OK, so I grew up in Central Texas, went to UT, then in '85 I moved to SF. I come back to Austin every year Thanksgiving week. In the past, I have spent it entirely with my family, only going out to eat if they do. But a couple of years ago, I married a native California who had never had authentic Texas food stuffs. So now that he has been joining me on the yearly treks to Texas, I have been taking him to the places I remember from my youth & the obvious new places so he gets both home & restaurant Texas cooking. But my knowledge of Austin restaurants is 16 years old and they are "college budget" places.
Any suggestions? I've read about Dot's which sounds like a must visit. I remember San Miguel La Fonda as being excellent, still true? We are interested in stuffing ourselves on - excellent margaritas, Tex-Mex, killer tamales, tender steak, the best chicken-fried steak you can think of and real southern food. I think we'll be able to do about three dinners & one lunch "out" (Wednesday dinner, Friday lunch & dinner, Sunday dinner). We'll be staying in North Austin, then heading out of town, then staying in downtown on Sunday before flying out early Monday am.
An extra special bonus would be leads to excellent spicy tamales sold by the dozen - San Francisco has a lot of great food but the tamales in this town are either really greasy, bland, phoufy or really expensive. I just want a good ol' cheap, hot tamale! Last year, I tried to find my old Austin tamale connection and it was gone.
FYI - We've been to Chez Nous, Dan McCluskeys, Sullivan's and 6th Street in general, Chueys (decent considering we went a night UT played in town & won!! Hook'em Horns!), the new Mexican place across from Continental Club, some Mexican place out on Bee Cave, Threadgill's (downhill), Trudys, Kreuz, Salt Lick, Eastside Cafe and a few other place I can't think of right now. The first year we drove around Texas chowing down on BBQ and other goodies. By the way, I have to admit I was bitter when I saw that Mad Dog & Beans was gone and that I couldn't find the cheap chopped BBQ place in East Austin we used to go to after the clubs closed.