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Is Uchi a must for West Coasters who already eat their weight in seafood?

sf toronto | May 20, 2009 11:32 AM

Advise me please dear Austin 'hounders:

6 of us will be visiting Austin for the first time at the end of May. I'll be in town for 4 nights (wed-sun), the rest for 3 nights (thurs-sun). We're all West Coast ladies in our early 30's, and are visiting for the first time.

I've been tasked with organizing the dinner destinations and have been given the following instructions: excellent food, quintessentially Austin, fun atmosphere, no jacket/tie required.

So far, I've decided on the following:

Thurs: something casual as the others will be tired from traveling. Likely tex-mex/interior mexican or bbq, not sure where yet but there are hundreds of posts on these topics. That said, is Fonda really romantic? I've read a few comments that it's romantic, and I'd hate to drag a group of ladies there if we'll be the only group in a room full of doe-eyed couples.

Friday: Max's Wine Dive

Saturday: Uchi

Vespaio was also in the running for either Friday or Saturday, but I think the group would prefer Max's.

Bbq is going to have to happen in there somewhere, as will a few taco stands, but I'm afraid there are only so many meals we can handle! So, dear friends, I am looking to you for guidance: is Uchi really a must do for West Coasters? Is it quintessentially Austin or should we use that night for either bbq or mexican (two types of cuisine that we are sadly lacking where we're from).

I read in one of the threads that there was some nasty back and forth between some recent visitors from Seattle who had dined at Uchi. I regard these comments warily, and I think they've since been removed as I can't find anything but outstanding reviews about this resto.

If you do suggest we dine at Uchi, what can we expect dinner to run per person? I've seen the menu, but don't know the portions and they suggest eating "family style" so I have no concept of how much we'll be ordering.

Thanks, as always, for the wonderful advice!

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