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Fearless Critic restaurant review of the day
Austin
Food
Feel
Price
5.9
8.0
$60
Good charcuterie and dessert as an excuse to stargaze at this trumped-up trendhopper

The almost hilariously swanky W Hotel will undoubtedly be the hipster nerve center during SXSW, ACL, and the myriad other festivals that attract celebrities to Austin throughout the year. As such, its only restaurant, Trace, will see tons of action without even trying; but it seems aware that within walking distance several acclaimed restaurants threaten to pull focus. So try it does, employing so-new-they’re-passé trends like spray-painting Baroque furnishings in a solid dove-gray and plastering its menus (and intimidating its… [More]


From the Super ’Stache The underpriced underdogs
Austin
Food
Feel
Price
8.5
7.5
$15
Hot food and warm service from the Korean equivalent of a down-home diner

The women who run this place move from table to table making sure everyone is happy, referring to diners as “hon” and “sweetie” like a Korean version of Flo from Mel’s Diner. They might slide a dish of kimchi towards you and point at your bowl of seolleongtang (beef-bone stew), nodding encouragingly. Like Korean people do. Look, too, for the camouflaged Converse sneakers.

You’ll watch a flatscreen TV with the older man sitting by the register. Now and then, he goes… [More]