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amykragan Sep 11, 2009 12:59 PM

Does anyone have a link to the menus?

I know it runs Sep.13-16 & 20-22 and lots of places are taking part, just can't find the online menus

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  1. amykragan Sep 11, 2009 01:07 PM

    http://restaurantweekaustin.com/

    Found some of them. When you click on the place some of them have a link to download the ARW menu

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      ssouth Sep 11, 2009 02:17 PM

      Any opinions on the best bets here? I was eying Parkside, Fabi & Rosi and Paggi House.

      1. re: ssouth
        amykragan Sep 11, 2009 03:38 PM

        last year I thought the best were Driskill & Jeffrey's

        The driskill grill doesn't sound quite as good to me; but I'm sure it's still great and the service is always amazing

        green pastures sounds great

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          Waterforchocolate Sep 16, 2009 08:43 PM

          Green Pastures menu is great, and they've gotten a few nice (blog) reviews. There's a menu on their facebook page or ARW website below.

          http://restaurantweekaustin.com/wp-co...

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            ashes Sep 22, 2009 10:11 AM

            Went to Green Pastures last night and had a lovely time. I called on Sunday to make the reso and they were booked up except for an 8:30 seating. This was fine as we were hoping for a later dinner.

            I'd never been to the restaurant before and was surprised by this little plantation style oasis tucked away in 78704. We were promptly greeted and shown to a table. In terms of service, I could see that they were certainly at capacity and there were a few hiccups that came from a restaurant unaccustomed to such a large crowd on a Monday (or at least this is my guest). Our waitress, who was in charge of all 6 tables in our room of the house had been seated with three tables in quick succession (ours being the last). She handled this well and with ease, but I'd guess that our slightly later arrival than the other two parties caused us to wait a little longer for our food. Our group of four though happily chatted and polished off a bottle of Malbec in the interlude.

            The food on the whole was very good and an excellent deal at the $25 per head price tag. For the starter, I had the tempura lobster tail. The lobster was sweet and succulent although slightly overdone (what can you expect when you throw lobster in the fryer). The chimichurri sauce was great. I was unsure of this pairing when I saw it on the menu but the flavors were right on. The menu reported that the lobster featured sweet corn puree but I never found it...perhaps they were running low on the corn. Regardless it was tasty. Two of my companions had the quail three ways (a breast, asian style legs, and a cranberry? sausage) and liked it although my husband reported that the quail sausage was a little dry. My other friend had the brie three ways dish. She particularly raved about the soup saying she could have eaten a whole bowl.

            For the entree, I chose the trout. The fish was perfectly cooked and I really enjoyed the shrimp and crawfish sausage that topped the filet. The sauce was delicious although I didn't really get the saffron taste. The mashed potatoes (these tasted the same as those with my lobster although they supposedly featured different flavors) were fine and the chard was well done without a hint of bitter. One other at my table also had the trout. We both cleaned our plates. My husband had the flat iron steak and he said it was very good. His only complaint was that because of the thick cut of the steak it was a little rarer (he ordered it medium) than he would have liked. He didn't rave about the accompaniments but he did polish them off. I will add that to my eye it was a very nice cut of steak, not something you often see with a flat iron in this town. My other friend had the garbanzo bean dumplings. She loved the flavors and commented on how well the sauce worked. It was a heavy dish but featured a lot of nice veggies, done well. The desserts were also good, but by this point I was pretty stuffed. I only made it through about half of my bread pudding, but I really enjoyed the creamy jack daniels sauce. The clear notes of cinnamon and nutmeg spoke to the onset of fall. The boys at the table also enjoyed the pecan ball, vanilla ice cream rolled in sweetened pecans and topped with hot fudge.

            All in all, I'd say job well done. I'm not sure if my pocketbook will let me run back right away, but I'd definitely go back.

        2. re: ssouth
          akpatrizi Sep 13, 2009 07:01 PM

          You should most definitely try Parkside! Sean Cierkle (Sp) is the head chef and has created an incredible menu and some delicious cocktails. I recommend the roasted bone marrow (melts in your mouth) or their raw bar up front. They have a fluke with toasted almonds and a mouth watering amberjack dish with slices clementines. Sooo good.

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        verily Sep 12, 2009 09:34 AM

        I've got my reservation for Hudson's On the Bend. For me, Restaurant Week is working exactly as intended: opening up the super pricey joints to the masses and enticing us to give money towards a good cause. I don't know if it's the best menu but it sounds tasty to me.

        If I had more money to try more places, I'd also visit Paggi House.

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          amykragan Sep 12, 2009 12:07 PM

          I'm doing Paggi House tomorrow and Hudson's on Monday. can't wait

        2. MattC02 Sep 12, 2009 02:53 PM

          I love the concept of restaurant week. They did it in another city I used to live in too. However, I wish it lasted a full week, not just Sun-Wed. It was so popular in my last city, they actually extended it for a full month so you got to try lots of places. In this economy, I think it would be a good move!

