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Fearless Critic restaurant review of the day
Austin
Food
Feel
Price
7.0
7.0
$15
Fresh-tasting fast Indian that’s nice for the price

This is Clay Pit’s Indian entry to the fast-Asian game. The ordering process is familiar: pick a protein, pick a sauce, and maybe grab a side. The customer-as-chef principle works fine, mostly because the curries here have been made more or less interchangeable, so there isn’t really a failing combination. Korma and coconut curry are nearly indistinguishable, for instance, but undeniably enjoyable.

The contemporary décor fits amiably into the polished strip-mall suburbs, lit warmly with pendant lamps and decorated in… [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]