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Austin weekend chow help

We're coming to Austin for a football game, and will have 2 dinners, 2 lunches, and 2 breakfasts to try out Austin restaurants. We're staying at the Austin Hilton, and I haven't decided if we'll need a car yet. The recs below came from a summer intern who is in school in Austin - I don't know if she actually knows food - what do you think? Also, the Alumni club will be having a BBQ at Stubbs on Friday night - is that worth a try, or should I eat before I meet up with everyone there? Any other places we shouldn't miss? Nothing fancy, please, as we will be casual (shorts, most likely). Thanks in advance! Go Bucks!

1. Curras Mexican restaurant: What I would order: Enchiladas Curras, tamales, or one of the fish dishes. Margaritas are great.

2. Guraros restaurant: shrimp tacos, shrimp fajitas, chicken tacos with avocados and margaritas.

3. Polvos Mexican Restaurant: fajitas chicken or beef, any soft tacos (try alpastor - its pork and pineapple) and margaritas.

4. Congress Ave Café: This place is a bit more expensive but it has a great variety of food.

5. Hickory Street Grill: cheeseburger, salad bar and it has beers on draft. This place also has a decent brunch on Sundays.

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  1. I think you definitely will need a car. Austin is a 'car town.'

    I'd also recommend you go to the party at Stubbs. Sounds like fun and I think you'll enjoy it. The barbecue there is not the best in Texas, but it's certainly tasty. Order a couple of Shiners, too, and you'll have a great time.

    1. A car won't be needed, but a few taxis will definitely be in order. The person who gave you rec's was a little hit or miss. Here are my suggestions all within a few miles of the Hilton -

      Breakfast - Stubbs on Sunday for Gospel brunch (skip dinner with Alums) & Manuel's (3rd & Congress) for brunch on Saturday.

      Lunch - Athenian grill (7th & Colorado) for great Greek food & Ruby's (29th & Congress) for the best damn BBQ in Austin, try the brisket plate.

      Dinner - Chez Nous (off 6th street by Hilton) for a nice casual French dinner, try the Pris Fix always a bargain & Polvo's on another night for excellent exotic tacos and 'Pescado de mojo de aho'

      I am sure others will recommend other, but definitely do not miss Ruby's(not Rudy's) & Stubbs Gospel Brunch

      1. Hickory Street Grill can be skipped. It is nothing special, and it's mostly known for its cheap beer deals.

        I'll second Curras and other tex-mex type choices especially if you are from Ohio. I grew up in Columbus, so if that is where you are in from, I would concentrate on getting good Mexican, Tex-Mex, and BBQ while you are in town. We have much better options for that here than in Ohio.

        Another good choice near the Hilton is Manuels on Congress. It is walkable from your hotel and a bit higher end Mexican than the other places listed. They have good happy hour specials as well and decent margaritas.

        1. Wanted to post a quick followup. Austin is a very casual town, and you won't be out of place wearing shorts & flip flops in most of our restaurants.

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