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Jul 29, 2011 07:58 AM

Austin Short Visit with small children - Restaurant Recs for a foodie family

Hi - We are visiting Austin next weekend for the first time in a while (or at least not focused on football). This time we will have 3 adults and a 1 year old and a 3 year old. While we will likely have a sitter for Saturday night (thinking Uchi), we are looking for good places to eat that will satisfy everyone. Our kids are used to eatting out and are pretty good...but that said, they are of course still very young.

I'd like to avoid Central Market - only because we frequent one in Dallas. We will be staying by Town Lake and will have a car - but since its a short trip we'd prefer to not venture to far afield.

I was thinking Freddie's might be an option for Friday night - doesn't sound too exciting foodwise, but I like the idea of live music that is still kids friendly.

- I do want to hit some food trucks (recommendations?) and at least something on the East Side, as I am less familiar with this area.

- Does Lamberts have high chairs for an early Saturday lunch? We took a baby there once for a great lunch, but I think the baby was very small then. (and its close to the Children's Museum)

- Usually when we are intown for football, we do a lot of Threadgills, Hula Hut, Magnolia Cafe, Kerby Lane, and Shady Grove --> but I am looking for some new suggestions. We will be going to Deep Eddy and Barton Springs.


Uchi Restaurant
801 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

Threadgills Restaurant
301 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

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

Shady Grove
1624 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704

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  1. well, you provide a few specifics, but a quick search of the board would provide many answers. here's a link to a search of "child" on the austin board:

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    1. re: agoodbite

      Thank! I actually did that first (always do), but unfortunately there were only 14 discussion results (where I got the Freddie's suggestion), but otherwise there was not much there (other than Central Market).

      Hoping to avoid chains, find more ethnic food, and experience some new food experiences in Austin - thanks!!

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

      1. re: mstout2

        Eastside Cafe might be a good fit. The food is delicious, I particularly like the brunch, and I have taken my little one there on numerous occasions. Also, there are chickens onsite, which my girl loves to "talk" to.

    2. I think the food truck scene is a decent idea. I have a one year old, and my wife and I love to hit up the Odd Duck Trailer. Good people watching, and great food. They don't open til 5ish if I recall correctly. I'm sure you could pick any pod of trailers and have a good time.

      I'm sure Lambert's would be fine as well, but try to get a reservation to avoid waiting.

      We frequent Red's Porch with our little girl. The food is above average, though in the same Austiny vein of the others you mention. Red's is a cut above those, and it's laid back with a great view of the Greenbelt. It's on South Lamar, so it's close to Barton Springs, relatively speaking.

      Contigo, off Manor road, over near the Mueller development also comes to mind. I guess, I am gravitating toward the porches and places with outdoor seating.... Hmmmm.

      Good luck. I'll be watching this thread with some interest to get some new ideas of our own. Eating good with the young uns can be an interesting challenge.

      Odd Duck
      1219 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

      1. Not sure if your'e bringing your own baby food, because that might be a deciding factor, but I'd check out El Naranjo (Caesar Chavez and 35 in the Rainey St Area) for really great, authentic Mexican food in a trailer. Also Sunflower has great Vietnamese food up north, and I've seen plenty of families with babies and toddlers in there.

        And on one final note, Perla's is great for lunch, and I've gone there plenty of times with my friends and their two year old. The soft shell crab BLT and the tuna melt are both awesome. Or you can fork out like 25 bucks for the also awesome lobster roll :)

        1. If you're looking for spots in the same vein as the ones you usually frequent while you're here (which appear to be pretty casual/low key), I'd suggest Zax, Contigo, or Jack Allen's. Jack Allen's is a hike, but not too bad if you're used to traveling around Dallas.

          East Side King (there are three locations, all with completely different menus - check their website to compare) would fulfill your desires for ethnic food, trailer food, and east side spots all in one fell swoop! I also love Puddles' Odd Duck suggestion, and would add Peached Tortilla and Chi'Lantro to your trailer/ethnic food list.

          Also, if you haven't already made reservations at Uchi, I'd suggest that you do so now - they take very limited reservations, and those fill up fast.

          Odd Duck
          1219 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704