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Birthday dinner recs downtown Austin?

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We're headed from PHX to Austin to celebrate a 30th birthday (alas, not mine, as that passed long ago!). We're staying downtown (4th street??) and are looking for something nearby with a fun atmosphere--not a dive, but not romantic, something in between. Any recommendations? Something authentic but not touristy (kitschy/quirky is ok), with entrees $25 or less. Any advice is appreciated. Already I've been convinced by the boards we need to try Amy's ice cream--so thanks!

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  1. If you like Mexican try chuy's it is so good and then there is Shady Grove which is a really fun place. For a lottle more up scale in fact one of my most favorite places in Austin Enotecca Vasipo. It's a fantastic Italian Bistro. You can't go wrong with that.

    1. First read a bit on the Austin board and then post your question. We will try to help you out.

      You'll have a good time in Austin!