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*AUSTIN* - boston chow seeks your help!

the graduate | Mar 13, 2005 08:06 AM

hi all-

i went to school in austin, but i haven't been keeping up with the restaurant scene the past few years. i'm hoping you all can help!

here's my situation. in mid-april i'll be with a group of 6-8 girls for a bachelorette party looking for a semi-nice/fun/trendy place for food (we figured we could either do a sit-down dinner or order lots of apps/tapas and be a little less formal/cheaper?), then we'll head to 4th street for drinks/dancing (we prefer 4th & 5th and NOT 6th street). we're prefer to stay near downtown for everything and we're on a bit of a budget (we'd like to stay around or under $30/person for food). the other girls (besides the bride) aren't familiar with austin, so they can't provide much input.

here's what i've come up with so far:

dinner:
mars - i know it's not really downtown and a little pricey, but i remember really liking the food. how is it now?
trudy's - same as above (not really trendy, but the stuffed avocado is enough to make me want to move back to austin!)
kenichi
malaga
iron cactus

drinks:
saba
another bar next to saba (i can't remember the name, but it's kind of downstairs, and i think there's a couch in there)
any opinions on 219 west?

dancing??
i wasn't much of a swinging hipster back in my college days!

any suggetsions would be great. thanks!!!

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