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May 30, 2011 10:22 AM

iacp eats and eaters

coming to austin for the first time for the iacp conference. very excited to visit the city and eat great food. my son comes for sxsw, so i have a list from him and his pals, but would love to know where y'all suggest. not as interested in fine dining i can get anywhere, as real tastes of austin. i do plan to hit some food trucks and would love to hear favorites on that score, too.
happy to link up with iacpers looking to share a meal.
so far on the list:
la condessa
maybe lamberts
possibly paggi house
fonda san miguel (with an austinite friend who suggested it)

thanks for any input! packing my summer wardrobe, such as it is, cuz i hear it is sizzling in austin.

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  1. drop lamberts and go to franklin bbq or one of the lockhart trio. Uchi/uchiko as well

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    1. re: chrisdds98

      i was debating between franklin and lamberts, so thanks for the tip!

      1. re: chrisdds98

        Second Franklins with an addition of Odd Duck and Reds Porch for "slummin' it"

        Odd Duck
        1219 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

      2. i figured someone would tell you to swap franklin for lamberts, so i'll skip that part.

        many of us will also tell you to sub pretty much anything else for fonda san miguel.
        the brunch we had was good, and the decor was interesting, but the price tag was painful.
        for that price point, you could do uchi/uchiko, parkside, olivia, etc. etc.
        yes, these are kinds of austin fine dining (which is more casual than fine dining in larger cities).
        but the emphasis will be texas ingredients or vibe, so it will not be what you can get elsewhere.

        did you choose wink because you wanted some place that specializes in local/seasonal?

        as for food trucks, i use this website as a good starting point:

        welcome, and enjoy! (and stay cool. it is really friggin' hot).

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        1. re: dinaofdoom

          thanks dinaofdoom--several friends recommended wink. fonda san miguel is non-negotiable--a friend is taking me, and it was her pick. parkside was on the list, and i would like to work it in.
          really appreciate the suggestions--keep em coming. really looking forward to visiting.

          1. re: chez cherie

            i can't think of a better place to check out true local food than eastside showroom. folks on here will complain about sometime service issues, but the drinks can't be beat and the specials chante almost daily based on what she gets in. its an adventure to be sure, but if you go and are patient i've found the payoff to be worth it.

            parkside/uchi/uchiko are where i go when i need a perfect and consistent dining experience and don't care about price. i go to eastside showroom when i want something fun and a lively environment.