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Great place to take nieces (10 & 11) for special lunch?

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CindyS Dec 22, 2011 12:13 PM

My nieces, aged 10 & 11, have requested a girl's day out with Aunt Cindy for their Christmas present. I'd love to take them to a nice lunch someplace they'd like --someplace charming and girly, preferably not a chain. If we were in New York City, Alice's Teacup would be my hands-down choice. Is there anything along those lines in Austin or its environs?

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    Rptrane Dec 22, 2011 06:27 PM

    Judge's Hill might be a nice trip. Very good food and kinda fancy. It's expensive but I think the food on the menu is accessible.

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      Debratateespinosa Dec 24, 2011 07:20 AM

      1. Menu is probably it right, but to get dressed up Congress has a truly beautiful and elegant dining room.
      2. Trio at the Four Seasons. Service is amazing. Call ahead w/your specifications. The lobby is decorated for Christmas! The girls will love the gingerbread city and the enormous tree.
      3. Cute: Eastside cafe, Bountiful Cafe, Sweetish Hill, Enoteca Vespaio, Walton's Fancy & Staple
      The Steeping Room

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        CindyS Jan 20, 2012 03:50 PM

        Thank you all! We ended up going to Chez Zee, and they had a marvelous time. We had a waiter who was very courtly with the girls, which they loved ... they also loved the kids' menu and ADORED the dessert case!

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          Debratateespinosa Jan 20, 2012 04:15 PM

          Chez Zee! Can't believe I didn't think of that. LOVE their italian cream cake. You made an excellent choice....they do such a nice job there.

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      singlemalt Dec 22, 2011 12:28 PM

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/621083

      Maybe this will help. J.

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        CindyS Dec 22, 2011 01:05 PM

        Thanks, Singlemalt. Tanalee's Tea and Sympathy in Bastrop looks like just the right kind of place ... hope it's still open for business!

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        singlemalt Dec 22, 2011 12:25 PM

        Have you checked with any of the major hotels, restuarants to see if they have a tea. It seems that someone like the Driscol or Trio was having one. I don't., of course, think in terms of 10 yo children, but the Steeping Room comes to mind.

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          nw_austin_gourmand Dec 27, 2011 09:00 PM

          I STRONGLY second the recommendation for The Steeping Pot at the Domain.

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