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Topic 5 of 64: The best restaurants

Thu, Nov 14, 1996 (21:33) | Paul Terry Walhus (terry)
Food is a big part of the Austin scene. There are great restaurants
here, and lot's of 'em. I have a friend in the used restaurant equipment
business and it took him from rags to riches, folks in Austin just plain
like to go out and to eat out. What is your favorite Austin restaurant
in a given category (eg. best natural foods, best Mexican, most Romantic,
etc. etc.)?
33 responses total.

 Topic 5 of 64 [austin]: The best restaurants
 Response 1 of 33: Paul Terry Walhus (terry) * Thu, Nov 14, 1996 (21:39) * 13 lines 
 
Best veggie burgers are at Chili's believe it or not,
though I haven't tried Hut's and they got the Chronicle
award for the best. Dog and Duck has a great veggie
burger with curly fries to match.

Trudy's has the best migas.

Graces on N Lamar has the best breakfast.

The Brick Oven has the best pizza.

Check out this weeks Chronicle for all the "best"
restaurants in all categories.


 Topic 5 of 64 [austin]: The best restaurants
 Response 2 of 33: aubrey  (aubrey) * Tue, Apr  8, 1997 (14:07) * 2 lines 
 
Chicken Mole at Seis Salsas rules! Hillbert's burgers cannot be beat! Amy's Ice Cream is the finest! Martin Bros veggie plate with black beans, glazed carrots, and brown rice was my Friday treat for 3 years! Conan's Pizza will put hair on your chest (and I mean that in a good way)! Magnolia Cafe rocks (especially back when you got half off if you wore your jammies on Sunday AM)! Can you tell that my all-too-infrequent visits to Austin are ruled by an itinerary dominated by eating establishments? Ther
just aren't enough meals in a weekend!


 Topic 5 of 64 [austin]: The best restaurants
 Response 3 of 33: Paul Terry Walhus (terry) * Tue, Apr  8, 1997 (22:48) * 5 lines 
 
I'd have to agree that those would be among my top choices,
espcially the Magnolia Cafe on Lake Austin Blvd, though there's
one on South Congress now also. And Martin Bros. is great,
neck and neck with Mothers for no. 1 veggie restaurant in
Austin.


 Topic 5 of 64 [austin]: The best restaurants
 Response 4 of 33: aubrey  (aubrey) * Wed, Apr  9, 1997 (12:39) * 3 lines 
 
Though the Lake Austin Magnolia was closer to where I lived, I preferred the So Congress one for its outdoor dining. There are so many more places--wish I had a decent memory...Chez Zee/Chez Fred up off MoPac was pretty good. We used to have a fabulous Sunday brunch at this Indian restaurant on Bee Caves Road and of course being a dame my mind locates things by landmarks, not street names, so I can only say it was across Bee Caves from the big shopping center that included what used to be called Tom Thu
b but is now Randalls? and a Blockbuster and an Amy's and what else...it's on a street that will take you to BC Mall...maybe I should get a map and get some street names, eh? Or better still, use the Internet and look up Indian restaurants and see if it's even open still (see, I don't even know the name of the place). I only mention it because the food was so good. Have you ever eaten at that weird Mexican place on the drag just north of 26th (or is it 29th?) across from that dry cleaner's? Not the ta
o hut next to the gas station, the place north of ToyJoy. In all 8+ years, I never set foot in there but often wondered....


 Topic 5 of 64 [austin]: The best restaurants
 Response 5 of 33: Paul Terry Walhus (terry) * Wed, Apr  9, 1997 (21:09) * 20 lines 
 
I like the Magnolia on S Congress, but bubbaland doesn't seem to
be my stomping grounds anymore. Don't get me wrong. I love South
Austin, it just seems like my world has shifted to North Austin.
And I live way East.

Last time I went to Chez Zee was with Andrew Busey and he told
me about a little company he was starting up called iChat, which
has turned out to to be wildly successful. Nice place.

I dont' know about the Bee Caves Place. Oh, Chez Fred shut down.
We used to go there as recently as a couple of months ago before i
it closed and listened to Maddy Kay. Well, at least Maddy Kay's
still around. Too bad about Chez Fred, cool, jazzy little hotspot.
It just wasn't getting any traffic. Don't know why.

Haven't been to that wierd Mex place on the drag. I forget what it's
called, Amy's has an ice cream place right near there now. Also,
there's a real good Tex Mex place right near there called Trudy's
Texas Star. And, of course, the above mentioned Martin Bros. is
right around the corner.


