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Fearless Critic restaurant review of the day
Austin
Food
Feel
Price
7.3
8.0
$10
The best retro sign in Austin is still glowing strong after a change in ownership

We’ve gotta give the Galaxy Café/Zócalo people mad props for buying Top Notch when its owners retired, and for promising to keep the status quo. Like any Austin landmark that you can point out in a Linklater film, it’s the kind of place whose loss or significant change would depress absolutely everyone (we’re still not over the death of the Drag). Happily, these charcoal grills are firing as ever, the staff’s mostly the same, and the brown Formica-and-wood-paneled interior certainly… [More]


From the Super ’Stache The underpriced underdogs
Austin
Food
Feel
Price
9.0
8.0
$15
Texas barbecue royalty that has its pretenders, but few parallels

City Market in Luling has a wannabe doppelgänger in Houston called Luling City Market, whose core business seems to be trademark infringement. But any Texan worth his brisket knows that the best ‘cue lurks in tiny towns, not big cities. And Luling, with a population just over 5,000, is home to some of the best smoked meats in America—not to mention brotherhood: you’ll sit at communal tables with toolbelt-sporting, cowboy-hat-wearing men of the land, often with the whole family in… [More]