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Fearless Critic restaurant review of the day
Austin
Food
Feel
Price
8.6
7.0
$80
Good food and cocktails in a steampunk setting that’s sullied by indifferent service

This exposed-bricked old building is an appropriate setting for a throwback concept; in this case, an absinthe-obsessed French bistro. Still, it’s less Lapin Agile than Warehouse District—black chandeliers hang over the long bar, which, with its library ladders, feels like a late-19th-century saloon mated with a teenage goth’s fantasy apothecary. Vested bartenders take their craft seriously: muddling, frothing, and sweetness levels are much better than they’ve been before—still, they have to work against demands for fruity vodka ‘tinis, given the… [More]


From the Super ’Stache The underpriced underdogs
Austin
Food
Feel
Price
9.3
7.0
$15
Austin’s best Indian food is—surprise, surprise—in a grocery

Fearless Critics have a Pavlovian response to the phrase “in the back of a grocery.” We begin to salivate: Fluorescent lights! Formica! Torn vinyl seats! But Teji’s has recently prettied itself up, expanding into the space next door and painting the walls a warm and inviting red. Fortunately, the food‘s as excellent as ever, as the lunchtime crowds will attest.

Heaps of food still come (just no longer come on Styrofoam plates) and if it’s a Friday, one of those heaps… [More]