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#1 Post by alan weinberg » August 11th, 2011, 4:13 pm

where's a great place to eat in Austin? BYO?
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#2 Post by Greg Pierce » August 12th, 2011, 8:04 am

Alan,

My current favorite restaurants in Austin are as follows:

Congress (non-byo)
Paggi House (non-byo)
Wink (byo)
Olivia (byo)
Barley Swine (byo)
Aquarelle (byo)
Trio (non-byo)

Other good restaurants in the "fine dining" type of vein:

Uchi/Uchiko (byo)
Asti (byo)
Fino (non-byo)
La Traviata (non-byo)
Jeffrey's (non-byo)
Driskill Grill (?)
Hudson's on the Bend (non-byo)
Parkside (non-byo)
Mirabelle (byo)
Fabi & Rosi (byo)

Tex-Mex:

Matt's El Rancho
Maudie's
Angie's

Barbeque:

Franklin's (the hype is justified, but recognize that you need to get there around 10:00 a.m. and wait in line a couple hours -- in 100+ temps -- to get anything)
Smitty's (in Lockhart)
Kreuz (in Lockhart)

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#3 Post by Bob Wood » August 12th, 2011, 8:26 am

Just don't let anyone talk you into going to The Salt Lick.
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#4 Post by Brad Walden » August 12th, 2011, 9:08 am

Bob Wood wrote:Just don't let anyone talk you into going to The Salt Lick.
agreed.

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#5 Post by alan weinberg » August 12th, 2011, 10:15 am

Greg: thanks for the exhaustive list. What about Chez Nous?
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#6 Post by Shannon Perdue » August 13th, 2011, 3:03 pm

Greg's list is a good one. Chez Nous is a good BYO place with bad glasses and solid good food. If you are staying downtown and need a place to walk to it is a good option. Barley Swine is our current favorite. http://barleyswine.com/. FWIW - the chef recently was one of the Top 10 best new chefs in the US from Food and Wine mag. Its limitations are that it is really small with potential communal seating and a long wait. I've dreamed about their foie gras dish. [cheers.gif]

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#7 Post by Darin Kendrick » August 16th, 2011, 9:47 am

Ill second Olivia. Had a great dinner there on Saturday (quail was very good). Limit of 2 bottles per table for BYO, but we got a bottle off the list and they cut us a break on corkage. Plus they do local ingredients and have Joseph Swan zin, so the place has to be good.
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#8 Post by DaneGerGaffney » August 17th, 2011, 10:05 am

And if you're going to hit up BarleySwine, make sure to stop by their original spot on S Lamar. It's a little food trailer that cranks out some high end plates called Odd Duck. It's BYOB in the cool little lot it's on. But you may want to wait for the Texas heat to simmer down a bit. And don't forget dessert next door at Gordough's.
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#9 Post by David Walker » August 17th, 2011, 10:54 am

Bob Wood wrote:Just don't let anyone talk you into going to The Salt Lick.
Why not? Its been a good 10 years since I've been there, but recall liking the food quite a bit.

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#10 Post by M. Meer » August 17th, 2011, 2:26 pm

Uchi - Had a great dinner there. Food is solid & could stand up to sushi restaurants here and in the Bay. We brought a bottle and went by the box from their sake list.
Gourdough's - I don't eat doughnuts regularly. I ate there 3 times in 5 days.
Second Bar & Kitchen, which is affiliated with Congress, had nice small plates, with good flavors. I wouldn't hesitate trying the main room.
Fino - Good meal. Went BTG. The cocktail list looked interesting.
Franklin's - For me, the appeal was textural, especially the fatty brisket and pork ribs. I didn't go crazy over the flavors, but the attention to detail is admired. I would try it again.
Frank - Hot dogs were good. Beer and cocktails very appreciated. They also serve Intelligentsia.

Austin was a great trip. A visit to Spec's has me dreaming of some DRC to go with our next meal in town.
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#11 Post by C. Grimm » January 30th, 2012, 1:01 pm

Bumping this because we'll spend a few days in Austin in the early Spring.

