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Lucy's Fried Chicken on Burnet

Went for a late lunch on Sunday. It was a great day to sit out on the open patio which was pretty packed. I've only had their chicken at last year's ACL so was looking forward to eating some in our hood.

The fried chicken livers were delivered first and they were very snacky.
A perfect chipotle sauce on the side. The basket of chicken was next and was pretty good but a veritable salt bomb. Seriously, we were drinking water for the next several hours. In search of something relatively healthy, we ordered the jicima salad - which sadly, turned out to be inedible. It was basically smoked red cabbage, nary a strand of jicama in site, languishing in a thin, flavorless mayo glaze. They were nice enough to take it off the bill.

Overall, the chicken was tender, not overly greasy, but not nearly filling enough for 10.00. And the salt was overwhelming. I realize frying a chicken breast is tough but man, I'd like a little more meat than what a leg, thigh and back can provide.

Sep 25, 2013
paternite in Austin

A well researched (I hope) Trip Plan from Seattle

Go to Franklin. Get there early. Bring some beer in a cooler. Bring a lawn chair. Make friends with your fellow line-mates. It's really quite fun. Then enjoy the best brisket you've ever had.

Aug 12, 2013
paternite in Austin

La Mancha

Went last night with the family. It was pretty busy - maybe 3/4's full with lots of kids running around. The interior is spacious with many interesting design elements. I particularly liked the collection of weathered doors that mark the main wall.

We went knowing that they had just opened and were probably still working out the kinks. We were certainly right about that. Didn't dig too far into the menu - tuna tostaditas and a La Mancha salad. The tostaditas were quite bland. The salad was a little sad - although the grilled chicken on top was good. My son ordered a simple black bean burrito which was a bit of a disaster. A dry tortilla awkwardly wrapped around what I suspect were canned beans. Fortunately he was able to eat the never ending basket of warm chips.

The bigger problem was the bar as we were really there to enjoy a drink. I could see that orders were piling up and thirsty people were getting antsy. Unfortunately, my wife had to send back her "skinny" margarita twice because it was sickeningly sweet. She ended up going to the bar and talking the bartender through it. Our server said that they had been having a lot of people sending back the margaritas. I mentioned that the problem was more apparent with Fonda San Miguel, which can mix up a righteous 'rita, being right down the street. He was very apologetic and said they were still finding their stride and comped us a round and a free dessert for my son.

We really want this place to be good as there is a definite need in the neighborhood. Probably will give them some time before we go back.

Jun 25, 2013
paternite in Austin

Hard Hat X

In the lot next to Pinthouse Pizza. I tried the gumbo yesterday. It was great !!

Jan 24, 2013
paternite in Austin

Near downtown convention center?

Although it might be chilly on the patio, Easy Tiger is a great place to hang out and drink quality beer and tasty baked and cured snacks. http://www.easytigeraustin.com/

Jan 02, 2013
paternite in Austin

Uchi or Uchiko?

What an excellent dilemma. My vote is Uchiko.
Extraordinary food plus an interesting neighborhood.
Maybe try Fonda San Miguel or Drink Well for a nightcap.

Dec 27, 2012
paternite in Austin

Best Tres Leches in Austin?

I've always enjoyed Tres Leches at Fonda San Miguel.

Dec 16, 2012
paternite in Austin

Austin for one night

Definitely. You won't be disappointed.

Dec 16, 2012
paternite in Austin

Austin for one night

I concur. Uchiko is where you should be.

Dec 04, 2012
paternite in Austin

Pinthouse Pizza

Went for lunch this week. The place was maybe a third full.
I can see how it would be noisy if really crowded. The pizzas - the Armadillo and Margherita - were tasty enough although both a bit dry. Tasted the Bearded Seal Irish Stout and the Fallen Cask IPA. Both delicious but I thought rather expensive. Overall a good spot and a welcome addition to the hood - although the pizza still needs refining.

Nov 15, 2012
paternite in Austin

3 days in Austin THIS weekend!! Please make food recommendations for rustic/outdoor/farm-to-table style places!

Hillside Farmacy is great on the eastside, as is Foreign & Domestic in north/central.

Oct 31, 2012
paternite in Austin

Help with itinerary

I know this will rile up some folks here, but I say, head to Chuy's on Barton Springs. We took some Bay Area friends there a few weeks back and had a blast. They are good with kids and the vibe is funky, eclectic fun. Food is reasonably good but the drinks are stiff and generous !!

Oct 15, 2012
paternite in Austin

Two California women 30-40 somethings looking for cool Austin ambiance, second to fine food, next week!

