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Coming to Austin for the week on Saturday

trojans Nov 18, 2010 09:57 AM

I will be hitting up the big three in Lockhart on Sunday. I need recs for Austin. I will have a car and I will be with kids. We eat everything. What are some can't miss places?

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    chrisdds98 Nov 18, 2010 10:19 AM

    kreuz is closed on sunday, so the lockhart trio is best on saturday. My faves in town are uchi and wink. franklin bbq is very popular but I haven't had a chance to try it

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    1. re: chrisdds98
      donnaaries Nov 18, 2010 10:39 AM

      I believe Smitty's is also closed on Sunday. In fact, a couple of years ago when I went to Lockhart on a Sunday the only one that was open was Black's.
      Where are you coming from? If out of state, then I would say get Tex-Mex and chicken fried steak and items that are Texas specialties. If you're coming from within Texas, my suggestions would be different.

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        trojans Nov 18, 2010 11:09 AM

        I'm coming from kalifornia. I want to experience things unique to Texas and the region.

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          trojans Nov 18, 2010 11:13 AM

          Bummed about kreuz being closed but it looks like smitty's is open. Will these two serve me well or should I reschedule to get kreuz market in?

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            donnaaries Nov 18, 2010 12:03 PM

            Smitty's and Kreuz are smiliar in style (used to be the same family) and Smitty's has more atmosphere, although brisket is better at Kreuz. I don't know if it's worth it to reschedule your trip around this, three is better than two, but how much better?
            Around Austin I'd say you should definitely hit up food trailers since that's the defining thing in Austin dining right now, if I had to pick one I'd say try Odd Duck, "upscale" small bites with focus on local, in season ingredients. In the same parking lot is Gourdough's, big donuts with novelty toppings like bacon and maple icing or more normal toppings like grilled bananas. Since you're coming from California, might as well give cheesy Tex-Mex a shot. I like Trudy's, others like Maudie's, Chuy's, etc.
            Also chicken fried steak is another food that kind of defines Texas, long discussion here on the best in Austin: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/93088

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      heyzeus212 Nov 19, 2010 06:03 AM

      If you want more BBQ but in town, go to Franklin's. It's a trailer, and it's some of the finest brisket on earth. I35 and Concordia.

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        trojans Nov 19, 2010 07:18 AM

        I'm adding Franklins, Odd Duck and Perla. Should I try torchy's Tacos?

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          amysuehere Nov 19, 2010 08:14 AM

          They're a bit expensive for tacos, but I gotta say I love the green chile pork taco and they are big...

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