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Mar 31, 2007 07:57 PM

First time to Austin

My boyfriend and I are going to be visiting Austin this next weekend for the first time. Can you all suggest good eats? Cheap and not so cheap... Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks.. early and late night....We love any and all cusine types~

We are also looking for good bars. We aren't the "Clubbing" type, more the pub, lounge, live music sort.

We are staying at the Omni Downtown.. so anything walking distance is what we are looking for..

Whaddda ya say?? Bring on your suggestions!

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  1. Check out Casino El Camino on Sixth Street for a good bar, Great burgers, and one of the best jukeboxes in town. As far as pubs go, Bull McCabes on Red River near 8th street has always been good to me. For a fancy dinner, the Driskill Grill is said to be superb. I haven't tried myself, but I have heard great things. And Chef David Bull is a talented individual. For something uniquely Austin, Find out what is showing at the Alamo Drafthouse Downtown. You can have Dinner and some beers there. That should be wnough to get the thread started. Welcome to Austin!

    4 Replies
    1. re: Homero

      Chef Bull is no longer at the Driskill. I haven't heard a report on the quality of the food since his recent departure.

      1. re: Greg Spence

        Wow thats a bummer. How long ago did he leave?

        1. re: Greg Spence

          First I've heard of this -- when and why did he leave and do you know where he went?

          1. re: River Rat

            Whoa! This is news to me, too. Evidently he left in early March. I cannot believe this wasn't posted on this site sooner. Here is a link to a story:


      2. Las Manitas -- Congress & 3rd. Migas for breakfast, enchiladas for lunch. Heaven on earth.

        1. I'm a beer snob so I really like the Gingerman. The Draught House & the Dog and Duck are mighty fine also. there's more bar/live music venues than you can shake a stick at. Name your type of music and you'll get a dozen recommendations.

          1. I recommend Dona Emilia's for some South American food that isn't real common. In particular I'd try the ceviche. For a Sunday "brunch" before leaving town I always stop at Taqueria Arandas #3. I tend to avoid live music at bars so I can't help much me, all the bars on 6th street are pretty much one in the same, they're all fun to finish off a night at but I do most of my drinking out back at Mugshotz (maybe I shouldn't tell people about it).

            1. All of these sound GREAT!!! Thanks so much for the suggestions.. Still time for more :) Keep em coming!

              Thank you, I can't wait :@)