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Oct 1, 2010 08:04 AM

Restaurant recommendation near 360 and Mopac

I've got to set up a lunch with a potential client next week, and pretty much have carte blanche - but I don't know the area at all. It's just got to be within a couple miles of that intersection - any advice would be welcome!

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  1. Mikado at 183 and Burnet is an excellent lunch option.

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    1. re: amysuehere

      I agree with Mikado... it's my very favorite lunch in all of the Austin area. The sea bass bento is what I continually order. I keep meaning to order something else because I know how great their rolls are but I just can't make myself do it. That sea bass is heaven.

      1. re: Rene

        Second amysue and Rene about the sea bass at Mikado. It is sublime - they must marinade it in a mega-umami mixture because my sea bass isn't nearly as good.

    2. Unfortunately there are not a lot of everyday choices in the area IMHO but the "carte blanche" comment opens it up. A few possibilities are Gloria's (Domain), Roaring Fork (Stonelake), Cheesecake Factory (Arboretum), Manuels (Jollyville), PF Chang's (Jollyville), Kona Ranch (Domain), and Joe's Crab Shack (183/Duval).

      Joe's Crab Shack
      2401 S Interstate 35, Round Rock, TX 78664

      Cheesecake Factory
      10000 Research Blvd, Austin, TX 78759

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      1. re: danny_w

        North at the Domain would be my choice for Domain restuarants. Decent food, attractive restuarant. Roaring Fork restuarant is a beautiful place, situated on a lake with a nice deck. It looks like the ideal place for a business lunch but, after having eaten there for the 3rd or 4th time yesterday,, we have decided not to go back. The food just doesn't have it. One might also consider North by Northwest if they choose from the menu carefully.

        1. re: singlemalt

          I didn't mention North because I haven't been there. It is a shame to hear that about Roaring Fork, I have not been often and not in a while but I always liked it a lot. I also forgot to mention North by Northwest (NXNW); they have been hit or miss in my experience but they could be a good choice. Iron Cactus is another possibility.

          Iron Cactus
          13420 Galleria Circle, Bee Caves, TX 78738

      2. Some that have not been mentioned: at the Arboretum or near you have zTejas that has a nice ambiance and decent food, North at the domain for hip italian, Musashino for great sushi/rolls is near and open for lunch except Mondays but might be at the edge of your 2 mile radius.

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        1. re: fduran

          I started to mention ZTejas, but the place is so darn loud.

          1. re: amysuehere

            If the weather's right (not too hot), you can get outdoor seating.

          2. re: fduran

            There is also Eddie V's right next to Z if you want something pricier/fancier. It is seafood.

            1. re: jlobster

              Yes and it is good but I think Eddie V is not open for lunch

          3. I would recommend Mikado, Z'Tejas, or Roaring Fork in that order. All are sit-down, have at least above average food and an ambiance that is more amenable to a client conversation (barring being seated in the wrong place in Z'Tejas).

            1. Everyone is assuming that you meant the North intersection of 360 and Mopac. They also intersect in South Austin. Which did you mean?