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Fearless Critic restaurant review of the day
Austin
Food
Feel
Price
9.2
9.0
$40
This coquettish little place transports us—and not just to the hinterlands of Austin

Justine’s glows softly in a downtrodden neighborhood out by the airport, looking remote and sexy as if it doesn’t really care what you think of it. Its attractive, somewhat reliable waitstaff even flirts unselfconsciously with patrons, while the dim lighting and slightly peeling red wallpaper suggests a Montmartre burlesque. On warm nights, the romantically lit pétanque court and mismatched tables fill with pretty people sipping classic cocktails (largely successful, but depends on the bartender). All the beguile makes it easy… [More]


From the Super ’Stache The underpriced underdogs
Austin
Food
Feel
Price
9.1
8.0
$15
Oaxaca’s best restaurant, reincarnated on the banks of Lady Bird Lake

The original El Naranjo was famous in Mexican culinary circles until the Oaxacan riots of 2006 drove its acclaimed chef out…and eventually to the shores of Lady Bird Lake. Even though she sits on the board of the Culinary Institute of America, most nights of the week you’ll find her expediting orders from this well-appointed trailer in the exploding Rainey Street area—at least until her brick-and-mortar opens (any day now).

Oaxacan cuisine is distinct even within Mexico. The region’s seven trademark… [More]