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Fun night at the Buenos Aires Cafe

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edberliner Dec 23, 2012 06:13 AM

I didn't have time to ask you hounds about where to eat in Bee Caves, it was Sunday, my oldest son was taking my wife and me out to eat for the first time in his life, and we had to meet the middle kid out in Bee Caves where he works. He didn't get off until 8 which is really late for my wife and me, so we decided to meet him when he got off rather than wait until he drove all the way to Central Austin to meet us! Long story short, I chose the Buenos Aires Cafe after researching the restaurant scene in Bee Caves, and I'm really happy that I did. I had a blast! First the place is very inviting, nicely done, intimate, clean, happy! There was a 2 piece band setting up as we walked in which could have spelled disaster. My wife absolutely hates noise. If the place is loud she is miserable and, consequently, so are we. We asked to be seated as far away from the music as possible, and they obliged by seating is in the back which isn't all that far from the front. Our waiter was friendly and knowledgeable and assured us that our cheese plate would come out first, the empenadas when we looked ready, and our entres when the appetizers disappeared. He was right on the mark all night! Drinks were as ordered and generous. The cheese plate was to die for. A fantastic Blue cheese, excellent brie, asiago as well as a bowl of honey, grapes and candied pecans made for a spectacular start. In fact, had I known, I would have ordered another cheese plate as my entre! The empenadas were stellar, mine was spicey meat and the others had spinach with ricota. The chimichuri they served along side was stellar, just amazing. I could have had a shot or two of it by itself. I had the sheppards pie which was good, not great, but certainly a worthy choice. My wife had a mixed green salad with a chicken breast and was very happy with the choice. She hates greasy food and this was not at all! When she's happy we are all happy. The boys food wasn't as noteworty, one had the pork chop which looked great but was a tad overcooked (his fault, he ordered it medium, he should have just left it to the chef's discretion), one had the veal cutlet which was a bit tough but good, and the portion was large enough to take half home. The star of the night, however, was the band. There were two guys, one with a cowboy hat, white snap button shirt, jeans and guitar, the other, a white haired gentleman with a sports coat, slacks and dress shirt and violin. I was intrigued. They finished setting up about the time our drinks arrived then started playing...to say they were fantastic is an understatement. They were accomplished musicians and the crowd at the place appreciated every note. Their name is Flamenco Symphony and they were well worth the listen. Check out their website, flemencosymphony.com. They weren't loud, just fabulous! I would drive to Bee Caves again just to hear them play. All in all we had a wonderful evening at Buenos Aires Cafe and I would recommend it without reservation.

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