I am traveling to Austin for the first time shortly, in about two weeks. My girlfriend is testing out for a certification, and as such I would like to treat her to a nice dinner. I consider us both to be pretty adventurous eaters with good palates- and I don't mind dropping a bit of coin on the meal. I have searched through the board, and unfortunately, keep finding different opinions. I enjoy doing tasting menus, however, it looks like the Briskill is rather expensive (even compared to high end NYC restaurants that I frequent) and the news of the executive chef recently leaving leave me wondering if it is worth it. Wink looks interesting, but gets spotty reviews. Any one have any other suggestions?
Also, for BBQ I am told by my boss to go to the salt lick. He has good taste, so I am likely to take him up on this, but he is from manhattan and might not know real BBQ.
We will most likely be staying at the Wyndham garden hotel.