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Suggestions for Pre-Ballet Dinner

everydayfoodie Dec 2, 2008 04:14 PM

Hi all - I am stumped. I need to plan a girl's night out dinner for four women and one tween before the ballet. We'll be dressed up for the show so a nice dinner is in order but we want to avoid anything too heavy so a steakhouse is probably out. We have one in our group who doesn't do Sushi. Downtown is better so we're near the Long center. Given all of these things, I just can't decide where to go. Thoughts and suggestions are greatly appreciated.


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  1. amykragan RE: everydayfoodie Dec 2, 2008 04:28 PM

    Gypsy on Barton Springs (Italian)
    Roaring Fork
    III Forks

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      everydayfoodie RE: amykragan Dec 2, 2008 04:45 PM

      Gypsy - brilliance!

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      moosy RE: everydayfoodie Dec 2, 2008 05:38 PM

      Gypsy is an awful place.
      Bad food, just reheated Sysco food, and bad service - just a waste of monry

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        everydayfoodie RE: moosy Dec 2, 2008 06:36 PM

        Hmm...that's not such a glowing recommendation. I've never been. Do you have other suggestions?

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          taliesin15 RE: everydayfoodie Dec 2, 2008 08:24 PM

          Two places just reviewed in the Chronicle are pretty close, and word has it (my experience with the former affirms) that both are pretty good: Malaga (on 2nd west of Lavaca) and Mulberry. Heard good things in the industry grapevine about III Forks, but I wonder if their food's not on the heavy side? Also, La Traviata, 3rd and Congress. And Shoreline Grill. Can think of at least a dozen other possibilities 4-5 blocks further away than these, so am keeping this list limited.

          IMHO, Malaga might be your best bet.

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            moosy RE: everydayfoodie Dec 3, 2008 07:00 AM

            Before the Opera we usually go to Vinny's Italian Cafe (1003 Barton Springs Rd). It's a solid old fashioned Italian-American dinner. The decor is a bit sad, but the food is dependable, solid, and well done for what it is. It is waling distance to the Long center so we usually park there and walk for dinner.

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              amykragan RE: moosy Dec 3, 2008 07:05 AM

              Vinny's and Gypsy are very close to each other probably could walk from either one depending on your shoes!

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                Bat Guano RE: moosy Dec 4, 2008 05:56 AM

                I don't share your love for Vinny's. I've only been for lunch, and the last time was some months ago, so I don't remember it all that well, but it was really pretty bad. Don't remember specifics, but the sauce was insipid, salad worse, bread cold; just not delicious overall. I promised myself never to go back there. Service was pretty good, though, as I recall. Never been to Gypsy, but I can't imagine it could really be much worse....

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            El General RE: everydayfoodie Dec 3, 2008 02:26 PM

            Zax pint's and plates gets a big Ballet/Symphony crowd. They have a range of food from burger's and pizzas to fine dining options. Their specials are almost always excellent, the steak salad is fantastic, and their mussels appetizer is very good.

            I haven't been to Mulberry, but I have heard very good things.

            1. everydayfoodie RE: everydayfoodie Dec 3, 2008 04:00 PM

              Thanks so much for the suggestions. I haven't been to Mulberry yet and it sounds like great fun. This does remind me that I need to try Malaga in its new location. Once again, thank you!

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