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May 25, 2010 06:48 AM

Visiting Austin for first time

Hi. I'm going to Austin next week and have heard nothing but great things about it. Am staying at a b & b on Park Lane and have been told there are a lot of good eating places nearby. Any favorites? Suggestions? I'll have a car and am willing to drive. Looking for good Mexican, Tex/Mex, American. Thanks much.

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  1. you mean Park Lane in Hyde Park off Duval?

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    1. re: TroyTempest

      I was told it's in Travis Heights.

      1. re: jasmine

        oh, ok. I see a Park Lane Band B in Travis Heights. In that case, you have a ton of options on south congress (SOCO). Search the board.
        I like:
        Perla's (seafood)
        Enoteca Vespaio ( casual italian)
        Vespaio (Enoteca's upscale big brother)
        There's the whole trailer scene on SOCO.
        Also Guero's is popular Tex\Mex on SOCO, but it's not my favorite, but it's not terrible as some would suggest.

        1610 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

        1412 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

        1610 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

    2. you know, I think it would help to know how old you are. That might sound strange but younger people usually gravitate to more upscale places. It would also help to know if you have ever had Tex/Mex or not.

      1. For Mexican, here's my picks in order:

        1) Manuel's, either at the Arboretum or on Congress Ave (closer to Travis Heights). Get the ceviche (best in town) and the enchiladas con mole.
        2) Casa Chapala at the intersection of Anderson Lane and Shoal Creek Blvd, or at the corner of 1st and San Jacinto (closer to Travis Heights). Get the molcahete, and a big glass of milk - you'll need it.
        3) Curras's on Oltorf St (really close to your B&B). Get just about anything but I recommend the tacos al pastor.

        For some "American," try these, in no particular order. These are relatively close to your location.

        Shady Grove on Barton Springs Road. Sit outside and get a bowl of Airstream chili. There are places with better food but I think the food and the setting together are hard to beat. And if you go on Thursday night they have acoustic music concerts with some of the best local bands.

        Green Pastures on Live Oak St. Fantastic old house and grounds, old-school southern food.

        Shoreline Grill, next to the 4 Seasons Hotel on the north side of the river. Expensive but fantastic food and the most beautiful setting in town, on the river bank.

        Or you could just go to South Congress Ave and cruise between Oltorf St. and the river. There are 8 or 9 really good eating spots on that stretch. The only one of them I'd describe as distinctly "American" is the South Congress Cafe, and my favorite food there is the red pozole. (Woops - forgot a place called "Woodland" where they do things like upscale mac and cheese and chicken pot pie.)

        If you want a place to just kick back and watch the summer go by, the Hula Hut on Lake Austin Boulevard. Beer, best nachos in town, and free entertainment in the form of betting if drunks getting in and out of boats at the landing slips will fall in the river. :-)

        Shoreline Grill
        98 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701

        Green Pastures Restaurant
        901 W Live Oak St, Austin, TX 78704

        Casa Chapala
        3010 W Anderson Ln Ste D, Austin, TX 78757

        Shady Grove
        1624 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704

        1. Travis Heights is a Great location.
          Guerro's on S. Congress would be fun then you could walk along South Congress and check out the shops. Then another day you could go to Chuy's on Barton Springs and then go swimming in Barton Springs Pool which is right down the road in the Zilker Park, the largest sping fed pool in the country. Where are you coming from?