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My FABulous Austin Restaurants

ASIAN:


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UCHI

This Top Chef Winner is worth the hard-to-get reservation and longish wait (hang out in the Rock Garden with a microbrew sake). Great rice and fish flown in from Tsujuki. Outside-the-box Japanese cuisine and sushi. Website

Uchiko
Chinatown
Imperia
Kenichi
Mikado Ryotei
Musashino
Qui
Satay
Suzi’s China Grill
Sway
Thai Passion



FAB FRENCH:

JustineAustin.jpg JUSTINE'S BRASSERIE
East side bistro is notable for seafood, shellfish and escargot. Good ambience, wine selection  and mix of clientele. Website

Baguette et Chocolat
Chez Nous
Lenoi
Peche


ITALIAN:


VespaioAustin.jpg VESPAIO RISTORANTE
Congress St. eatery with excellent service and popular brunch. Try the Arugula pizza and lasagna. Sister restaurant Enoteca Vespaio next door doubles your options. Website

Home Slice
Botticelli’s
North Italian Farmhouse
The Grove
La Traviata
Trattoria Lisina

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BEST PIZZA:
Home Slice

MEXICAN:


El Alma AustinEL ALMA
FONDA SAN MIGUEL (tie)

Alma is Chel Alma Alocer-Thomas, who serves Mexico City (her home town) favorites such as duck mole enchiladas. Nice rooftop deck, too. Website

fonda-sanmiguel-austin-logo.jpgMex-Mex, not Tex-Mex - Fonda San Miguel is famed for its chile relleno and Chili Con Queso.

Garrido’s
La Condesa
Corazon at Castle Hill
El Chile Café y Cantina
Manuel’s
VIVO
Z Tejas
Chuy's Mexican
Maudie’s
Verde’s

LATE NIGHT:


KerbeyLaneAustin.jpgKERBEY LANE CAFE
Their specialties are Tex-Mex, Brunch and vegan pancakes. As good at 2 p.m. as at 2 a.m. Website.

24 Diner
Cover 3
Hopdoddy
Magnolia Café

Austin Patio

BEST PATIOS:


The Paggi House

Iron Cactus
Rooftop on 6th


SOUTHWESTERN:

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RANCH 616
HUDSON'S ON THE BEND (tie)

Call it "South Texas Gourmet" - Ranch 616 has the obligatory cowboy and Mexican folk art motif, merged with the vibe of a 1950s diner. Try the crispy oysters and Gulf Fish tacos.

HudsonAustin.jpgThe romantic ambience and engaging staff make Hudson's on the Bend in Lakeway a must-try. Specialties: exotic game and "rattlesnake cakes." Pricey and worth it.

Z Tejas
Iron Cactus


BBQ:


Franklin-BarbecueAUSTIN.jpgFRANKLIN BBQ - Take Out
Two words: Beef Brisket. This (and the aroma wafting down the block) is what gets you in the door, and has you wait in the long line. Ribs also OK, and try the bourbon banana pudding. Website

LambertAustin.jpg LAMBERT'S - Dine In
Warm, fragrant Texas-roomy dining room. Recommended - The Rib Eye Ranchero, Crispy Boar Ribs, and Herbes Omelette. Spicy in-house sauces on everything, including the water glass. Website

The Salt Lick
County Line


MISC. GOURMET:


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Best Tapas you can find outside of Spain. Spacious dining room, happy staff. Try the fried goat cheese (with Sangria, of course). Website

Bess Bistro
Foreign & Domestic
Congress/Second
Barley Swine
Salty Sow
TASTE by Four Seasons
The Paggi House
Soleil

 

STEAK:


EddieVAustin.jpgEDDIE V'S
BOB'S CHOP HOUSE (tie)

Besides steaks and prime filet mignon, Eddie's is popular for extras -- lobster bisque, crab cakes, bananas foster and truffled mac and cheese. The staff is dressed up, but you can wear your high tops. Website

BobsChopAustin.JPGThe vibe inside Bob's is classic USDA-Steak House, but the real treat is a table on the upstairs patio with the fire pit and view. Texas-sized salads, and they serve the beef both ways - rare and medium rare.

Roaring Fork
III Forks
Sullivan’s
Capitol Grill
Vince Young Steakhouse
Perry’s
Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Steiner Ranch Steakhouse

 

SEAFOOD:


trulucksnorth-austin-topimage.jpgTRULUCK'S
Upscale, in the Texas-sized sense of the word. But a place you have to go if you're a well-to-do  seafood aficionado living in Austin. Salads, appetizers, and seafood dinners are all top shelf. Website


KEEPING AUSTIN WEIRD RESTAURANTS:


keepaustinweirdSMALL.jpgChuy's Mexican
Salty Sow
Barley Swine
NOVA on Rainey Street


Monica Fabbio
Monica Fabbio
Sales Executive