 Topic 5 of 64 [austin]: The best restaurants
 Response 6 of 33: aubrey  (aubrey) * Thu, Apr 10, 1997 (13:22) * 2 lines 
 
I think I tried to go to the weird Mexican plase once, but they were serving saltines with their picante sauce and it was all a little too spooky for me. So Big Yellow is too slow for me, but I did find a map and the Indian place used to be in the strip on the Southwest corner of Walsh Tarleton and Bee Caves Rd; my sister insists it was called Bombay something but I maintain it was Indian Palace or Taj Palace (or is that the place on the drag?). Anyway, if you live east, why would you go there! But if
ou live east, then there's always East Side Cafe, right? Deee-lish! I'm desk-lunching on my usual pathetic ham-n-cheese sandwich--I think I have to go to another topic as this is just making me hungry for REAL AUSTIN FOOD! One quick query: I never et bar B Q in Austin, tho there are great places here in Big D I frequent. What's there other than Salt Lick? If you're a vegetarian, can you throw this query to a compadre?


 Topic 5 of 64 [austin]: The best restaurants
 Response 7 of 33: Paul Terry Walhus (terry) * Thu, Apr 10, 1997 (21:19) * 19 lines 
 
REAL AUSTIN FOOD!

Now I'm curious about the weird Mexican place. You know, I've always
gone by there and thought I'd go there and then thought, nah, I'll go
somewhere else. And then end up at Trudy's. Saltines does sound
spooky for a Mexican place. El Azteca is my fave' (ever heard of it?)

Taj Palace is down on the drag. There's an ultra hip, cybertype place
real near there that's the current hot spot. They do pocket type fajita
wraps. You get a wrap in aluminum foil. Delicious. Bob Nagy turned me
on to this place.

I'm leaning toward a veggie but I can say that the Iron Gate or something
down town is good, and the County Line is the most renowned and lavish of
the barbecue places. There's Pokey Jo's over at the Arboretum. I haven't
been to Salt Lick so I can't compare these places to it. Not into the ribs,
though, just bbq chicken.

Makin' me hungry!


 Topic 5 of 64 [austin]: The best restaurants
 Response 8 of 33: aubrey  (aubrey) * Fri, Apr 11, 1997 (15:20) * 1 lines 
 
I can tell I'm just going to have to EAT MORE FOOD on my next visit. Man, I'd better start planning one now or it'll be summer and HOT! before I get there!


 Topic 5 of 64 [austin]: The best restaurants
 Response 9 of 33: Paul Terry Walhus (terry) * Fri, Apr 11, 1997 (20:49) * 1 lines 
 
Yeah, you said it, it's *chilly* right now.


 Topic 5 of 64 [austin]: The best restaurants
 Response 10 of 33: mmm-mmm  (aubrey) * Wed, Apr 16, 1997 (11:36) * 2 lines 
 
I visited the ?food conference, topic what did you eat today, and now I'm so hungry for anything other than the pathetic ham-n-cheese sandwich, the same lunch I've had for about the past 3 years...anyhoooo, just popped in to tout SATAY (which terry mentioned in the other topic)! Yeah! My intro to Thai food was there and I've been a fan ever since. Unfortunately, as I've said, on my flying visits, there's so much food, so little time, and since I have a great Thai place right around the corner from me a
home, Satay usually ends up on my regret list. There was another, more "authentic" Thai place down south I only went to once, with the Thai undergraduate student (Songkram Srivithanakul! Brilliant biomedical engineer) who worked in our lab. It was good too!


 Topic 5 of 64 [austin]: The best restaurants
 Response 11 of 33: Paul Terry Walhus (terry) * Wed, Apr 16, 1997 (21:19) * 2 lines 
 
How can an Indonesian restaurant (like Satay) not server tempeh? You have to go
to Martin Bros. to get good tempeh.


 Topic 5 of 64 [austin]: The best restaurants
 Response 12 of 33: aubrey  (aubrey) * Thu, Apr 17, 1997 (13:36) * 1 lines 
 
I didn't know they didn't! That's just wrong!


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 Response 13 of 33: gena  (zx6rider) * Sun, Mar  1, 1998 (09:47) * 1 lines 
 
Are Chuy's and Basils still there? What about Las Manitas (excuse my spelling)? MMMM-mmmmm good... at least backin '88 when I ate there last. There is no good mexican food in New England.


 Topic 5 of 64 [austin]: The best restaurants
 Response 14 of 33: gena  (zx6rider) * Sun, Mar  1, 1998 (09:47) * 1 lines 
 
Not meaning to infer that Basils was mexican... great northern italian if memory serves.


 Topic 5 of 64 [austin]: The best restaurants
 Response 15 of 33: Paul Terry Walhus (terry) * Sun, Mar  1, 1998 (09:57) * 5 lines 
 
Chuy's is thriving at the old location on Barton Springs and a big new
mega place on 183 north on what I all "restaurant row". It's right next
to Joe's Crab Shack.

I'll have to check out the other two.


 Topic 5 of 64 [austin]: The best restaurants
 Response 16 of 33: gena  (zx6rider) * Sun, Mar  1, 1998 (22:13) * 1 lines 
 
Basils is (or was) a kind of dressy place. Las Manitas I think was on 1st just south of downtown... but i'm severly directionally impaired, so don't take that as gospel.


