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Aug 16, 2011 12:13 PM

Austin - Fine(r) Dining in November

My friend and I are heading to Texas in November for a football trip which will include a few days in Austin. We have plenty of bbq stops and similar Texas staples planned out but were thinking at least one fine dining type restaurant is in order. Initial research indicates that some top choices would be Congress, Wink or Olivia. Does anyone have any opinions on these three, or any similar suggestions? I checked out Hudson's on the Bend but worry that it might be a little to 'dateish' for a couple of dudes (not that there's anything wrong with that). Money is not a driving factor, but more quality of food and atmosphere. Also, it would likely be on a Monday night, if that changes anything.


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    1. I haven't done Congress yet (have done 2nd + Kitchen a number of times and really like it). My last couple meals at Olivia have been really disappointing and it's now off my list. Wink should be on and add Parkside, Barley Swine, Uchi/Uchiko to the list. I personally would do Barley Swine or Uchi/Uchiko. Take a look and see which food looks the best to you.

      Barley Swine
      2024 S. Lamar, Austin, TX

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        1. fwiw, bon appetit just named congress one of the best new restaurants in 2011:

          hudson's on the bend would be a more "texan" experience, given the emphasis on game.

          1. I've heard Congress is OK, but they don't serve brisket so I really don't have much reason to go.

            Wink's confit guinea hen leg isn't bad, but it would be a lot better if they slow smoked it over a fire pit for 6 hours and slathered it in mustardy BBQ sauce.

            At Olivia I order the lamb liver, close my eyes and imagine it's delicious BBQ sausage.