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Recommendations for Bachelor party weekend

jstarr Jan 27, 2014 03:35 PM

I mention this is a bachelor party only so the recommendations are large group friendly.

The bachelor (and group) are a bunch of foodies, so I'm looking for recommendation on some good restaurants. They can be places that you know have nice large rooms, or somewhere where we can get a few tables next to each other.

Initial places I stumbled on: Barley Swine, La Condesa, Foreign and Domestic.

We're looking to do 3 dinners out. I'm thinking Stubbs BBQ as one of them.

Let me know any suggestions for great restaurants.


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    Rptrane RE: jstarr Jan 27, 2014 07:25 PM

    Foreign and Domestic is small, not big enough for a large party. Barley Swine is super small as well. It's not downtown and a lot of folks may disagree but I think Salt Lick in Dripping Springs would be a cool location for a bachelor party dinner. It's BYOB though and a little rustic. Space wouldn't be a problem though. If you are planning on going to an adult establishment Stiles Switch BBQ is right next to the Yellow Rose. You could walk next door.

    1. girloftheworld RE: jstarr Jan 28, 2014 07:47 PM

      Uchiko has a private room
      Bobs Steak house( chain but not bad)
      Swifts Attic is small but has a side area by the bar where they push some tables together
      Easy Tiger?
      I recomend drinks and pizza at Violet Crown (cheap and crazy fun)

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        Rptrane RE: girloftheworld Jan 29, 2014 04:15 AM

        Recommend VIA 313.. Bangers seems like it might be fun place to hang. You guys could graze on Rainey Street the whole night.. I'm not crazy about the food there though, full disclosure, but they have a massive amount of beer.

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          jstarr RE: girloftheworld Jan 29, 2014 06:06 PM

          Is there a must "go-to" spot for foodies in Austin?

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            girloftheworld RE: jstarr Jan 29, 2014 08:19 PM

            the ritual of Franklins
            Drinks at Violet Crown
            Brunch at Fonda San Miguel

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              Rene RE: jstarr Jan 29, 2014 08:40 PM

              I Suggested Uchi to a friend with out of town foodie type guests last week and they could not have been more pleased.

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                girloftheworld RE: Rene Jan 30, 2014 03:27 PM

                I prefer Uchiko-- to Uchi( especially if you have a large number)---- it just is a bit more magical....

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                  jstarr RE: girloftheworld Jan 31, 2014 05:32 AM

                  Appreciate the suggestions.

                  Here's my thought, we have awesome Japanese in NYC, since we're only in Austin for the weekend, also looking for must go to Restaurants that represent Austin a little better.

                  Eddie V's or Roaring Fork any good?

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                    SlickTheCat RE: jstarr Jan 31, 2014 07:43 AM

                    Eddie Vs has a good vibe for a party group, but the food isn't what it was before they were bought by a large corporation.

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                      girloftheworld RE: SlickTheCat Jan 31, 2014 04:15 PM

                      if you want steak i would do
                      Texas Land and Cattle

                      even Fogos... before I would do Eddie Vs

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                        Rptrane RE: girloftheworld Jan 31, 2014 05:35 PM

                        I found Fogo to be lousy by Brazillian steakhouse standards. I didn't like Texas Land and Cattle much but I can recommend Austin Land and Cattle. Best burger in town served only in the bar though. Steaks are also good and you actually get a side dish.

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                          girloftheworld RE: Rptrane Feb 1, 2014 08:20 AM

                          but they are both better than Eddie Vs...
                          I think Bobs is Better than Eddie-

                          Eddies always seems like the Schwan man stops by and dumps off the food ---same with Flemings

                          I do agree ALC is better than TLC

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                            TroyTempest RE: Rptrane Feb 17, 2014 05:34 PM

                            +1 on ALC vs TLC

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                            amysuehere RE: girloftheworld Feb 18, 2014 08:32 AM

                            NOT Texas L&C - Austin Land and Cattle

                            Texas is a chain and has really gone downhill on top of that.

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                          WesTexas RE: jstarr Feb 2, 2014 08:40 AM

                          I think uchiko does represent austin very well (they also have a killer private room) - it is not just sushi - lookup a menu.

                          Someone above mentioned going to the salt lick & I agree. Would be perfect for a group of out of town guys.

                          I think La condesa for an austiny take on mexican would work very well.

                          Don't eat eat stubbs.

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                      SlickTheCat RE: jstarr Jan 30, 2014 07:36 AM

                      Have morning coffee at either Houndstooth location, hit Easy Tiger for some great morning pastry or afternoon ping pong.

                      Uchi, Uchiko, Barley Swine, Odd Duck, Ramen Tatsu Ya

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                    ieathereforeiam RE: jstarr Jan 28, 2014 11:43 PM

                    don't eat at stubbs. great for a show, but you don't have to eat there. stiles switch or freeman's if you want bbq dinner. and what Rptrane said.

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                      amysuehere RE: ieathereforeiam Feb 18, 2014 08:34 AM

                      BBQ dinner would be Live Oak BBQ as well. Heck, they don't even serve the daily special until 3.

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                      jstarr RE: jstarr Feb 7, 2014 12:36 PM

                      OK- So on to recommendations for a BBQ dinner.

                      I'm looking at Stiles Switch, and some of the other top places.

                      Any in particular that you strongly recommend? I think Salt Lick is out since no one wants to take a 30 minute drive anywhere.

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                        rudeboy RE: jstarr Feb 7, 2014 06:09 PM

                        I think that Stiles is a good option because there's plenty of room. Here's a suggestion - call ahead and place an order for a certain time. They aren't currently busy enough to take in a large group. Burnt ends, beef ribs, turkey, and sausage are the way to go.

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                          Rptrane RE: rudeboy Feb 17, 2014 07:01 PM

                          Ask for moist. Always ask for moist brisket.

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                            TroyTempest RE: rudeboy Feb 18, 2014 07:42 AM

                            Stiles has a good selection of local beers on tap, too

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                          seanbuck415 RE: jstarr Apr 10, 2014 01:41 PM

                          I'd skip Stubb's in favor of Lambert's, unless there is a good show at Stubb's that night. You should also check out Salt Lick. I know these guys offer transportation and some sort of package to Salt Lick, because it is a haul to get out there.
                          Stubb's brisket didn't really do it for me when I visited. Good luck!

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