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Girls' Weekend dinner & brunch recos, pls

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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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    1. re: SlickTheCat

      Looks like someplace we'd enjoy! Thanks.

      1. re: boston1215

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

    2. 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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      1. re: rudeboy

        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.

      2. 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!

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

          1. Ended up at Odd Duck and LOVED it. Thanks for the reco. Shared a bunch of yummy things. The pretzel and lamb ribs (special that day) were so memorable, as was the peach/goat cheese/coffee cake dessert. Very inventive and tasty cocktails althought the peach old fashioned had no peach taste whatsoever, despite the slice floating in it. Loved the farmhouse shabby chic decor, too. Some of the serving pieces took us back to childhood.

            For our other meals, opted for the hotel restaurant (meh) and The Grove--pretty solid avocado BLT.