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antepiedmont Jul 18, 2011 12:38 PM

Okay shifting gears. Flying in tomorrow just before lunch. Will probably go to El Taco Rico for lunch, then Barton Springs pool. Thinking of Uchi or Uchiko for dinner, but I wonder if those might be a little too precious for me. Also I take the point made on this board some time ago that there is nothing really particular to Austin about Uchi(ko). I don't get to any place like that in my usual rounds at home, though, so even though they aren't very Austin they are still very good options.

So, what about sit-down, bricks-and-mortar Tex-Mex or Texas style home cooking. Like, Matt's El Rancho if it was any good, like a really good chicken-fried steak or some gnarly sausages or schnitzel?

And, where might I find a low-hassle implementation of the Cocktail Revival scene?

And, is that Cuban Sandwich place still looking good?

Finally, is there a small set of must-go places for breakfast tacos? I would like a nice cup of coffee too but the taquerias usually have lousy coffee. So, where's the coffee?

I have plenty of time and can go pretty much anywhere for any of these three meals (lunch, dinner, then breakfast). Willing to drive for deliciousness. Staying near something called The Domain?

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Matt's El Rancho
2613 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

Uchi Restaurant
801 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

El Taco Rico
810 Vargas Rd, Austin, TX 78741

Uchiko
4200 North Lamar, Austin, TX 78756

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  1. The Chowhound Team Jul 19, 2011 03:06 PM

    There's another thread duplicating this one with more answers, so we're going to lock this one in deference to that one: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/796468

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    1. amysuehere Jul 18, 2011 05:05 PM

      If you're @ the D (known as the land of the bland by us who live here), look no further than Anderson just off Mopac. Cover 3 has the best chicken fried chicken/steak in town. Mmmmm green chile gravy. Plus if you go @ lunch on the weekend they have a killer build your own bloody mary bar.

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