Recently returned from a short trip to Texas.
Dallas - Dinner at Nic and Sams with a client, and good job (thank goodness for expenses, it is not cheap). It is a great steakhouse room, dark ,atmospheric and loud, in a good way. The steak was good, a dry aged rib eye on the bone served with all the sides (we lost control slightly). Portions way too big and I hate to think of the amount they must waste as there is no way 2 or even 4 peaple could finish off even a half portion. everything tasted great and it is certainly one of the best steak houses Ive been to.
Lunch the next day was at the healthy fast food joint Chipotle. Really great tacos with beef and saled. Highly recommended for a quick, cheap and healthy lunch.
Austin - Diner at Vespaio at the bar as i was on my own. Everyone said this was the best italian and maybe the best restaurant in Austin. Dissapointed. I had the special guinea fowl appy which was bland and not very impressive. I have the veal ravioli as my main and it was 3 huge veal meatballs roled in pasta. The pasta was not cooked properly, and I do understand the term al dente:) the veal dry and tasteless and the sauce was uninspiring. The bar service was not good and although I know they were really busy, i still didnt like the way the made me feel as though I was getting in their way. I have no doubt that Austin has better than this.
Breakfast was in the mexican restaurant next to my hotel (The san Jose). Ive never had Migas before but I certainly will in future!