Every year my husband and I rent a house in Barton Creek and travel to one of our very favorite cities, Austin, and you all give us great recommendations. This year, we have our parents and siblings travelling, as well--party of 5 ranges from Age 29 to 62. We are foodies looking for the highest quality food--price no object--with a focus on ambience, as well. Nothing too austere. We love a unique adventure, too, as long as the food is great!
what we have done in the past that we love is: Uchi (we all love sushi and I love the ambience there), Lambert's (loved the various apps and everything we had was great--again, loved the atmosphere), Lockhart for 'cue (an experience with great fatty brisket).
what we don't want is a restaurant that specialiezes in either French or American/New American Continental cuisine--we have a ton of those at home. Looking for Sushi, Mexican (have been to El chile in past and liked (not loved) the food--need Mexican with ambience--s there any?), BBQ. although we like Italian, I never can seem to bring myself to Vespaio, as we have so much Italian at home, unless you all think we finally have to bite the bullet and go. same with Thai in little garland--worth the trip? are we missing any new great spots?
would also love another fun day trip: as above, we usually do Lockhart nad then drive through the hill country for some vineyards (any new ones or ones we have to hit for good wine?!), then to Salt Lick for a bite--fun day trip, so we'd love something new. we also always love good trailer food for a quick lunch--still torchy's? any and all help is greatly appreciated! thank you!