I’m in Austin for the first time, visiting from San Francisco (luckily right after the rest of my countrymen depart SXSW). I’m a longtime Chowhound and have done my homework reading the boards, so can you check my picks and let me know where I’m off?
Our dining experience break down to a few dinners, breakfasts and lunches on either side of a trip to Hill Country (which I guess isn’t covered on this board, so I’ll search the main Texas board). We’re staying at Hotel San Jose and have a car.
Coming from Northern CA, I love the seasonal, local thing, but quirky, interesting and passionate trumps sustainable sometimes, especially when it comes to mom-and-pop dives where they're not serving grass-fed beef.
Money’s not an issue, but we can both be as impressed by a warp-space-and-time taco out of a truck as by a white tablecloth place. I am a sucker for warm, friendly service, like Nopa in San Francisco and Monell's in Nashville.
So here are my picks--can you tell me what I've missed?
Probably one long, lazy lunch and one taco truck/counter/dive-y lunch would be best. Ideas?
My friend doesn’t like bread-y textures, so we’d need a place with highlights that aren’t just pancakes and waffles.
***Really good coffee***
Not that this necessarily means anything to you, but I love Blue Bottle in San Francisco.
-A thread from 2006 didn’t promising (and recommended not-great SF export Peet’s). Uh…Progress?
***Best cocktails at a place where no one’s wearing a cocktail dress***
Comparison, if you recognize it: Alembic in San Francisco. Super well made cocktails, friendly but low-key bartenders, neighborhood place.
-Fino, Mulberry or Parkside?
From what I’ve read, it sounds like we can find better BBQ outside of Austin than in. A friend specifically recommended Black’s in Lockhart. Yes/no?
In the meantime, in between time
-Casey’s snowballs looks intriguing—I hope they’re open
Thanks for any advice you can offer. I promise to report back, with pictures!