3 Star Michelin Chef Has Austin Chef Question
A good friend who just earned his 3rd Michelin star out in California is in town for the weekend and wants to know which Austin chef is at the top of the game right now.
Personally I think it's either Aaron Franklin or Bryce Gilmore but I'm curious as to the opinion of the board.
How's the chow over at Deegan McClung's joint right now?
Who's been to Olivia lately?
How about Foreign and Domestic?
Other opinions are sought.
Who's at the top of the game?
Uchi guys as amykragen mentions are always worth considering. We had a great black truffle congee special at Uchiko this week (I'm a sucker for good truffle dishes).
We have not been to Jeffrey's in a while. I've enjoyed Deegan's menu when we have been but some dishes have not been as standout as others.
We had a great meal at Carillon a few weeks ago. Definitely an underrated restaurant. But not sure if it is really that unique, but every course was flawless for us.
Franklin's certainly makes a lot of sense for anyone not used to good barbecue. Is their sausage still disappointing? I love the brisket, enjoy the ribs but not the sausage.
Frank's has some great sausage specials for this week (have not been this week, merely eying them). http://hotdogscoldbeer.com/specials/ . Still remembering that fried catfish sausage I had last year. Yum.
Zack at Mulberry hits it out of the park more times than not. Not sure how much he is cooking these days getting ready for Haddington's opening next month. Still love that burger (and he has a truffled rissoto)
Report back on where you go.
801 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
I admit I haven't had the chance (read: momentum) to hit up either Odd Duck or Franklin's, but I did try F&D during Restaurant Week, and I found it to be a pretty interesting and fully-formed concept; neighborhood bistro for not too much dough. The menu is small, but he keeps switching it up, and the quality of the food is excellent. I didn't personally care for one of the desserts we had, but I think that was just a matter of taste.
I agree that Lambert's and Perla's are both great restaurants, but I wouldn't call either of them the most interesting of what's available in town right now.
The first time I went to F&D, shortly after they opened, there were a few things we tried that didn't really click. (This is inherently a subjective assessment, of course). The last time I went - over a month ago - the menu had been largely reinvented, and a number of dishes that my group shared were just sublime. Inventive, flavorful, and incredibly reasonably priced for the experience.
I'd highly recommend it.