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We’re staying downtown for a few nights and we’ll be on foot, but we’d get a ride if something sounds good. We’re not fans of large slabs of meat, but otherwise open. Food is often the main event for us, wine too.
Dives and eating at the bar included.

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Casino El Camino on 6th street has a fan damn tastic burger, but do not go on a Thursday or Friday night. The surrounding area is a shitshow with amateur hour drinkers on those nights, though it's less so in the summer.

Loro is doing some really interesting and tasty things with food. They have a cold ginger noodle salad that is incredible. Worth the modest ride share from downtown.

If you like smaller slabs of meat, Perry's Steakhouse has a lunch special pork chop that is pretty damn good.

The Driskill has a great bar, good drinks. Worth going just to sit on a hair-on cowhide couch and sip.

Emmer and Rye does some pretty good food. It's on Rainey Street which is another nightlife spot, so again, avoid on a Thursday or Friday night if you can.

Veracruz has some tasty tacos. I don't think it's the best taco in Austin by a long shot, but it's pretty good.
 
Lots of good barbecue, ofc. Franklin's is incredible but only if you're in it for the experience. la Barbecue is my personal favorite.

Edit: Oops. Missed the statement on slabs of meat, my b. Leaving this here for anybody that could benefit.
 
As long as we're on the topic of smoked meats in Austin, la Barbecue's beef ribs are unparalleled.

For all else, for my money, Terry Black's on Barton Springs is as good as it gets in Austin.
 
Well, the Grackle, Terry Black's, la Barbecue, Loro, Suerte, and Emmer and Rye didn't exist then. Veracruz may not have either. Not sure about Uchi.
 
I just saw the post. BBQ and TexMex are the Austin mainstays, but for seafood, try Eddie V's (amazing crab cakes) or Trulucks. Red Ash (Italian) has reopened. Finally, Uchi for James Beard level food (but too far to walk from downtown).
 
I just saw the post. BBQ and TexMex are the Austin mainstays, but for seafood, try Eddie V's (amazing crab cakes) or Trulucks. Red Ash (Italian) has reopened. Finally, Uchi for James Beard level food (but too far to walk from downtown).
It looks like TexMex will be our mainstay — plenty to choose from for sure. And yeah, we’ll give the BBQ a whirl, following some suggestions here. Thanks.
 
Oh, I'd also highly recommend Peche for a more French style menu.

Regarding TexMex, avoid Chuy's. It's fine, but it's mostly a tourist chain. You can do far far better.

Some TexMex/Interior places downtown that I would happily eat at:

Polvo's
Chilantro
Tacodeli (Their mashed potato breakfast taco is my hands down favorite ever.)
Veracruz

Some places a bit further afield, mostly east of 35:
Suerte (more interior Mexican)
La Perla
Azul Tequila (further South in a strip mall, but damn good)
 
I live Southwest and Hecho En Mexico is my go to for interior Mexican. Their mole is among the best in Austin and 3 mole sampler plate is worth the drive.
El Naranjo and Azul Tequila are top notch and closer to town.
I'm surprised that Fonda San Miguel wasn't mentioned. Maybe it's been around too long.
 
I prefer the sides at la Barbecue but *wow* the meats at Terry Black's.

Interstellar is a must go, John Bates is a great guy and his food is amazing.

Driving to Seguin is also a good option, Burnt Bean is worth the fast trip.

Casino El Camino has good burgers, and if you like a Rock'n roll environment
 
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