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Nov 3, 2007 03:20 PM

Downtown Austin on Sunday [Moved from Texas board]

I'm looking for some good places in downtown Austin on Sunday that are reflective of the regional cuisine. Any ideas?

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    1. I'm assuming that you mean downtown proper and don't care to venture east of the highway. If this is an unfair assumption, correct me and I'm sure people could give a few more suggestions. Sunda is tougher downtown as its home to largely pricier establishments, many of which aren't open on Sundays. But, for "regional" (here I'm translating that as BBQ and Mexican) I'd suggest Lambert's (this is upscale BBQ, but is probably better than other downtown options like Iron Works or Stubbs) and Manuel's (more interior style Mexican with very good happy hour specials). Hope this helps!

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      1. re: ashes

        Lambert's is probably the best downtown brunch, but if you want an old fashioned "soda fountain" breakfast, try Naus

        1. re: dinetex

          Haven't been to Lambert's, but I really like the Sunday brunch at Moonshine.

          1. re: mkwng

            I also recommend Moonshine. It's a buffet of a mix of brunch favorites--bacon, smoked salmon on bagels, green salad, etc.--some with a twist--scrambled eggs with basil pesto--and some southern/regional favorites--grits, cornflake fried chicken, king ranch chicken. I can't remember exactly how much it is, but it's under $15. The bloody mary's are also great. It's set in a historic building (one of the oldest in Austin), and has a nice atmosphere and patio.

        2. re: ashes

          Manuel's while is upscale Mexican, the Sunday brunch (which we just had 2 weeks ago) was a disappointment. Pretty bland Mexican food, fine I suppose, but I think our expectations were too high. On the other hand we also went to South Congress Cafe and were blown away by the brunch - out of this world. HIGHLY recommend the restaurant. Great TexMex that reflects the area/culture - a cool neighborhood. Very regional and very good. Unfortunately South Congress does not take reservations, so get there early since the lines can be really long. Manuel's does take reservations though.;

          1. re: ashes

            Iron Works is excellent BBQ. Like all BBQ places, they can be a little inconsistent - but IW is one of the more consistent, IMO. Their beef ribs, brisket, and sausage is where they shine (true Texas fare).

            Stubbs, not very good. It's been years since I've gone back to try them, but they sure don't seem very crowded anymore. Unless there's an event, of course