A little help
Hi there Austin Chowhounders. I am visiting your fair city this upcoming week from Boston. Feel like I have a good feel on some great places to try while I am there. A quick questions. I will be arriving with my wife and in-laws and driving to the Steiner Ranch area where some of my wife's family lives. I was hoping to find somewhere that would serve a great lunch along the way that would accommodate a 6-8 person group including a one year old. Looking for anywhere that would serve great food. Thanks so much for your help in advance.
for lunch? umm..I'm not a driver so I don't have a good feel of where places are...but with a one year old I am guessing you want fairly casual? Lakeside Pizza and Grill then there is a steak house..cant think of the name but it is kind of hit and miss..Angels icehouse house is kind of a family greasy spoon joint...with a play-scape and that backyard thing going on... The Oasis is beautiful and is kind of an Austin tradition..the food is kind of plebeian.
Yes we are flying in. Get in around noon and were hoping to meet the family somewhere along the route to Steiner Ranch. I do not know the area very well so am hoping to find somewhere along that route that would accommadate us for lunch. Probably looking for something a little bit nicer but would also be suitable for the little one. Thanks again for your help.
Assuming you are taking 183 to 360, North by Northwest might be a nice choice. Z Tejas is also along that route - it is a chain, but the food is solid. You could also take Airport Blvd to 2222, in which case Chez Zee would be on your way. All three serve a nice lunch, could accommodate your group, and would be 1-year-old friendly.
5406 Balcones Dr., Austin, TX 78731
welcome! i am a boston transplant, and miss a lot "back home".
these are all solid recommendations.
since boston doesn't have a lot of tex-mex, you may appreciate the flavors of z tejas.
yeah, it's a chain, but it's more of a regional chain, and did start here in austin.
the arboretum location has a really lovely covered back patio with a great view.
some people really like north by northwest; i am not one of them.
No one has mentioned it, but Jack Allen's on Hwy 71 would probably be a great stop on the way to Steiner. It has a large outdoor dining area, always a good choice with a kid. Makes sense driving wise also. Check out the menu to see if it appeals.