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Dinner for 30 out o'towners

ricodanles Aug 12, 2009 11:33 AM

Planning an academic conference dinner in early '10 for thirty or so guests -- mostly out of town, some locals. Looking for moderate-to-expensive; reasonably adventurous; something that bespeaks Austin. Willing to BYOB, if necessary. Within a < 5 mile radius of campus. Suggestions?

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    moosy RE: ricodanles Aug 14, 2009 01:31 PM

    < 5 mile radius of campus -- is quite a problem.

    The two obvious choices are:
    - The Carillon on UT campus (www.meetattexas.com/restaurants.html
    )- Mansion at Judges Hill (www.mansionatjudgeshill.com
    )I have been to both for academic conferences. The Carillon is uninspiring but convenient, Mansion is expensive is not great but beautiful.

    I would think of:
    - Asti (www.astiaustin.com) - nearby, unpretentious and very good food.
    - East Side Cafe (www.eastsidecafeaustin.com) - local, simple, and Austin.
    Both as far as I know accommodate large parties.

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      rudeboy RE: moosy Aug 14, 2009 02:42 PM

      Actually, five miles gives an area of about eighty square miles, and includes everything down to Ben White, past 183 on the east and north sides, and almost to Loop 360 on the west. So anything goes!!!

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        italyvespa RE: moosy Aug 27, 2009 03:37 PM

        I'd like to second The East Side Cafe. They have a separate building that can accommodate 30 people. It's right next to their regular restaurant.

        Also, Thistle Cafe downtown has a separate room that will accommodate larger parties. I don't really think it's a unique representation of Austin but I thought I'd mention it since it's still a nice place to go for a meal.

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        Paul Silver RE: ricodanles Aug 14, 2009 02:48 PM

        For a first time to Austin experience consider:
        County Line
        Fonda San MIguel
        Hula Hut on the Water

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          potluck RE: ricodanles Aug 18, 2009 12:19 PM

          For moderate to expensive and using local ingredients, how about Wink? It's a smaller place, but they might let you take over the restaurant.

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            ricodanles RE: ricodanles Aug 18, 2009 07:00 PM

            Good suggestions; thanks. (But happy to hear more).

            Someone at work suggested Fleming's, Jeffrey's, Eddie V's, and Truluck's. But none of these float my boat.

            1. Homero RE: ricodanles Aug 27, 2009 03:47 PM

              How about Jezebel on Congress? I think its a few blocks south of the Capitol.

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                ricodanles RE: Homero Aug 31, 2009 08:28 PM

                I have liked Jezebel whenever I've been, but I am always struck by how expensive it is.

                What do y'all think about Lambert's (the top floor)?

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