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Mar 16, 2011 06:55 PM

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.

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  1. I assume you are flying in? If so, there are a jillion places in town that fit your criteria. Any particular genre of food that you'd like or mood/feel that you're going for?

    1. 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.

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      1. re: girloftheworld

        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.

        1. re: iloveporkbelly

          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.

          Chez Zee
          5406 Balcones Dr., Austin, TX 78731

          1. re: Optimista

            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.

            1. re: dinaofdoom

              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.

              1. re: minatalks

                Good call, minatalks; I think Jack Allen's would be a fantastic pick if they wanted to go the 71 route to Steiner. Their navajo taco is amazing, and I'm also in love with their trout salad...

                1. re: Optimista

                  I love Jack Allen's. They also have an amazing dessert... some kind of banana custard with a graham cracker crust.

                  1. re: kmgorman

                    Thank you so much everyone. Jack Allen's looks like a great fit for us. Will let give a report of how it goes.