My brother-in-law is coming for his first visit to Austin, mostly for the ACL festival. We've recently moved to Georgetown from North Carolina and have been doing our best to follow up on recommendations from these boards. But by no means are we prepared to show someone a good eating time.
We'd like relatively cheap places (~$12 entrees or less) to eat that serves food that he probably hasn't had in NY. I am not asking about "funky Austin" places where you pay on average $3/item more than you should, and the food isn't all that good. I care most about food, but since we're taking someone out, environs and service do matter to an extent.
We are definitely going to Lockhart. We recently went to T. Arranda's on Burnet, but I don't think we ordered the right stuff (except for my husband's pork shoulder taco).
Specifically I'm posting this because--although this kind of topic is covered a lot around here--previous responses have not generally been geared toward the north side. Though I'm not opposed to driving, I don't feel all that motivated to head to South Congress for a breakfast taco.
So, I'd like recommendations for:
(1) breakfast taco
(2) Mexican dinner
(3) good place for beer that's not a "spring break" bar
(4) down home food (chicken fried steak, decent biscuits, etc.)
(5) anything else that we should try
Please help! THANKS!