Boston Hound coming to townS in February
We'll be in Austin and in San Antonio in late February. In Austin, we'll be at the Omni, and in SA, I'm hoping to stay within walking distance of the Riverwalk. We will have a car and we'll be in each city a few days.
So where should I go to get the real deal--local and delish? We're definitely not looking for fine dining or the ethnic food we can get easily at home (Indian, Asian, middle eastern, etc.). And what dishes should we try? We're pretty adventurous, and don't mind checking out a local dive, if the food/scene is great.
Will we need the car to explore beyond the areas near our hotels, or will we find sufficiently chowish experiences within walking distance?
Are there places that offer both good music AND good food, or is it better to eat somewhere, and go somewhere different for music?
Well, now we'll see if Texas hounds are as dependably chowish as their brothers and sisters have been in Miami, Savannah, Charleston, New Orleans and even France! I'm counting on you guys, and I promise to return the favors if you come to Boston!
On or near the Riverwalk:
La Gloria (Pearl Brewery Complex)
Ocho (Hotel Havana)
The EsquireTavern....killer drinks
Chris Madrid's for hamburgers
La Fritte (french)
Ostra has decent oysters and a good crabcake
Drinks on the patio at the Westin....a great way to while away an afternoon
Parkside, Backspace, Chez Nous, Bar Congress, Garridos are walkable from the Omni
Short drive down Congress Ave: Swift's Attic, Home Slice, Enoteca
South First St: LA BBQ, Polvos, Lenoire
East Austin: Eastside Showroom, The Blue Dahlia, Justine's
South Lamar: Olivia, Barley Swine, Uchi...expensive but worth it
Lots of great food trailers...just google em
Thanks again, Poochinator! I'm following up on your suggestions. Is Eastside Showroom related to Eastside King?
Is "Bar Congress" on your list the same as "Second at Congress"? Another poster said that there's a bistro part of the larger restaurant, that's less expensive and that they liked better.
You are quite welcome!!
Congress, Bar Congress and Second Bar and Kitchen are three places in the same location. I only been to Bar Congress. Good people watching. www.congressaustin.com
East Side Showroom is different from East Side Kings (ESK)
ESK now has a new location at the Hole in the Wall on Guadalupe. I would put this high on my list. www.eskaustin.com
Clark's Oyster Bar just opened and getting rave reviews.
Just got back from SA:
Southtown has just blossomed with new restaurants. Walkable or a short cab ride. I can recommend Bliss and Blue Star. http://www.mysanantonio.com/slideshow...
I take visitors to lockhart to get a good central texas bbq experience. its a small town and fun to visit. I'm a blacks bbq fan, but smittys is very nice as well.
You can get more consistently better bbq at franklin if you care to brave the line. haven't been to LA bbq but I hear that is good as well.
El Taco Rico is an excellent texmex trailer. great barbacoa
I agree with and like all the other recommendations. Uchi is not BBQ, Mexican, or TexMex, but it is unique. Otherwise I agree with the focus on Mexican and TexMex. For Mexican I'd add Las Paloma's and, of course, Fonda San Miguel. For TexMex there are Hounds out there who are passionate about many places I have yet to try, but I love the Carnitas tacos at Angie's. For breakfast I am a fan of Taco Deli. For BBQ I like Smitty's, Blacks, and Kreuz in Lockhart, City Market in Luling, and Muellers in Taylor. Franklin may well be nirvana, but I just can't wrap my head around standing in line at nine in the morning for the possibility, but not the certainty, of Q. Last but not least the lowly TexMex cheese enchilada with chili gravy and chopped onions, mopping up afterwards with warm tortillas, washed down with a XX amber, is an institution. The cheese ranges from Velveeta to American. If you get cheddar you are not in a real TexMex spot. It may be good, but it is not IMHO the real experience. I like Enchiladas y Mas or Dario's. I also like Maudie's, but it has a polarizing effect on this board.
The lack of good German in Austin is kind of hard to explain. Just outside Austin, you may get recommendations for places in New Braunfels or Pfleugerville, or out in Fredericksberg... but in Austin itself... I'd love to see me told I'm wrong, but there's not a great German place within 15 minutes of downtown.
But... as you are driving through New Braunfels... you might get someone to recommend a good place there. My experience is that most of the stuff there is adequate fair, not exceptional. [please chowhounds, lend a hand here]
As far as beer... Austin has you covered. There are a lot of very good breweries
most of these do tours but beers to try:
(512) Pecan porter is very nice
Live Oak breweries beers are great
Austin Beerworks has also got some fine offerings. Many/most are available on taps at good bars and at places like Alamo Drafthouse [if you want to catch a movie]