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Fearless Critic restaurant review of the day
Austin
Food
Feel
Price
8.1
9.0
$55
An oft-overlooked tropical getaway that’s not just for the neighborhood

Although it consistently charms patrons, Café Josie’s just not high on the radar for people. Perhaps because it’s set back from the street somewhat in a cute, sleepy neighborhood, or because it’s not very PR-pumped. The menu doesn’t change much, and it hasn’t jumped on the locavore bandwagon; but this airy, vaguely equatorial-themed place, with its leafiness and abundance of warm colors, delivers one of the nicer dining experiences in town.

Despite a certain datedness (confetti vegetables, zigzagged sauces, occasional presentations… [More]


From the Super ’Stache The underpriced underdogs
Austin
Food
Feel
Price
9.1
7.0
$15
Matching Asia Café nearly bite for bite, and doing it in slightly nicer digs

This young star formed when several of Asia Café’s front and back of house staff jettisoned to a nearby strip-mall restaurant, at the time called Sichuan Garden. After objections from the unrelated Round Rock Sichuan Garden, it slapped on a directory-savvy “A+A” and switched to “Cuisine.” Its red glow, from several lanterns hanging out front, is easy to spot from Highway 183. The very friendly, very Chinese-speaking cashier and order-taker will heed your requests of “extra spicy”—just be certain, and… [More]