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Coming to Austin next week. Need ideas within walking distance of Four Seasons.

haskell1 May 16, 2011 12:40 PM

Coming to Austin next week. Need ideas within walking distance of Four Seasons.

Been to Imperia and Maria Maria. Like both. Group has people who don't like challenging food, but I do. So suggestions for either are appreciated. We can cab or drive, but interested in places I wouldn't think of within walking distance. Thanks.

310 Colorado, Austin, TX 78701

Four Seasons
98 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701

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    jwynne2000 RE: haskell1 May 16, 2011 07:25 PM

    Off the top of my head:

    Max's Wine Dive

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      Cheez62 RE: haskell1 May 16, 2011 07:41 PM

      I really wanted to tell you to "walk, run, catch a cab or bus, hitchhike, whatever, to Franklin Barbecue", but it seems that their new location is only about three blocks from the Four Seasons, so just walk! Best brisket I've ever had.

      Four Seasons
      98 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701

      Franklin Barbecue
      900 East 11th, Austin, TX 78702

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      1. re: Cheez62
        Alan Sudo RE: Cheez62 May 18, 2011 12:01 PM

        Franklin's is great BBQ, but it's actually about 20 blocks from the Four Seasons. If you decide to go make sure that your group is up for the walk or take a taxi. Expect a long line/wait, lunch only and it's closed on Mondays.

        Four Seasons
        98 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701

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        Andrew Zachary RE: haskell1 May 16, 2011 07:42 PM

        Some new places have popped up recently; and while cost might be a factor, they are certainly worthy trying.

        Congress is only 4 blocks away at 2nd and Congress in the ground floor of the Austonian. The wine list is simply spectacular, and the food very very good. Service was also very good, though I went while they were still working out some of the details. Very expensive, even by New York City standards.

        Right next door is Congress' little brother, 2nd Street Bar and Kitchen. While it has many of the same dishes as its more expensive relative, the ambience is very different. Meant to be much more informal, with an emphasis on cocktails and casual food. I haven't been, and reviews have been all over the place.

        Other high- to moderate-end places include:
        Trace at the W Hotel: concept is locally grown and sourced food prepared to highlight the ingredients. I haven't been so cannot comment.

        Trio at the Four Seasons: Again, another expensive place with beautiful views over the river. I have been multiple times, often on business. Service ranges from good to awful, and the chef has a very heavy hand with the sugar and salt. Stick with the cocktails and plain salads. But I will say there are lots of beautiful people eating here.

        La Condessa: Upscale, Mexican street food. Pretty good, but not truly authentic. Nice drinks and a very nice outdoor seating area. Moderate.

        backspace: Truly wonderful pizzas, the best I've had since leaving New York. The other food stuffs were only okay, but wait for those wonderful pies! Limited seating and can get very crowded after about 7PM. Not the world's nicest area, either.

        Slightly farther away: Wink, Uchi, Olivia, Uchiko. All expensive to very expensive, with very good to wonderful food. But these might be more adventurous than your crowd will tolerate.

        Uchi Restaurant
        801 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

        Four Seasons
        98 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701

        4200 North Lamar, Austin, TX 78756

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          chrisdds98 RE: Andrew Zachary May 17, 2011 01:44 PM

          Olivia gets a lot of love here but the two times I've gone (tasting menu once) I wasn't terribly impressed. Not in the same class as uchi, wink or congress if you ask me.

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            tom in austin RE: chrisdds98 May 17, 2011 06:45 PM

            I concur that Olivia is overrated on Chowhound Austin, at least, in my experience. YMMV.

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              jenni242 RE: chrisdds98 May 19, 2011 09:15 PM

              Re: Olivia I agree!

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            storefronteats RE: haskell1 May 17, 2011 05:56 AM

            For a change of pace and a nice evening stroll, you might consider walking from the Lady Bird Lake side of the Four Seasons east on the Hike & Bike Trail, and over to G'raj Mahal or Cazamance on Rainey Street for Indian or Senegalese food, respectively. Good food at both places, and they can provide a relaxed and beautiful place for a group to eat outdoors.

