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jj Aug 10, 2004 09:00 AM

I'm heading to Austin for a weeklong meeting. I'm staying at the Hilton near the convention center, and will not have a car. I love all types of food, breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Any ideas are appreciated.

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    Frank M Aug 10, 2004 04:22 PM

    These are all near your hotel:
    Threadgill's-Texas Home Cooking with live music
    Zax Pints & Plates
    Las MinitasTex-Mex
    Guero's(Tex-Mex)
    Vespaio-upscale,casual Italian
    Gingerman-beer,beer,beer-80+ taps

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      rudeboy Aug 10, 2004 05:21 PM

      You are staying pretty near Eddie V's and the Shoreline Grill, too.

      Scan down this list and you'll find previous inquiries similar to yours. There's lots of places - what do you like?

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        rudeboy Aug 10, 2004 05:22 PM

        and more importantly, what is your per diem?

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          jj Aug 11, 2004 08:10 AM

          We don't have a per diem, I just try to make it all round out by the end of the week. As far as what we like, everything, but mainly things we can't get in CT, good barbecue & mexican.

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            rudeboy Aug 11, 2004 09:48 AM

            The standard is Las Manitas (2nd and Congress) for lunch. Manuels is across the street and a bit pricier. The Iron Works BBQ is adjacent to the convention center (the lines are very long at lunch). If you want to take a short cab ride, there are other mex and BBQ options. Z-Tejas, Mueller's BBQ, and Castle Hill aren't that far away by cab, and if you share, you can split the cost with someone.

            You might consider renting a bike, seeing the bats, going to Barton Springs, etc. in the evening. From the convention center area you can ride hike & bike trails for miles. And get to other restaurants.

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        maylingkuo Aug 11, 2004 01:51 PM

        try Chez Nous on Neches between 5th and 6th streets. their fixed price menu at $22.50 is a great buy, including a salad/soup/pate, choice from 3 entrees and a dessert. it's a casual french bistro; great food in a relaxing atmosphere.

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          mk Aug 12, 2004 06:09 PM

          boy, lot's of choices just a few off the top of my head.

          - have a mexican martini on the deck at Cedar Door
          - Finn & Porter in the hotel is new and supposed to be good
          - Moonshine is across the street w/an interesting menu and wine list
          - within walking you have McCormick & Schmick,Flemings, Eddie V's all seafood and steak
          - donna emilia's for latin
          - iron works for BBQ
          - very upscale at the Four Seasons

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