Best Duck in Austin?
I have only recently discovered how much I really love duck when prepared well.
Recently I traveled to Birmingham, AL where I dined at Hot and Hot Fish Club where I had an excellent duck entree:
Oven Roasted Duck Breast and Crispy Confit with Dirty Rice, Haricot Vert, and Red Eye Gravy
What restaurants in Austin do excellent duck?
(I'm actually salivating as I type)
I don't believe that they have it on the menu all the time, but when they do, Zoot makes a great duck. It's been awhile since I had it, so I don't remember the details of this dish. I just remember really enjoying it. If you are every in Vegas, you must try the Peking duck at Wolfgang Puck's Postrio. It's the best I have ever had.
I recently had a very good tea smoked duck breast at Mars. A bit pricey, but delicious. I second the comments on the Chinese roast duck at Din Ho, but would also suggest the same at First BBQ in Chinatown Center on North Lamar. It's very good too.
A couple of other ideas for duck:
* Sea Dragon (the original) has a great dish of smoked duck with leeks and ginger. sometimes the duck is a tad dry, but it almost always satisfies and I've probably eaten it 25 times since 1987...ok, maybe 30 times....
* Asia Cafe had Sichuan smoked duck...also sometimes dry, but also almost always tasty and quite a bargain at about 8-9 bucks for a plate of yummy quacker
* Ray Tatum at Backstage Steakhouse used to be at Jefferies where he had a deft hand at roasted duck...i didn't see it on the Backstage menu today, but it might pop up from time to time...worth calling to investigate...bet he'd make it with a call ahead to reserve....
* travel to a near suburb of Austin and visit Brigtsen's where Frank does an amazing roasted duck in which he debones a duck half and roasts it and the skin separately, then places the crisp sheet of skin over the duck to plate it...oh, the suburb is New Orleans!