One dinner in Austin and Lambert's is booked up...
The menu looked so good, too. I want to eat something as Austin-specific as possible, something I can't get at home. Where I live we have do great Mexican (a large immigrant community), but the BBQ is terrible. Where would the Austin Hounds send me?
My colleague and I are coming in off a flight that lands at 6:47 PM, so lunch-only places are out. I suspect my dining companion will not want to go as downmarket as I would if I were by myself, hence my pick of Lambert's.
Lambert's is probably the best for "fancy BBQ" and most of our BBQ is more on the casual end so either you and your friend want a higher end place to dine or to eat good BBQ. No need to pay a lot for good BBQ in Texas. I am sure everyone can suggest the traditional BBQ places like Rudy's or Stubbs. Otherwise you can get Tex Mex or Southern Style food at places like Z Tejas, Moonshine, or Bess.
I had a helluva meal with friends at Eddie V's over the weekend. The tomahawk steak in particular was a big win, as was Chilean sea bass, soft shell crab and the squid.
Eddie V's Edgewater Grill
301 E. 5th Street, Austin, TX 78701
I think everybody has an overrated restaurant or two, and I realize Lambert's is that for a few folks on here (mine is Fonda). But I just love the restoration, the atmosphere, the adventurous if not always successful menu, and personally I have had great service everytime I have been there.
tm478, i would really only go to lambert's and fsm for brunch.
brunch allows you to gluttonously sample so many different things and get the whole experience.
fsm brunch is sublime and definitely occasion dining for austin.
lambert's brunch service was a little surly, but the food made up for it.
there are soooomany places i really want to try or try again that get a lot of love on this board.
just to throw out a few, which i think would still meet your needs:
uchiko or uchi
fabi and rosi
east side show room
braise (because his other restaurant jezebel just had a fire, and everyone is really sad about this)
hudson on the bend