Anything new that anyone can add to the thread? (And BYO is not a concern for me.)

Also, good places for cocktails, please!

While I'm here - we're also going to San Antonio for a family reunion. I am not sure that I will have any influence on the dining plans, but in case I might, any suggestions?
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#12 Post by Bob Wood » January 30th, 2012, 8:26 pm

David Walker wrote:
Bob Wood wrote:Just don't let anyone talk you into going to The Salt Lick.
Why not? Its been a good 10 years since I've been there, but recall liking the food quite a bit.
Because it sucks. Imagine someone from out of town raving about the quality of the clam chowder at TGI Friday's on Newberry (if it still exists).
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#13 Post by andrewnorth » January 31st, 2012, 8:24 am

Justine's
Uchiko
Perla's - Lobster Roll
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#14 Post by gene keenan » January 31st, 2012, 10:00 pm

here in austin for a week right now!!!
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#15 Post by Greg Pierce » January 31st, 2012, 10:38 pm

Greg Pierce wrote:Alan,

My current favorite restaurants in Austin are as follows:

Congress (non-byo)
Paggi House (non-byo)
Wink (byo)
Olivia (byo)
Barley Swine (byo)
SADLY KAPUT Aquarelle (byo)
Trio (non-byo)
Foreign & Domestic
Chez Nous

Other good restaurants in the "fine dining" type of vein:

Uchi/Uchiko (byo)
Asti (byo)
Fino (non-byo)
La Traviata (non-byo)
Jeffrey's (non-byo)
Driskill Grill (?)
Hudson's on the Bend (non-byo)
Parkside (non-byo)
Mirabelle Bistrot - New Management -- still good (now more bistro-y, but tasty, not sure of the byo policy
Fabi & Rosi (byo)

Tex-Mex:

Matt's El Rancho
Maudie's
Angie's
and more, let me know if you need additionals

Barbeque:

Franklin's (the hype is justified, but recognize that you need to get there around 10:00 a.m. and wait in line a couple hours -- in 100+ temps -- to get anything)
JMueller
Smitty's (in Lockhart)
Kreuz (in Lockhart)

Plus:


Pizza:

House Pizzeria (neapolitan style)
Little Deli Pizzeria (ny style)
Coal Vines (sadly, I must admit that this Dallas import is making some pretty tasty pizza)

Cocktails:

Haddington's (also good food here)
Bar Congress (also, good food here -- can order from the Second Congress and Congress menus)

General Dining (i.e. good but not purporting to attempt "fine" dining):

Second Congress
Haddington's
24 Diner
Max's Wine Dive
Ranch 616
and others

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#16 Post by David Walker » February 1st, 2012, 8:43 am

Bob Wood wrote:Because it sucks. Imagine someone from out of town raving about the quality of the clam chowder at TGI Friday's on Newberry (if it still exists).
Wow, so definitive. Well, I guess I'll just go f*&k myself...

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#17 Post by Greg Pierce » February 1st, 2012, 7:36 pm

D'oh!

I forgot Chez Nous -- excellent french bistro and byo

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#18 Post by Chris S p i k e s » February 6th, 2012, 11:29 am

What's the difference between Uchi/Uchiko? Is one better than the other? More casual/formal? Need reservations at both? And, BYO at both?

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#19 Post by andrewnorth » February 6th, 2012, 11:32 am

Uchi is the original and a little more formal (for Austin). Uchiko has a casual bar seating. Reservations are recommended for both. They have similar food but not exactly the same menu.

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#20 Post by John Webber » February 13th, 2012, 9:15 am

Salt Lick doesn't suck. I have had some excellent meals there and their byo policy has ensured I drank well too. It is not the overall best, but they make damn good ribs and solid brisket & sausage. The crowds can be insane on a weekend.

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#21 Post by C. Grimm » March 20th, 2012, 12:48 pm

Trip is now getting close, and I am nailing down plans. Though nobody seems to take a rez a month ahead. But since we'll be there Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights (before family reunioning up near San Antonio), I am not sweating it.

