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Do we need to Dress-up? Casual visitors in search of good food.

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I've enjoyed reading all of the great posts for Austin (thank you for the information!) and just wondering if two Californians (mom and 9 year old) will be okay visiting the following restaurants in shorts/T-shirt (my son manages to acquire the 'rumpled' look within minutes of getting dressed)? We are just visiting for a weekend in August and trying to pack light and dress for the heat.

Eastside Cafe
Fonda San Miguel
Las Palomos

If you think these places are expecting their patrons to be in their sparkling best Sunday clothes - please let me know.

Thanks for your guidance!

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Fonda San Miguel Restaurant
2330 W North Loop Blvd, Austin, TX 78756

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  1. I really don't thing there is anywhere you would feel uncomfortable or under-dressed. This (despite the California influence giving it a try) is still Austin. Heat index is near 108 - we ALL look rumpled within minutes of getting dressed now. I can't imagine even thinking of wearing "sparkling Sunday best" about now...

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    1. re: amysuehere

      Ha Ha. Yeah, I don't think I've even worn pants the last few times I've been to Fonda San Miguel.

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      Fonda San Miguel Restaurant
      2330 W North Loop Blvd, Austin, TX 78756

      1. re: achtungpv

        You didn't wear pants? It's not Hippie Hollow, ya know. ;-)

        To the OP, you shouldn't worry about being underdressed. Austin's very laid back that way. I haven't been to Fonda San Miguel, but can say you'll be fine at the other two. I'll add I've only been for lunch, so I can't say if they get "dressier" for dinner, though.

        To give you some idea of Austin, I was in Antonelli's cheese shop at 3pm on a Saturday and there was a guy with bedhead there buying cheese. That's the norm for Austin.

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        Fonda San Miguel Restaurant
        2330 W North Loop Blvd, Austin, TX 78756

        1. re: stephanieh

          That's great - thanks! The only other part of Texas I have visited in Dallas - and everyone there seemed dressed to the nines just to go to the supermarket (but I know Austin is different than Dallas)....

          1. re: ekt_now

            I feel the same way in Dallas, my hair's not big enough or blonde enough for Dallas.

            Actually, I'm not tattooed enough or pierced enough for Austin, but nobody really cares here.

            1. re: stephanieh

              Have you considered a fake mustache?

    2. One of the benefits of living in Austin is that it's tough to tell the difference between the accidental and the studied rumpled. No one would want to inadvertently throw out an internet millionaire, so even nice places tend to be a little lax on dress codes. I've seen shorts and Hawaiian shirts at Fonda San Miguel, and even more casual dress at Eastside. T-shirts might push it just a touch, but if you can sell it, chances are nobody will even notice.

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      Fonda San Miguel Restaurant
      2330 W North Loop Blvd, Austin, TX 78756

      1. Thanks, All - I appreciate the advice!!! Sounds like we will be fine.