Vote Now - Top Austin Restaurant/Food from 2010 - Voting open until Dec. 15th.
Borrowing a thread from the Los Angeles board where they've been doing a year- end vote for the past eight years:
Vote for your top Austin restaurant and/or food experiences from this past year.
Two categories - vote for 5 in each category: Under $25 per person and Over $25 per person (food only not including drinks).
I'll get things started so here you go;
Odd Duck Farm to Trailer
801 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
1610 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
Under $25 for me is a toss between Odd Duck and Franklin's...birds of a different feather, but both excellent. I'd also put in a strong second for Simplicity.
I'd put Lambert's in the over $25 for the Sunday brunch. Uchiko would be my big vote though for the over $25.
Oh, and if there's and under $10, Red's Porch.
I'm just going to vote for my faves.
Over 25 - Parkside
Under 25 - Foreign & Domestic
Special mention for best food experience that's not a restaurant - Antonelli's Cheese Shop
Under $25, it's a tie for me between Odd Duck and Franklin's. Over $25, a tie between Parkside and Uchiko. I completely agree about the special mention for Antonelli's. That place is divine!
- Osaka Mansun (if nothing else, go for the escolar and jalapeno sashimi appetizer. Game changer)
I'll throw La Sombra into the mix. I don't know exactly which of the two categories it would fit into, since you pretty much have to get a couple of their great cocktails. Went there last night and had an excellent empanada trio and a ceviche trio. Wonderfully prepared.
We went for lunch based on your above comment, and had some very interesting and fresh rolls... but it was NOT under $25 (we ordered three rolls and some tea).
I would have to say, Mikado is as good, closer to my house and about the same price range, but I could see returning if it were the closer location.l
oh bummer. maybe it is only certain dishes during specific times?
i used to get a good $8 sushi bento from them but haven't had lunch there in at least 2 years.
the other night i went for happy hour and got a crapload of discounted nigiri and rolls for $20.
if you don't mind driving a little further, momiji has some great lunch and dinner sushi deals.
you can get 3 (select) rolls and miso for something like $11 at lunch.
mikado is a self-professed northern japanese style place (or at least some of their dishes take on this focus).
their rolls are a little more traditional or less americanized if you will.
plus it's a little more upscale with higher price-points.
momiji and osaka mansun have a lot of tempura/fruit/mayo/sauce type fusion rolls in addition to the more traditional offerings.
osaka mansun even moreso, as they have a book of rolls. it's huge.