Folks, what can I say. I've lived here for 12 years. We have eaten out almost weekly since that time at many of the restaurants ever mention in Chowhound. We have raved about Austin food. We have had well executed dishes along with excellent service and ambiance in the same restaurant. Then we've had at least one of each in other places. One can really run the gambit from trailer food to high-end indulgences.
But, as of the last couple of years, I am beginning to become more and more disappointed with the food and service; more especially of the $$-$$$ restaurants. Just last night, we decided to try Siena since we had not been there in several months. Of course, the Boar is great, but everything else left us wanting. The risotto was no better than one from a box...really! We watched the service staff give back massages in front of the cooking window...lordy, lordy!
No long ago we ate at Jeffery's...had to send dishes back and service was lacking. When I pay $150+ for a meal for two...I expect to walk away very satisfied with service and quality of food.
Folks, I'm just not finding great food. No, I have yet to try Congress or Parkside.
I know that the economy is tight, but I could do with smaller dishes than with ones that I can cook better at home. And really, classic spaghetti carbonara, how simple a dish...eggs, pasta, cheeses and pancetta--how easy is that--can't find a good one.
Hope I didn't upset you guys too much...I love Austin, but I am really getting more and more disappointed and stay home more and more.