Seafood birthday dinner?
Someone recently recommended this site and since my first visit, I haven't been able to quit bragging about it to my friends. A few weeks ago I went to Backstage Steakhouse for my birthday dinner and LOVED IT. I can't wait to try other hound favorites (Little Thailand in particular).
Now my friend is having a birthday dinner. She is a seafood lover. Her favorite dishes are salmon, seared tuna, and shrimp. She is lactose intolerant, so she can't have anything with cream sauce (most places can just take this off though). Her favorite restaurant is Eddie V's, but she is looking for somewhere different (and not a chain, of course). Any suggestions? Any part of town will do!
I eat the same way your friend does (I eat only fish, and have a dairy allergy)... and my significant other is the same too. We adore Wink (!!), Restaurant Jezebel, Starlite, Uchi, and South Congress Cafe. We also love Eddie V's for a more formal throwback style dinner. All are wonderful for celebratory dinners. Enjoy!
Oh! I also forgot.. Vin Bistro. I had the most amazing piece of seared tuna there a couple of months ago. I've heard Lambert's has also recently been fantastic for fish.
Have you tried Mikado? It's on Research near Burnet Rd (the old Pearl's for you true Austinites) It's Japanese and has fantastic fish and meats. Also sushi. I've always enjoyed it and the decor/ambiance is nice.
if Italian appeals to her, I'd vote for Andiamo (burnet and Rutland) and Vespaio (SoCo). both have excellent seafood dishes, and I'm sure they can cut the cream. Andiamo has a wicked tilapia dish that's grilled without any milk or cream. Both have a lot of ambience as well. Don't be put off by Andiamo's exterior....you walk into a storefront, but the inside of the restaurant is really nice. They offer a corkage fee, which is really nice for special occasion, as you can bring whatever wine and champagne you want.
I hesitate to bring this up, but I'll throw it in as an FYI:
I had an awesome birthday dinner at T&S Seafood on North Lamar. It isn't the cleanest place in the world, and you have to like your fish with the head on, strange crustaceans, razor clams, and very large oysters. The salt and pepper Dungeness crab is one of my favorites. It may not be for your group, but you won't forget it.
(Amysue, I know......)