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Fearless Critic restaurant review of the day
Austin
Food
Feel
Price
6.8
8.0
$30
Belly dancers and fine Persian food dress up a strip-mall night out

Although this neighborhood’s not far from a couple of great, mostly take-out Middle Eastern joints, Alborz is the rare somewhat-elegant dinner option. It makes the usual strip-mall stabs at upscale: white tablecloths, windows swathed in wine-colored drapery, lots of (fake) plants, twinkling lights, Persian music, and belly dancing on Friday and Saturday nights. But Iranian travel posters and a few knick-knacks bring it solidly back into the realm of the neighborhood ethnic restaurant.

The à-la-carte menu is best left to… [More]


From the Super ’Stache The underpriced underdogs
Austin
Food
Feel
Price
8.8
8.0
$15
In a small town with a lot of awesome barbecue, the sausage here’s the best

In the 1990s, the Schmidt family duked it out, and in the end, one side got to keep the name Kreuz Market, while the other side got to keep the original building from 1900. Happily, everyone continued to make top-notch barbecue. Perhaps the loss of the Kreuz name and reputation has kept the crew at Smitty’s working extra hard to maintain quality. Whatever it is, it’s working.

The old red brick building near the town square hasn’t changed a bit, and… [More]