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Fearless Critic restaurant review of the day
Austin
Food
Feel
Price
5.3
9.0
$50
Good wine and a gorgeous garden house setting—if only the food were better

Eastside Café has long drawn admirers (mostly of the more distinguished set) with its rambling 1920s house and large garden from which the kitchen culls its vegetables. Each of the rooms has only a few tables, so it feels intimate, and it’s especially romantic at dinnertime; the garden room, however, aims for “atrium” but winds up hitting “elementary school portable classroom.”

Although it’s one of Austin’s pioneers in the farm-to-table movement, Eastside just can’t seem to execute at the level of… [More]


From the Super ’Stache The underpriced underdogs
Austin
Food
Feel
Price
8.8
7.5
$10
Sandwiches made by expert hands, from the bottom up—worth the trip from anywhere

In the leafy suburbs near Lakeline Mall, in a small, unlikely strip mall, Noble Pig serves up one of the finest lunches in Texas. Here, meat is cured, smoked, stuffed, and pulled by hand; vegetables are pickled and mustard is mustarded in house, and everything comes on pillowy white or wheat bread baked on the premises. The shop’s a happy reconstruction of early-20th-century Americana: blue-and-white-tiled floors, chalkboards, wood furnishings, and an almost monastic minimalism. At breakfast, oatmeal, Nutella French toast,… [More]