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Best Places to eat at The Domain

Helind May 12, 2010 03:27 PM

What are the best restaurants at The Domain? I'm primarily interested in moderately priced to inexpensive places and like all types of food.

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  1. ret3 May 12, 2010 08:07 PM

    The dishes at The Steeping Room are in that range, and pretty tasty; it's even better if you like tea.

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      addicted2rice May 12, 2010 08:28 PM

      On the whole there's nothing that blows my mind at the Domain. I've gotten great service at Flemings and McCormick and Schmick's.

      If you're looking for moderate to inexpensive, Maggiano's at the Domain II isn't bad. They have wine tastings twice a week to try out new wines. It's quality is better than Buca di Beppo or Macaroni grill but in the same vein. It is a franchise after all. They also have a today/tomorrow deal which sends you home with a whole separate dish. Lots of pasta.

      Haven't tried sushi zushi yet, but I'm kinda a sushi snob. Anybody give it a try?

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        missmitzi May 13, 2010 09:08 AM

        I went to sushi zushi for lunch recently and was not blown away. The sushi was fine, but the price was high. We'll stick with Mikado or Midori for lunch from now on.

        I do enjoy Gloria's at the Domain. I love there black bean dip that comes out with the chips and salsa and their sour cream chicken enchiladas. The rice and beans are nothing special.

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          TroyTempest May 14, 2010 08:39 AM

          what's not a franchise in the domain?
          seriously.
          I guess Gloria's is a regional chain, not a franchise.
          Don't forget Ventana, right around the corner.

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          Ventana
          Austin, TX, Austin, TX

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            addicted2rice Nov 13, 2010 11:08 PM

            I agree Ventana is a good recommendation. They also have a less fancy cafe there too.

            Jumping on the food truck bandwagon: Sometimes Chilantro parks in the lot and serves hungry lunch-goers. Try the Kimchi fries. Something different if you want to add something new to your lunch rotation.

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            Ventana
            Austin, TX, Austin, TX

      2. dinaofdoom May 12, 2010 11:56 PM

        i don't have a tremendous amount of experience dining at the domain, but i do know that a lot of the restaurants have happy hours with good deals.
        for me, that is always a good starting point for learning a restaurant without breaking the bank.

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          ssouth May 14, 2010 09:35 AM

          I like North the best of all the places I've tried in the Domain. Maybe a little more expensive than what you were looking for, but I've always enjoyed my food there. My favorite dish is the short rib osso buco. Here's a link to the menu:

          http://www.foxrc.com/downloads/menus/...

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            thebodytx May 14, 2010 02:29 PM

            Cru has a limited menu but some rather nice dishes. I particularly liked the lamb chops I had the other night.

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              amysuehere May 17, 2010 06:21 AM

              We went to Cru this weekend (during the festival so it was very loud). Excellent food, seriously flavorful. However, our waiter was dismal. He didn't know what the dishes were, he dropped nearly everything he brought to the table. He turned the music up so loud we could barely talk and then kept the music on after the band started outside at the festival. We had to ask him to turn it off. Again, we'll be back for the amazing food at lunch. Like thebodytx said, it's a very limited menu, but the chef really knows his/her stuff.

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                singlemalt Nov 14, 2010 03:15 PM

                However, our waiter was dismal.

                Interesting. About two weeks ago last Sat. I was at the D. and went to Cru , sat outside and had their flight of sparkling wine. Enjoyed the Latin music and watching the crowd, especially the MILF's and cougars. But, I couldn't help be so very unimpressed with the quality of service, even for something as simple as serving a glass of wine. It's all in the follow-through. ( I ate there one time for lunch over a year ago, the Bento box, but wasn't impressed. Will try the place again though simply on the strenght of ASH's comments)
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                  amysuehere Nov 15, 2010 12:39 PM

                  You know, I haven't been back since. Domain gives my husband the ebby-jeebies. I do remember being impressed by our brunch items, though.

                  worst....waiter....ever....

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            reinadetostones May 14, 2010 02:54 PM

            Looks like they are having a promotion tomorrow - $20 for 10 tastes from almost all of their restaurants -

            http://www.simon.com/mall/default.asp...

            The item is on the left side of the screen, I think two or three items down.

