seeking suggestions and welcoming opinions!!!
Hey guys- Been about 9 months since my last trip and am coming in April for 4 full days of fun. We went to Uchi, Uchiko, La Condesa, F&D, Olivia, Wink, Lenoir, Elizabeth street cafe,and Olive and June last time. Enjoyed every meal with obvious favorites. Uchiko, F&D, Olive and June, Lenoir where my favorites and Im looking for any suggestions and opinion for me next trip. Oh and we will be staying at the Kimber Modern if anyone has any info about that B&B. Thanks in advance.
Dinner- Justines Brasserie
Lunch-ESK(whole in wall)
Dinner-Lenoir or Contigo or Sway (loved Lenoir)
Dinner-QUIs (if it opens and we can get in) or Winflo Osteria
*on the fence (easy tiger, takoba, ramen tatsu-ya, clarks oyster bar
I'd skip lunch at Bangers and go to Easy Tiger and get the New York board. The pastrami is amazing. I just wasn't that impressed with Bangers. I was similarly underwhelmed with East Side King at Hole in the Wall (I think the ESK at Liberty Bar is considerably better; the ramen at HITW pales in comparison to Ramen Tatsu-ya, which unfortunately is not open for lunch). I would support BBQ or Tex Mex for that slot. Overall, your list is solid. I really liked Sway a lot, so I don't think you can go wrong there. I've only been to Congress once. I thought it was quite formal/stuffy compared to other Austin restaurants at similar price points and compared to the other types of restaurants you're looking at. Agree that Barley Swine is an excellent addition, too.
i haven't been since they changed their menu but what I had was very good. It definitely is pricey though maybe not as stuffy as you think. I don't think they have a strictly enforced dress code (I've eaten there in a collared T-shirt and nice jeans without getting dirty looks). I'd go here or to the carillon (incredible value with the 3 course for $50) instead of Justines.
The itinerary is first rate, here are some additions:
Lunch munch on Any sandwich at Melvin's trailer - especially the corned beef, pastrami, and croque monseur are delectable.
Nice drive to lakeway for posole rojo and some of the best red salsa on the planet at Los Pinos.
Snack on a barbacoa taco and grilled quail / enchilada plate at El Taco Rico.
Pastor plate with house made corn tortillas drizzled with avocado salsa at La Fruta Feliz
Didn't see Franklin, yep, long wait but worth it at least once for the fatty brisket - and maybe a burnt end if available.
You've got it pretty well covered!
The mushroom pappardelle at Epicerie is excellent, as are the beignets. Just a great little place all around.
Sway is a can't-miss. I didn't see Barley Swine on any of the past or current list. Something you may want to consider for Thursday dinner if Qui isn't open.