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Dec 15, 2003 03:35 PM

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Hi Austin Chowhounds,
I am hoping to interest my husband in Austin (we're coming to visit in the next few weeks). We'll be there for lunch and dinner. For lunch I'd like a restaurant located in a central-Austin neighborhood (like Hyde Park or Tarrytown) that has a good authentic Austin feel. For dinner, we'd like to go somewhere nice but not too formal as we won't be dressed for dinner. I'd like to show him a different area for dinner--maybe near the capitol or UT?
I don't know Austin well at all, so if you make a recommendation, can you give me an idea what area it's in?
Any help appreciated.
Thanks so much,

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  1. Hey! There are so many great places in Austin! For dinner, I would definitely recommend Jeffrey's. It's on West Lynn (I THINK...) in a great neighborhood called Clarksville just west of downtown. It's pricey, but well worth it. Atmosphere is fairly casual and laid back- I've eaten there in jeans before. Staff is fantastic. Jeffrey's is definitely in the phone book.

    Lunch is a good question. I like the Hyde Park Bar and Grille in the heart of, you guessed it, Hyde Park. It's on Duval somewhere between 45th and 35th. They have great fries. I also really like the 34th Street Cafe, which would be great for lunch or dinner. It is at 34th and Lamar. Lunch has delightful salads and blue plate specials, dinner has more of a menu.

    I hope this helps! Have a great visit!


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    1. re: Jenny

      Yes, Jeffrey's did have an outpost here in DC, at the famed Watergate hotel. I went there twice with some temporarily-relocated Texans. We liked it, and we did have the imtemperance! The Watergate is WAY stuffy, and that probably turned me off a little (if I'm eating sans expense account, I like the meal to be FUN). Your Jeffrey's sounds like it might be the ticket.
      Any other suggestions? Keep em coming. And THANK YOU Austin Chowhounds!

    2. Sandy: This is Austin. If you have on cutoffs and a tee shirt you are "dressed for dinner." I agree that Jeffrey's is great. Also, make it over to South Congress and give Vespaio a try--excellent Italian food.

      1. Since Jeffrey's was mentioned, let me take this opportunity to do a mini-review of it since I went there just last Thursday for the first time. (BTW, Jeffrey's, until recently, had a location in DC at The Watergate(I think).
        Four of us started with the very popular Crispy Oysters on Yucca Root Chips with Habanero Honey Aioli(great-not too hot, though). Following those, we had Seared Foie Gras with Brioche, Poached Peaches & Almond Black Pepper Glaze. Possibly the best fois gras I've ever had. Then the brie with ginger bisquits-very nice.
        For entrees, two of us split the Beef Tenderloin with Pecorino Rosemary Potatoes & Wild Mushroom Brandy Sauce (a 2.50 chg, but they split it in the kitchen, with full sides), which was plenty for both of us (around 9-10 oz), and I sampled the King Salmon with Eggplant Ravioli, Vidalia Onions & Pinenut Pesto, and it was yummy. Service was excellent, and it has a casual atmosphere, but a suit wouldn't be out of place.
        Oh yeah, we also split the Ginger Creme Burlee and the
        Chocolate Intemperance with Gold Dusted Berries-GAWD!!
        We started with a nice Red Zin(name escapes me), moved on to a Pinot Noir, than the Liberty School Cab with entrees.


        1. For real Austin feel check out Maria's taco express for a migas taco with chorizo. The other tacos are very good as well. It is basically an outsidfe place but if you go during the day the weather is usually good enough. Maria's is on S Congress.

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          1. re: John Scar

            Is Maria's on South Congress or South First? This is one of my all time favorite Austin places. It has a giant sculpture of the owner on top of the building- you can't miss it. Great breakfast/lunch place.

            1. re: Jenny

              Maybe its lamar? Its very close to Matt's El Rancho.
              Additionally I would like to throw my vote in for Curra's as well.
              Also, what about Joe's Bakery on east 6th or 7th? Thats Austiney.

              1. re: John Scar
                CHOW CHOW MAN

                Sounds to me like you're referring to Taco Xpress. Check the link, which includes a photo of the place.


            2. re: John Scar

              Maria's is on South Lamar, not Congress.

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              Tha Groovin' Gourmet

              Jeffrey's does indeed look awesome, but since you are already familiar with them, I would recommend you have dinner at Fonda San Miguel...a restaurant unlike any other in the country. Gorgeous room, with world class latin american art and interior Mex to die for. If you like it a bit hot ask for the chipotle salsa to go along with the roja and's one of the best salsas anywhere.