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Fearless Critic restaurant review of the day
Austin
Food
Feel
Price
6.8
8.0
$30
Belly dancers and fine Persian food dress up a strip-mall night out

Although this neighborhood’s not far from a couple of great, mostly take-out Middle Eastern joints, Alborz is the rare somewhat-elegant dinner option. It makes the usual strip-mall stabs at upscale: white tablecloths, windows swathed in wine-colored drapery, lots of (fake) plants, twinkling lights, Persian music, and belly dancing on Friday and Saturday nights. But Iranian travel posters and a few knick-knacks bring it solidly back into the realm of the neighborhood ethnic restaurant.

The à-la-carte menu is best left to… [More]


From the Super ’Stache The underpriced underdogs
Austin
Food
Feel
Price
8.8
8.0
$15
The best wood-fired pizza in town’s always worth a bit of a wait

One of the brightest lights at the end of Austin’s pizza tunnel comes from the hearthfires at House Pizzeria. It embodies a lot of that Eastside-bound geeky DIY spirit: there’s only one wood-burning oven, turned up to an ideal, hellish 750 or so degrees. When the place is busy, your pie will take a while, but waiting isn’t totally unpleasant, given the draft choices: Live Oak, (512), Real Ale, and Maine root beer. There are also some decent organic wines.… [More]