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Feb 23, 2006 01:13 AM

dinner in north austin...

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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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  1. 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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    1. re: Rene

      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.

      1. re: rudeboy

        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.

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


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      1. re: Greg Spence

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

        Also try Mikado and Musashino for sushi.

        1. re: Kent Wang

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

          1. re: tom in austin

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

            1. re: jwynne2000

              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.

      2. Things to try at Mood and Food:

        Polenta Fries
        Stuffed Bell Peppers
        Spaghetti Bolognese