            Austin, Austin, TX

            Four Seasons
            98 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701

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              singlemalt RE: haskell1 May 17, 2011 09:18 AM

              La Traviata at 314 Congress, very close, with some very good Italian is very pleasant surroundings. Right down C.C. from you is Ironwork BBQ. A lot of people like it. For standard American fare, or at least that's how I describe it, is Moonshine, a comfortable walk away. Of course, Manuel's Mexican is close too on Congress but it is pretty uninteresting Mexican, imo. Walk up to and west on 4th, I believe it's 4th street, please correct me if I am wrong, is Lamberts, famous for meat. Very crowded and noisy. Best restuarant in town and nearby , I believe on 3rd, east of Congress a few blocks is Parkside, upper end dining but will be memorable. These are all within easy walking distance from your hotel. Also there is a little French place nearby that has been in Austin probably for 30 years. Sort of French home cooking. For the life of me I cannot think of the name of it right now. Can someone help? Thanks.

              La Traviata
              314 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

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                singlemalt RE: singlemalt May 17, 2011 09:23 AM

                Chez Nous, moderately priced,informal, and typically very tasty food.

                Chez Nous
                510 Neches St, Austin, TX 78701

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                  Mike C. Miller RE: singlemalt Jun 2, 2011 04:27 PM

                  I agree. Chez Nous is very good food, great service, and very good value for the money.

                  Chez Nous
                  510 Neches St, Austin, TX 78701

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                  TroyTempest RE: singlemalt Jun 14, 2011 07:47 PM

                  Parkside is on 6th, so a little further, but real good the one time i have been there.

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                  gilintx RE: haskell1 May 17, 2011 09:23 AM

                  Since you'll be on 1st, pretty much all of downtown is within easy walking distance. Here's a search of the board for "downtown." This actually comes up quite often on this board.

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                    nibs RE: gilintx Jun 5, 2011 10:39 AM

                    I second Congress or 2nd!

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                      caitlink RE: nibs Jun 9, 2011 08:19 PM

                      I always loved Trio at the Four Seasons. They used to be 1/2 price appetizers at happy hour. Sliders, mac and cheese, beef carpaccio.
                      Sunday brunch is great too. Champagne, caviar, sushi, sea bass. Very good quality and service.

                      Four Seasons
                      98 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701

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                    gntlmn6464 RE: haskell1 Jun 14, 2011 01:20 PM

                    You are going to need to eat lunch, and you are also going to need to see the Blanton Museum and the Bob Bullock Museum among other attractions so why not enjoy a phenomenal sandwich at Bite Me. It is a little dump of a place on Guadalupe in the 1900 block on the West side of the street and has absolutely the best Bahn Mi sandwiches in the city....four bucks for a sandwich, spring roll and soft drink, can't beat that price and the sandwiches are to die for! Try it you'll be glad you did.

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                      dinaofdoom RE: gntlmn6464 Jun 14, 2011 07:24 PM

                      thanks for mentioning this.
                      i like going to the blanton and had no idea bite me existed.
                      ...and that's why i like reading the tourist/visitor threads, so i can get new ideas!

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                        rusty_s RE: dinaofdoom Jun 15, 2011 11:18 AM

                        The one time I went to Bite Me, they handed me a spring roll from a tub that was just sitting out on a rack. It was a hot day, and the roll had not been refrigerated. Instead of being crisp and delightful it was limp and sad. The bahn mi was not good enough to overcome the bad impression the not-so-springy roll left on me.

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                          gntlmn6464 RE: rusty_s Jun 16, 2011 01:45 PM

                          Just a quick response, I never get the spring roll or the soft drink, I just get the sandwich and walk back to my office three blocks away, shut my door and devour it! So in fairness to your complaint you are probably right about the spring roll, but the sandwich....a masterpiece (by the way I get the #2 grilled pork).

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