Guide to Austin Restaurant Week Part 2

Kona Grill  Chain in the Domain.  That is not always a bad thing.  I like Jasper’s which is a chain in the Domain.  This is not Jasper’s.

Lamberts Downtown Barbecue  Upscale barbecue by Austin darling Lou Lambert and his protegee Larry McGuire.  I actually worked for Lou at his very popular coffee house Jo’s for a bit.  Lou is a great chef and a great guy.   And his food is very, very tasty.

Max’s Wine Dive  Their slogan is “Champagne and fried chicken, why not?”  This place started in Houston but has that dressy casual vibe that is popular in Austin.  Food is pretty good, too.

McCormick & Schmick’s Domain  And yet another chain in the Domain.  Packed with pretty people at all times.  Food is so so.

McCormick & Schmick’s Downtown  Ditto.  Except it is downtown.

NoRTH  Chain.  Domain.  At $25 for dinner menu, this is a bargain at least.

Olivia  Foie Gras Brulee.  Yes, yes, yes!!!!!!

 Paggi House  Definitely in the top 10 in Austin.  I really like the short ribs and bread pudding which are both on the restaurant week menu.

Parkside  I <3 Shawn Cirkiel.  With bone marrow and a raw bar, this is the place I would take Anthony Bourdain on our imaginary foodie date.  Tony, Shawn, and me trading shots at the bar at 2am.  If you have not been, please go now.

Perla’s Seafood & Oyster Bar  Headed by Larry McGuire, this place has gotten tons of good press.  Personally, I have not been that impressed. 

Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille  Downtown pretty people bar scene with a pretty good happy hour.  They are most famous for their huge pork chops.

Roaring Fork Downtown  Southwestern cuisine.  The green chili pork is delicious.

Roaring Fork Stonelake  The newer and bigger Roaring Fork is in north Austin with a great view of Quarry Lake.

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse  Please go to Austin Land and Cattle instead if you want a steak.

Shoreline Grill  Great view of Town Lake.

Sullivan’s Steakhouse  They also do a seasonal prix fixe menu which is around the same price.

Sushi Zushi of 5th Street  Good sushi but $35 for pot stickers, roll, and dessert seems a little steep to me.

Sushi Zushi of Domain  They have a location at the Domain.  Shocker.

The Belmont  Great bar with adequate food.

The Carillon  Josh Watkins is a freaking genius.  Why this place is not packed every night is a mystery.  There is even a parking garage and the restaurant validates, so no parking issues even though it is on campus.  Since they are closed on Sunday and Monday, they are even extending the restaurant week menu to Thursday and Friday.  The pork belly is the best in town.  If you have not been, here is your chance!

The Melting Pot  Fondue is fun.  More kitschy fun than good food fun, though. 

The Ranch 616  Not easily summed up with a type but closest would be Southwestern.  Most famous for their oysters.

The Tavern  Bar food for $25?  Really??????

TNT – Tacos and Tequila  I am not wild about the name but the food served by former Jeffrey’s chef Alma Alcocer Thomas is spot on.  Great Sunday brunch also.

TRIO at Four Seasons Hotel Austin  A couple of years back, they revamped the Cafe to become Trio, an upscale steakhouse.  I will do a full review after another visit but I was very disappointed in my first restaurant week choice.  Service was top notch and the wine choices are excellent.  But the kitchen did not perform well on Sunday night.  Too bad.

Truluck’s Arboretum  Chain but really top notch seafood.  Get the crab claws.

Truluck’s Downtown  Right at 4th and Colorado, this is in the heart of the warehouse district.  Again, crab claws.

Uchiko  Hottest restaurant in town, hands down.  I booked reservations for my birthday which is during restaurant week this year.  I plan to go early for their “Social Hour” also.    Tyson Cole and Paul Qui are geniuses but I think they may be eclipsed by the pastry king Philip Speer.   I will probably have 2 desserts.  It is my birthday, after all.

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My name is Christy and I was born, raised, and still live in Austin, TX. I love to travel. I have been all over the US, Amsterdam, Paris, Barcelona, etc. My second favorite place in the world is Negril, Jamaica where I have been 10 times and counting. I am a trained pastry chef but I am not currently working in "the industry" right now. I became a pastry chef in part to complement the fabulous dinners conjured up by my best friends Ethan and Michelle, who hopefully will be contributing to this blog as well. We went through a 2 year period of "Tuesday Night" dinner parties which were a smorgasbord of bloody meat and red, red wine. Friendships and laughter. The men did all the cooking while the women got tipsy, as all dinner parties should be. If I wanted to participate with food, I had to bring something and I became Dessert Girl. Eventually I attended the Le Cordon Bleu program at the Texas Culinary Academy and received a certificate in Pastry and Baking. I have had several baking jobs but found it hard to make ends meet, so I earn my living elsewhere for now. I have had the pleasure of working with several celebrity chefs including Rebecca Rather, Bronwen Weber, and David Lebovitz. I have also cultivated some amazing friends and resources in the Central Texas area and would like to share my knowledge with all who care to join me. My most recent honor was winning Best Sweet at the Bacon Takedown during SXSW 2011. As the culinary icon Ms. Childs' says, "Bon Appetit!" ***CONTACT ME at christy111luv@yahoo.com or twitter @christy111luv***

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