Here's the plan...
Monday - getting in that night and, since they are open, was thinking Barley Swine.
Tuesday - Uchiko
Wednesday - still the question mark.

Maybe I have overlooked, but how is Fonda San Miguel? I see great reviews, I see meh reviews. I'm thinking it was probably great when it opened thirty years ago and is now meh?

I'm planning on standing in line for Franklin's BBQ one day. And it sure looks like there is a nice food truck scene there.
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#22 Post by Nolan E » March 20th, 2012, 2:55 pm

I've met the wine guys at Fonda San Miguel, their wine list is worth going for. I haven't eaten there, but based on getting to know how those guys think, the food must be really good for them to work there and respect the food so much.

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#23 Post by M. Meer » March 20th, 2012, 5:48 pm

C. Grimm wrote: Wednesday - still the question mark.
If you're up for doughnuts, try Gourdough's. It's the one I most wish we had here in California.

For Franklin, if you're in line around 10-10:30, you'll be okay. The line moves pretty quickly, either way. Try the Tipsy Texan, if you're just looking for a quick bite. We ordered just about everything, and when we put all the stuff together in a sandwich, it was one of the highlights of that meal.
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#24 Post by Jay Carroll » March 21st, 2012, 6:06 am

I am headed to Austin at the end of the month and have a resy at Uchiko for Saturday night- this thread has been a great help!!
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#25 Post by Greg Pierce » March 21st, 2012, 8:32 am

C. Grimm wrote:Trip is now getting close, and I am nailing down plans. Though nobody seems to take a rez a month ahead. But since we'll be there Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights (before family reunioning up near San Antonio), I am not sweating it.

Here's the plan...
Monday - getting in that night and, since they are open, was thinking Barley Swine.
Tuesday - Uchiko
Wednesday - still the question mark.

Maybe I have overlooked, but how is Fonda San Miguel? I see great reviews, I see meh reviews. I'm thinking it was probably great when it opened thirty years ago and is now meh?

I'm planning on standing in line for Franklin's BBQ one day. And it sure looks like there is a nice food truck scene there.


Chris,

I like Fonda San Miguel and I eat there fairly regularly. I would not, however, consider it a top restaurant to recommend to visitors. I think that 30 years ago it was the only game in town for its type of food (interior style mexican as opposed to Tex-Mex). Also, 30 years ago Austin was a culinary wasteland (outside of Tex-Mex). Now there are plenty of places that do interior style mexican and/or more high-end style mexican food, so it does not get the plaudits it once received.

My recommendations for your Wednesday dinner would be Congress, Paggi House, Foreign and Domestic, Wink, or Olivia. Another place recently opened up near downtown -- Lenoir -- that is getting good buzz. I haven't eaten there yet, however. If you're looking for more of an "Austin" experience, I would opt for Tex-Mex and go with Matt's El Rancho (or, potentially, breakfast at Cisco's). Alternatively, you could check out a bunch of the Austin food trucks, which have a high reputation for putting out good stuff.

Finally, the Eater/Austin site has a lot of good info for what's going on around town: http://austin.eater.com/

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#26 Post by andrewnorth » March 21st, 2012, 11:06 am

We went to Lenoir last Friday ad the food was really interesting. The concept is prix fixe, with interesting plates. Our favorite dish was the chickpea panisse. Great concept for Austin.

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#27 Post by Joe Valha » March 21st, 2012, 6:51 pm

As an alternative to Fonda, consider Polvo's on 1st St. (close to Uchi) or Habenero Cafe. Both are excellent.

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#28 Post by Joe Valha » March 21st, 2012, 6:52 pm

Also, for the best pork chop you will EVER have, check out Perry's on 7th St.

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#29 Post by C. Grimm » March 21st, 2012, 10:04 pm

Thanks all, but especially Greg, for the enormously helpful information.

