Pizza in Austin
I am moving to Austin temporarily for work and love pizza. How are the offerings there? Some out of towners are coming for a long weekend whilst I am there. What are some MUST do dining spots. Mexican recommendations most welcomed.
The pizza question depends heavily on what you expect from a pizza. There has been a lot of discussion on the topic, which may help you to find the best in Austin and also to compare pizza in Austin to what you may be used to.
Recommendations in general and for Mexican food in particular are, as you would expect, such a common topic that earlier posts have a wealth of information that usually don't get repeated each time the question is asked. Here are a few to get you started.
All the topics I've linked to include further links to other discussions. I hope they help you to consider the kinds of things you'd like to try. If they raise any specific questions, I'm sure they will attract the attention of some of our resident experts.
Welcome to Austin.
Must do dining spots for you are:
Pizza: Frank & Angie's
Mexican: Fonda San Miguel, Guero's, Maudie's and Chuy's
Mangia is my favorite pizza in Austin. And you must try the Mangia fries also, they are great.
The best pizza in Austin (as far as I can tell) is at Enoteca Vespaio. Whole thread on Enoteca located here: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/378902
The pizza at Enoteca is more Italian-style (I suppose), and not at all like the pizza I grew up eating (major chain pizza or St. Louis-style pizza, which Austin does not offer).
I've never had authentic NY pizza in NY, but the general consensus of the Pizza Elite here on Chowhound Austin is that our city doesn't do a very good job on this front. That being said, Homeslice is a lot better than the options surrounding me in Far South Austin (Yaghi's, Double Dave's, and the major chains), and decisively better than the overhyped Saccone's.
For Chicago-style pizza, I have no clue. I haven't seen it in Austin.
Re: Mexican recommendations, I suggest El Meson.