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Girls' Weekend dinner & brunch recos, pls

boston1215 Jul 13, 2014 07:42 PM

Heading to Austin next month for a girls' weekend with my sister. Hoping my Chowhounds can help me out with dinner and brunch recos. We have two nights--Fri. and Sat.--for dinner, and will do brunch on Sun. before heading out of town. Our info & preferences:

- We're in our mid-30s/mid-40s
- Open to anything except sushi and BBQ isn't a must, but a good Mexican meal is
- Nothing touristy/chain-y
- No spending limit per se, but nothing too outrageous
- Would like one dinner in Barton Springs area as that's where we're staying

It's been three or so years since I've been to Austin and last time we were there we ate at Moonshine--enjoyed it. I've also heard good things about Qui. Yay or nay?

Thanks in advance!

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    SlickTheCat RE: boston1215 Jul 15, 2014 08:15 PM

    Odd Duck

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      boston1215 RE: SlickTheCat Jul 16, 2014 07:35 AM

      Looks like someplace we'd enjoy! Thanks.

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        SlickTheCat RE: boston1215 Jul 16, 2014 08:21 AM

        Brunch at LaV is great. For more casual Elizabeth Street Cafe is great.

    2. rudeboy RE: boston1215 Jul 15, 2014 08:49 PM

      Will you have a car? You need one if you are staying in that area. Is drinking wine and having a good time part of it, or do you want low-key nice dinners? Qui has received varying reviews, but I have not been.

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        boston1215 RE: rudeboy Jul 15, 2014 09:06 PM

        Yes, we'll have a car. And yes yes yes definitely wine! I wouldn't say we're looking for the party scene or anything--we're two moms and those days are long gone (and I don't miss 'em!), but we definitely like our wine.

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        storefronteats RE: boston1215 Jul 16, 2014 09:44 AM

        Convenient to Barton Springs (but across the Mopac) is Fabi & Rosi, a nice neighborhoody place with good food in a renovated house. Alternatively, Elizabeth Street Cafe, which I especially like for lunches. Also on S. 1st is Lenoir, tiny and excellent, for dinner. I know my sisters would dig it!

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          kedda RE: boston1215 Jul 18, 2014 08:47 AM

          El Chile on Manor. Get the chilango margarita. Food is excellent as well!

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