My husband and I are in Austin for the weekend enjoying one of our favorite towns and our fave hotel (the San Jose). We attempted to eat at parkside last night. We didn't get it together to make reservations so we put our name down and settled in at the bar for a 90 minute wait. [Context: we're Denverites now but lived in New Orleans and Philly previously as well as NY and Chicago, so having lived in great foodie towns, we are used to great restaurants.]
We decided to get an appetizer while we waited and ordered gnocchi. Honestly, it was barely mediocre. It was so soft that it could barely be speared with a fork and the flavors were totally uninspired. The Parmesan on the gnocchi was not high quality and it was pretty boring. I was shocked at how poorly executed the gnocchi was though--cooked wrong, wrong, wrong. We decided that an appetizer that bad probably didn't bode well for the rest of the meal and we skipped the 90 minute wait and hit up some amazing food trucks and had a fantastic meal.
As we left parkside (before the food trucks resuscitated our evening culinarily), my husband asked me if "perhaps Austin just isn't a great food town?" I vehemently defended Austin as a fantastic food town, but the rave reviews for parkside on this board shook my confidence. What gives?? Was it just the once-in-a-blue-moon, crappy execution? A weak link on their menu? Is it generally slipping? I'd love any insight to reconcile our experience with the reviews on the board.
Hopefully we'll have better luck tonight at barley swine!