 Topic 5 of 64 [austin]: The best restaurants
 Response 17 of 33: wer  (KitchenManager) * Sun, Mar  1, 1998 (23:19) * 5 lines 
 
Terry, ya oughta link this topic to the
restaurant conference...Gena, feel free
to drop in there, also...
(btw, Terry, what ever happened to me
being a host in there?)


 Topic 5 of 64 [austin]: The best restaurants
 Response 18 of 33: Paul Terry Walhus (terry) * Mon, Mar  2, 1998 (00:16) * 5 lines 
 
You are the host. I'll check and make sure. And the link will now happen.

Kazzzzammm!

(this topic is linked)


 Topic 5 of 64 [austin]: The best restaurants
 Response 19 of 33: Paul Terry Walhus (terry) * Mon, Mar  2, 1998 (00:21) * 2 lines 
 
Mar 2 00:17:37 1998 terry linked item 68 from austin 5



 Topic 5 of 64 [austin]: The best restaurants
 Response 20 of 33: wer  (KitchenManager) * Mon, Mar  2, 1998 (23:22) * 2 lines 
 
Got it!
WOO-HOO!!!


 Topic 5 of 64 [austin]: The best restaurants
 Response 21 of 33: Paul Terry Walhus (terry) * Mon, Mar  2, 1998 (23:23) * 2 lines 
 
You are now hostly.



 Topic 5 of 64 [austin]: The best restaurants
 Response 22 of 33: wer  (KitchenManager) * Mon, Mar  2, 1998 (23:32) * 3 lines 
 
doubly-so...
(now the fun begins...have you surfed in
via the web to the food conf lately, Terry?)


 Topic 5 of 64 [austin]: The best restaurants
 Response 23 of 33: Paul Terry Walhus (terry) * Tue, Mar  3, 1998 (00:01) * 3 lines 
 
No, I pretty much stay trapped in this two dimension, nongraphical
terminal mode. But I'll go there and see via the web.



 Topic 5 of 64 [austin]: The best restaurants
 Response 24 of 33: wer  (KitchenManager) * Tue, Mar  3, 1998 (00:17) * 2 lines 
 
Tell me what ya thinks...
(and I doubt you should call it trapped...)


 Topic 5 of 64 [austin]: The best restaurants
 Response 25 of 33:  (sprin5) * Tue, Jun 13, 2000 (20:10) * 5 lines 
 
I just ate at Curra's yesterday, my tamales weren't that great, but Dot's
bean burrito was excellent, the margaritas are tops (frozen not iced). El
Azteca has the best veggie menu in town and you get a choice of sherbet or a
cookie for desert. I haven't seen Ankie's, I'll look. Never been to
Rosies. Guerros' is about my favorite place these days.


 Topic 5 of 64 [austin]: The best restaurants
 Response 26 of 33: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Tue, Jun 13, 2000 (21:25) * 1 lines 
 
Is your Spanish improving by leaps and bounds as well? Sounds wonderful!


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 Response 27 of 33: austin spring (sprin5) * Wed, Jun 14, 2000 (07:58) * 1 lines 
 
Not really, I need to get in to Piaf's Spanish class.


 Topic 5 of 64 [austin]: The best restaurants
 Response 28 of 33: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Wed, Jun 14, 2000 (15:39) * 1 lines 
 
My Spanish is Castillan and sounds much different from what you hear in Texas, I think...actually eaiser to take dictation in Castillian because you can tell the C's from the S's


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 Response 29 of 33: Paul Terry Walhus (terry) * Sat, Jan  5, 2002 (21:17) * 32 lines 
 
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 Topic 5 of 64 [austin]: The best restaurants
 Response 30 of 33: Paul Terry Walhus (terry) * Sun, Jan  6, 2002 (09:43) * 1 lines 
 
It's a great Sixth Street, authentic Irish pub. They have great draft beer and they really care to let the lady "lift her skirt" as they say when they peour your Guiness. The fish was nearly as good as the astronomically good fish 'n chips I recently had on the Vancouver trip. They used Cod, just like the fish and chips place in Vancouver. Given that they many not have had fresh fish as they did in BC, the dish was primo, excellent!


 Topic 5 of 64 [austin]: The best restaurants
 Response 31 of 33: Paul Terry Walhus (terry) * Mon, Jan  7, 2002 (14:22) * 1 lines 
 
See my comments in topic 23, the beer place topic.


 Topic 5 of 64 [austin]: The best restaurants
 Response 32 of 33: visitor  (visitor) * Thu, Jan 24, 2002 (13:15) * 1 lines 
 
Will do.


 Topic 5 of 64 [austin]: The best restaurants
 Response 33 of 33: Wolf  (wolf) * Sat, Jan 26, 2002 (15:41) * 1 lines 
 
i absolutely love norm's. never heard of them before but we should have our own table as often as we eat there. it's like a denney's but better.

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