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Jul 1, 2010 10:10 AM

What shouldn't we miss?

My girlfriends and I will be staying at the four seasons for a weekend, and want to know where we should be eating for those 3ish days!
What shouldn't we miss?
What restaurants have the best views with the best food?
What bars are the most fun?


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  1. Well, the hotel has a restaurant called "Trio" which is a contender for the title of best restaurant in town. Right next door is the Shoreline Grill, which is also very good and has the same beautiful view of the river bank out back.

    "Best view" and "best food" are, other than those two, pretty much separate. Most other places you can have one or the other, not both. The Oasis and the Iguana Grill have great views of Lake Travis, but the food is average at best.

    The best nachos in Austin are at the Hula Hut, which sticks out into the lake at Tom Miller Dam. It's a good place to get liquored up and watch the sunset.

    Will you be here on the 4th? They put on a fireworks display over the lake by the Long Center, just a block upriver from your hotel.

    My favorite bar in Austin is Peche, a place styled like a French bistro on 4th Street. They can mix any drink you've ever heard of and a LOT that you haven't. And they specialize in absinthe.

    Shoreline Grill
    98 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701

    Iguana Grill
    2900 Ranch Road 620 N Ste A, Austin, TX 78734

    208 W 4th Street, Austin, TX 07739

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    1. re: Thorkel

      Won't be around for the 4th, we're heading up in September. We're just trying to get all our ducks in a row and make sure we've got a plan of attack!

      1. re: Carlydear

        I assume you're going to be here for ACL?

        OK, you gotta do the Oasis, if only for a round of drinks; the food is not memorable. It's Austin's answer to Las Vegas. It's like somebody took a Spanish hacienda, a juke box, a tikki bar, and no sense of style or taste, and smashed them all together.

        For my money, the absolute best restaurant in town in Jeffrey's. Very expensive, but also I think one of the best in the state.

        If you're into small plates and wine, there's a Tapas bar on 2nd street called Malaga, run by a guy from Spain. I've been in several tapas places in Dallas and Houston and Malaga is far and away the best of the bunch.

        Fun bars - Maggie Mae's is good. Nice and loud and you can go up on the roof and drink and sneer down at the peasants in the street. :-)

    2. For me the best food is at Uchi or wink. I went to jeffreys last night and the service was extremely slow and they managed to forget one of my courses (seriously!?) though the food I did get was pretty good.

      Uchi Restaurant
      801 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

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      1. re: chrisdds98

        I agree Uchi & WINK, both amazing!!

        Uchi Restaurant
        801 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

        1. re: familyof3

          I agree about Uchi & Wink, and also about positive review of Jeffrey's (which, as I understand it, has made a great comeback).

          I would definitely skip Trio and Shoreline, however.

          Uchi Restaurant
          801 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704