A friend and I went to Trace Saturday night, so I thought I would start a topic. This is the new restaurant in W across from City Hall. Perhaps most notable is that this is one of the first, if not the first restaurants in Austin to feature an on staff forager. We started with a citrus hamachi that was the highlight of the meal, and a charcuterie board. Trace's charcuterie features meat only, no cheese-perhaps this is traditional, but I guess I file it in the bang for your buck category. Entree's were a crispy fish, and I had some sort of chicken with liver, cider and grits dish that never really took off. Finally, dessert was a cobbler with some sort of yummy herb ice cream. Obviously, the meal wasn't that memorable. Total damage was $60 per person, no alcohol. Service was good to outstanding.
Part of the problem is that the food has to overcome the atmosphere. When you walk in you have to go through this huge scene of people waiting to get into the club next door. And while the restaurant side was fairly insulated from the club, at least a couple of times the DJ would be cranking things up and it was kind of out of place. Also, the bathrooms serve the club as well, so expect a line!