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Dinner for two -- $100 or less. Thoughts?

BernieBrewer May 13, 2011 07:02 PM

Here's a challenge for the Austin Chowhounds: We don't live in TX, but we would like to give two special friends in Austin a gift card for dinner at a local restaurant (any cuisine goes), and we'd like the gift card to cover essentially the whole check. But here's the catch -- you have a $100 limit for the gift card (anything higher would be deemed too much by the recipients, and would defeat the purpose of the gift). I've found a number of restaurants on the board that look fabulous, but they all seem very likely to blow a hole in that budget, and we don't want our friends dipping into their own wallets at this meal.

Any suggestions?

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  1. BTAustin RE: BernieBrewer May 13, 2011 08:00 PM

    I'd choose Asti, $100.00 would cover and it's very good.

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      NirvRush RE: BernieBrewer May 14, 2011 05:25 AM

      Eastside cafe comes to mind

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        puddles RE: BernieBrewer May 14, 2011 07:30 AM

        I'd vote for Foreign & Domestic, in terms of sheer mileage for your dollar. It feels fancy, creative, and cool. It doesn't cost a fortune. Our bills are usually under $100 when I go with my wife. But we share a lot of apps and split an entree usually. Might want to check my math with the menu they have online.

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        Foreign & Domestic
        306 E 53rd St, Austin, TX 78751

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          chrisdds98 RE: BernieBrewer May 14, 2011 08:16 AM

          chez nous would fit the budget and I like the food.

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            chrischris RE: BernieBrewer May 14, 2011 01:06 PM

            I'm a big fan of Fabi and Rosi. The food is really good, a lot of it is local, and it doesn't cost a lot. I think you could easily get two people a great meal, wine included, for under $100.

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            Fabi and Rosi
            509 Hearn St, Austin, TX

            1. thebodytx RE: BernieBrewer May 14, 2011 01:07 PM

              Fabi and Rosi, http://fabiandrosi.com/menu.html

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              Fabi and Rosi
              509 Hearn St, Austin, TX

              1. BernieBrewer RE: BernieBrewer May 14, 2011 01:18 PM

                Thanks for the ideas, everyone.

                BTAustin -- Asti is just the sort of place we had in mind! Thanks so much for the tip.

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                  BTAustin RE: BernieBrewer May 15, 2011 07:58 AM

                  Thank you : )

                2. popvulture RE: BernieBrewer May 14, 2011 05:36 PM

                  My girlfriend and I just ate at El Arbol recently for pretty much exactly $100. An appetizer, two entrees, a dessert and a couple glasses of wine. Pretty shocking we didn't go over.

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                    popvulture RE: popvulture May 14, 2011 05:37 PM

                    Oh, and it was delicious!

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                      amykragan RE: popvulture May 15, 2011 06:54 PM

                      The food and atmosphere at El Arbol is far superior to Asti. Very romantic inside and very Austin casual outside. Food is awesome and service is superb.
                      I like Fino, the sister place to Asti, but won't go back to Asti. Felt like I was in a foodcourt when I tried it

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