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Fearless Critic restaurant review of the day
Austin
Food
Feel
Price
8.4
7.0
$15
The future of the diner: homemade ingredients, booze, and a bit of a chill

Hopdoddy’s like that diner in Back to the Future II, upon Marty’s 21st-century re-arrival. To a newcomer, the ordering system here might be equally disorienting (order in the back, then take a seat; or just sit at the bar and get fed quicker). The space is chilly and modern, but the fare hails back to Howdy-Doody times.

Like just about everything here, the ice cream’s homemade, so floats (made with Maine Root sodas) and milkshakes are thick and delicious—especially with a… [More]


From the Super ’Stache The underpriced underdogs
Austin
Food
Feel
Price
9.1
6.0
$15
Superb, authentic Szechuan with room to experiment...and party

Despite a recent staff exodus to A+A Sichuan Cuisine, this is still just about Austin’s best Szechuan. We aren’t especially fond of the large, bland space, with its flourescent lighting and overhead TV (frequently tuned to Fox News). We do love to come with groups, where we can order more dishes (they won’t all come at once) and sit in the semi-private rooms with Lazy Susans and our own wines.

There’s a confidence-inspiring proportion of Chinese here; they’re eating the twice-cooked… [More]