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            chascates Sep 12, 2009 05:12 PM

            Are any of these casual enough for Levis, buttoned shirt, and nice tennies?

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              amykragan Sep 13, 2009 11:52 AM

              the thing about Austin is that the dress code is super relaxed
              you'll fit in fine with that outfit

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                danny_w Sep 13, 2009 02:33 PM

                That can be thought of both ways. It's nice to be able to fit it, but the extreme absence of nice places in Austin where you can dress up and expect others to be similarly dressed can be depressing at times, esp. when it comes to formal wear.

              2. re: chascates
                bubbleboy79 Sep 16, 2009 08:57 PM

                Most are, though I might try non-tennis shoes and a blazer with the Levis at the steakhouses, Jeffrey's, Hudson's, and the Driskill. That said, none of the restaurants would likely say anything; I just know that I hate feeling underdressed.

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                  verily Sep 17, 2009 06:36 AM

                  I hate being underdressed too. I wore a skirt, nice shirt, and dress shoes to Hudson's. My companion on the other hand was extremely casual and they didn't bat an eye.

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                    singlemalt Sep 17, 2009 08:32 AM

                    We went to Hudson's on the Bend last night. My son and I wore jeans, real shoes and a sport shirt. Ate outdoor and felt okay. The prix fixe was just delicious. My wife and I had the prime rib, my son the venison. They had a very tasty amuse bouche that I can't describe because all I remember was the tomatillo sauce and the little bit of pork on sort of a muffin. All was good,

                    1. re: singlemalt
                      amykragan Sep 17, 2009 11:59 AM

                      forgot about the amuse bouche; it was a smoked wild boar tostada for us.

                      prime rib wasn't a prix fixe option for us but it sounds good

              3. thebodytx Sep 17, 2009 02:58 PM

                Have been to Fabi&Rosi ($25) and Perry's ($35) so far.

                Fabi&Rosi: Wild Argula Salad, Jaeger Schnitzel with spatzle and wild mushrooms, Chocolate Mousse. Excellent dinner and service, and a great value at $25. Prix fixe menu presented as we sat down. Will definitely go back.

                Perry's: Caesar Salad, 8-oz filet, dessert trio. Enjoyed the food and service was fantastic; two servers and constant attendance. No prix fixe menu; had to ask and then the server recited the choices. Well worth the $35; I've paid more for less quality. Given their regular prices doubt if I go back very often. This trip was well worth it, if only to see the expression on my wife's face when her pork chop came. In case you haven't seen, it's a six-inch rack.

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                  GenieinTX Sep 21, 2009 06:59 AM

                  I went to Mansion at Judges Hill last night. I got a cesear salad, prime rib, and pecan/coconut cake. The salad and cake were fantastic but I was disappointed in the prime rib. It was over cooked and I had to saw through it, not something I want to do with prime rib. However, everyone in the place was getting the prime rib, so maybe with serving so much and for a cheaper price, I got the bad piece. My BF got the chicken sambuca and he really liked it. Overall it was good, but I'd never get beef there again.

                  1. NWLarry Sep 22, 2009 07:53 AM

                    does anyone know if you have to make reservations for any of the ARW restaurants? Or can you just show up and request the ARW menu?

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                      heyzeus212 Sep 22, 2009 08:32 AM

                      Just wanted to share my excellent experience at Fabi and Rossi as part of restaurant week.

                      Unbeknownst to me, Fabi and Rossi takes reservations, and was full when my wife and I showed up at about 7pm last night (a Monday). Rather than turning us away, the hostess asked if we wouldn't mind taking a small table in their waiting area. She personally waited our table and was attentive in just the right amount, all while taking care of the front end of a busy restaurant.

                      The restaurant week at F+R is excellent, and a great deal too. I had the pork belly salad (pork belly was warm, tender and delicious; the spinach was cool and tasty with just a little blue cheese) and pork schnitzel with a thick, doughy German pasta with wild mushrooms. My wife had the beef tenderloin, which was very rich and tender.

                      Their creme brulee is strongly vanilla, which makes it a bolder brulee than I was used to - and I liked that. The "Belgium Chocolate" mousse was rich as you'd expect, and almost overwhelming in quantity.

                      For $25/person, it was an excellent value, and I'm very appreciative of the hospitality we received. I'd recommend checking them out this week...but go ahead and make a reservation!

                      1. re: heyzeus212
                        amykragan Sep 22, 2009 12:03 PM

                        I had the same menu and really liked it. Definitely need to make reservations there since it is such a small place, but very cordial and friendly service. I agree it was one of the best ARW values.

                      2. re: NWLarry
                        amykragan Sep 22, 2009 12:01 PM

                        You should be able to ask for the menu if tables are available. In fact, even after making reservations via the ARW website, twice I had to request the prix fixe menu

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