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Fearless Critic restaurant review of the day
Austin
Food
Feel
Price
8.8
8.0
$60
Haute cuisine by way of the Distrito Federal, with vibe by way of Distrito Second Street

La Condesa is a two-story visual orgasm; the modern-high-concept genre at its best. A waterfall of white mesh greets front-door traffic; luxuriant tropical plants tower over tables of naked wood and absorb sound; lighting fixtures are chic and warm. Two upstairs bar areas, one inside and one outside (Malverde, subject to its own hours), also integrate nature and metropolis in a setting that is knock-out sexy without resorting to cheeseball overexertion.

We Mezcal fiends are thrilled to have about ten to… [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]