Joe - your avatar is creeping me out.
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#30 Post by Jay Carroll » March 30th, 2012, 11:16 am

I am staying at intercontinental. Want Tex Mex tonight. anything good within walking distance??
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#31 Post by Bill Johnstone » March 30th, 2012, 11:29 am

Jay Carroll wrote:I am staying at intercontinental. Want Tex Mex tonight. anything good within walking distance??
Manuel's just down Congress has been around forever. I have not been in 3 or 4 years, I doubt it has changed much always good if not great and a nice room.
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#32 Post by Greg Pierce » March 30th, 2012, 12:39 pm

Jay Carroll wrote:I am staying at intercontinental. Want Tex Mex tonight. anything good within walking distance??
Jay,

I don't think there are any decent Tex Mex joints within walking distance of the Intercontinental. Unlike Bill, I'm not a fan of Manuel's -- although I know folks who like it. If you want to try it, it's just a few blocks south of the Intercontinental along Congress Avenue.

If you don't mind a very short drive (or cab ride), I recommend Angie's. It is a couple blocks past I-35 along 7th Street (the Intercontinental fronts to 7th). You could probably walk it easily (it's about 1 mile east along 7th street from your hotel), but I'm not sure what you consider to be walking distance. If you go, I recommend the soft taco (really, they're puffy tacos) plate. The website is here: http://angiesmexicanrestaurant.homestead.com/

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#33 Post by Jay Carroll » April 2nd, 2012, 10:26 am

We did try Angies- ugh...was a bad experience. Tried the soft taco- ok. Really awful service, and the worst margarita my GF has ever had.

But on the good side- had really an amazing meal at Uchiko- did the 10 course tasting menu. Was really really good.
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#34 Post by Greg Pierce » April 3rd, 2012, 7:29 am

Jay Carroll wrote:We did try Angies- ugh...was a bad experience. Tried the soft taco- ok. Really awful service, and the worst margarita my GF has ever had.

But on the good side- had really an amazing meal at Uchiko- did the 10 course tasting menu. Was really really good.

Jay,

Sorry you had a disappointing meal at Angie's. I've found them to be pretty dependable for good, basic Tex-mex. I will agree, however, they have terrible margaritas (and indifferent service).

Glad you enjoyed Uchiko. That place really is great.

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#35 Post by Jay Carroll » April 4th, 2012, 8:00 am

Uchiko had one course- a 72 hour sous vide wagyu beef dish, served with smoked grapes, chive flowers and almonds...was as memorable of a dish as I have had in awhile. But really all the courses were good- we added one at the end- so a total of 11.

Was interesting to see the use of "powdered" butter and olive oil on a couple dishes- right from this years Top Chef.

Service was excellent- had a bottle of sake off the list. Oh and we ate on the bar side of the restaurant, not in the main dining room. Was nice, not as loud as the main room.

Is a bit pricey- but was well worth it.
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#36 Post by Bill Johnstone » April 4th, 2012, 10:07 am

Jay Carroll wrote:Uchiko had one course- a 72 hour sous vide wagyu beef dish, served with smoked grapes, chive flowers and almonds...was as memorable of a dish as I have had in awhile. But really all the courses were good- we added one at the end- so a total of 11.

Was interesting to see the use of "powdered" butter and olive oil on a couple dishes- right from this years Top Chef.

Service was excellent- had a bottle of sake off the list. Oh and we ate on the bar side of the restaurant, not in the main dining room. Was nice, not as loud as the main room.

Is a bit pricey- but was well worth it.
They recently opened a location in Houston., I also tried the 10 course tasting menu. The beet first course and the wagyu were spectacular, everything else was top notch and the service was PERFECT, great teamwork, very knowledgeable and attentive, but totally unobtrusive. A rare combination in Houston today.
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#37 Post by Jay Carroll » April 4th, 2012, 10:16 am

Bill Johnstone wrote:
Jay Carroll wrote:Uchiko had one course- a 72 hour sous vide wagyu beef dish, served with smoked grapes, chive flowers and almonds...was as memorable of a dish as I have had in awhile. But really all the courses were good- we added one at the end- so a total of 11.

