Formerly Brio Vista, Eddie V's offers Gulf Coastal cuisine and specializes in seafood and steaks. The menu comprises extraordinary dishes, such as Oysters, Gulf Snapper, Fresh Tuna and Lobster. Head to the V-Lounge for nightly live music and a wide selection of wines and cocktails. Every Tuesday night, the V-Lounge offers complimentary wine tasting from 5p-7p. This place opens daily at 4:30p.
The old Weigl family iron works no longer forges metal, but a tasty assortment of fine Texas barbecue. With walls adorned by branding irons, the motif is quintessentially Western, perhaps for the benefit of conventioners from the nearby convention center. At the counter, order your choice of sliced beef, chicken, beef ribs, pork ribs, pork loin and sausage for a two-meat combo plate completed with sides of potato salad and beans. Or make your choice of meat by the pound. The spicy sauce is a tangy counterpoint. And if you are craving barbecue somewhere far away, note that Iron Works ships their goods anywhere.
The sombreros and parrots, mixed with the Mexican music in the background, could fool diners into thinking they stepped into a fiesta. This good old-fashioned restaurant is serious about its Mexican food, served with a progressive touch. From breakfasts of huevos, rancheros or migas to dinners of grilled chicken, shrimp, fajitas and more, the food here does not fail to satisfy. The atmosphere is casual; the patio is terrific and the hot sauce is great.
The menu at Castle Hill Cafe offers Mexican and American dishes that are delicious and enticing. Try the shrimp enchiladas, seared sea bass or peppercorn crusted beef tenderloin. The menu changes every few weeks as the chefs try out new creations. Some entrees are offered without meat for vegetarians. If you're not in the mood for food, you can sip on coffee or go to the bar and order a cocktail. Their bar features great happy hour specials.
Ensconced behind a charming art gallery on West Sixth, is this jewel of a Caribbean cafe. Established in 1997, Café Josie is still piquing the taste-buds of Austin diners. With an intimate dining room and an enclosed patio, the atmosphere is casual, but the food is out of this world. Chicken, beef and seafood, all cooked to a turn and spiced up with the zesty flavors of the islands. It is a step above your typical "fusion" restaurant. Try the Honey Chipotle Shrimp served on Cotija Black Beans and Poblano Rice, with Green Chile Polenta, Manchego Cheese, and Ancho Chile as an entree. The Blackberry Ginger Crisp is a fitting end to the meal.
Kerbey Lane Cafe has been cloned several times now, but the original location of this Austin icon is still a local favorite. Its wonderfully diverse menu is a sight to behold for vegetarians. The vegetables are homegrown and pesticide-free, and the beef and chicken are free-range. Breakfast features omelets, pancakes and great breakfast tacos. The restaurant is open 24 hours, every day. No wonder it is an institution here.
This is a perennial Austin favorite. Some come for the battered fries served with pepper-and-onion-spiked mayonnaise; others for the Chicken-fried Steak with its crispy exterior topped with luscious cream gravy. Everyone has a favorite here. But it is not just the reliably tasty food that attracts folks; it is the laid-back, friendly atmosphere, the people-watching and the late hours. Grilled Fish and salads are on the menu, along with the heartier Chicken-fried Steak and tasty, acclaimed burgers. You may be too full for dessert, although you will be missing out, if you skip it.
With six locations around the city, this home-grown restaurant chain attempts to take Tex-Mex beyond the expected, and sometimes succeeds. In any event, it is a reliable source of the genre's traditional favorites, from nachos and stuffed jalapenos to tacos, enchiladas and fajitas. Here at Symphony Square, Serrano's is housed in an old, historic, triangular home. Start with the Botana Plate, a sampling of appetizers and move on to that Mexican staple, cheese enchiladas. This is basic Tex-Mex at its best.
98 San Jacinto Boulevard Four Seasons Hotel Austin, TX 78701
In Texas, the best, most creative restaurants often meld Southwestern flavors with tried-and-true European dishes to conjure up a new cuisine entirely. So it is at this hotel restaurant, which consistently tops the list of Austin's best. Try the restaurant's specialty, to see how traditional blends with Texas flavors: Focaccia Crusted Pork Tenderloin served with Texas Ruby Red grapefruit and a citrus beurre blanc. But it is not just the centerpiece of a meal here that is outstanding. From the basket heaped with four types of bread and three flavors of butter to the sumptuous creme brulee, the food is consistently well conceived and perfectly executed. The atmosphere is soothing and sophisticated, and the people watching is unparalleled; everyone from visiting celebrities to politicians to high-tech execs dines here.
Whether for a deal-making business lunch or romantic dinner date, this upscale Italian spot proves worthy. The service is impeccable, but warm, matching the inviting atmosphere of stone, wood and soft lighting. Start with the Combination Antipasto for a variety of delectable tastes. As for entrees, the Steak Diane, is enough to impress anyone, while the Salmon Ravioli is a subtler pleasure. Then linger over espresso and dessert. You will not want the experience to end.
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