Monday, January 19, 2009

Keep Austin's Food Fabulous!

Our first stop in town was lunch at Guero’s Taco Bar ( on South Congress. This popular taqueria is housed in a renovated feed store and provides an eclectic atmosphere for patrons to enjoy some of Austin’s finest Tex Mex. I loved the combo Tacos Platos I ordered (Chicken Especial & Carne Guisada). Dinner Friday night was at Eddie V’s ( where we sat in the lounge area and enjoyed the live, four-piece jazz band. We all agreed that while all the food was delicious, my Steamed “Hong Kong Style” Chilean Seabass was the best. This was a great pick for fine dining! On Saturday, Ali and I took several recommendations and ate lunch (and saw a movie) at the Original Alamo Drafthouse Cinema (, which was just blocks from The Driskill. I enjoyed a pizza and Ali ordered a salad. We watched their feature movie The Wrestler, but heard they also have Sing Along and Quote Along Nights too.

We heard more recommendations for Uchi (Japanese word for “home”) Restaurant ( than any other eatery, so we had to try this sushi hotspot despite the almost two-hour wait (which actually turned out to be part of the Uchi experience). Just a 5-minute cab ride from our hotel, we enjoyed lounging in the outdoor seating area while we waited. They really do make you feel at home here, from the comfortable outdoor seating clusters to the soothing decor inside. Executive chef and Florida native Tyson Cole does an outstanding job of pairing traditional sushi with unusual flavors to create mouthwatering dishes. We loved it! Our Sunday morning at South Congress Café ( served up another amazing meal. I had to try the Carrot Cake French Toast (which was delish) with their original cream cheese-pecan syrup. Yum!

We were never disappointed with our dining options in Austin. If this is what it means to "Keep Austin Weird," keep it coming! Great food, great times!

PHOTO: Ali enjoys the escolar at Uchi!

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