Was interesting to see the use of "powdered" butter and olive oil on a couple dishes- right from this years Top Chef.

Service was excellent- had a bottle of sake off the list. Oh and we ate on the bar side of the restaurant, not in the main dining room. Was nice, not as loud as the main room.

Is a bit pricey- but was well worth it.
They recently opened a location in Houston., I also tried the 10 course tasting menu. The beet first course and the wagyu were spectacular, everything else was top notch and the service was PERFECT, great teamwork, very knowledgeable and attentive, but totally unobtrusive. A rare combination in Houston today.
Bill we had the same experience with the service. Was outstanding.
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#38 Post by C. Grimm » April 30th, 2012, 9:32 pm

Back from my Texas trip, and briefly...

Barley Swine was tremendous. Great small plates, fun and buzzy casual setting, great service. Unquestionably the best of our three dinners in Austin. Goat neck, pork belly, brisket all great.
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Uchiko was very good food, but the meal was ultimately a disappointment because the service sucked. Over the ten course Omakase menu, we had two different 25 minute waits for dishes - and (in what was a completely bush league move) they followed the first 25 minute wait by putting another dish on our table 30 seconds later. Nothing like sitting there hungry only to watch another dish get cold. Dessert was pedestrian. The crap service makes it hard for me to fairly evaluate the food, but I am still confident that Barley Swine's was better.
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Fonda San Miguel was a hoot. Festive with a crowd that was on the older side - probably a lot of people going since the place opened in the 1970's - but, damn!, the food was good. I loved my Ancho Relleno San Miguel, because the cream cilantro sauce was richy and creamy, but no flour, just this immaculately prepared sauce that could've easily been don't in a less first-rate manner. Not the finest dining ever, but we thoroughly enjoyed the place.
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#39 Post by Jay Carroll » May 1st, 2012, 8:19 am

Too bad about Uchiko- we had quite the different experience with excellent service and pacing of the courses.
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#40 Post by C. Grimm » May 1st, 2012, 8:43 am

Jay Carroll wrote:Too bad about Uchiko- we had quite the different experience with excellent service and pacing of the courses.
It was a shame - and for as well as I have eaten the last couple of weeks (not to mention the last couple of years), I was as excited about the Uchiko dinner as I have been about most any. If they had only dropped the ball once, we would have bounced back and left feeling much better about the meal. It should've been a two-hour meal.
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#41 Post by M. Meer » July 14th, 2013, 2:20 pm

Just got back from a week in Texas. Didn't have a bad meal =).

Noble Pig - great brunch & sandwiches. Ate here 2 days in a row.

Contigo - Not the best bar in town, but good boozy cocktails for around $8. Ox Tongue Sliders are killer. Vegetables (pickled/salads) are a highlight. The outdoor setting at night is also a plus.

Barley Swine - Really banged out some stand-out dishes. Eggplant fritter dish was incredible - one of the best plates I've had in a while. Also notable were the lamb loin, rabbit, beets, scrambled egg, grilled bacon, and smoked salmon. Could you tell I liked the food? Ha. I'd recommend skipping the pig trotter... wasn't there texturally for me (a little tough). Wine list is unspectacular but functional. Not that it detracted in any way from the experience, but BYOB is probably a better option if you really want the quality to match the food. Their beer selection seemed better put together. Austin's version of The Playground?

Uchiko - Really overindulged here. 3 hours flew by. I think we were the last to leave. We sat at the tables near the bar and experienced fantastic service. The main dining room seemed loud & really busy in comparison. It was a very fun meal, & we lucked out with the staff with which we were placed. We paced the meal ourselves & started off with crudo, then sashimi, after that a couple of rolls and some nigiri courtesy of the house. We finished with the hot dishes: bacon tataki, onion rings(!!) & congee before dessert. We went BTG and they had a lot of interesting choices between sake, wine, and beer.

