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dinner in north austin...

sammy Feb 23, 2006 01:13 AM

What are some quiet, conversation-friendly, date-friendly places for dinner in north austin? I'm thinking of Ventana, Trulucks, NXNW, Melting Pot.

Anything else? Not very particular about the type of food...would just like it to be "non-chaotic".


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    Rene RE: sammy Feb 23, 2006 08:55 AM

    I know that a lot of people think of Reale's for pizza, but it can be quite charming in the evening. The italian food is all around quite good. Their house salad dressing is super. The ambiance is not new and shiney, but I get that "neighborhood italian" feeling. They have a crooner doing Dean Martin on Wednesday nights. I've also heard a lot of buzz about Mood and Food near Riverplace.

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      rudeboy RE: Rene Feb 26, 2006 09:44 AM

      You know, we stoppped into Reale's last Monday on a whim after working late. I got that "neighborhood italian" feel as well. I ordered a large pepperoni b/c large pizzas are $3 off on Mondays. It was OK, but the eggplant parmesean that my girl ordered was very good.

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        Rene RE: rudeboy Mar 4, 2007 07:08 PM

        I agree that Reale's is a charming dinner spot. The Pasta Genovese is absolutely fantastic and I second the best red wine viniagrette ever. The pizza and meatballs are quite tasty, as well.

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      Greg Spence RE: sammy Feb 24, 2006 11:17 AM

      I really like Mirabelle on Mesa near Spicewood Springs. They've got reliably good food and a great wine list that's reasonably priced.

      Link: http://www.mirabellerestaurant.com

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        Kent Wang RE: Greg Spence Feb 24, 2006 09:35 PM

        I second Mirabelle. Lunch is an excellent value, though dinner is hardly a ripoff.

        Also try Mikado and Musashino for sushi.

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          tom in austin RE: Kent Wang Mar 2, 2007 09:51 AM

          Mikado is massively underrated. It isn't Uchi or Musashino quality, but it is pretty good!

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            jwynne2000 RE: tom in austin Mar 4, 2007 06:15 PM

            I second that wholeheartedly. I may have to get some Mikado tomorrow!

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              Rene RE: jwynne2000 Mar 4, 2007 07:10 PM

              Mikado is serene and lovely. I think that their sushi is great (but I'm a novice) and the service is gracious. The lunch Bento Box is always nice.

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        christmascarol RE: sammy Mar 2, 2007 09:17 AM

        Things to try at Mood and Food:

        Polenta Fries
        Stuffed Bell Peppers
        Spaghetti Bolognese

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