Swinging through Austin
I'm making my way back East from California and I would like to check out some cool places. (Bars, Restaurants, ETC) I'm not looking for anything too fancy just really good. Whats the greatest hits Austin has near the downtown area? I'm staying at the Four Seasons.
Downtown? Search Chowhound Austin for reports on Parkside (uber alles), Casino el Camino, Chez Nous, Iron Works, Lambert's, Manuel's, Jezebel. Some of those places are fancy though.
If you don't leave downtown, you'll miss the best nonfancy-and-delicious chow. Except for Parkside, which might be Austin's best restaurant.
On the flip flop, the best Mexican food in Austin is way down south. A shack on Burleson called El Meson jousts with a joint lodged in the back of a C-Mart gas station on William Cannon called Mi Ranchito for the crown. Both places are cheap, and both will crush your face with awesome. A couple weeks ago I ate at Mi Ranchito four times in one week. They're starting to worry about me there.
Wherever you go, read the Chowhound reviews first. All the places listed above have good and bad dishes. Leverage the experiences of the chowscouts to avoid wasted meals!
5808 Burleson Rd, Austin, TX 78744
re: tom in austin
2nd Parkside, Casino el Camino, Chez Nous, Ironworks, Lambert's, but had a really bad experience at Manuel's and felt Jezebel to be only good on paper (nothing lived up to the descriptions, our sweetbreads were chewy and undercooked, they made up for it by giving us sorbet before our entrees, food needed more seasoning and less "tall" plating).
510 Neches St, Austin, TX 78701