Little help please. I'm a longtime Austinite and I have my longtime favorites, so much so that I rarely try new places. I'm a Sunflower devotee and I almost never venture out into the real Austin cullinary world--but now I need to impress the boyfriend my Daughter is bringing in from Dallas, so here is what I'd like advise on please. He will only be eating a few meals with us, Saturday morning breakfast before the game and I am leaning towards my old standby Kerby Lane on Kerby Lane--suggestions? After the game he is hinting that barbque is what he wants, and he would really prefer to drive to Cooper's, which I will do but I'm prefer to stick closer to home (inside the city preferably), My wife likes County LIne on the Lake. I know the purists are prepared to pounce but you have to admit, its generally open, its always predictable, its cute and it did start in Austin, I like The Rib King, but it doesn't have much going for it ambience-wise, so I'm open to suggestion--for example would the Salt Lick near the Dell Diamond qualify as a true Texas BarBQue experience? Lets call this a late lunch. Then Saturday evening we'd like to impress without having to take out a second mortgage. I happen to be a Z-Tejas fan (another Austin institution) and I think the one in the Arboretum area is very nice, but I'm open to suggestion. If I had my way, of course I'd buy a great bottle of wine at Spec's and head to Sunflower but that just might not get my daughter married off. Finally, I'd like a different breakfast spot that best exemplifies the spirit that is Austin. Magnolia Cafe, Kerby Lane, and The Omletry don't count, however I do like the breakfast at the vegitarian place on Duval whose name escapes me. I'd like to impress with Austin ambience, and inventiveness please. Thanks for the help.
3600 Presidential Blvd, Austin, TX