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Aug 10, 2004 09:00 AM

Austin Business Trip downtown, no car

  • j

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

    1. 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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      1. re: rudeboy

        and more importantly, what is your per diem?

        1. re: rudeboy

          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.

          1. re: jj

            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.

      2. 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.

        1. 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