            1. Helind May 15, 2010 11:37 AM

              Per ret3's rec, we ended up going to the Steeping Room. We had been there a few years ago for our wedding anniversary and liked it. I guess I just forgot about it after that. It's not a chain which is good. The prices are a little steep:) but the food is excellent and the service is superior.The portions aren't overly large; but just right for us as we're not big eaters. We were there around 5pm on Friday. There were only a few other tables. Every other place in The Domain was crammed full of people for happy hour. The Steeping Room was a serene haven.

              My husband had the Goat Cheese Tea sandwich ($8.75); and I had the Roast Beef Sandwich with Chili Lime Tomatoes($9.50). Though the goat cheese sandwich was good (goat cheese, olive tapenade, and arugula) the Roast Beef Sandwich was delicious (natural roast beef, feta spread, arugula, sauteed chili lime tomatoes and caramelized onions). What a great combination! It's making my mouth water right now. The sandwiches come with a choice of chips or salad. We both chose salad which was a mesclun salad with an Asian style dressing. I could taste the toasted sesame oil but it wasn't over powering. It also had a slight tang to it which I just loved.

              We also each had a pot of tea. I chose the Ginger Rooibos ($3.75). It has just a slight hint of ginger. My husband very much liked his Golden Monkey black tea ($4.75). He ordered in on the recommendation of our waitress. In fact, he liked it so much, we got some of the Golden Monkey to take home. It was strong without tasting bitter.

              For dessert, we each had a sweet scone ($2.35) with clotted cream ($2.25). The problem with a lot of scones is they often taste strongly of baking powder. These scones had a wonderful flavor. The only downside was they fell apart a mite too easily. We ended up smashing them into our clotted cream and eating them with the little clotted cream spoon. The crumbliness wouldn't stop me from ordering them again!

              We plan to go back again soon!

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              Steeping Room
              11410 Century Oaks Ter Ste 112, Austin, TX 78758

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                singlemalt May 15, 2010 04:12 PM

                Went to Gloria's with the wife. Both thought it was anything but. IMO, probably the best, if for dinner, is Jaspers, thoughl I have not been to North yet. Personally, I put The Steeping Room in sort of a category by itself as far as dinner, lunch, etc is concerned.

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                Steeping Room
                11410 Century Oaks Ter Ste 112, Austin, TX 78758

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                  danny_w May 18, 2010 03:02 PM

                  I just went with a friend from out of town to Gloria's (first time for both of us) and we both thought it was great. I had the Salmon Costeno and she had the Tropical Salad with Chicken (she absolutely raved about it). I thought the prices were very reasonable for what you got and the nice surroundings (loved the loose cushions in the booths!) and the service was very good. The only glitch was that their computers were down so they had to do the billing by hand the old fashioned way. All in all a very pleasant experience, and I will definitely be back.

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                    slowcoooked Nov 15, 2010 06:31 PM

                    the zucchini chips at North are a lovely snack. i know of no other restaurant in town that serves up such a lovely low carb snack !!!!

                  2. dinaofdoom Nov 16, 2010 07:17 AM

                    in my experience, "best places to eat at the domain" is kind of an oxymoron.
                    a lot of the restaurants would be pushing moderately priced, depending on your definition of this.
                    the more casual places are either chains (california pizza kitchen) or have a limited and not very good menu (the steeping room).

                    and i do have to warn you that i had an abominable experience at the steeping room back in may, so i am now boycotting it.

                    you may be able to stay in the moderately priced realm if you take advantage of happy hours and specials.

                    good luck in your search!

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                      ashes Nov 16, 2010 12:50 PM

                      I live really close to the Domain and often end up there by default. My husband and I really enjoy the food and drinks at the newer Gloria's and the price is reasonable compared to most other spots in the area. We also like the happy hour at Jasper's (all night as long if you are in the bar/on the patio) that includes a number of lower priced apps and $5 cocktail specials. And, while the menu is way too long, the sushi at Sushi Zushi is good (especially compared to other options in the area). I've had excellent service there in the bar and have had good luck with takeout. The menu is daunting, but most items we've sampled have been tasty.

                      I would avoid Magianno's at ALL COSTS. Have had both atrocious food and service there. North is nice. Nothing special but they do a few things well and the patio is nice. And, I like the wine flights at Cru but there is a bit of sticker shock.

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