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Chicago 'Hound Visiting for 30th Birthday

DKS1 | Jan 9, 200808:47 AM

Hey Austin,

We are thrilled to be heading your way at the end of January for what I hope will be a spectacular food weekend! I am a native Texan and used to live in Austin, but it's been many years. I try to keep up with your board for ideas, but I would love some dinner recs for one Saturday night a few weeks from now.

I think I've already decided on our brunch/lunch/snack plans, as for those meals I like to revisit old haunts (Eastside Cafe is top on my list for Sun. brunch, for instance). For Friday night we will be dining with another couple at Zoot - my friend's brother is the chef there so we must give it a try! Am preparing to be wowed...

So that leaves Saturday night and I cannot decide whether to do another fine-dining (or "casual fine dining," as many of my fellow Chicagoans like to say) restaurant or do something fun and casual. I had my heart set on Lambert's at first upon reading some of your reviews, but heard recently from a trusted friend that it can be easily missed. She was not impressed at all - except for her app.

So - can you please share your thoughts about some fun, low-key (but stellar food) places to try as well as a few higher-end ones? I'm spoiled with my options in Chicago, but would love to feel some Austin flair wherever we end up (oh, and anything that highlights local, organic, and/or sustainable food is a plus!!).

Many thanks...

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