Just spent a weekend in Austin with an old friend - neither one of us had ever been so were total newbies to the city. Thanks to the Austin posts here - we ate well!
Despite having the tail end of a cold (nothing worse than not being able to taste!) we really enjoyed our meals. We managed to get to Las Manitas a couple of times and oh those refried beans were heavenly! So smoky and tasty!
Did lunch at Castle Hill Cafe one day and were very happy. I had a chicken enchilada special with delish black beans - again smoky and tasty (realized how long it's been since I've had really good refried beans of any kind). I was impressed with their wine list and we honestly wanted to order everything on their menu.
We were staying in Hyde Park (Adams House - nice B&B) so tried the Hyde Park Bar & Grill for dinner one nite - those breaded french fries are something. They had a really appealing fried egg sandwich - never seen that on a menu before - but it hit the spot with the fries and a Live Oak draft.
And dinner at Fonda San Miguel was everything you all had said it would be - wonderful salsas, we both had vegetable dishes - chile relleno and a zucchini/cheese dish, along with chile con queso to start. Compared to many California restaurants the wine list was so reasonable - champagne was the beverage of choice.
Austin was definately a food lovers paradise - did the pilgrimage to Central Market (salsas, candy and bacon as souveneirs!). Also hit the Spamarama festival - but must admit weren't brave enough to try the Spam concoctions.
Regret we didn't get a chance for BBQ or Amy's Ice Cream or more margaritas - we'll just have to go back sometime! Thanks again to the Austin folks!