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Jul 10, 2010 09:24 PM

visiting from michigan; recs for austin/hill country

I'm visiting for a few days, one of which will be spent in Fredericksberg and one in Austin proper. Looking for which wineries and restaurants to visit in Hill country, and where to go in Austin. (already know I'm interested in Baguette Au Chocolate)

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  1. Can you tell us what your interests are? Locals could direct you to anything from tacos, to seafood, to Chinese, to barbecue. You mention Baguette Au Chocolate. Does that mean you'd like more French recs? Give us a sense of your tastes and expectations, please, so we can show you the best we've got to offer.

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    1. re: gilintx

      I want to eat what the locals eat. hole in the wall type places, interesting bars, restaraunts where you have an "experience" not just a meal etc.. Im open to everything :D

    2. I'd hit The Driftwood Winery;
      Trattoria Lissini (near Driftwood)
      Salt Lick(Driftwood)
      Hill Top(just outside F-berg)
      Grape Juice(Kerrville)
      Hondo's on Main(F-berg)

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      1. re: barleybob9

        For the wineries, I'd recommend Becker (near the town of Stonewall), Sister Creek (near Sisterdale), and Spicewood Vineyards (Spicewood, naturally). I've had good luck with their products. Here's a link to a site where you can get more info:

        You have GOT to go down to Lockhart, which is 38 miles south of Austin, and try the barbeque joints down there - Smitty's, Black's, Kreuz Market. Best in the state and maybe best in the country. In my opinion they blow the Salt Lick out of the water.

        Go to Fredericksburg and spend the day hiking on Enchanted Rock to build up an appetite, then go into town and check out the Auslander restaurant - great German food.

        Go down to Grey Forest, which is north of San Antonio, and go to the Grey Moss Inn. They have a wine list which is second to none. And pretty good food.

        Kreuz Market
        619 N Colorado St, Lockhart, TX 78644

      2. PS: In Austin, try the tapas bar Malaga, and the French bistro Chez Nous. Both excellent.

        Chez Nous
        510 Neches St, Austin, TX 78701