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Unread 04-25-2008, 04:55 PM
 
Location: Austin 78722
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Lots of good choices... you can also check out the Austin board at Chowhound.com, tons of discussion about every place imaginable in town, or at Yelp.com, which has more traditional review and rating systems.

I'm kinda picky usually so tend to only like one or two things at some restaurants, but like the atmosphere and feeling so continue to go. My favorites include:

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Uchi (amazing), Castle Hill Cafe and Mirabelle (sister restaurants), East Side Cafe, Vespaio, Wink (very expensive), Chez Nous, Asti, III Forks

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Fino (great decor/lighting/patio, drinks, happy hour specials--dinner is $$$), Hyde Park Bar & Grill (garden burger, kobe beef burger w/fries), El Chile (steak tampiqueno, ceviche, mole), Sunflower (or Le Soliel) for vietnamese yumminess, Hoover's (ribs, pies, chicken fried chicken, macaroni & cheese, surprisingly not too cheap but huge portions for leftovers).

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Shady Grove (tortilla crusted queso catfish), Green Mesquite (smoked turkey taco basket and fried okra), Texas Chili Parlor (frito pie), Mandola's (pizzas), Trudy's (poquito flaquities, ensalada grande, mexican martinis), Swad (Indian vegetarian), Delaware Subs (philly cheesesteak).

Looking at this list I'm surprised I don't weigh 300 lbs. So I'll add that a gym membership, a bike, and some time to sweat off all these delicious calories is also important!
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Unread 04-25-2008, 05:02 PM
 
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hula hut- i love the atmosphere, the view, the jumbo glasses of pop and their amazinggg sampler platter. YUM.
What's pop??
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Unread 04-25-2008, 06:32 PM
 
Location: Hutto, Tx
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Awww! Can't believe I missed that one
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Unread 04-25-2008, 07:14 PM
 
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Dinner for 2 was about $180. Food was great
They have half price appetizers every day of the week. Those are a completely awesome deal.
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Unread 04-25-2008, 07:16 PM
 
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Any good cajun places to eat? Louisiana-style cooking, I mean.
Gumbos is downtown and in roundrock and is good but a little upscale. Sambets is about as downscale as you get and is good.

Some people like Mrs. B's, I dont like it that much, but Ill probably try again soon.
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Unread 04-26-2008, 09:56 AM
 
Location: Hutto, Tx
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My husbands friend had a crawfish boil last weekend and got all his stuff at Sambets. It WAS very good, at that was just the stuff from the store, so I can imagine the stuff in the cafe is really good too. He even bought the live crawfish there. I'll have to try gumbos. Cajun is one type of food that's kind of hard to come by around here.
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Unread 04-26-2008, 10:03 AM
 
Location: Central Texas
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Evangeline's Cafe in South Austin is good for Louisiana cookin', if you're good with the laid back service (we are).
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Unread 04-26-2008, 10:07 AM
 
Location: Hutto, Tx
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We're cool with laid back service
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Unread 04-26-2008, 11:18 AM
 
Location: RR
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Bueno's Aires Cafe-YUM!
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Unread 04-26-2008, 11:32 AM
 
Location: Central Texas
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I didn't mention Azul Tequila - food (and margaritas!) as good as Fonda San Miguel (if not the atmosphere), for about a third the price. Works for me! (I can't resist their enchiladas de pipian, and they are the only place, besides Fonda San Miguel, that I've found that makes a margarita right!).
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