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Jul 29, 2011 06:30 AM

New to town-need central austin recs please!

Been here for 4 days and I'm ready to see what my neighborhood(Rosedale) has to offer. Any favorites? I've been to Uchiko(pretty good) and Santa Rita(I know there has to be better Mexican than this). Thanks for your help!

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  1. welcome to Austin. Yelp has a useful search by neighborhood thing-y:

    just don't read the reviews. you should go to Fonda and weigh in.

    1. There are tons of threads on here that you can reference, but for a more collected, organized place to start, I'd recommend grabbing the newest Fearless Critic book.

      1. Take this with a grain of salt disclaimer: I love Uchiko, so if you only thought it was "pretty good," we might not have the same taste in food.
        For Mexican breakfast, I love Tacqueria Arandas on Burnet, especially the tongue tacos. Elsi's is also good (I like their migas), and offers some Salvadorean options, as well. TacoDeli for non-traditional tacos.

        Upper Crust for baked stuff. Love the sausage wraps.

        Sarah's has Mediterranean that feels like home cooking.

        Man Bites Dog for pretty good hot dogs.

        The Triangle is not far from you, where you'll find Mandola's and Galaxy Cafe. Both work for tasty everyday meals. Sago, Flying Saucer, Chedd's, and Mama Fu's are also there, but none of those excite me at all. Which Wich is OK for cheap sandwiches.

        Sushi-a-go-go or DK's for sushi.

        Billy's on Burnet for burgers & beers. Or Phil's for burgers, beers, and ice cream (Amy's). Black Star Co-op for better-than-average bar food and homebrew.

        Central Market for a decent, something-for-everyone menu and live music on the weekends.

        Banzai for their shrimp tempura bowl.

        Vino Vino is technically in Hyde Park, but not far - great wine bar with good food. Apothecary also has a good vibe, although I think the food is a notch or two down from VV's (it is also a notch or two cheaper). The people are super nice, though.

        Can you tell I live in your neighborhood? :)

        Central Market
        4477 S Lamar Blvd Ste 100, Austin, TX 78745

        2129 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702

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        1. re: Optimista

          I'll second Vino Vino. Really great wine bar, and although I haven't eaten them there in a while, their moules frites are super, super good.

          1. re: Optimista

            This is a great list. I'll just throw in a few other things that are close by to expand the variety. Salvation Pizza on 34th near Guadalupe had pretty good pizza, the crust is especially good if you dine in, because the longer it sits, the more it will soften. That first slice is killer! Pasta and Co. on Kerbey Lane, is more of a pick up and take for home type of place, but they make fresh pasta and sauces, as well as fresh made lasagnas and cannelonis that are frozen and ready to reheat. I love the fresh pastas as well as their pineapple carrot cake. Sheryl the owner is super nice!

            Salvation Pizza
            624 W 34th St, Austin, TX 78705

            1. re: Homero

              Ahh, Homero's post has reminded me that if you venture just a wee bit south of Rosedale (where Salvation is), FoodHeads has dynamite sandwiches!

              1. re: Optimista

                Thanks for the list everybody, I went to Blilly's this weekend, great place. Loving this neightborhood. Are Pasta and Co./Vino Vino pretty nice? Looking to take the wife out for celebration dinner.

                Thanks again!

                1. re: byanow

                  Surprisingly, I haven't been to Pasta & Co., but I thought it was a retail outlet, and didn't actually serve prepared food. I could be wrong, though...

                  Vino Vino is very nice, but I'm not sure it quite reaches "celebration dinner" status for me. It just feels a tiny bit casual for that (although the prices are anything but casual). For something like that, I personally would probably venture a little outside the 'hood and hit somewhere like Siena on 2222/360 or La Traviata downtown. If you go to La Traviata, see if they'll let you reserve one of the small tables by the windows. Or you could go to Vespaio on S. Congress, but be prepared for a wait if you go that route.

                  La Traviata
                  314 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

                  1610 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

                  Vino Vino
                  4119 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX

                  1. re: Optimista

                    Optimista, you are correct, Pasta and Co. is not a take out place per se. They sell prepared meals, but they are frozen or refrigerated and you reheat (or cook in the case of the fresh pasta ) them at home.

          2. don't forget the Draught House. It should be close to you.

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            1. re: TroyTempest

              Ahh, good call! I always forget that place.

              1. re: Optimista

                Went on a rec of another friend to El Arbol, really loved it and headed to Kerby Lane this Saturday, if you guys feel like it please keep these coming, loving Austin so far! Drove by the Draught House looks fun. Everyone has been great. Thanks.

                1. re: byanow

                  Duh. How could I forget El Arbol? I agree; that place is great.

                  If you're opening it up to Austin as a whole (even Central Austin as a whole), there are just way too many great spots for random recommendations. But if you have specific holes that need filling, let us know!

                  1. re: Optimista

                    I can't wait for the autumn weather to chill out on that gorgeous outdoor patio with some cocktails...

                    1. re: Homero

                      I know! I wish they'd bring their brunch back, too. I miss it.

            2. I really like Foreign & Domestic on North Loop. Eclectic food and really nice people. Sit at the chef counter for the full experience.

              Foreign & Domestic
              306 E 53rd St, Austin, TX 78751

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              1. re: paternite

                YES! I'll wholeheartedly second that.