Dec 15, 2010
boshtx in Austin

I have 24 hours in Austin, what's your favorite breakfast, lunch, and dinner?

Dinner - Uchi on S. Lamar. Whole menu is terrific. Go for variety.
Lunch - Franklin's BBQ (trailer w/picnic tables off I-35 near 40th St.) not open Mon=Wed. Get Brisket.
Breakfast = Maria's Taco Express on S. Lamar. Migas taco.

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Uchi Restaurant
801 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

Dec 03, 2010
boshtx in Austin

Vote Now - Top Austin Restaurant/Food from 2010 - Voting open until Dec. 15th.

Borrowing a thread from the Los Angeles board where they've been doing a year- end vote for the past eight years:

Vote for your top Austin restaurant and/or food experiences from this past year.

Two categories - vote for 5 in each category: Under $25 per person and Over $25 per person (food only not including drinks).

I'll get things started so here you go;

Under $25

Franklin's BBQ
Blue Dahlia
Odd Duck Farm to Trailer
Home Slice
Lambert's

Over $25

Wink
Uchi
Parkside
Uchiko
Vespaio

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Uchi Restaurant
801 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

Vespaio
1610 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

Dec 01, 2010
boshtx in Austin

Best Wine Shop

Well thanks so much to all of you for posting such great info and suggestions. I ended up at Wine Bottega in the North End and I'll tell you that my 30 minutes or so with Matt were awesome. He was enthusiastic, very interested in listening to my questions and then guiding me with insight and great choices (and often suggesting very modest price points). He fixed me up with a mixed case and I'm grateful for finding such a fun interesting wine store. Thanks again.

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Wine Bottega
341 Hanover St, Boston, MA

Nov 15, 2010
boshtx in Greater Boston Area

Best Wine Shop

Need some suggestions as to great wine shops particularly with smaller producers and not just run of the mill selections. Really knowledgable staff. Help! Thanks.

Oct 31, 2010
boshtx in Greater Boston Area

AustinHound needs 3 dinner rec's.....here's where I've been in Boston/Cambridge...

Need Help with some dinner suggestions for early November trip. I'll be with my wife and college age daughter and a few of her friends. Cabs and T for transportation.

We've had great meals over the past two years at: O Ya, Craigie Street, TW Food, Flour Bakery, Scampo.

Fairly adventurous diners and love smaller chef driven restaurants in particular with good energy and personality in the room (TW, Craigie...). Having said that, we loved Scampi despite the larger size and really loud crowd.

A few names that I have noticed but not married to any of these: Pigalle, Ten Tables, Hungry Mother, Estragon. Would love a whisper of the next few restaurants/chefs that we'll all be writing about in earnest in 2011.

Ok Boston Hounds, which 3 restaurants do you send us for three great but different types of dinners and all price points are fine as well as type of cuisine. Thanks in advance.

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O Ya
9 East Street, Boston, MA 02111

Pigalle
75 Charles Street South, Boston, MA 02116

Hungry Mother
Cambridge, MA, Cambridge, MA

Flour Bakery + Cafe
12 Farnsworth St, Boston, MA

Scampo
215 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02114

Ten Tables
5 Craigie Circle, Cambridge, MA 02138

Oct 24, 2010
boshtx in Greater Boston Area