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Starts this weekend. Where are you going to dine?

Couldn't see most of the menus on the ARW website. Says overload.

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  1. Going out Monday with some friends but haven't chosen a place, but we will definitely be hitting Parkside. I think they have a very interesting menu.

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    1. re: singlemalt

      Do you have a link to menu other than the ARW site?

      1. re: amykragan

        first course
        guest's choice of:
        grilled Texas quail, bleu cheese, celery, apple
        tuna tartar, late summer vegetables, aged balsamic
        grilled farmers salad, basil pesto, petite vegetables
        …..
        entrée
        guest's choice of:
        wagyu flat iron steak, smashed potatoes, grilled scallion vinaigrette
        loup de mer, poached faro, oven roasted tomatoes, herbs
        foraged mushroom risotto, port wine reduction
        …..
        dessert
        guest's choice of:
        cinnamon sugar yeast doughnut,
        brandy-citrus mascarpone, saffron caramel, honey ice cream
        peach upside down cake,
        crème fraiche ice cream, blueberries, almond tuile
        warm el Rey chocolate brownie,
        chocolate pecan toffee, vanilla ice cream, pecan tuile

        $35.00
        $20.00 wine pairings

        Valet parking available.

    2. East Side Showroom is doing an entirely locally sourced menu for restaurant week. chicken fried rabbit and lamb rilletes sound pretty good. http://dl.dropbox.com/u/9769070/EAST.pdf

      1. Have a reservation at Aquarelle for next week.

        1. I'll probably be trying Parkside and Fabi & Rosi this time.

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          1. re: verily

            Buenos Aires Cafe at The Galleria.

          2. Are these really a good deal? I was looking at McCormick & Schmicks and the ARW menu is apparently the same as their weekend special but for $5 more! I was looking for something in the Domain/Arboretum area for tonight's dinner.

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            1. re: danny_w

              You have to do your homework. Some places offer a better deal than others. I think of restaurant week as a cost-effective way to try out a new place or revisit a place that's normally out of my budget. Of course, I do my homework first.

              1. re: agoodbite

                Do you have any suggestions, esp. the Domain/Arboretum area, that have been good deals in your experience?

                1. re: danny_w

                  Nothing in the Arboretum/Domain area intrigued me so I'm skipping everything in that area. Of other choices that are north central, I'm thinking of hitting Uchiko or maybe El Arbol. Foreign & Domestic is running a special prix fixe menu from Sept 21 - Oct 2. You get 3 courses and a Lone Star tall boy for $30. I suspect they're not participating in the official event because they're closed Mondays and Tuesdays and ARW is on a Sunday - Wednesday schedule. Out of the rest of the options, Parkside and The Carrillon both have intriguing menus.

                  Details for F&D's event:

                  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Austin-...

                  1. re: agoodbite

                    Eddie V's looks good too from what I can tell. We might try that tonight, because I would never go there otherwise.

                    1. re: danny_w

                      we'll be at Eddie V's tonight. I liked their menu

                      1. re: amykragan

                        We went tonight and had a great time. The waitress was very attentive, and the restaurant is quite nice. The scallops and swordfish were both excellent (or was it the excellent company I was with?). The chocolate mousse was a perfect finish; she had the fresh berries and did not like them as much (she's Korean and not used to the cream, and would have preferred just the plain berries). Very pleased with the evening with that one exception.

                        1. re: danny_w

                          We had a great time too! Most of the tables around us were ordering from the ARW menu.

                          We had:
                          Scallops (perfectly cooked and a large portion with the accoutrements)
                          Halibut (green olives were a great contrast with texture and flavor)
                          Mixed Berries (only strawberries and raspberries with pastry cream-a coconut macaroon and a super rich chocolate cookie)
                          and
                          Lobster bisque (super rich but full of lobster bits)
                          Snapper with almonds(delicious!)
                          Chocolate mousse(AWESOME and gorgeous) 2 tables nearby asked me what I had ordered.

                          No sides come with the ARW menu, but it was so much food we still took boxes home!

                          Service was very attentive!

                          1. re: amykragan

                            Great night. This is the type of place that I would never go to normally, so ARW gave me a chance to try it (and a chance to take my date to a place she would never have gone, and I think she enjoyed it a lot). I had only been to Eddie V's once before (downtown) but that was years ago. Very pleasant experience. Do you have any suggestions for next Sunday night?

                            1. re: danny_w

                              Driskill grill is a great value and even better service!
                              Perry's is also a nice choice!

                        2. re: amykragan

                          i love eddy v's HH items.
                          such good bargains!