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Fearless Critic restaurant review of the day
Austin
Food
Feel
Price
6.6
8.0
$35
This once-great institution is still a lovely place for margaritas and salsa

Not too long ago, El Chile was just about the best Texican restaurant in town, but it downward spiraled pretty tragically over the years until it reached rock bottom. We’re not sure if a new controlling force despises chile heat and can’t get enough of sweetness, but it certainly tastes that way. The house salsa still is inexplicably addictive, dark, and smoky, made from oven-charred tomatoes, jalapeños, and possibly crack. Rajas con queso, with roasted poblanos, onions, and a truly… [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]