I'm visiting again from the Austin board. Thanks for all the recs for a great dinner restaurant. Since my SO has moved to Dallas I find myself there a few weekends a month, and since he doesn't cook or have a kitchen properly fitted for anyone to cook, we eat out quite a bit. Usually we're just looking for a causal place with quality food. After meeting friends at different places and being disappointed, I figured I'd turn to the people who know what they're talking about when they talk about food. I've searched this board a bit and have a few ideas, but most of the posts are about special occasion or type of food. So, I want to know, when you want something good for either breakfast/brunch, lunch, or dinner, where are your stand-by, go-to places? He's living in Uptown, so recs in that area would be great. However, we are willing to travel, and expect that it will be necessary to find some of the better places. Thanks in advance!
Here are some specific types of places we'd like to find, but I welcome other suggestions:
Gourmet sandwich shop- similar to the sandwich shop in the downtown Whole Foods in Austin, with good spreads (pesto, olive spread, spiced up mayos, etc.), good cheese (goat cheese, brie, etc.), veggies (roasted veggies, sun dried tomatoes, spinach, etc.), and a wide selection of fresh bread.
Italian style pizzas- our favorite is Enoteca Vespaio in Austin, which has a button mushroom, spinach, and taleggio no-sauce pizza that is excellent . Looking for thin crust pizzas with more than just cheese and meat and uninspired veggie toppings.
Thai- I've looked on the boards and want to try Asian Mint and Toy's. Any othe recs?
Mexican- This is a hard one. SO is from El Paso and he turns his nose up at anything he thinks isn't authentic, though he's never put in words exactly what he's looking for in a Mexican place. I'm pretty easy to please as long as they have pretty good queso, chicken fajitas, and margaritas.
Coffee shop with kitchen- an order-at-the-counter type place where we can get breakfast or light lunch, a cup of coffee, and occupy a table for an hour or two to study/work.
Sushi- There are so many sushi places in Uptown that we are afraid to try one. We aren’t looking for any chic or fancy place, just a place with the basics and generous, quality cuts of fish.
In general, we like places that have fresh ingredients, good vegetable dishes (with or without meat), seafood, etc. Not huge BBQ, steak, and burger eaters.
Place's we've tried, and our reactions:
Breadwinners- we went for brunch and it was pretty good. We'll probably go back again.
Kathleen's Art Cafe (Sky Cafe?)- on Lover's near the tollway. We enjoyed the creative sandwiches and breakfast foods. We'll probably go back.
Cafe Express- really plain, uninspired. I do not want to go back.
Jake's Hamburgers- I don't eat red meat, so I got a veggie burger, and there was some seasoning I didn't like in it. SO though his burger was only so-so. Fries were OK. No reason to go back really.
Eatzi’s- Nice for grab and go type food.
Compania Pizza- Pretty good, esp since you can BYOB. Will probably go back
Coal Vines- Not as good as Compania, but not bad.
Taco Diner- We liked the seafood tacos. Will probably go back.
Frankies- OK for bar food.
Primos- only had the margaritas, which were excellent.
The Dream Cafe- pretty good, not great.