2 nights in Austin.
I will be visiting Austin for 2 night is the beginning of October with some friends. We are staying at the Hilton downtown near 6th street. We are looking for suggestions for some must go restaurants. At least one Italian and one BBQ. However, if there is a favorite restaurant of yours that is a must, we are willing to try anything. Price is not really a factor, we just want what is really memorable. Any suggestions are appreciated.
In that case, I agree with the others who suggested Uchi (its sister restaurant, Uchiko, is also excellent).
If you like carbonara, the carbonara at La Traviata is life-changing.
And for in-town BBQ, Franklin is, indeed, the best. If you want something a little more upscale, I like Lambert's, as well, but it is really a different animal.
314 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701
801 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
4200 North Lamar, Austin, TX 78756
No brainer on Franklins for bbq ( or Coopers in New Braunfels - same time overall; just driving vs. standing). No good Italian.
Having a pre dinner pomegranate cocktail and bat watching at the Four Seasons lobby bar out on the balcony overlooking ladybird lake and bumping into Lyle Lovett is a fantastic start.
I like taking out of towners to Franklin's for a lunch, and Uchi or Uchiko, Parkside downtown, and Hudsons on the Bend out in Lakeway for dinners. It's a great drive and the smoked grilled elk is really spectacular. Hudson's is about a 25 min. drive west into the beautiful hill country.