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elpaninaro Jul 18, 2012 06:05 PM

Good evening all,

As opinionated as I have been on this forum these past few years, and much as I try all the restaurants I can- I am in a bit of a quandry and grateful for any thoughts.

In two weeks there is to be a major family dinner here in town on a Thursday night. Here are the particulars I am dealing with,

1. Not a Mexican or Tex-Mex restaurant.
2. Not Italian.
3. Above average to good food
4. Not terribly expensive (ie dinner for 8 not including alcohol and tip for $250ish is ideal)
5. Fairly close (10 miles) to Barton Creek Resort and no issues parking at all (ie no trips to SoCo.)
6. Preferably offering full bar in addition to beer and wine
7. At least a few healthy selections- as in salads, simple cooked veggies, plain chicken breasts etc.
8. Not a very crowded or noisy environment- reservations or walk-in with ease (7PM Thursday meal.)

This is an important event where I need to make sure the above particulars are honored as best as possible to keep everyone happy. Food quality needs to be above average to good, but is secondary to the above concerns.

Right now best option I can think of is Hangtown Grill at 360 and Bee Cave- and it really is the ideal choice except for option 6 above.

Many thanks for any thoughts you can offer!

  1. ftf Jul 18, 2012 06:35 PM

    Zingers at Hill Country Galleria is pretty good and would seem to fit your requirements.

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      nadinep Jul 18, 2012 06:36 PM

      What about the Lion & Rose?

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        ssouth Jul 18, 2012 07:00 PM

        Jack Allen's? It meets everything except for #8 I think. I guess #7 could be debatable as well but they do have a few healthy options, they just tend to be seasoned fairly well.


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        1. re: ssouth
          amykragan Jul 19, 2012 08:42 PM

          They have a private room that would be ideal; and food is WAY better than burgers at Hangtown

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            elpaninaro Aug 12, 2012 12:04 PM

            ssouth- thanks for the recommendation! This is where we ended up going when I emailed everyone the menus of possible contenders and I was VERY impressed. A few of us did the chicken fried steak, ribs and pork chop "family style" and all three were excellent- with the pork being particularly well cooked and not the least bit overdone.

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            addlepated Jul 18, 2012 07:17 PM

            Izumi Sushi next door to Hangtown is quite tasty and has good bento boxes as well as sushi. Not sure about the full bar, though.

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              Optimista Jul 18, 2012 11:17 PM

              What about Eleven Plates? I think that fits all your criteria.

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              1. re: Optimista
                jwynne2000 Jul 19, 2012 04:16 AM

                Eleven Plates would get my vote as well.

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                  elpaninaro Jul 19, 2012 05:03 PM

                  Wow- thanks all for the great replies! These all look like good choices. I have downloaded the menus and distributed to get a final vote. Many thanks!

                  1. re: elpaninaro
                    minatalks Jul 20, 2012 09:19 AM

                    Buenos Aires out in the Galleria would also fit the bill.

                2. amykragan Jul 19, 2012 08:44 PM

                  You may also want to consider Trento. You said no Italian, but they hgave lots of other stuff on the menu and really cater to groups including a private room as well.

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                  1. re: amykragan
                    elpaninaro Jul 19, 2012 08:55 PM

                    Private room? Gee Amy you must think we are picky or something :)

                    Thanks for the added suggestion- will pass it along for the vote. Between all the choices I think all will go well.

                  2. tim irvine Jul 21, 2012 04:15 PM

                    I have had good experiences at Texas Land and Cattle. Their sirloin wedge salad and a Bombay martini make me happy and don't break the bank.

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                      shan Jul 22, 2012 06:04 PM

                      I second Texas Land and Cattle. I really like their chicken sandwich (without the cheese) and I'm not the type to generally get a chicken sandwich anywhere. Their smoked sirloin (I think that's it) is also really good... I find it to be one of the better chain options. We took my inlaws there because my father in law is impossible to please and he liked it.

                    2. tim irvine Jul 26, 2012 04:30 PM

                      And even though I generally hold to the Austin preference for local, nonchain options, is there a nonchain steakhouse option? BTW if the OP had not started the list of criteria with no Mexican, my hands down first choice would be Las Palomas.

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                      1. re: tim irvine
                        elpaninaro Aug 12, 2012 12:01 PM

                        I am fond of Las Palomas. My only nit is I wish they would make their own tortillas- it sticks out given the generally high quality of everything else. But it doesn't stop me going back!

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                          tim irvine Aug 15, 2012 04:50 PM

                          Good point. I lunched at Angie's today and her corn tortillas are sooooooo good.

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                        addlepated Jul 27, 2012 08:27 PM

                        Not Hang Town. http://westlakepicayune.com/2012/07/2...

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                        1. re: addlepated
                          elpaninaro Aug 12, 2012 12:02 PM

                          I was there the last day for one last batch of onion rings. Sorry to see it go. When I was not in the mood to make salad, I would get theirs and add my own chicken.

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