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Jul 13, 2011 03:04 PM

Need specific recommendations for Austin- Sunday/Monday

Hello, I am a chef who will be visiting Austin in a few weeks. I already have reservations at Uchi and Haddington's but need a few other recommendations for Sunday and Monday meals.

1) Sunday brunch- The best Sunday brunch or lunch in the S Congress or Downtown area

2) Sunday dinner- this one is tricky. Where is a good spot for an early dinner with a chef, a vegetarian, and two 3 year olds?

3) Monday lunch-it seems many places are not open for lunch. What is a good place for a relaxing lunch during a shopping day for two woman in their 30's?

4) Tuesday lunch- something quick or a good take out place on my way to the airport

I would also like some wine bar or lounge recommendations for before and after dinners at Uchi and Haddington's. We will be celebrating a birthday one night. Thanks!

Uchi Restaurant
801 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

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  1. For #2, the crew at Parkside are very receptive to children in the earlier hours, and the menu should work for chefs (especially!) and vegetarians (somewhat). This is a great opportunity to introduce your three year olds to yummy things like marrow and pork jowl.

    For #4, El Meson on Burleson is on the way to the airport and there is no better to-go food in the world than tacos.

    Good luck!

    1. mmmm for Sunday brunch I'd recommend Olivia or Jack Allen's Kitchen

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      1. re: malarkey

        We had a great brunch at Moonshine a couple years ago; are Olivia or Jack Allen's Kitchen qualitatively better? Thanks - doing research for an upcoming trip.

        1. re: Niki in Dayton

          I don't know how helpful this will be since I have not had brunch at any of these three places, but I have eaten many other meals at all three. Based on those experiences, Olivia and Jack Allen's are MUCH better than Moonshine.

      2. For #1, you might try Max's Wine Bar
        For #3, Trio at the Four Seasons might with checking out.
        For #2, Verdes out on Hamilton Pool is great with kids, okay food, but quite a distance from downtown.

        Four Seasons
        98 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701

        1. For #1, my picks would be either Trace in the W Hotel (all locally sourced), Olivia, or La Condesa.

          For #2, maybe East Side Cafe? La Condesa might also work for this one.

          For #3, is there a particular part of town you're wanting? South Congress Cafe comes to mind...

          For #4, you might consider checking out Austin's food trailer scene. The East Side King at the Grackle is open for lunch, or you might consider Peached Tortilla or Chi'Lantro.

          La Condesa
          400-A W 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701