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ARW Must do

amykragan Sep 26, 2011 08:55 PM

Choosing between
BOttecelli
Braise
Driskill
Cipollina
Roaring Fork

If you have experience,,please share

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    chrisdds98 Oct 2, 2011 08:04 PM

    tonight, the old ball an' chain (obc) took the girls from work out for dinner at the roaring fork downtown. I just had the leftovers, but the chorizo stuffed cornish game hen and the flourless chocolate cake were worth the price of admission. Can't wait to try this place a la carte!

    We went to green pastures for ARW and the place was way more packed then my previous meal. the food was ok, definitely worth $35/person, but was nowhere near the incredible meal I had previously. wondering if last time was a fluke or they just couldn't handle the volume during ARW.. Guess we'll find out next time we go.

    1. tom in austin Sep 28, 2011 05:57 AM

      I went to Uchi for ARW's kickoff on Sunday. Absolutely sublime. Excellent value, although we heavily supplemented the ARW offering.

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      Uchi Restaurant
      801 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

      1. Alan Sudo Sep 27, 2011 01:21 PM

        If you haven't been to Green Pastures in a while, they have put together a really nice ARW menu. You might consider it instead.

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        Green Pastures Restaurant
        901 W Live Oak St, Austin, TX 78704

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        1. re: Alan Sudo
          bubbleboy79 Sep 27, 2011 11:17 PM

          Good call. Went there for brunch not terribly long ago and it was pretty awesome.

        2. bubbleboy79 Sep 27, 2011 02:27 AM

          You can eat at Botticelli's and Cipollina for roughly the same amount year-round, so I'd strike those. Driskill's the one place I haven't dined on your list so I'd go there, though Cipollina's my favorite of the rest (and Braise my least favorite, for what it's worth).

          I might also suggest the Carillon, Jasper's (for their half-price bottle of wine w/ ARW deal), Fabi and Rosi (though the price differential is, again, not great), or Olivia. As I'm working every night, I'll look forward to yours and others' reports.

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          Fabi and Rosi
          509 Hearn St, Austin, TX

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          1. re: bubbleboy79
            amykragan Sep 27, 2011 01:09 PM

            Thanks bubbleboy. In the past we've done ARW and my highlights were Driskill & Jeffrey's. Partially for the savings but mostly for the quality and service.
            I think we've decided on Jaspers so I'll let you know.
            Went to Kona Grill for ARW last night and was pleasantly surprised.
            I had the Bama Roll which was 6 large pieces with krab, tuna, tobiko, and avocado. Fresh and filling. Then the Hawaiian Ribeye with fried onion strings, harcot verts and garlic mashed potatoes. It was a HUGE portion. The ribeye was perfectly cooked and flavorful but a bit on the fatty side. Had the brownie for dessert which was moist and topped off with vanilla bean ice cream that I liked the most.

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