I've been extremely inactive on this board in the past year or two, and sadly, I've been pretty inactive in expanding my dining experiences. Still here's some of what I've been doing in the past months. Please chime with any opinions on the places I've mentioned or other thoughts on Austin restaurants.
This past weekend, my friends and I did the double-cue run to Smitty's and Kreuz's in Lockhart, and once again, I found Kreuz's is better. Smitty's brisket just lacks something and their pork ribs were deplorable (what the heck are they doing putting barbecue sauce on a rib in Central Texas?). Kreuz's wasn't perfect but much tastier. Plus, sometime in the past few months, they've painted their glass entry door to the dining room (the one you pass on the way back to the pits), with the phrase "Vegetarians Enter Here. Normal Folks Down the Hall." Too funny.
Tried Vivo Cocina Texicana on Manor recently (across the side road from John Mueller's) and found it pretty good. I had a beef puffy taco and some enchilda that wasn't nearly as good as my friends more typical cheese enchilida with "red" sauce. The Chronicle thinks it is very San Antonio Tex-Mex, and who am I to disagree? A pleasant dining experience with a nice patio area. We passed right by El Chile Cafe y Cantina on the way in from 35 and I'd like to try that out sometime soon. Both are reviewed in this article:
I'm still going to Tam's Deli and Cafe on N. Lamar just north of 183 way more than I should. I've already been twice this week. Their bahn mis are still superb and these deep fried shrimp and yam cakes may well lead me to a future heart attack, but it'll be a very satisfactory heart attack. The rice wraps are also a non-standard Viet., tasty choice.
I had some good cajun food at the Cyrpress Grill off Mopac & William Cannon. If it weren't so blooming far south from where I live and work, I'd try and go there more. Anyone else have postive (or negative reports?). My oyster po'boy was very good--rivaling those of Gene's which has been the only place I've found in Austin with a good po'boy.
I had a tasty but slightly too expensive brunch at the Starlite on 34th recently. My friend and I both had the thai crabcake with poached eggs and it was really great. Recommended for an interesting brunch experinence in a nice setting.
I ate at the Clay Pit 4 years ago and was so disappointed I hadn't been back until last week, and found I was still disappointed. I don't understand why they are so crowded other than doesn't appears to be any other Indian restaurants in the downtown area.
Places I've been waiting to try for the first time or try again after an abscence:
The very strange Iron Chef on Burnet/183 has been replaced with an Italian place called Rio Nio Tio or something strange like that. I've little hopes for it, but I'll give it a shot.
I've already mentioned I want to try the other Mex-Mex on Manor, but I haven't been to Eastside Cafe in quite some time also on Manor, so I'd like to give it a try.
I haven't been to Gene's in quite some time, and it used to be one of my favorites.
Two new upscale restaurants are tempting me in South Austin, Uchi the sushi place on South Lamar and 7's the new seafood place on S. Congress run by the great chef who used to be at Dona Emilas.
I still haven't been to World Beat Cafe--I'm not expecting greatness, but the African food would be a nice change of pace.
So, that's what's been on my Austin food mind of late. I've feel like I've unburnded myself on you guys. What's been on your mind?