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ChristineR Jul 22, 2006 09:48 PM

We are thinking Austin Land & Cattle... What about Capitol Brasserie? Any other suggestions?

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  1. BTAustin RE: ChristineR Jul 22, 2006 10:31 PM

    Since I found Eddie V's have just been going back there. Really like Ruth's Chris too but Eddie V's appetizers excel too-- the one we call the flying shrimp (something about chow mein noodles with avocado and like a plum sauce) are mind-blowing. Enjoyed Austin Land and Cattle the time we went there but it didn't blow me away.

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      amysuehere RE: BTAustin Jul 24, 2006 07:50 PM

      I don't mean to digress, but flying shrimp at Eddie V's? I assume that's just the downtown store

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        ktown378 RE: amysuehere Jul 25, 2006 01:47 AM

        yeah, what is this flying shrimp? interested in this dish.

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      Greg Spence RE: ChristineR Jul 24, 2006 07:42 PM

      I've posted on this before, but I've found the kitchen at Capitol Brasserie to be really uneven after five visits. I've had the steak frites and didn't particularly like the cut which was a shoulder tender. The frites were just good, not great. I won't go back until I've heard about a change in the kitchen.

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        Deacon RE: ChristineR Jul 24, 2006 07:58 PM

        Sullivan's. Very crowded and smoky. When I was there last they were packed in cheek by jowl. Huge onion rings, iceberg lettuce salads, great steaks.

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          Greg Spence RE: Deacon Jul 25, 2006 03:51 PM

          Sullivan's serves choice meat at prime prices.

        2. MPH RE: ChristineR Jul 24, 2006 08:08 PM

          I, too, was underwhelmed by Austin Land & Cattle, though the porterhouse was a nice cut of meat. See this thread for my earlier discussion of it plus a link to an even earlier thread on steakhouses: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

          I’m intrigued by Rene's suggestion of the tenderloin at Gumbo's, though I myself haven't tried it yet. You can read his review in the linked-to thread above, started on May 18, and also in this similar discussion from May on best steakhouses for a bachelor's party:


          1. BTAustin RE: ChristineR Jul 25, 2006 02:51 AM

            Ag the flying shrimp are gone from the menu at Eddie V's. Maybe if they called them flying shrimp they would have been more popular. : ) They *were* so good. Next time I'm there I am going to protest. We called them flying shrimp because they were served "up" on the plate, perched on the avocado and some (radish?) sprouts and stuff. And because we really dug them. Now they're wrapping "colossal shrimp" in "spring roll" material. Picture looks like an egg roll. I'm sure they're still huge. The other appetizers all look real good still though. http://www.eddiev.com/menu_nwaustin.html And they're mainly a seafood place I guess. A really good steak though, my favorite over Morton's in SA or Ruth's in either place. I think Eddie V's compares to Morton's as far as having many many indulgent items on their menu for a price. I don't feel ripped off at Eddie V's like I do at Morton's though. Sorry for the long post, I never shut up.

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              Brian Lindauer RE: ChristineR Jul 25, 2006 07:53 PM

              Do any of these places serve dry-aged prime?

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                MPH RE: Brian Lindauer Jul 25, 2006 10:48 PM


                It wasn't mentioned above, but I believe Hudson's on the Bend serves a dry-aged prime ribeye. You might want to call to confirm this, though. I easily get sidetracked by other things on their menu.


              2. BTAustin RE: ChristineR Jul 29, 2006 03:58 AM

                Ok went back to Eddie V's last night. I was wrong about the flying shrimp. It talked about wonton wrappers not chow mein noodles. And it is off the menu. They made us one but didn't get it quite right so I'd say it's in the past. Crabcake appetizer was first class but expensive for one medium crabcake. Salads were good. Mine with green apples and wealnuts and about uncooked green beans was really good. Don't get what they're going for in the salad with the white beats though, not much flavor. As far as the steak it was fantastic. Not dry aged I guess but as good as any I've ever eaten. Ordered it rare and it had a cool center -- like a quarter inch at the center was cool--perfect for me. Noisy in there.

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                  Rene RE: BTAustin Jul 29, 2006 04:10 PM

                  I must say that the wonderful crabcake tastes even better at the half priced Happy Hour! It's great!

                2. BTAustin RE: ChristineR Jul 29, 2006 10:16 PM

                  Ooh Rene, thanks for pointing that out. For half of 12.75 I'm THERE.

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                    Rene RE: BTAustin Jul 30, 2006 07:08 AM

                    Glad to be of assistance... I wish I didn't have to keep the budget in mind, but ... Eddie V's has never disappointed! They probably serve the best Crabcake in Austin, TX.

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                    Tex.M RE: ChristineR Apr 2, 2009 09:21 AM

                    I really like the no frills experience at the original Hoffbrau Steaks on West 6th.

                    Hoffbrau Steak
                    613 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78701

                    1. Chicago Wine Geek RE: ChristineR Apr 3, 2009 07:52 AM

                      Depends on what you want. To me, a great steak is all about dry aged prime beef. Only. No choice beef like they serve at Sullivans. Austin L & C was not good when I went there. The two newest, hotest places are 3 Forks and Perrys. I'd check them out.

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