You should check out La Condesa. Perfect for two cool chicks. Great neo mexican food + drink. A nice eclectic vibe right downtown. Foreign & Domestic is also a good choice but will be a cab ride or drive. If you go, follow a seating at the "chef's counter" with a coctail at DrinkWell just down the street. A very nice Manhattan to be had. http://www.drinkwellaustin.com/

Sep 11, 2012
paternite in Austin

Most Legit Soul Food in Austin

I've had great liver & onions at the Monument Cafe in Georgetown. Yum.

Aug 04, 2012
paternite in Austin

austin weekend

I second that.

Jun 27, 2012
paternite in Austin

Final plans

no BBQ?

May 13, 2012
paternite in Austin

Visiting from California

Hmmmm. OK. Think you are missing the boat. Even though La Condesa is in Napa - this one is in Austin. Ans it's a vibrant part of downtown...

Apr 27, 2012
paternite in Austin

Visiting from California

Being a former Bay Area resident, I really like La Condesa downtown. Great Mex standards with an ecclectic flare. Beautiful space, too.

As for BBQ. One word. Franklin's. It's worth the wait. Bourdain recently claimed it's the best brisket he has ever had. Ever.

Apr 16, 2012
paternite in Austin

NYC'ers first time in Texas

You might want to search this board a bit. You'll find out a lot about what Austin has going on.
My recommendations would be - Downtown: La Condesa. Refined Mexican flavors in a vibrant setting. North Central: Uchilko. If your watching Top Chef you'll know something about this place. I've been impressed each and every time I've been. BBQ - Franklin. You can travel out of town for BBQ (and that's fun to do) or eat what I think is the best around. Go early and stand in line. It's actually fun and won't be hot outside. Not to mention the delicious reward at the end.

Feb 25, 2012
paternite in Austin

The brussel sprouts at La Condesa

I am a fellow fan of these Brussels sprouts. A stand-out on an equally awesome menu. Have you tried the brussels sprouts at Uchiko? Equally excellent.

Dec 30, 2011
paternite in Austin

Visiting from San Francisco -- Need some suggestions!

Check out La Condesa. Great food - eclectic atmosphere. The ceviche is a must.
http://www.lacondesaaustin.com/

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La Condesa
400-A W 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

Oct 17, 2011
paternite in Austin

Any good BBQ near South Congress?

If you line up at Franklin by 10:30, you'll most likely be eating at 11:30. Definitely worth an hour out of your schedule.

Sep 25, 2011
paternite in Austin

Need opinions on 4-day BBQ-plus plan

I think Wednesday is your strongest day. Franklin's rivals anything in Lockhart.
Might want to get there a tad earlier just to majke sure you get in. Uchiko is great. The early "social" menu is fantastic and a great value. Try the brussel sprouts.

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Uchiko
4200 North Lamar, Austin, TX 78756

Sep 01, 2011
paternite in Austin

austin itinerary - any edits/suggestions?

Hmmm. What's the beef with Ned Elliot? He seems like a good guy. Treated us very well when we ate at the chef counter. We also shared some time in Cincinnati.

As for La Condessa. This was my one and only time there but the food was excellent.
We had a special halibut ceviche, a venison taquito, a crazy good rabbit salad with a quail egg and a bunch of other things I can't recall. Overall, quite delicious.

Aug 11, 2011
paternite in Austin

austin itinerary - any edits/suggestions?

The downtown portion looks pretty solid. La Condesa is great. Had a memorable meal there last week. Franklin's is really, really great - but you have to be willing to spend the time in line. And it's pretty hot right now. But, man, it's good. It's a cab ride but you might also enjoy Uchiko. Or Foreign & Domestic, too.

http://www.uchiaustin.com/
http://fndaustin.com/new/

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La Condesa
400-A W 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

Uchiko
4200 North Lamar, Austin, TX 78756

Foreign & Domestic
306 E 53rd St, Austin, TX 78751

Aug 10, 2011
paternite in Austin

solo dining/take out options near Lavaca and 6th downtown?

Had an excellent meal at La Condesa last weekend.
http://www.lacondesaaustin.com/

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La Condesa
400-A W 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

Aug 07, 2011
paternite in Austin

New to town-need central austin recs please!

I really like Foreign & Domestic on North Loop. Eclectic food and really nice people. Sit at the chef counter for the full experience. http://fndaustin.com/new/

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Foreign & Domestic
306 E 53rd St, Austin, TX 78751

Aug 04, 2011
paternite in Austin

Fonda San Miguel

My take is that the brunch is overpriced for what you get. If I'm going to spend that kind of money I'd like to be drinking. Have a few cocktails (all thoughtfully constructed) and cruise the appetizers. Cordero is great. (4 grilled baby lamb chops served with chile pasilla salsa. 13.50).

Jun 26, 2011
paternite in Austin

Lunch in Austin

Jun 18, 2011
paternite in Austin

Late Night Eats

24 Diner on Lamar is open 24 hours.

Jun 10, 2011
paternite in Austin