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Oct 5, 2007 01:44 PM

Object: Fantastic dinner for 2 under $30.00

Here's the question for friday night, where to for a fantastic meal under $30.00 for two? No wine necessary, just fresh, delicious, preferrably nutricious food at a very reasonable price. I'm open to anything and the atmosphere can either be part of the allure or not, your choice? Let me know. Ed

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  1. I would suggest going to the Whole Foods Market on N. Lamar. If you've never been there, then you probably don't know why I'm telling you to go to a grocery store for dinner, but they have tons of different prepared food stations including Italian, sushi, barbeque, Indian, soup/salad bars, Mexican, etc. It's already cooked for you, hot and ready to eat! It would definitely be under $30 unless you somehow went absolutely crazy with it, and everything at Whole Foods is as nutricious and organic as you can get. You and your date can get whatever you want in the store, and then go around the side of the building up the stairs to the dining area on the roof of the store where you can look out over all of Austin... it's really beautiful.

    1. Friday night has come and gone...but for the future, I'd recommend the European Bistro in P-ville. Entrees are in the $15 range, so you'll probably spend more than $30, but it's possible to spend that little before tax and tip. Be warned that if you get refills on bread, you will be charged. The food is very fresh--it tastes more like food made at a good cook's house than restaurant food. Their specials are usually a roasted meat and are either the best thing being served that night or a little dry--but worth the risk.

      1. Tam Deli for sandwiches. Or Madras Pavillion for anything. Either way you can keep well south of $30. Another possibiility is China Palace (order off the "traditional" menu),

        1. It comes up on this board often, but Madam Mam's is an excellent value, fresh, delicious, and nutritious. My husband and I go there once every week or two and almost never spend more than $30.

          We do however, manage to spend more than $30 at Whole Foods every time we eat dinner there! You have to watch out for some of the heavier things on the food bars like rice and potatoes -- they are not worth the $7/lb!

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          1. re: o2cgirl

            The SO and I have had some great rolls at Maru for right around 30 dollars (not including the bottle of wine we bought ahead b/c they are BYOB/W). Uchi it is certainly not, but it is pretty tasty stuff for an unheard of 30 bucks for two.

          2. I'd go to Le Soleil. Get the seafood banh xeo, the halibut with tamarind sauce, and a soup or a noodle dish. Right at thirty bucks, and muy delicioso. Plenty of food for two good eaters.


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            1. re: Jim Washburn

              my wife and I Love Le Soleil. It was sold recently, and I miss the old waitstaff but the food is still great.

              1. re: Dave Westerberg

                A "fantastic" meal for me also means atmosphere. I'd rather not spend Friday night eating at a grocery store, regardless of whether it's HEB or a jam-packed, stroller-choked W.F. I second Madam Ma'am's. Ate there last night: pad se ew with shrimp. Works every time. dinner for two + hot tea: $18.00 and no tantrums, long lines, or strollers!