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Five day visit--what's great?

rose water | Feb 18, 200709:29 AM     20

Hey there,

We’re two NYC hounds (well, one ‘hound and her non-hound but happy to eat well partner) who’ll be in Austin next week for five days. We’re staying at 2nd Street and San Jacinto and won’t have a car. One of us is vegetarian. Inexpensive and super tasty is ideal.

Would love local (or cheaply cab-able) recommendations on:
--Cafes and lunch spots in which to linger (I’ll be busy conference-ing; my SO will be working and itching to get out of the hotel) do work, eat good vegetarian stuff, and drink adequately robust coffee
--Mexican (huitlacoche, fish tacos, sopes, gorditas a plus)
--BBQ for me (but must have something with which to construct a veg meal for my partner)
--Not-to-be-missed-places when coming to Austin. (Sorry, as someone who frequents the Manhattan boards, I know this is an obnoxious request. But direct me to your favorites, and I can search the board for details. Knowing nothing whatsoever about Austin, I don’t really know where to start).
--A colleague set up a dinner at Eddie V’s and it looks like it gets pretty good reviews from Austin hounds. Any favorites there?
--Outdoor eating near bats? Hell, outdoor eating at all. 70 degrees sounds really exciting coming from icy nasty NYC.
--Iranian food places? This post http://www.chowhound.com/topics/91292 made Pars seem promising. Anything better out there?
--Unmissable food markets?

Good notes for travellers:
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/370811
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/370861

Thanks, all! I appreciate it, and promise I'll report back!

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