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Thoughts on my choices for 1 night / 1 day in Austin

Hey all,

I'll be in Austin for a sunday night stay over and leaving Monday evening. Wanted some thoughts on some of the places I was thinking about hitting up. Any other suggestions? I am from Socal so I will probably skip tex mex or mexican and sushi. I won't have a car so would prefer places within walking/short taxi distance from the downtown area.

Dinner Sunday night - Was thinking about Wink, I read on another thread about Parkside. Thoughts? Other suggestions?

Coffee - any suggestions for a good local/independent coffee house? I am staying up near UT at the AT&T hotel. Would love an awesome cappuccino.

Monday Lunch - Was looking for some Barbecue, because, well, obviously. Iron Works? Saw somewhere else a place called Franklins? Got great reviews on Yelp. Other suggestions? Was also thinking about going to Frank, instead of Barbecue as I have heard good things. I know driving out to Lockhart is clearly the best move for barbecue but that's not an option.

Thanks all!

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  1. Franklin's is reviewed in another thread, FYI. Get there at 10:45 or earlier and wait in line for the 11 AM opening.

    Although after writing the above, I realize that Frankin's is not open Monday or Tuesday. Maybe he'll have special hours through SXSW?

    1. The best coffee near campus is Cafe Medici (http://caffemedici.com/index.html

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      personally I think there is no comparison between Wink and Parkside, I think Wink is hand's down much better. Why not consider Asti or Fino (www.finoaustin.com)?

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      1. re: moosy

        I will investigate Asti and Fino. As I said, I am undecided and those were a few preliminary choices and am open to suggestions.

        1. re: moosy

          I'll take the dissenting opinion, councillor.

          Wink is erratic and expensive, although it has a charming wine bar next door. Parkside is delicious, eclectic, and reliable; it also has a full bar.

          Both are pretty groovy. If you can, hit both.

          1. For lunch Monday, I'd second Franklins IF it's open. If not, Frank is close and it's quite good. go for the gourmet dogs.

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            1. re: amysuehere

              I think Frank is a really good recommendation, assuming you like hot dogs. It is unique and very tasty, although a bit hard on the arteries. : )

            2. I know you don't want sushi but I would try out Uchi and just get the cooked dishes, specifically those made with pork.

              I would also throw out Vespaio or Restaurant Jezebel as very austin formal dining options.

              1. One note-- although I love Wink, it's not open on Sundays.