I will be spending a few days in Austin next week, staying at the Radisson hotel on Cesar Chavez street downtown. I will not have a car. Can anyone out there recommend some good places to eat that are not too far from my hotel?
I recognize that there are many discussions of places to eat in Austin already posted, but since I am a complete stranger to the city, I don't know whether the places mentioned are near or quite far from where I will be. On the other hand, if you think there is some utterly essential Austin restaurant that requires a cab or bus trip, I'll do it.
What am I looking for? I come from a city with excellent restaurants, especially Asian restaurants. What I'd especially like to find are places unique to Austin or Texas more generally. So I might pass up the best French, Italian, or Chinese restaurant in Austin in favor of a great barbeque place or SW or another sort of restaurant that has a particular charm, is a local institution, or has a notable character as chef. Local rather than expensive is the word.
Somewhere I came across a glowing recommendation for Ruby's BBQ. Is this an obvious choice?