John Mueller Meat Co. - Got there around 12. Pork shoulder was already out (I guess it's good). I like cow meat, so not a big deal for me. Beef rib (made from the short rib) is INSANE. Perfect crust, pulls apart without being mushy. Crazy good. Fatty brisket had such a heavenly peppery bark. We also got sausage & smoked turkey for a well-balanced meal. Both solid and tasty. 20-30 minute wait, mitigated by a free beer and some funky tunes by Jean Claude van Jamme. It was every bit 100 degrees that afternoon, but 110 in taste, lol.

For next time, we heard good things about Peché from a barman at Second Bar & Kitchen. We took a peek at Peché's cocktail list, and it seemed right proper. Cru, in the Domain, had in my uninformed view to be one of the better wine lists in town. Looking forward to the next visit!
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#42 Post by Nolan E » July 17th, 2013, 8:26 pm

We go to Austin quite frequently but always struggle to find strong wine lists. What are the opinions of the best wine lists of the city? We're heading there for the weekend.
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#43 Post by Greg Pierce » July 17th, 2013, 9:26 pm

Nolan E wrote:We go to Austin quite frequently but always struggle to find strong wine lists. What are the opinions of the best wine lists of the city? We're heading there for the weekend.
My quick and dirty for best Austin wine lists are:

Paggi House
Congress
Trio.

Also, going to a wine bar, as opposed to a restaurant, is of interest, I recommend the Red Room Lounge. They have a pretty cool list of wines (with takeaway an option).

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#44 Post by Nolan E » July 18th, 2013, 4:46 am

Do I need reservations or a password for Red Room Lounge? Yelp reviews are vague and maybe sarcastic.
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#45 Post by Daniel Hall » July 18th, 2013, 7:34 am

Nolan E wrote:We go to Austin quite frequently but always struggle to find strong wine lists. What are the opinions of the best wine lists of the city? We're heading there for the weekend.
Ill second Paggi House wine list. The only value, and I use that term loosely, seems to be in the higher end wine. Ended up with a '10 Boillot BM and '06 Mugnier Musigny.

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#46 Post by Greg Pierce » July 18th, 2013, 9:24 am

Nolan E wrote:Do I need reservations or a password for Red Room Lounge? Yelp reviews are vague and maybe sarcastic.

Nolan,

No password needed. I imagine that the comments on Yelp come from the fact that there is no sign, and the entry is an unassuming door just down from Vince Young's Steak House. You walk into the door, go down a few steps (through some curtains) and are in a basement space. Here is the "street view" shot of it from Google maps (it's the door under the black awning which says "Personal Wine" on it):
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"Personal Wine" is an affiliated business -- I think Red Room Lounge and Personal Wine are owned by the same folks. Personal Wine sells wine with custom labels affixed. Don't worry, the Red Room Lounge has an extensive list of wines (not those offered by Personal Wine). My vague understanding is that Personal Wine used to operate out of the space but they decided to create the Red Room Lounge to go there.

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#47 Post by Nolan E » July 18th, 2013, 9:51 am

How are markups at Red Room?
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#48 Post by Greg Pierce » July 18th, 2013, 9:59 am

Nolan E wrote:How are markups at Red Room?

There is a wide variety of stuff on their list -- ranging from very reasonably priced to super luxury expensive. All of it is "reasonably priced" from the perspective of comparing to what you would pay at retail wine retailers. Also, if you are buying bottles to takeaway (as opposed to drinking while you're there) you get a discount off the list price (10% or so, I think).

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#49 Post by Nolan E » July 27th, 2013, 5:34 pm

Didn't make it to Red Room last week but we're here now. Amazing recommendation, got a 1992 Beringer PR Cab for just over $100. Had a great conversation with Chris about the Texas food/wine scene. Highly recommended. Big thanks!
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#50 Post by Chris Kurzner » August 2nd, 2013, 4:21 pm

Gonna try Foreign and Domestic tonight. Still a little full from John Mueller's (burp).

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