Tell me a shi-shi brunch place for my bday!
I'm throwing myself a bash for my B-day and the next day (my actual birthday--the big 3-0), I want to go out with my best girlfriends for a nice, fancy brunch.
Where do you suggest?
Four Seasons is kinda fancy, but not like the outrageously extravagant brunch buffets you might see elsewhere (ie. not in Austin). Just giving you the heads-up on that. And while there are many tasty things there that are sure to please the pickiest in the bunch, some things are also poorly executed (ie. eggs benedict). There's this brunch thread where I wrote a little more on their brunch, and you might find some other useful tips in it as well:
For a more casual affair, you might also look into Lambert's or Moonshine, both which get some love, although I have yet to try.
i actually like the idea of so-co cafe for brunch. (even if it is a Trudy's owned operation...) The food is decent, and can be quite good depending on what you order. I actually really like the atmosphere there, and it'd be "different," around a "cool" crowd for sure. Don't know how much atmosphere plays into what you enjoy, but I liked the minimalist light woods, perfectly white crisp linens, modern orange light fixtures, and knowledgeable waitstaff when I was there. I had Potato enchiladas w/caramelized onions, which I enjoyed, and my dining companion had the carrot cake french toast w/bacon. The french toast was tasty, but be prepared to be overwhelmed with a sugar coma; it was very sweet for me, and very dense cake. (Their carrot cake FT was featured on a show by the evil rachael ray ha ha) If you go there I'd stick to the savory dishes for a real meal. Four seasons hotel is serving in the lobby lounge area during their remodel FYI. Honestly, if you would be up for a Mexican brunch I'd go for Fonda San Miguel over either of these two choices any day however; I think they have the best brunch. Also I havent eaten at El Gringo yet, but I always liked my brunch at El Chile's and so I'd imagine the more upscale EG would be good as well; I'm sure others have posted on this topic. I also enjoy the brunch at Eastside, but not sure that's got the chi chi factor. Maybe you should do dinner instead and just go to Uchi???!! Hope you have a lovely birthday.