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I'm coming to Austin this evening for a long weekend, but know very little about the restaurants there. Some recommendations I've gotten are Z-Tejas, Matt's El Rancho, and Lambert's. Can anyone comment on these or give other suggestions?

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  1. If you are only visiting Austin temporarily and have just a few dinners (or one?) to tour Austin cuisine, I honestly wouldn't recommend any one of those restaurants you mentioned - not because any of those restaurants are "bad" by any means, but rather because I think there are other restaurants in Austin that more fully embody the "essence of Austin" I suppose.

    How many dinners/lunches will you have in Austin? I think most people's food recommendations will strongly be influenced by your answer to this question.